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The first book in a thrilling, addictive new series by a talented new voice in dark fantasy. Welcome to Nocturne City, where werewolves, black magicians, and witches prowl the streets at night… Among them is Luna Wilder, a tough-as-nails police officer whose job is to keep the peace. As an Insoli werewolf, Luna travels without a pack and must rely on instinct alone. And she The first book in a thrilling, addictive new series by a talented new voice in dark fantasy. Welcome to Nocturne City, where werewolves, black magicians, and witches prowl the streets at night… Among them is Luna Wilder, a tough-as-nails police officer whose job is to keep the peace. As an Insoli werewolf, Luna travels without a pack and must rely on instinct alone. And she's just been assigned to find the ruthless killer behind a string of ritualistic murders—a killer with ties to an escaped demon found only in legend…until now. But when she investigates prime suspect Dmitri Sandovsky, she can't resist his wolfish charms. Pack leader of a dangerous clan of Redbacks, Dimitri sends her animal instincts into overdrive and threatens her fiercely-guarded independence. But Luna and Dimiri will need to rely on each other as they're plunged into an ancient demon underworld and pitted against an expert black magician with the power to enslave them for eternity…


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The first book in a thrilling, addictive new series by a talented new voice in dark fantasy. Welcome to Nocturne City, where werewolves, black magicians, and witches prowl the streets at night… Among them is Luna Wilder, a tough-as-nails police officer whose job is to keep the peace. As an Insoli werewolf, Luna travels without a pack and must rely on instinct alone. And she The first book in a thrilling, addictive new series by a talented new voice in dark fantasy. Welcome to Nocturne City, where werewolves, black magicians, and witches prowl the streets at night… Among them is Luna Wilder, a tough-as-nails police officer whose job is to keep the peace. As an Insoli werewolf, Luna travels without a pack and must rely on instinct alone. And she's just been assigned to find the ruthless killer behind a string of ritualistic murders—a killer with ties to an escaped demon found only in legend…until now. But when she investigates prime suspect Dmitri Sandovsky, she can't resist his wolfish charms. Pack leader of a dangerous clan of Redbacks, Dimitri sends her animal instincts into overdrive and threatens her fiercely-guarded independence. But Luna and Dimiri will need to rely on each other as they're plunged into an ancient demon underworld and pitted against an expert black magician with the power to enslave them for eternity…

30 review for Night Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    chucklesthescot

    Luna is a female detective and a werewolf solving crime in Nocturne City while keeping her wolfness secret from those she works with. She is investigating the werewolf attacks on girls in the city. *sigh* Really did not like this one. Luna is cold and not exactly likeable but I could put that aside. However, the police department is full of woman hating, sexist pig cavemen who look down on her for being a woman. I'm getting so tired of these books where the author can only make the female look st Luna is a female detective and a werewolf solving crime in Nocturne City while keeping her wolfness secret from those she works with. She is investigating the werewolf attacks on girls in the city. *sigh* Really did not like this one. Luna is cold and not exactly likeable but I could put that aside. However, the police department is full of woman hating, sexist pig cavemen who look down on her for being a woman. I'm getting so tired of these books where the author can only make the female look strong and successful-in-the-face-of-adversity by making every man she works with a complete ass on one level or another. We have the sexist pig who likes to call her names and grab her butt. The head cop who hates women and always picks on her. Even the cop she is supported by uses her secret wolf status as something to hold over her to get her to behave. Even the guy in the morgue can't say a single sentence without werewolf prejudice. I felt like the author was battering me over the head with a metal pole to point out to me that Luna is picked on. OK I GET THE MESSAGE! And this was just the first 50 pages...!!! Then we have the obligatory bad boy love interest who has as much personality and warmth as my garden fence. This is not a nice werewolf and I despised him and Luna was by now getting right on my last nerve. I'm not really surprised that her cop boss didn't think she was capable of doing her job as she can't seem to stop messing everything up. Add to that the over descriptive waffle-we had descriptions of the entire police building, the morgue, her house, her car, everyone's clothes, the bar she went into-all in 50 pages. This bores me stupid and I was sick of the whole thing by now. Book over!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anoolka

    Not good, not good at all. The characters are not likeable. I didn't care for any one of the cast. Not the main character, not her cousin with the silly name, not the main romantic interest who seemed like a creep (a pimp and drug deeler), not the cops, hell, the grandma was the most interesting of them all and she was in only one scene. The heroin of the story is another bitchy, tough-as-nails chick who investigats a supernatural murder case. The way she acts and talks at times seems completely Not good, not good at all. The characters are not likeable. I didn't care for any one of the cast. Not the main character, not her cousin with the silly name, not the main romantic interest who seemed like a creep (a pimp and drug deeler), not the cops, hell, the grandma was the most interesting of them all and she was in only one scene. The heroin of the story is another bitchy, tough-as-nails chick who investigats a supernatural murder case. The way she acts and talks at times seems completely out of place and not logical at all. It's not always explained just why is she going there, saying this, insulting people left and right (obviously the answer is the author wanted her to, and that's that, only it brakes the flow of the story when I'm left thinking "the hell?"). Sometimes from paragraph to paragraph she changes her attitude, things seem disconnected, as if the author wrote in chunks and forgot to connect them properly. Another thing, the cursing. What's wrong with using the old fashioned ones from time to time? It brakes the flow and detracts from the emotional weight a scene is supposed to carry when everyone is cursing "hex me", "hex", "hexed", and occasional "gods", etc. Why is the heroin, herself a supernatural being and raised among witches, so damn ignorant of supernatural life in her city? Why does the alpha wolf (who supposedly suffers terribly from having his mate die) in one scene bemoans how sad he is and feels like dying and the next lusts on the heroin and jumps her bones? the hell? That's the kind of break of the flow and disconnect I'm talking about. No smooth sailing here.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Why do so many authors think that "strong female protagonist" equates to "raving bitch"? It seriously detracts from both the plot and any sympathy I'm supposed to feel for said protagonist. This is decidedly true for Luna Wilder (also, cheesy name for a pack-less werewolf). Her "wild" nature interferes with her personal and professional life, but her habit of getting fired/rehired/suspended/reinstated every other paragraph gives the reader whiplash. She also seems to have an inability to focus o Why do so many authors think that "strong female protagonist" equates to "raving bitch"? It seriously detracts from both the plot and any sympathy I'm supposed to feel for said protagonist. This is decidedly true for Luna Wilder (also, cheesy name for a pack-less werewolf). Her "wild" nature interferes with her personal and professional life, but her habit of getting fired/rehired/suspended/reinstated every other paragraph gives the reader whiplash. She also seems to have an inability to focus on any particular aspect of a case, jumping from one point to another based on others' behaviors rather than any sense of logic. The character of Luna's cousin Sunny (still with the cheesy names) acts as the polar opposite of Luna and only highlights the negatives of Luna's personality, rather than the positives. Also, the hostility of Luna toward her maternal grandmother, and no real explanation for her missing parents, doesn't make her at all likable. The plot doesn't stick together properly, either. The black eyes and name of a demon mentioned at the beginning of the book by a homeless man are never connected with Lockhart or the demon later in the book. Also, the tantalizing hint of previous attempts to raise the demon based on old forensic evidence is also tossed aside as the action builds. Finally, while most urban fantasy novels must have some romantic element, this one seems contrived at best. Overly moralistic Luna looks the other way as her possible boyfriend is a pimp and drug pusher? Dmitri isn't much better; he is supposed to be overwrought with the loss of his mate, the first murder that Luna is investigating, yet here he is busy trying to seduce a new woman less than 24 hours after the body is found. The behavior of both characters doesn't ring true given their behavior toward others throughout the book. Also the tryst Luna has with Dmitri is shoehorned in at the last, and a rather inopportune, moment before the finale. While it was an entertaining read, I won't go out of my way to follow the series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    steven

    This is a simplistic trashy detective novel with a mild fantasy setting, insofar as the protagonist is a werewolf. On the fantastical side of things, it does not disappoint, and the murder mystery will have you guessing right up to the bloody climax. The downside is, of course, that it's not terrifically deep, and doesn't do much to make anything but the mystery worthwhile. Our Hero is angsty and emo about being a werewolf without a pack, and likes to remind the reader of this every fifth page or This is a simplistic trashy detective novel with a mild fantasy setting, insofar as the protagonist is a werewolf. On the fantastical side of things, it does not disappoint, and the murder mystery will have you guessing right up to the bloody climax. The downside is, of course, that it's not terrifically deep, and doesn't do much to make anything but the mystery worthwhile. Our Hero is angsty and emo about being a werewolf without a pack, and likes to remind the reader of this every fifth page or so despite having a fairly reliable if snarky support structure. There's the requisite sex scene, and the pining for the bad boy/wolf with a heart of gold, and other tropes that have likely been played out so far that they now reside six galaxies away. It's nice enough, and a quick read, but don't expect much more than a simple diversion.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    This is one of the worst books I've read in a long time. I read the first book in the author's latest series and thought it was ok, so I figured I'd give this a try. I wasn't expecting much, but took it on vacation with me and started it on the eight hour flight home. A lot of things in this book are wince-inducing, like having the main character be a werewolf detective in a town called Nocturne City. Her name is...wait for it...Luna Wilder. And she's a werewolf. Get it? It still could have been This is one of the worst books I've read in a long time. I read the first book in the author's latest series and thought it was ok, so I figured I'd give this a try. I wasn't expecting much, but took it on vacation with me and started it on the eight hour flight home. A lot of things in this book are wince-inducing, like having the main character be a werewolf detective in a town called Nocturne City. Her name is...wait for it...Luna Wilder. And she's a werewolf. Get it? It still could have been fun trash, but everything about it just felt forced and amateurish. The characters were unpleasant and inconsistent and the plot didn't make much sense at all. And several times the language made me stop and reread things over and over to make sure that they really were that bad. By the time I made it to the sex scene, I was so frustrated with the writing that I couldn't even bear to read through the several pages of bad sex description. I'm not usually this judgmental about books and I've recently developed more of a tolerance for trashy fiction, but seriously, there's something better out there for you to read. Even within the supernatural romance/mystery genre, there's much better.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I really was hoping to like this book, but it was not to be. The book suffered from sloppy mistakes about details (i.e. the tibia is not an arm bone and diazepam [Valium] is not known primarily as an animal tranquilizer) and its heavy-handed and unbelievable portrayal of non-paranormal aspects of the story. I mean, really? Would any police department in a decent-sized city have that level of unchecked misogyny and outright incompetence and inattention to procedure? I could have gotten past wincin I really was hoping to like this book, but it was not to be. The book suffered from sloppy mistakes about details (i.e. the tibia is not an arm bone and diazepam [Valium] is not known primarily as an animal tranquilizer) and its heavy-handed and unbelievable portrayal of non-paranormal aspects of the story. I mean, really? Would any police department in a decent-sized city have that level of unchecked misogyny and outright incompetence and inattention to procedure? I could have gotten past wincing about these had the characters themselves been more engaging. Unfortunately, they weren't. The fact is, I didn't particularly care for any of the characters in the story, but Luna was the biggest disappointment. Her snark was more often frank rudeness, and she frequently turned it on those who were trying to help her. She prided herself on her excellent police work, but her unprofessional behavior rankled. In fact, I wondered how she solved any cases at all given how she often jumped to erroneous conclusions and then threw herself into stupid situations that worsened matters, wandering frequently into TSTL territory. I actually more than once said aloud "Are you freakin' kidding me?" at some of her more egregious idiocies. I know some of my friends really like this series, and I've noted that this first book has the lowest overall rating among them. Unless someone can convince me that things improve a great deal, though, I won't be looking at the rest.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Malcolm

    Well, Hex me. The use of the word Hex in place of regular expletives is possibly one of the least irritating things about this book. I get it that something called the Hex riots happened before the story itself starts and were so bad that they are used to swear by, but really?? The main character, in fact all characters, are totally one-dimensional. The "heroine" if indeed she could be called that, doesn't seem to have a personality, and any interaction with any other character, friend or foe, c Well, Hex me. The use of the word Hex in place of regular expletives is possibly one of the least irritating things about this book. I get it that something called the Hex riots happened before the story itself starts and were so bad that they are used to swear by, but really?? The main character, in fact all characters, are totally one-dimensional. The "heroine" if indeed she could be called that, doesn't seem to have a personality, and any interaction with any other character, friend or foe, consists of her being rude and insulting them for no apparent reason. And it isn't even funny. Very hard to find any redeeming qualities at all in this schlock horror of a book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Calisto

    Run away, run far far away from this book. To me the biggest crime a writer can make is making the main characters toxic. I didn't care what happened to them other than wishing the author would kill them off so I could learn more about the universe. The world-building is decent and interesting but why, oh, why make the main characters so hard to stomach? Flawed characters are interesting but characters without any redeeming qualities are unreadable. It's too bad since the universe had potential. Run away, run far far away from this book. To me the biggest crime a writer can make is making the main characters toxic. I didn't care what happened to them other than wishing the author would kill them off so I could learn more about the universe. The world-building is decent and interesting but why, oh, why make the main characters so hard to stomach? Flawed characters are interesting but characters without any redeeming qualities are unreadable. It's too bad since the universe had potential.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ayca

    A basic werewolf story mixed with a basic cop story. Still very easy and fun to read. Finished it in one day.

  10. 5 out of 5

    keikii Eats Books

    To read more reviews in this series and others, check out keikii eats books! 55 points/100 (3 stars) Luna Wilder is a lone werewolf and a cop. While investigating some ritualistic murders, her main suspect is Dmitri Sandovsky. Leader of one of the local packs, Dmitri sets Luna's instincts off. Yet they'll have to rely on each other to solve murders that seem to lead back to demons. Night Life was very cliched and very generic urban fantasy. In fact, pretty much every cliche in the genre, Caitlin Ki To read more reviews in this series and others, check out keikii eats books! 55 points/100 (3 stars) Luna Wilder is a lone werewolf and a cop. While investigating some ritualistic murders, her main suspect is Dmitri Sandovsky. Leader of one of the local packs, Dmitri sets Luna's instincts off. Yet they'll have to rely on each other to solve murders that seem to lead back to demons. Night Life was very cliched and very generic urban fantasy. In fact, pretty much every cliche in the genre, Caitlin Kittredge threw at the book. The series itself just has not aged very well. Back when this was new, and the genre younger, it may have been better. Now, though, it just is one series in a giant collection bin of the exact same thing. I have problems with just about everything to do with the story: the characters, the investigation, the worldbuilding, and the relationship. I hated Luna. She was hyper angry and aggressive with everyone. She blames it on her being a werewolf, and how her shifting isn't working properly. She just growls and barks all the goddamn time. That is just about her entire personality, it has nothing to do with her shifting. Her cousin, Sunny, is a bitch who tries to help Luna, but as soon as Luna asks even the most innocent question, Sunny bitches that Luna is ungrateful. The interactions just are always so angry and feel so unnatural, between everyone. The investigation itself is terribly handled. This reads like a novel based on CSI than something based off of actual police procedures. It is filled with sexual harassment and bigotry in the workforce. It is highly stacked against anyone "different". I suppose that isn't too different than some places in real life. I just didn't like the way it was done here. Luna gets sexually harassed, she dealt with the problem, and then she gets suspended for dealing with it even though there was no other recourse. They don't like Luna simply because she is a woman. And then she is fully reinstated just because someone important asked for it. It feels like a giant joke. The worldbuilding is practically nonexistent. Things are thrown out there, and we're told nothing about anything. We're expected to just accept what we're given. Yet even by the end of the book, I still didn't understand the way the world worked. Hell, I couldn't even answer the most basic question I should be able to answer about an urban fantasy novel: whether or not the world at large knew about the supernatural or not. I got conflicting details, and by the end I was just annoyed. The relationship was definitely the worst thing about Night Life. The love interest, Dmitri, and Luna are just drawn to each other. Even though he is one of the victims' boyfriend. Even though he is grieving the loss of his girlfriend. He has an okay personality, but he is completely and totally wrong for her. For one thing he isn't a bitch like Luna is. For another, she is a cop and he is a former pimp and a current drug dealer. How does this work?! It doesn't! Plus, he is trying to get revenge on his girlfriend's death. Because of course a cop should be condoning this kind of thing. I just don't understand the relationship at all. There are, of course, parts I liked. I did like how the end went down with the demon. I liked.. well no basically I just liked the demon stuff. I don't know how I'm going to make it through the rest of these books for a second time. Why did I decide to reread this? I'm not certain right now.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maria Jose

    All this jumped at me in the first 10% of the book. Bad enough that I did not finish and returned it. EVERY MAN in this book are portrayed as misogynist pigs- one even goes as far as grabbing the main character's butt in the workplace and getting away with it. They ALL hate the main character because she is a woman, so they all want her to fail... for no other reason than being a woman. As if that isn't enough she is also (not just a werewolf but) an outcast werewolf, living in a world where eve All this jumped at me in the first 10% of the book. Bad enough that I did not finish and returned it. EVERY MAN in this book are portrayed as misogynist pigs- one even goes as far as grabbing the main character's butt in the workplace and getting away with it. They ALL hate the main character because she is a woman, so they all want her to fail... for no other reason than being a woman. As if that isn't enough she is also (not just a werewolf but) an outcast werewolf, living in a world where everyone is extremely prejudiced against werewolves. Every sentence uttered by the medical examiner expresses this prejudice. Why does everyone have to be a horrible person to make her look good? Because she is really unlikable. The main character reacts to anything and everything by being a raging B (maybe that is the real reason nobody seems to like her?). This makes it hard to root for the main character. Even in a scene where the medical examiner is helping her (because she is sick) she bites his head off. Her reason: she can't afford to show weakness in this male dominated world- no, not exaggerating, that is her real explanation for snapping at someone who is nice enough to hold her hair back while she pukes. Come on, no one likes being next to Chunky MacPukes- the least you can do is say thank you. If that is not enough to turn you away from this author then her lack of research (simple googling and corroboration of things she does not know) will most definitely make you cringe. Examples (straight quotes from the book): "She sustained multiple fractures to both hands and a broken TIBIA on her right ARM." A broken tibia on a left arm is quite a feat, given that there is not tibia on the arms. The tibia, aka shin-bone, is located on your lower leg. " According to the tox screen, high dosage percodan with a diazepam chaser [...] Percodan is easy enough to come by, but diazepam is highly controlled...It's an animal tranquilizer." Ok, everything about this is wrong. Percodan is a mixture of aspirin and oxycodone making it a Shedule II controlled substance which are the most controlled legal drugs (Schedule I are illegal drugs) and not at all "easy to come by". Diazepan (Valium) is Schedule IV, right there with Xanax, Ativan and Ambien- fairly easy to come by. Although it is used on animals (most drugs used on animals are the same as those used on humans), Diazepam is commonly used on humans to treat anxiety, muscle spasms, and seizures. Look, I don't expect an author to be an expert on everything, but of she wants to make things seem more authentic by using "medical knowledge" she should research it, otherwise don't go for specific and keep it general and simple. I am not a doctor, nurse or science major but all this is fairly accessible knowledge. Naming body parts is a high school thing and anyone who watches Law and Order or any other crime show would have passing knowledge of drugs and their legalities. If you are writing about crime, read up on it. At this point I lost all interest in the book and author and returned it for a refund.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

    3.25 Stars This is the first in the Urban Fantasy series Nocturne City by Caitlin Kittredge. Luna Wilder is a homicide detective in the Nocturne City PD, as well as that she is also a werewolf, an Insoli, which means she is without a pack and must rely on herself. When she finds a dead were prostitute killed in a sadistic and ritualistic way, it leads her to the dangerous and sexy Dmitri Sandovsky, alpha of the Redback pack. But things start getting dangerous fast as another body turns up and bla 3.25 Stars This is the first in the Urban Fantasy series Nocturne City by Caitlin Kittredge. Luna Wilder is a homicide detective in the Nocturne City PD, as well as that she is also a werewolf, an Insoli, which means she is without a pack and must rely on herself. When she finds a dead were prostitute killed in a sadistic and ritualistic way, it leads her to the dangerous and sexy Dmitri Sandovsky, alpha of the Redback pack. But things start getting dangerous fast as another body turns up and black magic seems to be involved. As a fan of Caitlin Kittredge's Black London series I thought I would give her Nocturne City books ago. And although I did like this book I was slightly disappointed as I thought Black London was much better. Not to say this was all bad, I enjoyed her writing in this book, as I have with her others, it is engaging and pulls you in. I also enjoyed the general plot, that although I guessed what who-did-it half way through, I still enjoyed learning the details and having it all revealed to me. However, I didn't really like the characters in this, I found Luna annoying, I love the tough sarcastic heroines most the time, but for some reason she got on my nerves, she seemed to have no self preservation skills and was constantly saying or doing things to make the bad situation she was in alot worse. Dmitri was also a character that I didn't really warm to, to begin with he was a pimp and a drug dealer so I already didn't have a great view of him, but also he just didn't make much of an impression on me. But, all together this book wasn't bad, it had good writing and the world that CK created wasn't bad, but it seems to just be an average UF amongst the many that are out and if you are going to try Caitlin Kittredge I would recommend these first: or

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tez

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A ritualistic serial killer is on the loose in Nocturne City, and Detective Luna Wilder teams up with a fellow werewolf to investigate... Yep, a werewolf named Luna Wilder, which is preposterous mostly because no character finds the link funny/strange. That would have been too obvious. The plot relies a lot on stereotypes - Luna's the only female in the PD, and there's a misogynist/sexist who constantly riles her, and the captain's corrupt, and so are the district attorney and his staff... When Lun A ritualistic serial killer is on the loose in Nocturne City, and Detective Luna Wilder teams up with a fellow werewolf to investigate... Yep, a werewolf named Luna Wilder, which is preposterous mostly because no character finds the link funny/strange. That would have been too obvious. The plot relies a lot on stereotypes - Luna's the only female in the PD, and there's a misogynist/sexist who constantly riles her, and the captain's corrupt, and so are the district attorney and his staff... When Luna is a competent employee conducting her investigation legally, such as meeting with a university professor, she's actually quite affable. As for the rest of the time...Look, I understand bitchiness. It can be particularly vicious at certain times of the moon cycle. But the rule of basic manners: don't bitch to those who are nice to you. Seriously. Luna's lucky enough to have a supportive cousin and lieutenant, but she's totally rude to them both. She even dares to call Sunny a bitch - the hypocrisy, it burns! Luna claims that people don't like her because she's a werewolf, but I suspect they don't like her endless bitching. Dmitri Sandovsky is a former (?) drug-dealing pimp, though he claims he only did that to make some money when he first came to the country from Ukraine. Normally I love international characters, but Dmitri's back story is more of a plot point than who he is. He doesn't even swear in the mother language, so I felt somewhat bereft. The pack (and out of it) hierarchy doesn't seem entirely logical. Luna is Insoli, a wolf without a pack, yet she manages to dominate pack wolves in their territory. Huh? My comments here may suggest that I don't like this book, but I actually do, and quite a lot. For better or worse, Night Life is a roaring page-turner that should give book clubs much to discuss. Squick spoiler: Luna's lover phases to a wolfish form during coitus. So...I think that counts as bestiality. Just thought you should know.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Martina the Book Fairy

    Night Life is Book 1 in the Nocturne City series by Caitlin Kittredge. As of this review, book 2, Pure Blood, is also available. According to the author's website there will be at least 5 books total in the series (possibly more). Night Life takes place in an alternative present day where witches and werewolves (weres) are (somewhat) integrated into everyday society. Luna Wilder is a packless were who also happens to be a tough, smart-talking city detective. In Night Life, she's investigating a s Night Life is Book 1 in the Nocturne City series by Caitlin Kittredge. As of this review, book 2, Pure Blood, is also available. According to the author's website there will be at least 5 books total in the series (possibly more). Night Life takes place in an alternative present day where witches and werewolves (weres) are (somewhat) integrated into everyday society. Luna Wilder is a packless were who also happens to be a tough, smart-talking city detective. In Night Life, she's investigating a string of ritualistic murders with a possible tie to the past of Nocturne City when she stumbles across Dmitri Sandovsky. Dmitri is the pack leader of a dangerous were clan as well as the prime suspect in Luna's current murder case, but he sends her senses into overdrive. Luna and Dimitry will have to reign in their inner animals and learn to work together to survive . . . let alone solve the mystery. I actually met Caitlin at a book signing for another local author (Richelle Mead) a few months back and picked up this book at that time. I'm actually sorry I waited so long as I very much enjoyed the book and feel that she's an author to be watched. I'll be buying the rest of the Nocturne City series as well as her Black London series that has the first book out in June 2009. Night Life was in the sci-fi/fantasy section of my local B&N. I would definitely call it an urban paranormal fantasy. It's got good action and clever dialogue and just a smidge of romantic interest, but nowhere near enough to classify it as a paranormal romance. Similar series: - Cassandra Palmer series by Karen Chance - Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs - Vampire Babylon series by Chris Marie Green - Dark Swan series by Richelle Mead - Urban Shaman series by C. E. Murphy - Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles by Jeanne C. Stein - Werecat series by Rachel Vincent

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Book one of the Nocturne City series, this is a dark urban fantasy with just a smidge of romance. It's first person narration form the heroine's perspective (Luna Wilder, a werewolf and a cop.) I think this series has promise, but this book was not great. I liked the creatures/characters the author constructed - weres and witches, mostly - but I disliked how poorly the author conveyed the world to the reader. You learn about the supernatural elements in tiny drips and drabs - a throwaway line he Book one of the Nocturne City series, this is a dark urban fantasy with just a smidge of romance. It's first person narration form the heroine's perspective (Luna Wilder, a werewolf and a cop.) I think this series has promise, but this book was not great. I liked the creatures/characters the author constructed - weres and witches, mostly - but I disliked how poorly the author conveyed the world to the reader. You learn about the supernatural elements in tiny drips and drabs - a throwaway line here, a short flashback there. It comes across as disorganized writing. It also seems unlikely that someone who's been a were for 10 years and part of a witch family for her whole life would be so clueless about the supernatural sometimes. And she's a nighttime cop in a supernatural city - shouldn't she know lots more about bars, clubs, and the various forms of supes? The chemistry of Luna's budding romance with Dimitri (a were pack leader) was good - that relationship seems to have promise for later books. As far as mystery writing goes, it's only so-so. You don't have the means to solve the mystery until the character does - it's not cleverly crafted to drop the hints you need to figure it out - you're just in the dark until Luna sees the light. Basic premise: there's a serial killer on the loose, and Luna is on the case. Turns out, the killer has magical influence over the very corrupt legal/police system in Nocturne City, and gets Luna fired. She won't let up, though, and eventually gets her perp. Along the way, she falls for a suspect - Dimitri - who is cleared of suspicion pretty early on.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Steff

    Unleash Your Inner Wolf There are a couple things about Nocturne City everyone should know. 1. If you aren’t of the blood or don’t have a pack then stay out of Ghosttown. 2. If you are a serial killer then stay out of the way of Detective Luna Wilder. Being a packless Insoli werewolf in a city full of prejudice doesn’t make Detective Wilder’s job any easier. And when Luna has to go into Ghosttown, to question a suspect, she knows there will be trouble, but she has no idea her entire life is about Unleash Your Inner Wolf There are a couple things about Nocturne City everyone should know. 1. If you aren’t of the blood or don’t have a pack then stay out of Ghosttown. 2. If you are a serial killer then stay out of the way of Detective Luna Wilder. Being a packless Insoli werewolf in a city full of prejudice doesn’t make Detective Wilder’s job any easier. And when Luna has to go into Ghosttown, to question a suspect, she knows there will be trouble, but she has no idea her entire life is about to change. Dmitri Sandovsky is her prime suspect in the string of murders of young women. But he is also the very handsome Alpha of a local pack. And he knows how to push all of Luna’s buttons – good and bad. Can Luna fight through her turbulent emotions and ever stronger call of the phase in time to stop the killer? Night Life, by Caitlin Kittredge, is the fast paced debut novel in the Nocturne City series. It’s dark and seductive atmosphere captures the reader almost as much as the strong and provocative characters. This distinctive new world provides a refreshing twist on current urban fantasy mythology. And readers will discover that when the action really heats up they’ll find it hard to put this book down. Grab it here.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Delia

    After scrolling through some reviews on Goodreads it seems like this is one of those books you either love or you hate. I happened to pick up the first three books in this series (Nocturne City) at a used book store for a steal. Now I am very glad I did because for the first 50 pages or so I wasn't so into it. Seeing as I had two more books in the series I decided to stick it out and let me tell you it was so worth it. Kittredge has developed an intense Dark Fantasy world. You may not always like After scrolling through some reviews on Goodreads it seems like this is one of those books you either love or you hate. I happened to pick up the first three books in this series (Nocturne City) at a used book store for a steal. Now I am very glad I did because for the first 50 pages or so I wasn't so into it. Seeing as I had two more books in the series I decided to stick it out and let me tell you it was so worth it. Kittredge has developed an intense Dark Fantasy world. You may not always like the protagonist, Luna, or her love interest, a drug dealer and generally not nice guy. But the story is good and surprisingly real for a story about werewolves and witches. Beyond the supernatural creatures is a true mystery with tons of twists and turns along the way. I do think as the story goes on you begin to like Luna more, maybe you appreciate her for the hard working cop she is, or maybe you just like a bad ass. Plus what is more fun than a little CSI with werewolves? Since I have gone ahead and read the next two books I can tell you I'm hooked. I'm a sucker for authors who can craft a truly original world. In the genre of overdone werewolves and too many sex crazed vampires I welcome the Nocturne City series as a quality change of pace!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessica(Spinecracker)

    This book is o k. 2.5 stars The character development wasn't all that great -esp for the main character- ,and the over-all descriptive nature of this book left me scratching my head at times. The way CK relays the story happening around her confused me at times, and that deflated a lot of the scenes. Like describing a cast circle as a "building" (rather than walls or something) when the characters were battling inside an actual building...I was like what just happened....oh nothing, just another This book is o k. 2.5 stars The character development wasn't all that great -esp for the main character- ,and the over-all descriptive nature of this book left me scratching my head at times. The way CK relays the story happening around her confused me at times, and that deflated a lot of the scenes. Like describing a cast circle as a "building" (rather than walls or something) when the characters were battling inside an actual building...I was like what just happened....oh nothing, just another case of trying to over-describe something and in turn just confusing the hell out of me. Also, the all-important possible love connection was totally rushed. I mean he was suppose to be mated with a girl that just died....isn't that suppose to devastate a Were? She doesn't even try to give the readers a band-aid of an explanation why he could so quickly like/love? our main character. But, the world CK has begun is interesting. And even though Luna's character confuses the hell out of me (being angry just to be angry all the time doesn't really work), I went ahead and purchased the next book in the series in hopes that this is a general case of "it gets better I promise"

  19. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    Holy Hexagon, talk about a disappointment! As a HUGE fan of Kittredge's Black London books, I figured I would try out this series and see if I could find something to fill the time between Black London releases. Being as I quit this book at page 92, this series won't be the filler. Luna - heroine - is one of the most unlikable characters I've read in awhile. She is supposed to be tough-as-nails, but is more likely to get punched in the face by this reader. She is abrasive, annoying, and I'm sorry, Holy Hexagon, talk about a disappointment! As a HUGE fan of Kittredge's Black London books, I figured I would try out this series and see if I could find something to fill the time between Black London releases. Being as I quit this book at page 92, this series won't be the filler. Luna - heroine - is one of the most unlikable characters I've read in awhile. She is supposed to be tough-as-nails, but is more likely to get punched in the face by this reader. She is abrasive, annoying, and I'm sorry, but there is NO WAY that any police force would allow someone like her to be there with the way she speaks to her superiors and victim's families. A drug dealing, pimping HERO? Seriously?! I just don't think so. Brutal, over-the-top descriptive violence? I can tolerate this when the story is good. This one isn't good enough. Obnoxious cousin/roommate? Jeez Louise, isn't one obnoxious female enough in one novel? And now, almost worse than the heroine is the made-up curse words. It seemed like every page had at least one "HEX" or "HEXED" on it. Annoying to the Nth degree. Can I get my $6.99 plus tax back, please?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carlybaby

    It is absolutely bullshit to call this heroine a bitch! I've read dozens and dozens of detective novels, supernatural and not, where the male detective is an arrogant, flawed, moody "asshole" and not once have a read a review that called him out on it. If anything readers swoon at his dark, gloomy, broken, character. This is exactly the same framework except Luna is a woman. I loved the dark, annoyed way she talked to people and I absolutely adored her "bitchy" demeanour. She's tough, and moody It is absolutely bullshit to call this heroine a bitch! I've read dozens and dozens of detective novels, supernatural and not, where the male detective is an arrogant, flawed, moody "asshole" and not once have a read a review that called him out on it. If anything readers swoon at his dark, gloomy, broken, character. This is exactly the same framework except Luna is a woman. I loved the dark, annoyed way she talked to people and I absolutely adored her "bitchy" demeanour. She's tough, and moody and all messed up. Just like the first novel in a series should be!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Archer

    For the first book in a series, I liked the way it was written, it kept me interested, the way the chapters started and ended were smooth and more realistic. I am looking forward to reading more and getting to know better both Luna and Sunny better, and hopefully getting to know alot more of the dangerous man Dmitri..

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I thought it would be better.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Meagan (FranticVampireReads)

    Anyone else get that feeling when you’re reading that this is not the book you thought you were getting? That’s what happened with this book for me. I DNF’ed this at page 177, although I did skim though the rest of it to see what else was gonna happen. What I found was somewhat predictable and just kind of blah. This just wasn’t what I wanted. And it also felt somewhat problematic. Usually I love a strong and ballsy female main character. But this lady was a little to far gone on the ballsy side Anyone else get that feeling when you’re reading that this is not the book you thought you were getting? That’s what happened with this book for me. I DNF’ed this at page 177, although I did skim though the rest of it to see what else was gonna happen. What I found was somewhat predictable and just kind of blah. This just wasn’t what I wanted. And it also felt somewhat problematic. Usually I love a strong and ballsy female main character. But this lady was a little to far gone on the ballsy side for me. I get it, she’s in a predominantly male dominated line of work and has a chip on her shoulder. Luna, the MC, picked fights with just about everyone, including her cousin/housemate. Some of the fights are justified because this book is filled with blatant sexism and hostility towards women, weres, and witches. But most of them were not. It’s kind of an asshole-ish way to treat your friends and family. Luna is just a little too much of a hot headed hard-ass I think, for this to be something that I want to continue. This book just feels rough around the edges. The concept and the setting are pretty cool. But I’d rather read about literally anyone else beside Luna. I feel like there are so many other stories that are just waiting to be told within this universe. I think I’m being generous by giving this book two out of five stars.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Zann

    This book sure got a lot of one and two star reviews on this website, but I actually kinda liked it. The main character did some really stupid things, but I'm willing to cut her some slack in hopes she's not such a bone head in the next book. I also caught a reference to a certain drug's purpose being used incorrectly. My friend, who also read this book, thought Luna's cousin, Sunny, was annoying, but I liked her. I've read at least one comment pointing out that since Dimitri is described as bei This book sure got a lot of one and two star reviews on this website, but I actually kinda liked it. The main character did some really stupid things, but I'm willing to cut her some slack in hopes she's not such a bone head in the next book. I also caught a reference to a certain drug's purpose being used incorrectly. My friend, who also read this book, thought Luna's cousin, Sunny, was annoying, but I liked her. I've read at least one comment pointing out that since Dimitri is described as being a drug dealer and a pimp, he's unbelievable as a hero. If I remember correctly, he was no longer doing those things as of the beginning of this story. That was in his past and he was planning on making a fresh start with the woman he loved, but she got killed. So...I don't think of him as a pimp/drug dealer, just as a bad-ass with hero tendencies. I'm going to read the next book and see how it goes.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    My first attempt at reading this book ended up in failure. But, because it has been nominated in my UF group, I gave it a second chance. I pushed all the way to the end, though it was a struggle. It wasn't because it was a deep book at all. It was because the plot was a hot mess. Just go ahead and throw logic and reason out the window. The primary theme of the book is that a "tough-as-nails" detective throws herself into situations that she can't handle with nary a plan at all. Over and over. It s My first attempt at reading this book ended up in failure. But, because it has been nominated in my UF group, I gave it a second chance. I pushed all the way to the end, though it was a struggle. It wasn't because it was a deep book at all. It was because the plot was a hot mess. Just go ahead and throw logic and reason out the window. The primary theme of the book is that a "tough-as-nails" detective throws herself into situations that she can't handle with nary a plan at all. Over and over. It seems that in this case "tough-as-nails" means senseless bluster with nothing to back it and rushing headlong into dangerous situations. Then there is the "romantic" subplot focused on a were who just lost his mate. Huh? Because that is a great basis on which to start a relationship. This book tried to hard and failed miserably.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Smirking

    A fellow blogger asked me why I choose the books that I do. Is it the cover? The artwork in particular? The Back blurb? Maybe a title? I think my answer is a little bit of everything. While as readers we would love to be able to say don’t judge a book by its cover, but admittedly I pick up a book based on a title or a cover. These days I am less drawn to covers like the one for Night Life as I assume the book will be heavy on the romance and light on the character development and plots. Its not A fellow blogger asked me why I choose the books that I do. Is it the cover? The artwork in particular? The Back blurb? Maybe a title? I think my answer is a little bit of everything. While as readers we would love to be able to say don’t judge a book by its cover, but admittedly I pick up a book based on a title or a cover. These days I am less drawn to covers like the one for Night Life as I assume the book will be heavy on the romance and light on the character development and plots. Its not that I don’t dig romance every now and again, but I don’t want it to be the sole focus of the book I am reading. It is why, though I am a die hard romantic of the fuzzy wuzzy type, I don’t watch too many romantic comedies unless I am in ‘one of those moods’. Maybe this makes me less girly girl, but more often these days I am drawn to books by male authors or names I may not readily recognize. Why? Because I get all of that action, thrills, etc that I so often am missing in urban fantasy these days. In fact my boredom with urban fantasy of late has brought back my appetite for comic books and all things RA Salvatore and George R Martin. Or I am reading a lot of Young Adult stuff that relies more on the story than the mushy bits. But anyway I digress. I picked up Night Life based on the cover and also because it was very cheap when my Borders bookstore closed a couple of years ago (Yep, still going through that To Be Read Pile, but seriously that pile adds more comrades every other day). People had some great things to say about Caitlin and her works, so i figured why not. I love that Kittredge is a bit of a geek so I feel a sort of kinship there. Now Nightlife is yet another series that takes place in a world where magic exists and so do the things that go bump in the night. Things I really didn’t like so much: So lets go with the things I didn't love and we will leave the good news for last. I wanted to like Luna despite the pun (possibly intended) of her name. But I just couldn’t. Described as a tough as nails police detective and the best detective they have to boot, I found her to be a bit too reckless and her police work fairly shoddy. I get the whole Prime Suspect deal with having to have as much balls as the rest of your male dominated work force and yet it just fell flat to me. Yes there is a reason why people don’t like you. Its because you are a bitch. But even more so I don’t buy her as a police officer, let alone a detective (as in trying to arrest someone without a badge, warrant or even reading of rights or telling your superior that a ton of evidence is being torched). She is reckless, lacks any sort of tact and continues to act like said bitca rather than tone it down a wee bit so you don’t get your badge taken away. Plus she just does Captain Suicide sort of things like run into a bar full of werewolves who will kill you just for the fun of it. Maybe if she could really back of it up, I would shrug and go with it, but she isn't that girl. A lot of bark without bite and yes I meant that to be really stupid and punny. Even if you get over the fact that she is the stereotypical Mary Sue, she is flat and I didn’t care what happened to her. In fact I was kind of hoping Moggath would eat her. Lets get to the eye rolling romance bits now. I simply could not buy into the attraction between Luna and Dmitri. Half the time, I wasn’t sure what Dimitri saw in Luna. His lover had just been brutally murdered and her death struck him hard to the point of making him emotionally unstable so for him to suddenly switch affections to Luna made me question his character and just how in love he actually had been. Maybe that’s just me. But he was just as inconsistent as Luna. Seriously choose a role and an attitude and stick with it. Besides the fact that a pimp drug dealer who “managed” his dead prostitute girlfriend is really what gets the butterflies all a flutter and compels me to jump your bones. In fact most of the men in the book are a#$hats and apparently stick to the antiquated mentality that women are the weaker sex and belong barefoot and pregnant at home. Things I sort of liked:Okay so now for the good news. It was a very quick read. So yay for that part. And I did pick it up because of the cover and title, so.... shouldn't do that again. I will say that Kittredge did a good job with the world building. I liked the various neighborhoods of the city and how each played a part of the whole, the different populations that lived in them and the way they are viewed by the larger population. Sunny and Luna’s grandmother were decent characters though again very stereotypical and mostly flat instead of fully realized characters. I did finish it so that is a plus, apparently the plot was engaging enough (despite the many plot holes) that I finished it and there have been some books that are too horrible for me to even finish (Sorry Twilight fans). In all it was not good. It is mediocrity at its worst sadly and to be honest I think one of the reasons why urban fantasy has such a bad rap these days. Which is sad as I am really rooting for most people in the genre. Sorry Kittredge but I wont be picking up the next one, but I wish you well. Buy or Borrow: Borrow Part of: A Series Also Recommended: Ilona Andrews and the Kate Daniels series is nice for the world building, detective touch. For werewolves, I would go with Patricia Briggs and her Mercy Thompson series. Now if you are liking some grit, why not try the Felix Castor series by Mike Carey or for a male protagonist try Kate Griffin’s Midnight Mayor Saga.



  27. 4 out of 5

    Kaotic

    The book follows a female detective who also happens to be a werewolf. Not exactly an original premise by any means, but I was willing to give it a try. It wasn't long, however, before I could tell that this wouldn't be the book for me. Everyone on the force treated the main character like garbage because she was a woman. The author tried to make her seem like she was a "strong female lead against adversity" but only succeeded in making her seem like a bitch. I couldn't find an ounce of sympathy The book follows a female detective who also happens to be a werewolf. Not exactly an original premise by any means, but I was willing to give it a try. It wasn't long, however, before I could tell that this wouldn't be the book for me. Everyone on the force treated the main character like garbage because she was a woman. The author tried to make her seem like she was a "strong female lead against adversity" but only succeeded in making her seem like a bitch. I couldn't find an ounce of sympathy for her. The story took a few predictable twists and turns as it went, but nothing really captured my interest. I love fantasy stories, but this pandered to the lowest levels it felt.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Started and finished it in one day. Not bad but not great. Not a whole lot of detail about the magic users and the main character's back story. Also, they say Hex a lot but the meaning doesn't get explained too much and it's used WAY too much and in awkward places too; like it's a curse word but the characters say it at the most random times. Annoyed me a lot lol I'll read the next one cause they're quick reads but by no means are they the best werewolf books I've read. Started and finished it in one day. Not bad but not great. Not a whole lot of detail about the magic users and the main character's back story. Also, they say Hex a lot but the meaning doesn't get explained too much and it's used WAY too much and in awkward places too; like it's a curse word but the characters say it at the most random times. Annoyed me a lot lol I'll read the next one cause they're quick reads but by no means are they the best werewolf books I've read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    First in the Nocturne City urban fantasy series about two cousins: one a blood witch and the other a bitten werewolf/cop set in an alternate Earth. My Take I really wanted to like this since I love her Black London series so much. I gave it a "2" instead of a "1" because Kittredge does have an interesting concept. Just wish her editor had worked with her more. Kittredge was so busy dropping hints that very little actually was clear. Not much tension built up for the demon, the "ancient evil". It wa First in the Nocturne City urban fantasy series about two cousins: one a blood witch and the other a bitten werewolf/cop set in an alternate Earth. My Take I really wanted to like this since I love her Black London series so much. I gave it a "2" instead of a "1" because Kittredge does have an interesting concept. Just wish her editor had worked with her more. Kittredge was so busy dropping hints that very little actually was clear. Not much tension built up for the demon, the "ancient evil". It was kind of weird that all the victims had Slavic last names; I kept waiting for a connection. WTF. Kittredge has Luna doing all kinds of stupid things both on and off the job. It's like she's watched too many cop shows and wants Luna to be this hard ass, but hasn't a clue how to make her one. She just comes across as an idiot. A childish, immature fool. She keeps telling one of the suspects [whom she is convinced is not…a suspect, that is] everything about the case. I mean, c'mon, the guy is an Alpha leader, and he has told her from the get-go that he is obligated to seek revenge and then she's all surprised when he wants to follow through on "what he has already told her"! But, hey, she figures that he's "going to figure it out eventually". Oh, well, that's all right then. She's constantly reminding him that she's a cop; then she calls him up for backup, for a gun, for a ride to the crime scene… Luna jumps into situations without thought or investigation. Is it any surprise how easy it is to set her up for murders??? I just wanted to grab a gun and shoot her myself. Put her out of everyone's misery. Yup, Luna is a tad concerned about using her department-issue cellphone as part of a spell. Well, hey, it's got a photograph on it of a sigil, and they need the photograph. The fact that Luna has state-of-the-art computer equipment on which she could simply print the image off is…um…well, that would require thinking. Luna's actions when she wants her hated grandmother, Rhoda, to call the mark are just childish and stupid…are you picking up on the theme, yet? Okay, in the scene where Dmitri and Luna are searching the DA's house and they enter Stephen's bedroom, I do not understand why having the room decorated in his school colors, the portrait of him in his lacrosse uniform, or mostly trophies in the bookcase instead of books makes the kid screwed up. Wouldn't it have been considered more of a sign of "oddity" if the kid had had books instead of the trophies?? Then there's the attic where Stephen is changing, and Luna just has to stick around for it. Please, God, let Stephen bite her to death!! The penultimate scene is symptomatic of the rest — her stupid, unthinking approach. I think Kittredge was tired of the story by this point and just wanted it over with. Then there's this whole romance with Dmitri. I can't tell if it's supposed to be a trashy, violent "courtship" or if Kittredge just doesn't know how to find that balance between a truly awkward romance and the usual "oh, I don't want to be attracted" one. Awkward, irritating, and I think I'll skip the rest of the series. The Story Girls are being horribly murdered, and Luna can't tell anyone that it's a werewolf. She must work the case with hostile cops, hostile suspects, and hostile witnesses all around her [yeah, I know why everyone is hostile towards Luna; even her cousin is hostile! I certainly can't find the attraction Dmitri sees]. As the case evolves, a DA's son becomes involved. Witchcraft beyond the expected marks her. Somehow Luna must balance pack law with unknown magics and an ancient criminal case that threatens to unleash a daemon that will destroy the world. The Characters Detective Luna Wilder is the cop-slash-werewolf…is this name a "cliché" or what??? with a mouth that just can't stop and a brain that just won't think. And, no. Only her lieutenant, Troy McAllister, knows that Luna has some really hairy issues once a month. Sunflower "Sunny" is Luna's cousin and roommate. As a blood-witch, she's trying to help Luna figure out a way to avoid the change at the full moon. I suspect she's almost as fed up with Luna's mouth and brain as I am. The assholes all include Wilbur Roenburg, Luna's captain and one of the cops not in favor of a woman on the force; Regan Lockhart, an assistant to the District Attorney, Alistair Duncan whose son, Stephen Duncan, is one of the suspects; and, Detective David Bryson is a sexual harassment lawsuit walking around. Dmitri Sandovsky is an Alpha with his own Pack in Ghosttown. Luna thinks he's a sexy hunk, irresistible enough to ignore a wide range of departmental regulations. The Cover Well, except for the eyes on the cover model [whom I assume is Luna], the cover is generic enough with its very-elaborate, fuchsia pentagram projected onto the dark behind the tank top-clad woman wearing the pentagram necklace.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Coucher de soleil

    Generally I enjoyed this one, although it did have some flaws. Good points: The main character was admittedly another example in a long line of mouthy female lead characters in urban fantasy novels, yet was still quite likeable despite the use of this familiar trope. The plot was generally gripping and flowed along quite well. The world building was very interesting (I enjoyed the descriptions of the city, along with its problems, as well as the conflict between the supernatural and non supernatu Generally I enjoyed this one, although it did have some flaws. Good points: The main character was admittedly another example in a long line of mouthy female lead characters in urban fantasy novels, yet was still quite likeable despite the use of this familiar trope. The plot was generally gripping and flowed along quite well. The world building was very interesting (I enjoyed the descriptions of the city, along with its problems, as well as the conflict between the supernatural and non supernatural worlds, for instance). The other characters were also well drawn. Bad points: One aspect which seemed to me to be particularly problematic in this novel (and which did eventually result in my reducing the rating I assigned this book from 4 to 3 stars) was the way in which various elements were left unresolved by the end of the novel, presumably to be deal with in future novels. I can accept an underlying arc in a series of novels (or in television episodes, films, etc.). It does seem to me however that this needs to be done in such a way that certain fundamental and more immediate story elements are resolved within each installment -otherwise this tends to leave the reader with the feeling that things have been intentionally left hanging so as to rope them into reading the next book. In other words, I speak of the difference between having an underlying continuing story and having the end of the story essentially truncated. Unfortunately, the end of this novel tended to fall into the latter category. Spoiler space... * * * * * * All right. One example of this, it seems to me, was one character named Regan Lockhart. For part of the novel, he was the most frightening character in the book and was presented as the most likely suspect in the murders being investigated by the main character. Yet by the end of the novel, we still knew nothing about him. Why the murders occured was also dealt with quite summarily, meaning that what the reader had learned by the end of the book can be summarized as follows. A blood witch wanted power ('cause that's what blood witches tend to want, apparently?) and killed a bunch of women to raise a demon. The end. Nothing much was explained about Lockhart. Nothing much was said about any potential consequences of an attack on the main character by another group of blood witches earlier in the novel (I will also mention that the main character is a cop, which makes this somewhat ubelievable IMHO). Nothing much was explained about the apparently special nature of the demon raised by the aforementioned main evil blood witch, nothing much (i.e. one line at the end the novel!) was said about how all the policemen who cooperated with the blood witch are to be dealt with (there was a mention of Internal Affairs and the main character was suddenly back on the force), nothing was put forth to explain why or how so many veteran police officers were working for this blood witch (other than the fact that this witch was also a lawyer and DA, which does not seem to me to be much of an explanation). Do you begin to see my point? The second unsuccessful aspect involved the love interest of the main character (i.e. Dmitri). Unlike another reviewer which I read somewhere, I can accept the idea of the main character's love interest having been involved in crime (=drugs, prostitution). What I had more difficulty with was the first 'love' (I use this word with full irony here) scene between the main character and this Dmitri. While I could see that the author was going for a scene that was edgy and which fit the two characters (they both seem a bit cynical given various events in their lives), this did not work for me. In particular, the scene is quite rough with more than one mention of her feeling pain, as well as the fact that they both shifted partially during the act such that his organ became larger and hurt her (I believe the phrase was something along the lines of 'feeling as if she was a virgin'). And then she has an orgasm. Eeep. And ouch. What doesn't work here is that it simply is not clear enough that the main character felt *pleasure*. So, while I would not go so far as to say that there were issues with/dubious consent on her part, it was not clear that she enjoyed herself, except for the orgasm which almost felt 'tacked on' to the end of the scene. (This is just my 0.02$, since I think that if one writes a sex scene, one should aim to write it well.) The third and final aspect which was somewhat problematic to my mind, was the fact that the main character did not seem to realize or care that her sarcasm and lack of tact could and probably did hurt the people around her. I can accept a character having had a hard life and being hardened by this. I can also heartily accept her being ready and willing to tell off those people around her who deserve it. What I have more difficulty with however is the fact that she generally seemed oblivious to the fact that her words and her attitude could hurt. (She did occasionally apologize to her cousin for instance, but did not seem to have that much respect for her, despite the fact that her cousin genuinely tried to be there for her.) She was still a likeable character, but this was a little incongruous with the rest of the story and character.

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