Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Book Lovin Bitches Book Tour & Review: Spiral X #11

Spiral X (The Eternal War)
Author: J.J. Westendarp
Title: Spiral X
Publish Date: Oct 29, 2010
Buy: Amazon
Copy Provided By: Book Lovin' Bitches Ebook Tours and the author
Book Blurb: Cheryl Erikson is a Vampire Hunter with a problem. A dangerous new drug named Plast has found its way onto the streets of Dallas. She would prefer to let the DEA and local law enforcement handle everything, but since the dealers also happen to be vampires, she has no choice but to step in and put a stop to it.

With the help of her best friend Virgil and a fellow Hunter named Tank, Cheryl must work to eradicate Plast from the streets of Dallas. It's a task that becomes more difficult as she comes under the gun, quite literally, from a contract out on her head. Coupled with a nosy police detective looking to peg her for a triple homicide, and a sudden interest in her activities from a powerful vampire recently arrived in the area, it's enough to force her to accept help from the least likely of sources, a mysterious Hunter named Rev. Through him, everything she thinks she knows, and everything she stands for, is challenged in ways she never imagined.

Review: Spiral X is not your typical vampire story. I was thrilled to dive into a book where the vampires weren't civilized. The vampires Cheryl hunts are downright evil and they are part of a nasty drug operation in Dallas/Fort Worth.

This book was very fast paced and Cheryl felt like a more grown up, ass kicking Buffy, with a touch of the characters from Demons.  She's a hunter, but I kept thinking, she's smiting those vamps! She was totally bad ass. There's no other way to describe her and so are most of her friends. And that cast of characters is really interesting, from Virgil, her homosexual BFF, Tank, a fellow hunter, to the crooks and teachers she's had throughout the years.

Westendarp really creates some "real" characters and though they have some fantastic abilities, he keeps the humanity there too. It was great to see a character like Cheryl, be able to kick butt and still be heartbroken over the loss of her "uncle" Don.  People will like Cheryl because she's so strong and as you learn more about her, you marvel at how she can be that way at 22.

Westendarp also offers a lot of twists and turns as Cheryl seeks to uncover the source of the drug Plast, while ridding her turf of any vamps and demons that come her way. It really makes for a gripping read.  He also offers an interesting take on the vampire legend.

Here's hoping he decides to continue with Cheryl's character in the future. I think there could be a lot of interesting stories that could wrap around her character.

Rating: 4 flowers





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Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of the Book Lovin' Bitches Ebook Tours and a copy was provided to me by the author, although payment may have been received by Book Lovin' Bitches Ebook Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review nor was there an obligation to write a positive one. All opinions expressed here are entirely mine and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.





3 comments:

Brenda said...

Great review! I really enjoyed this book too. Here's hoping the author turns it into a series!

Miranda @ My Eclectic Bookshelf said...

Great Review and I can tell you there will be more for Cheryl, I have a good source that says J.J. is starting on the next installment already!! I am so glad you enjoyed this book!! Love seeing more and more discover him :)

Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

Very nice review! I'm scheduled to post a review on Monday. So thanks for the sneak peek into the book before I read it! :)

 
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