Caris: Axe…I write vampires…there has to be blood somewhere really fast.
Caris: DingDongs…again…hello, chocolate!
Caris: Tacos, I like the crunch.
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How do I know a book deserves a 5 Sheep rating from me? I start writing my review before I am done with the book. So here I am about 60% done (reading on a kindle) and I feel the need to write some stuff down. So I have, now I will go back and finish the book, then bask in its afterglow and come back to finish what I have started :)
Vampires, and werewolves, and demons, oh my.
Rhiannon thought facing off against a deranged child vampire was the most dangerous task she would ever have to undertake, but she's about to discover making a deal with a demon is far, far worse. Sent forward into another reality, one in which vampires are now dominating nearly extinct humans, she realizes the sooner she returns to her vampire lover, Disco, the better.
Unfortunately, time changes a lot of things, including those most trusted around her. When she's faced with a loss and betrayal unlike any she has ever known, her focus shifts from severing the debt between the demon that wants to kill her, to exacting a revenge that will bring forth consequences she never could have fathomed. By reaching out to the darkness lingering within her, she'll find the strength to push forward despite the circumstances that would see her dead and buried.
After all, when it's all said and done, all that she has left to lose is her soul .
See? I’m back! This is the second book in the Rhiannon’s Law series and it did not disappoint. The first book Dead, Undead or Somewhere in Between was a kick-ass Urban Fantasy where we meet Rhiannon and her f***ed up life (her words). Her tragic childhood has left her angry and mistrustful and her sister heavily medicated in a psychiatric ward. On top of all this she is a necromancer and can see ghosts.
Rhiannon is my kind of UF heroine. She is emotionally damaged, but her ass can cash the checks her mouth writes. She reminds me of Joanna Archer from Vicki Pettersson’s Signs of the Zodiac series. One of the elements of a dark UF is there is no long lasting happiness for the heroine. The author might throw her a bone occasionally, but only so they can take it away later on.
The Renfield Syndrome picks up right where the first book left off, with Rhiannon sent 101 years in to the future, and things are very wrong there. I can’t talk about any of the plot because so many things have changed for Rhiannon, her friends and the world as she knows it. I will say that the existence of Vampires, Lycans and Demons is no longer a secret and humans are now an endangered species.
This story takes Rhiannon and the reader on a rollercoaster of emotions. I cried, laughed and cussed right along with Rhiannon. It is just as action-packed as the first book, but where the first one was about Rhiannon learning to trust others, this one is about betrayal of that fragile trust. But no matter what crap the author throws at her she doesn’t break. She has vulnerabilities, but unlike most heroines, she doesn’t soften throughout the series, and if you try to poke her soft spot…she will still f*** your s*** up (her words!).
What all fans of this series are probably most happy about is Saare didn’t leave us hanging from that damn cliff again
You really need to read the first book Dead, Undead or Somewhere in Between before reading this one. If you love dark UF like I do, you will not be sorry.
You can buy The Renfield Syndrome here right now for only $3.89
You can buy Dead, Undead or Somewhere in Between here
Some of my favorite lines, and I apologize for Rhiannon’s language ahead of time ;)
“Stay in a big a** bus full of scary ass men from the future? Thanks for the offer, but I had to f***ing pass.”
“Holy f***ing God. The New York of the future was not a New York of which I approved.”
“Here’s the deal, Lucille. My ass is grass regardless. I owe a debt to a demon. I have less than forty-eight hours to end it. Right now, the odds of doing that are pretty slim. I’m doomed no matter what happens. If I’m going to go, I’m going to do what the f*** I want in the time I have left.”
“That was a fully loaded statement, complete with sour cream and bacon bits”
“Do or die. Life or death. I’d been there before, and I wasn’t afraid.”5 foul mouthed Sheep!
illustrations: Brett Weldele
writer: Philip Gelatt
Why are the most elite black-op forces chasing a 16 year old girl across the country? Why can’t they find her? And why do they want to kill her? Because they think Lila Ellerman is a terrorist who released a deadly virus into the wild. But really, she’s just a girl with a crush on a guy named Brandon. Yes, she’s figured out the science of controlling anit-matter, but that doesn’t make her a criminal. Will she be able to protect her friends and keep them from being taken prisoner, or worse?
Issue #2 introduces us to Lila. She is a Vitro that works for Marinus Labs, a corporation that hired as many Vitros as it could and created a kind of boarding school atmosphere for them to work in. We aren’t given much more information about this organization in this issue, but it is clear they might not have the world’s best interests in mind.
Lila and her friends end up barely escaping with their lives when the lab blows up, but they quickly discover they have been blamed. Now, not only are they fugitives, Lila has been pegged as the mastermind behind the lab explosion.
I love Lila’s character. She is Buffy-esque, and has become the reluctant leader of the genius fugitives while trying to get some quality making-out time with her (maybe) boyfriend Brandon. Things were going pretty well when a stranger shows up and tells her to go quietly when “they” come. Then all hell breaks loose.
I am definitely intrigued by this series and look forward to the next issue when we I think we meet the person behind the Virto’s betrayal.
Here is a little snippet from Lila:
“I never thought I could be intimidating. Turns out all it takes is the properly applied use of pyrotechnics. A dash of physical force, and a flair for the dramatic. A week ago, I’d never given a single thought on how to I might be able to make a grown man shit himself.”
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