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Sara's Review: A Kiss of Shadows: Meredith Gentry, Book 1 Laurell K. Hamilton (Author), Laur

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Publisher: Ballantine Books

Released: January 18, 2001

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Length: 480 pages

Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audiobook

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Meet Merry Gentry, paranormal P.I., and enter a thrilling, sensual world as dangerous as it is beautiful, full of earthly pleasures and dazzling magic, and ruled by the all-consuming passions of immortal beings once worshipped as gods . . . or demons. Merry Gentry, princess of the high court of Faerie, is posing as a human in Los Angeles, working as a private investigator specializing in supernatural crime. But now the queen’s assassin has been dispatched to fetch her—whether she likes it or not. Suddenly Merry finds herself a pawn in her dreaded aunt’s plans. The job that awaits her: enjoy the constant company of the most beautiful immortal men in the world. The reward: the crown—and the opportunity to continue to live. The penalty for failure: death.

Three Boundless Stars

Laurell K. Hamilton had been on my TBR list forever, and when I say forever, I mean years. I had originally thought about reading the Anita Blake series, but it never quite appealed to me; so Meredith Gentry wound up on the TBR list, I was finally offered the first audiobook in the series for a steal, so I jumped on it.

I’m not sure what it was, but I had trouble getting into this audiobook. Even my husband came in and commented that he didn’t care for the narrator. I think it was Merlington’s voice, it was like being spoken to by a scolding principal, or librarian. It just didn’t fit my idea of a young character.

As for the story; all I’ve ever heard was how incredibly erotic Hamilton’s books are. Maybe I’ve just read some kinky stuff, because this book was tame, to me, it was on the verge of yawn. The only kind of emotion I felt was revolution, and a bit of holding back bile during the blood drinking scene. That was just disgusting; I will say spot on for the imagery! Point to Hamilton!

The world is intricate, with many creatures and intrigue. However, the overall plot just didn’t capture my interest enough, so I really didn’t care where the overall story was going. This first book was good, but I didn’t fall in love with it so much that I am dying to find out what happens next.

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