Review: The Renfield Syndrome (Rhiannon’s Law #2) by J.A. Saare

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Mundania (August 23rd 2011)
How I got this book: Free from a giveaway at The Book Vixen
Links: Amazon Goodreads

Blurb from Goodreads:

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.

My rating: 3.5/5 Stars – Could’ve been better, but I really liked it overall.

Review:

Once again, J.A. Saare turns out a dark, gritty urban fantasy that had me gripping the edge of my seat.  This book takes the worldbuilding up a notch, transporting us to a post-apocalyptic future where Rhiannon must learn to survive and navigate the supernatural all over again.

I love Rhiannon; she’s tough as nails, she never gives up, and she refuses to take crap from anyone.  The fight scenes in this series are awesome because Rhiannon fights dirty.  No fancy martial arts, just out-and-out brawling to stay alive.  But even though she kicks a ton of butt, Rhiannon also has a vulnerable side, and the events that take place in The Renfield Syndrome really put her through the emotional grinder.  At certain points, the relationship angst is painful to read.  In the end, though, all of the emotional torment adds layers to the supporting characters and gives Rhiannon the strength to heal and grow as a person.

Like the first book, this one has some typos that could have been fixed with a little more editing, and the writing isn’t always smooth.  But, overall, The Renfield Syndrome is a dramatic, sexy, entertaining sequel, and I really enjoyed it.  I’m looking forward to book three, The Ripple Effect, coming out in 2012.

Reading Order:

  • Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Betweenread my review
  • The Renfield Syndrome
  • The Ripple Effect, to be released in 2012

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About Lesley

I love big dogs, ravioli, and all things nerdy. Books are my crack.
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