Title: Crimson Night
Series: Night Series: Book One
Author: Marie Hall
Publisher: Marie Hall Publishing
Publication date: September 5th 2013
Page Count: 300 pages
Age Rating: Adult (semi-explicit sexual scenes, mentions of pedophilia)
How I got my hot little hands on it: Received a free ARC to review
Welcome to Carnivale Diabolique ― or what I affectionally like to call the circus of the damned.
My name is Pandora, and though my face might not seem familiar to you, you do know me. I’m a Nephilim. What does that mean? I’m half demon, what’s my other name? Lust. I’m the dark craving that drives you mad, makes you want, makes you reckless and stupid. I’m the drug you’ll do anything to get your hands on. But I’m not all bad. I fight for light, for goodness and truth. I love my job, killing vampires and werewolves, zombies, and freaks… it’s what makes me happy.
But people are starting to disappear and lately I’ve felt a dark presence lurking around me. I think it might be a death priest, that’s not good. There isn’t much a demon like me fears, but I fear them. This should have been easy, me killing the fanged freaks, getting rid of my pesky priest problem, but I’m about to be betrayed by the one person I thought I could trust with my life and before the night is through I’ll be covered in crimson…
The real strengths of this book come from the characters and the story. You have to really get involved and get to know both before the book really takes off. There’s a snowball affect here, as the story builds and builds and begins to really take shape it soon takes on a life of its own. A quarter of the way into the book, it sucked me in and I finished the other 75% in one sitting – I just couldn’t put it down.
The main character, Pandora, is extremely likable and relatable – even if she is part demon. Her goals, her motivations – she’s someone you want to cheer on. The rest of the cast, from the Carnivale Diabolique and beyond, were also well-rounded and interesting – no cardboard characters here!
The sex elements and scenes were well written with just enough details to keep things hot, while the story itself twists and turns and builds to a breathtaking climax you never see coming. This is the first in the Night series, and after reading this one, I definitely can’t wait to read the next.
In honor of our fiery heroine and her dark, crimson night: World Market® Red Velvet Coffee. Decadent chocolate and spicy cinnamon with a ribbon of sweetness to hold it all together – the perfect compliment to the sexy, fierce, and surprisingly vulnerable Pandora.