Suosittelen kaikille jännitystä ja pientä romantiikkaa etsiville - mutta varaudu sydämentykytykseen ja sydänsuruun! Tämä tarina naurattaa, ja nostaa tunteet pintaan. Hunter ei ole kovin tunnettu kirjailija (vielä), mutta osaa asiansa ja varmasti hänestä tullaan kuulemaan enemmän kun suuri yleisö löytäisi vain hänen kirjansa. Suosittelen, ihan täydellä sydämellä - takaan että haluat kakkososan saman tien!
Librarians & Vampires
By Marina Ariadne
I’ve seen a few of these combo stories on offer lately. Bemusing concept, and while I’m not a vampire addict, I approve. I am much more interested in elemental stories, and guess what? For a certain value of elemental, it’s here as well.
I suppose if Ms Hunter, for whom this book is my introduction to her work, feels the need for a fifth book in the series, it could feature something of Spirit, which many Pagani know as the fifth element—yes, the movie got that summoning correct.
Here we have a proto-librarian, off to UCLA the August after she graduates college, to get an MLIS. Working evening hours in the rare book/research area of the University (Rice?) Library introduces her to a fire-affiliated vampire, who has charm up the wazoo, even without special vampire powers.
These vampires can see themselves in mirrors, but I’m not sure about photos. They do *not* sparkle, nor stay awake/active/outdoors during daylight hours. Otherwise they are vampires of legend, but nicer and not broody for the most part.
Every time I see Beatrice’s name, I hear the Italian pronunciation: bay-ah-tree-chay. She thinks her name is too “old woman”, and goes by B. Her family name, De Novo, I have to remember that it’s *not* di Nozzo. The vampire’s name is Giovanni Vecchio: John Old in English.
Unknown to her growing up, her father, a Dante scholar on a research trip to Italy when B was ten, was not killed in an auto accident, but killed and then turned. Not sure when her mother disappeared, but she’s never mentioned save for that. B went to live with her father’s parents.
She was messed up as a teen, had no deep interest in Dante, but a research librarian feels very right to her.
She feels interesting to Gio, who wants to find her father, who may know the fate of the library of his early years, before Savonarola’s “bonfire of vanities” in the late 15th century. Gio alternately scares and fascinates her.
Gio needs Internet research, but his ties to fire make most electronics break. B can do it for him, and he hires her as a part time assistant.
Her preferred style of dress is black and Doc Martin boots. She’s very good at her job in the rare book area, generally bright and perceptive, and a whiz researcher on the Net. She’s very good at managing the investment of her father’s estate. This talent comes up later in the book.
I prefer a character-focal novel, and MsHunter’s character development is excellent, but so is the plot. Nothing was telegraphed to me, and given the ending, I look forward to the more of their stories throughout the rest of the series.
What are you waiting for? Get this book in any format, by purchase or library checkout, and start reading.
A “best read.”
Wonderful story with unforgettable characters. One of the best I have read. If you are looking for the usual “paranormal story,” you won’t find it here. I was very happy to have found and read this book.
Had to finish all the rest when I was finished with this one. This series has a bit of everything.
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By Issy's MomMom
Buy the boxed set, you will want to read them all!!!
I couldn't put it down, what a great story, Elizabeth Hunter is my new favorite writer, this book is well done!!!
Avid reader here. Must read! Enjoyed the first book very much, so I came back and bought others. Great stand alone also.
Fun stuff people!Lovable characters, engaging storyline. Thanks!
I loved this book!
What a great story! I cannot wait to read the next in series. Giovanni is a multi-layered piece of chocolate that you keep unwrapping to get to the next yummy part. I have always since I was a little girl had a romantic love story in my head/dreams featuring a handsome vampire....my goodness, so far this story would be it! I am in love...
A very good series!
By Penny Yen
I read the whole series in about two and a half days. I just couldn't put the books down!
One of the things I really enjoyed about these books is that I found B's emotional outbursts to be much, but there are people out there who are emotional and she acts just like them.
The characters I found believable and a joy to be around.
The only negative thing I can say about Ms Hunters writing style, is some of it is repetitive. But the again, when I speak I do use the same words over and over again!
A true keeper!
This book is one of those treasures that compelled me to immediately purchase the whole series so that I could immerse myself in The Elemental Mysteries universe. Lovable characters, engaging dialog, unique plot lines, intriguing mystery, and more! And to top it off, even my husband fell in love with this series. Elizabeth Hunter's books will remain in our permanent elibrary, that for sure!