Sunday, August 4, 2013

REVIEW: Hunger Embraced by Jennifer James


She’s fed up with being fed on. All Miranda Thibodeaux really wants to do is survive corporate hell and be left alone. But as the daughter of the Incubi king, being left alone isn’t on her schedule. And as an avatar to a goddess with multiple personality issues, taking things in stride isn’t either. Daniel looks like an ordinary surfer boy--T. T. B.--Tall, Tanned, and Blond. Hot he may be, but ordinary he’s not. Beneath the pretty packaging lies a ruthless warrior, a servant to the Vampire Council. His mission is to find Miranda and present her to the council, then get the hell out of Dodge before he loses his focus. The last thing he needs is the distraction of the testy female. When circumstances force Miranda to turn to T.T.B. for help, they both end up with more than they bargained for. And that normal human life she wanted? Not really doable when everyone wants a piece of her...

Title:  Hunger Embraced
Series:  Hunger
Book #: 1
Author:  Jennifer James
Approximate Book Length:  251 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit


This might be one of the most unique Urban Fantasy stories I’ve read. It focuses primarily on vampires, but four specifically different types. There’s a Goddess, a council, were-creatures, and of course our vampires in various shapes and sizes. The way the book is written makes it all very mysterious and we learn little by little both through exposition and through the heroine learning things herself.

It’s because of that writing that you get so connected to Miranda. She’s had a rough deal, and while she might not have handled it the best, you can’t much blame her. Then to be thrown into a whirlpool of “WTF?” – yeah I’d be a little freaked too. There are some pretty dark passages in this book, both literally and figuratively, that can be pretty heartbreaking, but at least she’s got Daniel to help guide her through, as well as Gregory who is just an added perk. It’s Miranda’s snark helps lighten things and the connection between her and both men is fun, sexy, and endearing.

As neat as the story itself was, with Miranda discovering so much about herself and the world she was born into, the book had a few hiccups. For one, as hot as the sex scenes were, they often had some awkward circumstances (and I don’t mean realistic awkward like “OMG did I just fart?”, but questionable consent or an unwanted audience kind of awkward) and that made a few of the scenes a little difficult for me. My only other complaint is that the author drops a couple nerd candy nibblets here and there which I love, but they’re inaccurate which kind of defeats the purpose.

Other than that, I enjoyed it. I love the mythology angle and I appreciate that it wasn’t largely predictable. I was on the crazy train every bit as much as Miranda. I was expecting more from the climax of the story, but it was still very good with lots of action and a strong impact. I’m just mad about the cliffhanger ending! I can’t wait for book 2 with more of Miri, Daniel, and Gregory, and to meet Miri’s friend Anna again plus more I’m sure!

Bottom Line:

Hunger Embraced is an enthralling UF story with compelling characters that will keep you engaged until the very last word. Villains you’ll love to hate, vampires galore, and a world of paranormal that will keep you guessing, it’s a story you won’t soon forget. The author is known for her witty writing, and this book doesn’t disappoint. She’s woven an awesome tale that will leave you clamoring for more.



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