Nightshade by Michelle Rowen {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 20 March, 2013 by Amanda / 14 Comments

Nightshade by Michelle Rowen {Amanda’s Review}Nightshade by Michelle Rowen
Series: Nightshade #1
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

Jillian Conrad never believed in vampires-until she was unwillingly injected with a serum that was supposed to act as a deadly poison to them. Now, tormented half-vampire Declan Reese wants her blood to destroy the undead kingdom. Unfortunately, the serum has also made her blood irresistible to all vampires-including Declan, whose desire for Jillian is more than mere hunger.

Great scientific twist to vampire lore.

My Thoughts on Nightshade

I’ve been on an urban fantasy kick lately, and Nightshade satisfied my craving for more UF. (MOAR UF!) This was another UF that wasn’t OHMAHGAWD AMAZING, but it was good, and I read it in a day. That doesn’t happen with many books anymore.

Nightshade has a particularly interesting twist on the normal supernatural UF. SCIENCE. (And I can see why Tara liked it.) It was definitely a seamless addition to the world building, and it was fabulously done.

The only thing that really knocked this from an 8 to a 7 for me was the pace of the plot. It seemed like it went on too long, and that gave me the opportunity to start questioning things. (And questioning always leads to getting critical for me.) Don’t get me wrong; I liked what happened. It just seemed like it should have ended earlier, if that makes sense.

But I LIKED what happened. And guys, THINGS HAPPEN. It was fun and deceiving and intriguing and awesome. Jillian really draws the short end of the stick with this, but she deals, and deals pretty well, at  that. Nothing is ever quite what you think it is. And the romance… that has me intrigued for what happens in the next book. There are enough questions left remaining that THINGS could really HAPPEN.



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14 Responses to “Nightshade by Michelle Rowen {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. UF has had me wrapped up in its web too. Fun, Action & not too much thinking. I love the books where the heroines aren’t necessarily full of awe inspiring power or skill BUT deal ;) thanks for the recommend.

  2. YESSSSS!! I LOVE UF!! Filled with kick-ass gals and too hot (is there such a thing as too hot? Nah.) men, I’m all over it. It’s been a while since I read this one but I do remember enjoying it! Wish I had time to reread all these awesome series.

  3. I’m the same way Amanda! It’s like if an author gives me too much rope, I’ll hang them with it. If things keep moving and we get to a satisfying end, I’m good to go, but if things start to meander or drag out just a bit, then I get hyper critical. I don’t know why I do it or how to stop it, but leaving me ample time to question characters and events is always problematic:) That makes me sound awful, right? *hangs head* Still, I’m glad this one was successful overall even with a few questions popping up for you:)

    • I don’t think it makes you sound awful! (Or if it does, I’m awful too. So we can be awful together. Either way, it works.) I think that when a plot feels like it drags, it’s going to free your brain for other things, like asking more critical questions. If you’re engaged fully in the plot, you can’t do anything except READ. :)

  4. MOAR UF! I glutted myself on UF a while back and have had to tread lightly in this genre since (a book here, a book there, no more 15 book reading binges!). But I think I’m ready to get back to it. Also, I love when THINGS HAPPEN!


  5. I never bought a copy of this back when it came out because it seemed like a good book but not the best UF there is out there. I might have to change my mind in order to give this one a try.

    Thanks for the great review! I’m glad that you liked the book and I hope the plot in the second is a little more upbeat!