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Review: Vampire’s Hunger (Awakening #1) by Cynthia Garner

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Review: Vampire’s Hunger (Awakening #1) by Cynthia GarnerVampire's Hunger by Cynthia Garner
Series: The Awakening #1
Published by: Forever Yours, Grand Central Publishing on 4/1/2014
Genres: Adult, PNR, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 224
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, civilization no longer exists, and only the strongest survive. The few remaining humans must band together with supernatural beings to battle unspeakable evil—or all hope will be lost.

Kimber Treat is an ordinary woman with an extraordinary gift: she can raise the dead. As a necromancer who works with the police, she communicates with murder victims to bring their killers to justice. But after a normal session goes horribly wrong, Kimber realizes she's summoned something dark and sinister. She's unwittingly unleashed the apocalypse, and everyone blames her . . . except Duncan MacDonnough, the devastatingly handsome vampire she can't stop fantasizing about.

As society shuts down and flesh-eating hordes close in, Duncan vows to protect Kimber. He can keep her safe from others—but not from the insatiable carnal hunger he feels for her. Now racing to reverse the chaos she's unleashed, Kimber can't afford any distractions. But even as she succumbs to Duncan's seduction, she fears that he has a hidden agenda. And with the line between life and death starting to blur, his secrets might kill her-or worse . . .





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I’m not the biggest fan of zombies. This is the first one I’ve read that I’ve actually finished without losing my stomach contents. At times they seem an afterthought. But this does contain some high heat and teeters between romance and erotic romance. If you’re looking for a straight-up post apocalypse read, you won’t find it here.


I’m a romance junkie. Same love different setting type person so this one appeared right up my alley, and for the most part it was. I would’ve enjoyed a bit more world building. That was the first thing i noticed when I hit the 60% mark. We still didn’t know jack about the necromancers aside from that Kimber is one, the police used them, they are responsible for the zombies, and that she isn’t the only one in the world. … That’s all on the blurb. We learn next to nothing about the vampires or Fae too. I can see not going into extreme detail since this is more about the zombies and the necromancer, or is it? Hmm.


Okay onto characters … I didn’t dislike Kimber but I didn’t connect with her a whole lot either. I understood her hatred for vampires, but when it came to her and Duncan I questioned the reluctance. I don’t want to give anything away but I’ll say this. If you trust someone to protect you with their life, you cannot be afraid they will drain you dry, and then use it as your wall. Maybe it was wishful thinking. I mean there were tons of reasons to avoid romantic involvement and while some were mentioned, Kimber kept falling back on Duncan’s control without showing us a point when he lost control. He may have broken promises, but we were showed no past were his control harmed her. Maybe it’s just me, but that irked me.


Duncan is basically your standard alpha. I like alpha males and enjoyed his point of view. I didn’t really buy his reasoning for befriending Kimber. It was clear he liked her and the jealousy spouted here and there when she’d interact with another male.

Natalie and Aodhán interested me more. Their tension, albeit second hand, was natural and real to me. It was like having a porterhouse steak and a piece of chicken for comparison and they didn’t even take their clothes off.

I’m on the fence. I didn’t love this one, but I didn’t hate it either. Lovers of light fantasy or PNR would enjoy it, but I wanted more depth in the world oh and why do they whisper talk but have no fear of zombies breaking in when they’re mid coitus?

3.5/5 meh … I hate ratings.



My Rating

rate 3-half

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