About INTO THE NIGHT:
When Selina Baker, a coordinator for a Boston non-profit, goes out on the town with her friend Jess, she never expects to meet the man of her dreams. And she certainly never expects him to be undead.
When things go from flirty to majorly flawed on her first date with James Lawton, he is forced to save her the only way he can–by killing her. Selina suddenly finds herself in the mix with the creatures she thought were made up solely for late-night TV. Into the Night follows Selina’s transformation from a wallflower into an impulsive and dangerous new vampire. With no choice in the matter, Selina becomes trapped between a new man, his wary brothers, and his cruel and controlling Queen, who wants nothing more than to watch her suffer. Selina must walk the fine line between adjusting to her new powers, life after death, and following the rules–all while avoiding disaster.
Miss Riki’s Review:
I’m a sucker for a good vampire novel, so when I was offered an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, I was intrigued and excited to see what the author would bring to a very saturated paranormal market.
While it was an overall engaging story, Into The Night didn’t really bring anything new and exciting to the vampire tale that might knock my socks off and make it stand out from the many others already published. That being said, the characters are well rendered and there are some nice action sequences that move the story along nicely.
Selina Baker is a delightful main character in this book, and I really enjoyed the transformation she makes from shy and reserved daydreaming office worker to bloodthirsty and impulsive newly turned vampire. The characterization is good and she’s a sympathetic lead character. I really enjoyed the moments with her best friend Jess, which are full of upbeat, snarky dialogue and witty comebacks. They’re a good pair, and I was invested enough in both of their stories to feel badly when things go awry later in the novel.
James Lawton is a worthy leading man, although I could have used more romance between he and Selina. I felt like they were headed in that direction several times, but the author never quite took them all the way, and it was a relationship that could have used much more development.
My overall impression of this novel is that the writing is good and the story is engaging enough, but in order to really stand out and make an impression, I needed more innovation on the vampire trope. I felt like everything revealed about vampires and their day to day (or should I say night to night) lives was something I’d seen done before, many times over. I did enjoy the character development, but wanted more from the romance.
Into The Night is a pretty quick read at just over 200 pages, and reads fast-paced. It does end on a bit of a cliffhanger ending, leaving an obvious opening for a second novel. If you enjoy the paranormal genre and vampire stories, you’ll probably find things to enjoy about this book, including compelling characters and plenty of action.
About the Author:
She loves to travel and has most recently been to Ghana and New Zealand, both which were incredibly beautiful. She even did the Nevis Bungee jump in Queenstown, NZ. (Check out any video of it on YouTube and you’ll know what insanity this is!) Although it’s much closer to home, she also has a great love for the Maine coastline and spends every summer there catching up on all her reading and getting a hunk of writing done.
She currently lives in the D.C. Metro area, where her cross-eyed cat, Otto keeps her company amid the hype and low-flying planes.