Sunday, March 18, 2018

Book Review: 'A Taste So Bittersweet' by October Weeks


Though the title says book one of Fiona Wesley at the end of the story it states that this is a retelling of the The Damned from Fiona’s point of view and that this book is roughly three-quarters of the original. This may explain why I was lost and felt that something was missing while reading.
Regardless that the story is written well with good editing, the plot seemed to be all over the place. The story starts with Fiona tracking a Damned in San Francisco, then back home to learn Geneva is being hunted. Soon the focus was on her attraction to Mads. Then The Ripper (Tuck) is introduced. Tuck is someone Fiona used to know. And then Geneva’s and Fiona’s past is told through a flashback. Before the sudden ending Fiona is having relations with Mads. See? Kind of random.
I found the book a struggle to follow but that can mostly be attributed to the face that there was more telling and than actual action. The story isn’t a total loss, though. For someone who is a fan, who follows the author’s series, it’s likely the story line will be an easy one to follow. The author does a good job of defining and explaining the various types of vampire classification names such as Damned, slayer, vampyr and strigoi. The story is short but has several characters and each seems to have their own back story in how they were turned and what happened afterward.
Despite the fact that this isn’t one that I would necessarily re-read, it is written very well and the ending leaves potential in continuing Fiona’s story. A reader who enjoys a close knit vampire family will be sure to enjoy this interesting start of a series.

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