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Blood Drive Anna Strong was a tough as nails bounty hunter, until the night she was attacked and changed forever Now a vampire, Anna discovers that her long dead brother may have had a daughter and the girl s in serious trouble There are some very dangerous people after her, but they re about to learn that to a bounty hunter with an unnatural thirst for blood, even the deadliest human predators are easy prey Culebra is trying to teach Anna the feeding basics while she is in Mexico and tries to persuade her to sort things out with police chief Williams The girlfriend of Anna s dead brother reports that her abused daughter is missing, and her daughter s friend was murdered for threatening to expose a paedophile teacher Anna goes undercover at the school.This book was such a let down after enjoying the first one It didn t actually feel like a vampire storyit feltlike a crime novel with a fe Culebra is trying to teach Anna the feeding basics while she is in Mexico and tries to persuade her to sort things out with police chief Williams The girlfriend of Anna s dead brother reports that her abused daughter is missing, and her daughter s friend was murdered for threatening to expose a paedophile teacher Anna goes undercover at the school.This book was such a let down after enjoying the first one It didn t actually feel like a vampire storyit feltlike a crime novel with a few supernatural characters thrown in The plot is a missing teenager who may be related to Anna and a teacher who might be perving on his students We then follow Anna going to the school to investigate, Anna finding out the suspect teacher is a shifter, Anna getting David involved in the case, Anna discovering what Carolyn has lied to her about, and the search for Trish There is so much talk and interviewing people that it feelslike a crime novel than urban fantasy It is slow and lacks the action and excitement that I expect in this genre.The subject of the book is child pornography and the story is of course pretty dark and grim This doesn t bother me but I DON T like the implication that the rapes aren t rapes because the victims enjoyed it That seriously offends me In the first book Anna is raped but seems to think she wasof a willing participant because she was drugged and didn t fight back In this book a thirteen year old girl is subjected to rape and abuse but despite her terror, climaxes leading to the assumption that she was a participant and may have enjoyed it Sounds like an escuse a rapist would use and I expect better from female authors.I also don t like the way the character of Carolyn justifies her treatment of her daughter It is the chip on the shoulder defence, saying that she only abused and mistreated her daughter because she didn t get the chances in life that Anna was given Oh please I hate that whining woe is me excuse for child neglect Plenty of single parents on low incomes do everything they can to provide for their child, putting the kids first at their own expense, not selling them into sex abuse I m afraid I did not like the slowness of the plot, the way the story was put together or any of the new characters that appear I don t like the way that Anna refuses to resolve any of her issues ie Max, so it drags on into yet another book It was just dull And I don t like the ideas that the author puts in the heads of her female characters and projects as normal Actually, I didn t really like anything about this book, and I ve decided not to read on with the series This series has promise, but the kiddie porn plot was a complete turn off There were too many unlikely situations What parents are going to let their 13 year old son go off with a police detective Anna and not accompany him to the police department Some aspects were just distasteful bad enough to have a 13 year old victim of child abuse, but having another 13 year old studying the tapes looking for evidence no Onebook in the series I hope the plot is a littletastef This series has promise, but the kiddie porn plot was a complete turn off There were too many unlikely situations What parents are going to let their 13 year old son go off with a police detective Anna and not accompany him to the police department Some aspects were just distasteful bad enough to have a 13 year old victim of child abuse, but having another 13 year old studying the tapes looking for evidence no Onebook in the series I hope the plot is a littletasteful Anna Strong is still learning what it means to be a vampire and in this story she must protect a young girl who could be her dead brother s daughter, as she investigates a child pornography ring with the help of Daniel Frey, a shapeshifter I m enjoying the series, Anna is an interesting character, at times strong and resourceful, and then at others not quite able to control her vampire side and a bit lost Luckily she has people to assist her, she only needs to accept their help. This is not the follow up to The Becoming Anna Strong Chronicles 1 that I expected, it s a lot better Something struck me odd about the way Stein included the detail about our heroine s dead brother in the first book, and I should ve realized she was planting a seed The seed, no pun intended, is what just may be her brother s heretofore unknown daughter Her brother s girlfriend at the time of his death appears, asking for Anna s help tracking down her runaway daughter, claiming it s Anna s ni This is not the follow up to The Becoming Anna Strong Chronicles 1 that I expected, it s a lot better Something struck me odd about the way Stein included the detail about our heroine s dead brother in the first book, and I should ve realized she was planting a seed The seed, no pun intended, is what just may be her brother s heretofore unknown daughter Her brother s girlfriend at the time of his death appears, asking for Anna s help tracking down her runaway daughter, claiming it s Anna s niece Before Anna can start looking, the girl s best friend turns up murdered in a grisly fashion with hints of the supernatural While looking for the girl and trying to find the murderer, Anna deepens her understanding and awareness of the supernatural world that she s now a part of, and is reminded that perhaps the greatest monsters are merely human.Great pacing, taught writing, good action and even though I knew the identity of the bad guy at least one hundred pages before Anna did, I was on the edge of my seat.The big issue that Urban Fantasy writers have to deal with his how to treat vampires at least those authors that deal with vampires Some leave them as horrid monsters, most find some way of toning down the whole vicious, blood drinking, killer aspect Stein doesn t do that, yet If Anna ends up toning down the animalistic nature of her protagonist, it will be as a result of a lot of trial and error, and stubborn choices she makes While I hope Anna never becomes someone that I want Ms Summers and the Scooby gang to track down, I hope she doesn t turn off that aspect of her nature like a light switch.I mthan a little bothered by the dynamics between Anna and her boyfriend, and Anna and her partner, if Stein doesn t resolve or change them soon, it s really going to drag the series down But I m inclined to give her the benefit of the doubt.I don t know why I keep comparing this series to the Rachel Morgan books as I read them, but I do And, Anna Strong comes out looking better and better each time I do I m really looking forward to seeing where she takes this You know, you don t really realize you ve been reading lackluster books until you come across some that are REALLY good I mean from the characters, their development and interactions with each other, the overall plot and pace of the story, everything in these Anna strong vampire novels just work In blood drive we find Anna still adjusting to life as a vampire having only been one for six months at the start of the novel she has yet to reconcile whatever issues have arisen from her killing her You know, you don t really realize you ve been reading lackluster books until you come across some that are REALLY good I mean from the characters, their development and interactions with each other, the overall plot and pace of the story, everything in these Anna strong vampire novels just work In blood drive we find Anna still adjusting to life as a vampire having only been one for six months at the start of the novel she has yet to reconcile whatever issues have arisen from her killing her former mentor and lover Avery, but she has made a new friend, Culebra who seems to have her best interest at heart even though he refuses to tell her what he is This book focuses on Anna finding out that she may have a teenage niece who is caught up in everything from murder, involvement in kiddie porn and an elaborate coverup facilitated by the FBI Once this book hits it s stride, and it does so very quickly, all bets are off and anything can happen things went down in this book that had me dumbfounded it is completely unpredictable and utterly entertaining, I can t believe i m only just finding out about this series because boy have I been missing out A new character, Daniel Frey is introduced in this book and he helps answer a few of Anna s and my questions like what her friend Culebra is and why he can so easily read her thoughts and intentions Frey a teacher at the school Anna s niece attends and is someway involved in everything that is happening oh yea, he s also a shapeshifter Jeanne has a knack for taking you through a story without letting on if you can ever really and truly trust anyone but Anna in her books surprisingly though, I don t find that to be the least bit frustrating it makes the storyinteresting and the twists and turns that muchshocking when they happen I didn t know if I could trust Frey completely until the very last chapter of the book.There isn t really anything that I disliked about this book the only thing I can think of is Anna still doesn t know what she is completely Chief Williams who is also a vampire suggested that she isthan just your run of the mill vampire in the first novel and we also don t find out why Williams was so adamant about getting Anna out of town in the previous book either but i guess Anna s evasiveness isto blame than a plot hole so I ll give it a pass this time.Can t wait to read the next book In the follow up to The Becoming, Anna Strong is now a full fledged vampire and bounty hunter along with partner David, who nearly found himself died during the events in the Becoming Once again, she finds herself dealing with another intriguing situation, but this time she will need help from others and learnabout the supernatural community itself.It s been two months since the events in The Becoming Anna Strong is learning to cope with her new dietary requirements by seeking donors cho In the follow up to The Becoming, Anna Strong is now a full fledged vampire and bounty hunter along with partner David, who nearly found himself died during the events in the Becoming Once again, she finds herself dealing with another intriguing situation, but this time she will need help from others and learnabout the supernatural community itself.It s been two months since the events in The Becoming Anna Strong is learning to cope with her new dietary requirements by seeking donors chosen by Culebra Chief Williams has been trying to reach her, but she refuses to make contact, preferring to keep her life as normal as possible Then, Carolyn Delaney, who Anna blames for her brother Steve s death 14 years ago, shows up and says he has a daughter and her name is Trish Anna s parents are excited and shocked the same time Can anyone really believe Carolyn s tall tales Anna takes this information with a grain of salt, going as far as having DNA tests done to prove Carolyn is either telling the truth, or lying.Unfortunately at the same time, 13 year old Trish, is missing and Carolyn wants Anna to find her Anna s search leads her to a teacher at Trish s school, Daniel Frey Frey is a shapeshifter a panther and he begins assisting Anna both with the investigation and with her experiences as a new vampire The FBI gets involved since it s child porn, and put the blame fully on Frey s shoulders for Trish s disappearance.Anna is forced to confront the evils of child porn films and the horrors that a child can face when she lacks family support, like her own mother selling her child for money Anna also begins to face that she needs to separate herself from her mortal ties since she will eventually outlive them all In the end, Carolyn lied about the girls father, but Anna s parents decide to make her their own anyway, something Anna comes to agree with since she will outlive her own family now that she s a vampire.I like this series, but sometimes Anna can be a nitwit, and flake Next book in series The Watcher Aha I knew there were other supernaturals Sometimes I think the author is focusing on the plot so much that Anna seems like some kind of an idiot because she doesn t realize there s so muchto being a vampire and doesn t ask questions about other supes Then whoops, someone lands in her lap and she s shocked Maybe I m too used to reading so many other books in this genre that I would immediately questionabout everything than Anna does Maybe she s just waystubborn I don t kn Aha I knew there were other supernaturals Sometimes I think the author is focusing on the plot so much that Anna seems like some kind of an idiot because she doesn t realize there s so muchto being a vampire and doesn t ask questions about other supes Then whoops, someone lands in her lap and she s shocked Maybe I m too used to reading so many other books in this genre that I would immediately questionabout everything than Anna does Maybe she s just waystubborn I don t know The story once again is about a case, specifically finding a missing teen who may be her niece More things happen in this book on the personal front You actually get to see a littleof Max, and Anna comes to terms with what she wants in their relationship Anna discovers that not only are there other supes weres, empaths, etc ,but they seem to beorganized However, she doesn t have time to find out much since she is on a time limit to catch the predators she s hunting There was a little mention of the Watchers in The Becoming, but of course Avery is the one who mentioned it, so you never knew if it was a lie or not, or how anything was run in the supernatural world Apparently Anna knows nothing about the secret society, or where she will fit in She hasn t bothered to do anything, even talk to Chief Williams, and instead has tried to live her life like she is still human except when she goes to get blood in Beso de la Muerta This book ends with the cryptic thought that Anna will now start training Finally How is it that we have gone through 2 whole books without this happening Other than that point of frustration, I like the series very much This is the second book in the Anna Strong Chronicles I actually enjoyed this book quite a bitthan the first.This book is very much in the same style as the first No nonsense writing style, fast paced, and a fun easy read.In this book Anna has accepted her need for blood but is still struggling to retain her bonds with humanity When her brother s ex girlfriend shows up claiming that Anna s niece is possibly involved in a murder Anna is determined to find the young girl and find out the This is the second book in the Anna Strong Chronicles I actually enjoyed this book quite a bitthan the first.This book is very much in the same style as the first No nonsense writing style, fast paced, and a fun easy read.In this book Anna has accepted her need for blood but is still struggling to retain her bonds with humanity When her brother s ex girlfriend shows up claiming that Anna s niece is possibly involved in a murder Anna is determined to find the young girl and find out the truth.The best part of this book was the introduction of Daniel Frey you also learnabout Calebra I think that s how you spell it I was a little disappointed in what Calebra was I thought he would be somethinginteresting Daniel Frey is an interesting and strong character The addition of the secret underground organization is also interesting.I was disappointed in a few things Anna doesn t seem to progress much in understanding who and what she has become she makes many of the same mistakes she made in the first book I was also disappointed that Max made such a brief appearance It s like he shows up once or twice in each book so that Anna can have sex with him and then he s off again I would like to learnabout him, since the brief glances we see of him make him seem like an interesting character Maybe in the next book.Overall, I like the book, it was a quick, fun read, and well written for what it is I will definitely read the next one I had a real problem with something specific in this book WARNING POSSIBLE TRIGGER13 year old Trish is being sexually abused and forced into kiddie porn videos This is bad enough on it s own But it gets worse when Anna watches some of the videos and first Trish is forced to masterbate to orgasm and then is finger raped and again is brought to climax All while being assaulted, humiliated and filmed by strange men she s terrified of It s described as her body betraying her As if there I had a real problem with something specific in this book WARNING POSSIBLE TRIGGER13 year old Trish is being sexually abused and forced into kiddie porn videos This is bad enough on it s own But it gets worse when Anna watches some of the videos and first Trish is forced to masterbate to orgasm and then is finger raped and again is brought to climax All while being assaulted, humiliated and filmed by strange men she s terrified of It s described as her body betraying her As if there s no possible way she wouldn t climax.This disgusted me Not just because it s a child, but because it makes no fucking sense It s RAPE and sexual assault It s not pleasure Anyone who was scared, abused tormented and then forced into a terrible situation wouldn t have an uncontrollable ability to stop herself from climaxing It s not like something involuntary like sticking your hand in a hot fire and instantly pulling it out in reaction It requires willingness It requires a certain mindset And by specifically mentioning Trish reaches orgasm despite the situation belittles the seriousness of the RAPE It makes it as if she is some willing participant rather than a victim.I don t appreciate that at all It really bothered me deeply that an author especially a female author would write such a horrible thing that belittles the terror and horror of sexual assault on ALL women This is the kind of lie that evil men repeat that the woman secretly enjoys it so it s not really rape By painting Trish in the role of participant it demeans the seriousness of sexual assault and rape and that s utterly repugnant


About the Author: Jeanne C. Stein

Jeanne C Stein is an American Urban Fantasy author living in Colorado She now lives in Colorado, but was raised and educated in San Diego, which is the setting for her contemporary vampire fantasy Jeanne is active in the writing community, belonging to Sisters in Crime both nationally and in San Diego and Los Angeles She also belongs to Horror Writers of America, RWA and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers She was named RMFW s Writer of the Year for 2008 an honor given to a writer who has contributed to the organization as well as achieved success in publication.She writes the blog Biting Edge with Mario Acevedo at


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