Red-Headed Stepchild (Sabina Kane #1)


In a world where being of mixed-blood is a major liability, Sabina Kane has the only profession fit for an outcast: assassin. But, her latest mission threatens the fragile peace between the vampire and mage races and Sabina must scramble to figure out which side she's on. She's never brought her work home with her---until now.

This time, it's personal.

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Digging graves is hell on a manicure

How can’t you love a book that starts like this?

Red-Headed Stepchild is one hell of a book. It’s fast-paced (I’m a sucked for fast-paced books), the heroine is wicked cool and the story freakin’ awesome! Since this was a group read and I was the only one who loved it this much I guess my review will be totally subjective. My mood was perfect for it so I got lucky, I guess.

First of all I shall pick on the cover! Cool lady, love the hair, nice gun and all. But I’m not the only one who said that she looks like a guy. The neck is too thick and the angle on her face is just wrong. Lady, seriously, avoid that angle. Iz no good for you!

The story is nice. I found it really fun. The whole vamps have red hair was an interesting concept. Also the story with Cain’s affair with Lilith was nicely put. Sabina being an assassin was another plus. I have a thing for assassins. They’re wicked cool.

My first impression on Sabina was that she’s cold blooded, no joke. Killing her friend like that takes guts. Or lack of feelings. Or both. I can’t believe she’s ok about it.

*looks at David* "Ah yeah they told me to kill you"

"Wait what-"

"Yeah. Tough luck. Look we had some good times together but orders are orders" *pulls out gun and points at David’s head*

"Wait why are you-"

*pulls the trigger*

"Ah sh*t!" *looks at her watch* "I’m late for my manicure appointment"

I actually ended up loving Sabina. She’s cool, badass, brave and a freakin’ assassin (10th time I say it but I don’t care, deal with it!). How can’t I love her? Sure she’s a bit annoying at times but no one is perfect. Too bad she was slow to see she was being used. But I see this as being influenced by the love she has for her grandmother. I totally understand her behavior.

Adam Lazarus (f*ckin’ awesome name!) was hot but would have loved him to be tougher than this. I guess this is my Barrons syndrome. No one can compare to him *daydreams*

*comes back to reality* Ah yes! Sabina and Adam together are so much fun. Their chemistry was good but nothing off the charts.

Giguhl (aka Mr. Giggles – lol!) is so cool. He’s actually my favorite character so far. He’s so damn funny. When he turned into a talking cat I was on the floor laughing. Wish my cat could do that.

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The cloaked dude is me, the angry demon chick is Cleo (my cat) and the monsters are just… Monsters. Target practice or something.

“Let me out, you misbegotten daughter of Lilith!” “Shut it, cat.” I said. “It’s for your own good.”

That’s exactly what my cat was saying while I was trying to take her to the vet.

I couldn’t get myself to like Vinka (wtf nymph pornstar). She’s too "bright" for my eyes to handle. SPOILER! CTRL + A. Too bad she died. But I have a feeling she’ll come back to life somehow.

And, as usual, I am manifesting another case of useless wondering. So here goes!

I wonder where she finds all these delinquents. Drug dealers, rapists, stalkers. I know on short term you can get lucky with this but what about on long term? Is the city really that dangerous? Does she have a secret map in her lair where she circles the areas where she can find her dinner prey? Do these guys take vitamins, or something, in order to handle all these "mosquito bites"?

This book is a nice introduction to a story that has potential. If you see it like that you’ll surely like it. If you wish it to be another Fever or Night Huntress you’ll be disappointed.

 

Top 5 quotes

#5 “Oh, come on. It was just a stupid drug dealer,” I said, forcing myself to keep up the banter. “If it makes you feel any better, he was selling to kids.” David crossed his arms and said nothing. “Though I have to say nothing beats Type O mixed with a little cannabis.”

#4 “I guess you don’t get to watch much TV in Irkalla.” He propped his head on one scaly bicep and turned to look at me. “Nah. We stayed busy torturing the souls of the damned and playing hide the hot poker. You know, the usual.”

#3 “You know I can’t let you in without the password, Sabina.”
“Come on, Dirk,”
“Sorry, babe. Gotta say the words.”
“Fine.” I sighed. “Count Chocula.” One of these days I was going to have to tell Ewan his sense of humor sucked.
“Atta girl,” Dirk said.

#2 Freaking males, I thought, they couldn’t be more obvious about their territorial dispute if they’d both peed on me.

#1 Good assassins dispose of problems without remorse. Even if the problem was a friend.

 
Final Score: ****

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