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04/25/2006 Archived Entry: "Book review: A Hunger Like No Other"

A Hunger Like No Other
By Kresley Cole
Pocket Books, 2006

Review by Lynn Loper

I read this book in one day. Usually when I review romance/gothic novels, it takes me a couple of weeks of determined effort, because most of those novels don't have anything like a plot or characters. They have elements plucked from someplace usually other bad novels that the author messed around with and plunked back onto vulnerable pages. Enigmatic/violent hero with accent? Check. Lingerie? Check. Back story? Check. Euphemistic terms for sex? Double check.

But Kresley Cole manages to make "A Hunger Like No Other" a good read. It has everything. Vampires, werewolves, ancient lore, Valkyries, furies, hordes, wraiths, phantoms, a whole subhuman subculture, and they all have superpowers. Nobody worries about diets (you wouldn't, if you drank blood), nobody worries about the American Express bill, nobody pays taxes. Something happens on every page, and she took enough care in the writing that when it happens you don't collapse in hysterical laughter screaming "But how would he know that, he's from 1665!".

She avoids some of the usual pitfalls very neatly. Her Highlander werewolf has a quasi-Scottish accent, but she makes sure he doesn't use current terms. That's something. Her half-vampire, half-Valkyrie heroine has issues and a terrific sun allergy, but responds with something like real human emotions.

It has the lingerie, it has the back-story, and the enigmatic hero has the accent, and it has a whole world -- one that humans can enter! -- full of wish-fulfillment powers, strength, cunning and beauty. It really isn't half bad.

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