Book Review: We Own The Night, Kristen Strassel

Whoa, you guys. Whoa.

Which is literally what I said out loud when I finished reading this book. But I think I’m getting ahead of myself a tad. Let me begin at the beginning.

WOTNThe Book:

Callie Chabot would stop at nothing to save her ex-boyfriend Blade Bennett from the clutches of vampire clan leader Talis de Rancourt, even if means becoming immortal herself. What she doesn’t know is that Blade has already defeated Talis, and he’s waiting for Callie in the afterlife.

Now Callie only has her creator, Tristan Trevosier, to turn to for guidance. But he’s too wrapped up in the debauchery of the Las Vegas rock scene to give a damn about the particulars of being undead. That’s enough to drive Callie crazy on its own, but female vampires are automatic clan leaders.

Not only does Callie have no idea how to wrangle a vampire clan, but her would-be followers have more to gain from her failure. They instead choose to follow Blade—and he’s hell-bent on making Callie pay for her bad decisions. Since he took out the existing clan leader, that automatically puts him at the helm of what should be Callie’s new clan.

That’s when seasoned rogue vampire, Cash Logan, shows up, shrouded in magic and mystery. No one is sure which side Cash is on, but Callie needs to take a chance on the one vampire who is willing to give her the answers she needs, no matter how dark and frightening they may be. Callie must trust her instincts and form alliances that may backfire. Cash shows Callie that playing nice is no longer an option, and that fixing her wrongs won’t always make everything right.

To take control of her clan, Callie must look to her rival to discover exactly what makes her a leader.

My Review:

Like I said, whoa. Okay, so to start off with, this is the third book in a series, and the awesome thing is that I read this one without having read the ones before it, and I didn’t feel lost at all. That said, once you read this, you’re going to want to buy the rest because…well, because of all the things I’m about to share. First of all, the characters are extraordinary. This is a vampire book, and vampire books have been much maligned by pretty much everyone in the universe, usually accused of having boring/lame plots and boring/lame characters. But the characters in WOTN have incredible depth and take the strange and impossible struggles of reconciling a vampire world with a human one to very real places. Thought the book flies from scene to scene and has plenty of action, it raises intriguing questions about what it means to be human, and where responsibility for decisions begins and ends. Are we helpless products of our circumstances? Does being wronged, and finding yourself in a situation you never asked for, become a license to do as you please despite everyone else? WOTN addresses these questions in a way completely relevant to the (presumably) human readers while not sacrificing one ounce of excitement and drama. I will toss in the warning I share when appropriate that WOTN has some decidedly adult scenes that some readers may prefer to skip over, and there is some language in it. However, these scenes aren’t the main focus of the book and there is so much more to the story than that that I encourage you to read even if those particular elements aren’t your thing. I definitely recommend this if you love a rollicking supernatural romance, struggles and clashes of power, and some really thrilling storytelling!

KristenThe Beautiful Author:

Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross. She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are. She’s worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world’s worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and author. She loves sunshine, live music, the middle of nowhere, and finding new things to put in her house.

WE OWN THE NIGHT releases September 1st!! You can get your copy here or on Barnes and Noble.

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