Mini-review: A Rush of Wings By Adrian Phoenix

From  Set in the brooding New Orleans area long established as the best location for all things vampiric, Phoenix’s lively debut has it all: Rogue [FBI] agents, Bureau-ordered hits, mad-scientist experiments in psychopathology, vampires and fallen angels and a slicing-dicing serial killer. Smart, sexy FBI Special Agent Heather Wallace has been trying to catch the Cross-Country Killer for three years when the trail leads to New Orleans and Club Hell, where Dante Prejean performs with the Inferno, an industrial/goth rock band. Dante is a Cajun and a born vampire whose memories of his terrible past have been erased, leaving him vulnerable to the psychopathic killer, E, who knows all that Dante has forgotten. As E begins targeting Dante’s loved ones, Heather must swallow her skepticism and work with Dante’s vampiric friends and family to save him. Phoenix alternates romantic homages to gothdom and steamy blood-drinking threesomes with enough terse, fast-paced thriller scenes to satisfy even the most jaded fan.


Mini-review:  Agent Heather Wallace has been tracking a serial killer for years, and his trail lands her at Club Hell (I know, what a shocking name for a club).  Dante (supervamp) is the tortured lead singer of a popular Goth band while his friend/father-figure Lucien (fallen angel) runs Club Hell and fiercely protects him.  The serial killer appears to have focused on Dante, and Heather needs to work with Lucien to protect him, not that he needs protecting or anything. While I thought the whole French vamps living in New Orleans was very unoriginal, the rest of the plot was unlike anything I had read before.  To be honest, I read this book about a week ago, and since then it has grown on me.  After I finished, I felt that there was just too much blood, too much angst, too much crazy.  Sometimes, you just need a little humor or romance to lighten things up a bit, ya know? But I have to give the author credit for coming up with so many fresh ideas and creating such a dark, twisty atmosphere.   I was bummed the story focused on Dante and not Lucien, because I have been on this huge fallen angel kick lately (I blame Nalini Singh), but Dante proved to be an extremely interesting character, with his Maker’s song powers that I didn’t even fully understand.  His powers go way past the usual vampire speed and night vision.  Heather was your run-of-the-mill female cop (I feel like I have read a ton of those lately) who didn’t come across as very likable.  The serial killer’s storyline was nuts, like nightmare-inducing crazy, but I thought his history was fresh and original.  And then the true (bigger) bad guy! Whew…that was really crazy, but again, a cool plot twist.  There wasn’t a whole lot of lovin’ in this book, and what little was there, I didn’t really enjoy cause I didn’t care for Heather. ::wistful sigh::  The lack of romance was a shame cause I pictured Dante as a dark, brooding Jared Leto (rawr!), but after you learn more about Dante’s horrific past, it’s sorta hard to think about anything else.  (Disclaimer: I realize that the book description above talks about hot threesomes and such, but that is pretty misleading…you only see the tail end of it) If you enjoy very dark UF, and don’t really care about a romantic element, you will enjoy this book.  I didn’t love it, but not because it wasn’t a good book, just more of a personal preference thing. 

Rating: 6.5


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. KC (Smokinhotbooks)
    May 04, 2010 @ 15:07:33

    A 3-some w/o a whole lot of lovin’ how…odd.


  2. Mandi
    May 04, 2010 @ 20:02:44

    Hmmm..this one has been on my tbr shelf for will probably stay there 🙂


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