Friday, July 15, 2011

Bewitching Book Tours Review of Hunger by Karen E. Taylor

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 828 KB
Print Length: 528 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 075826870X
Publisher: Kensington Books; 1 edition (July 1, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English
Lending: Enabled

Book Courtesy of Bewitching Book Tours and Karen E. Taylor, to find out more information on The Bewitching Book Tours Click HERE

Deirdre Griffin didn't choose to be a vampire. But she is. And she's determined to make the most of her fate. For Deirdre that means surrendering to the raging hunger ignited by even the slightest whiff of blood a hunger that pulses through her body like a fever, demanding release. It means making friends in dark places and savouring every hot, salty, bitter, revitalizing drop of life force the night has to offer...

Book Excerpts:
From Book #1 of HUNGER:

After the kiss, I buried my face in his neck. Now, I thought as I heard the blood pulse in his veins, Oh, please, now.

I nipped him at first, savoring the moment, my low moans echoed by his. Then when my teeth grew longer and sharper, I could hold back no longer. I bit him brutally, tapping the artery and was rewarded by the flow of his blood: hot, salty and bitter. He shuddered violently and fought to push me away, but his resistance was futile. Finally his struggles ceased and his body grew limp as I continued to draw on him, gently now, almost tenderly. I drank a long time, slowly, relishing the feel of my own body being replenished, then I withdrew.

Arising from the couch, I caught sight of myself in the mirror. No longer pale and haggard, my skin glowed with life and my eyes shone, victorious and demonic. A few drops of blood were trickling down my chin; I wiped them away with the back of my hand and turned from my reflection in disgust...

From Book #2 of HUNGER:

He was trembling violently under my touch, but that merely encouraged me and I spoke his name again.


This time I connected. I knew he heard me and understood, his hands tightened on mine and he whispered my name. Then before I could react, he quickly dropped my hands, formed a fist and silently punched me on the jaw, striking me with such force that I fell to the floor.

As I pulled myself up, shaking my head and gingerly feeling my jaw, I saw him running from the room, pursued by a nurse and two orderlies.

I stood, swaying in the air slightly, oblivious to the uproar Mitch's action must have been causing around me. The noise level in the room rose, as if from a long distance. I could hear the laughing and crying and shouting of the rest of the patients in the room. But my eyes were fastened on the door through which he had disappeared.

What the hell did you expect, you fool, I thought, a passionate embrace, a warm welcome-back kiss? His eyes had been the eyes of one who looked on hell, and I had helped to put him there...

This book was two books wrapped up in one, which there are several things I enjoyed about this book, one being it shows the not so glamorous life of a female vampire I found that with it being written in first person I could really relate to Deirdre as she went about her life as a vampire.

Another thing I enjoyed was the flashback 'dreams' though sometimes it was a bit confusing when she would dream of her former life. In the first book you found out how she became a vampire but you didn't know who her 'maker or creator ' was and that surprised me usually that is mentioned quite early so when it was revealed who it was I was a bit taken back though now that I look back on as I write this review, the clues were kind of there.

This book is so different in what I normally read in the since that you have the typical sexy hot male vampire and though they have issues it still makes you sigh and wish you were the woman he is wanting to be with. This on the other hand Deirdre secretly wants to have that kind of life but knows she can't or won't she doesn't want to watch him grow old.

The second of these books you find Deirdre trying to move on but ends up coming back to help her former lover. And let me say I wasn't expecting it to end the way it did.

Overall I loved the change of pace of the typical vampire story. Would I recommend yes? If you like something different to wet your tastebuds so to speak this book is for you.


About The Author:

Karen E. Taylor is a horror/paranormal author, with eight published novels to date and an eclectic assortment of short fiction which ranges from vampires to ghosts to telepathic, romantic dinosaurs. She claims she starts out to write a "normal" story, but then her characters turn spectral or grow fangs or fur or wings. So she writes what she loves and hopes her readers love it too. She started writing her first novel (Beauty Like the Night) in 1988. It was that novel, published in 1993 under the title of Blood Secrets, that started Karen's career.

In real life, she is mother of two sons, has been married for 32+ years, and owned by two cats and a dog. In her spare time she makes candles and cosmetic creams/lotions. Born in Pittsburgh,
PA, Karen attended Grove City College where she earned a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Communication Arts. She currently lives in Los Angeles, but is planning a cross-country relocation this summer. Her newest book is entitled HUNGER: The Vampire Legacy and is an omnibus edition containing her first two novels (Blood Secrets and Bitter Blood) to be released June 28, 2011.

You can contact Karen via her website at or join her on Facebook at


Jo K said...

This really sounds a unique and interesting vampire book. Great review!

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