Review: Wicked Intentions by Charity Langley
Summary From Goodreads:
Life was bad enough when Lauren DarPayne hit puberty and sprouted a set of fangs, but now it’s hell.
After almost killing her boyfriend Derik and turning him into a vampire, she quit college and moved from small town Louisiana all the way to Atlanta, Georgia to be a stripper at Wicked Intentions. It’s good money, a great place to hide, and an easy meal ticket… well, at least until a psycho with some interesting non-human abilities starts eviscerating her coworkers.
Now, due to her past ‘indiscretion’ with Derik, the governing body of all cryptid, the Abattoir, is giving her an ultimatum: play bait willingly, or by force.
(This book is first and foremost horror. The deaths are brutal, and there is a rape scene. This book is not for the faint of heart)
I received an e-book copy of Wicked Intentions courtesy of Charity Langley in exchange for an honest review.
Wicked Intentions brings all of the standard types of supernatural creatures that we have seen plenty of lately (werewolves, vampires, and witches) but also expands into psychics, fairies and a couple surprises that I won’t spoil. You’ll get your fix no matter what is your favorite, though vampires and werewolves do make up the majority as is to be expected. There is also plenty of action for all of you readers that can’t stand slow buildups. Displays of supernatural powers? Check. Sexy scenes guaranteed to spice up your reading experience? You bet. Daring escape attempts, chases, and even haunting nightmares are all present in Wicked Intentions. Action junkies kick back and enjoy.
So what does that compilation sound like and what type of reader would enjoy it? Supernatural fans, especially those of varied and large casts are sure to enjoy it. Readers wanting a bunch of action to break up the story will be satisfied as well. Even the romance/naughty bits are taken care of. But read the part of the Goodreads summary that is contained in parentheses (it’s at the bottom), go ahead, I’ll wait. That’s right, the book is supposed to be “first and foremost horror”, that this book is not. Never once while reading Wicked Intentions did I feel any sense of foreboding, let out a gasp, feel a shiver down my spine, nothing. Every book has an identity, just as this one does, and while the book as a whole is quite good, horror it is not. Violence? Oh sure, and plenty of it, but it isn’t scary just as watching an episode of any Law and Order episode isn’t, but both are interesting nonetheless. Violence isn’t inherently filled with horror. Moving on.
The other issue I had with Wicked Intentions, unfortunately is the main character, Lauren. She is prone to jealousy at the drop of a hat, has absolutely no tact or compassion especially when it is needed most and in general tends to act like quite an arrogant and stubborn asshat. Yes asshat. I’m not saying every main character has to be likable, but having redeeming qualities that outshine the grating parts is recommended and Lauren’s don’t. Her supporting cast is actually pretty solid, and outside of a few repetitious bits involving one of the constants, Greg, the writing for them is great. They have depth, are easy to connect with and with some even relate to and supernatural or not they are believable. Lauren just doesn’t fit in with the rest of them. She has a few “excuses” for being the way she is, but they aren’t strong enough for me to give the way she acts at times in the book validity.
The plot is pretty old-school mystery (yes another genre thrown at you, but in this case it works). Crazy killer on the loose, cops, supernatural mostly, attempt to find them and catch/kill them (depending on what you read into it). It’s good, not overly formulaic with enough twists to keep you off guard (though one reveal was SUPER obvious) and the result was surprising enough. Not much to say about it really as far as specifics, just solid mystery meets supernatural.
My last comment is something that I made sure to clarify with the author before I posted in this review because honestly I thought something went wrong with my e-book copy. The ending was abrupt, like… did something get cut off somewhere, am I missing pages, what the heck kind of sudden. There is all this world building at the end and a bunch of things with central characters hanging in the balance and then… done. Yes this is book one in a series, I know cliffhangers and dramatic last lines can be fun, but the way it was left off left me cold. Sure I want to know what happens to the characters, yes even Lauren, but if I’m going to the length of confirming with the author if the copy I received ended prematurely you know that it wasn’t smooth. I’m really not trying to harp on it, I’m just flummoxed. Oh well.
Overall Wicked Intentions is a good, if perhaps an incorrectly classified, book that has pieces from all sorts of genres that for the most part blend quite well together. It’s a throwback to older mysteries while staying current with supernatural creatures both mainstream and rarely seen. The vast majority of characters are well done, they are relatable and believable as is the plot. There are flaws that could be corrected in the remaining books in the series, and Lauren’s character could use a major attitude adjustment, but I enjoyed the story. You’ll never get bored and the pacing the way Langley spaces out the action is excellent and keeps you enthralled. A good read. Thanks as always for reading and come back soon for my next review! ^.^
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #97/200