Monday, May 5, 2014

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of House of the Rising Sun

About Kristen Painter:

A little about me: I’m a former college English teacher, but I’ve held a crazy mix of other jobs including maitre’d for Wolfgang Puck, personal trainer, and sales for Christian Dior Bijoux. On the writing side of things, I’m a two-time Golden Heart finalist and have been on the board of three different RWA chapters. What can I say? I like getting involved. I’m not adverse to bossing people around either.

I have a *slight* shoe addiction and occasionally indulge in an unnecessary handbag. Hah! That was a joke. There is no such thing as an unnecessary handbag. I love make up and jewelry and spa days. Yes, I’m a girly girl. But don’t think that makes me weak. I can (and do) kill off characters with the best of them. Speaking of which…

My forays into writing have been as varied as the jobs I’ve held. I’ve written poetry, articles for magazines, short stories, paranormal romances (that include fantasy, contemporary and steampunk genres) and now I’ve found a home with urban fantasy. I love worldbuilding and few genres give you the kind of license urban fantasy does.

I’m also the co-founder of the award-winning writer’s site I tweet at more often than I should. You can also find me on my Facebook author page here:

I live in FL with my retired Air Force husband and a horde of feline dependents. I’m represented by The Knight Agency.

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House of the Rising Sun


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Augustine lives the perfect life in the Haven city of New Orleans. He rarely works a real job, spends most of his nights with a different human woman, and resides in a spectacular Garden District mansion paid for by retired movie star Olivia Goodwin, who has come to think of him as an adopted son, providing him room and board and whatever else he needs.

But when Augustine returns home to find Olivia’s been attacked by vampires, he knows his idyllic life has comes to an end. It’s time for revenge—and to take up the mantle of the city’s Guardian.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle:
Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

Great book! The world building was stellar, the characters instantly likable, there was plenty of conflict on each page, the book started with a bang and instantly kept my interest, and even though it was the first of a 'new' series, there wasn't that dreaded data dump that makes you want to scream "get on with it already". It did have a graceful build, but from about 48% on it was constant action and like all good books should, left me wanting more after the last page was turned.

Augustine is an amazing hero and his escalation into the Guardian of the Haven city of New Orleans means... yep, more Augie in future installment. Woot! :) Harlow was one of those heroines that you really, really dislike at the beginning because there's so much left to conjecture, but she really grows on you as the book continues and the chemistry between the two is undeniable. The supporting characters - both on the protagonist and antagonist side of the spectrum - were necessary, compelling, and left me wanting to know more, so I hope that we do, indeed, learn more about them as the series progresses.

While CRESCENT CITY is a spin-off of THE HOUSE OF COMARRE it stands well on its own, and new readers will be able to jump in without issue.

Would I recommend House of the Rising Sun? Absolutely! I'm really looking forward to book #2. This is a very intriguing new Urban Fantasy series with lots of supe groups and plenty of action. Right up my alley...

House of the Rising Sun

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