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Michelle Scott, urban fantasy author

I love urban fantasy and paranormal romance! Although I'm not too keen on books that are overly sexy, I don't mind a little heat if it goes along with the story. At the same time, I'll read pretty much anything from classic novels to contemporary fiction.

Currently reading

Shutter Island
Dennis Lehane
Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style (Tim Gunn's Guide to Style)
Tim Gunn, Kate Maloney
Oaths of Blood (Ascension #2)
S.M. Reine
Blade Song - J.C. Daniels I think I may be at that point where I've read so many UF books that I'm starting to get bored with the same old same old UF themes. The bitchy, , mouthy, kick a$$ heroine. The mysterious, somewhat dull, love interest. Endless fighting between the were creatures and the vampires, and the humans against all of them. It wasn't that this was a bad book; it's just that I felt I'd read it before. Several times, in fact.

A few things bugged me in particular. The heroine was mouthy and brash in the extreme. Yes, she had a terrible childhood, but - to me - she acted like a pain in the butt teenager. This feeling was compounded by the fact that nearly everyone referred to her as 'little girl' or 'little warrior' or 'little whatever'. Right away, I was rolling my eyes at her. And although the story did get much better later on, I nearly stopped reading after the first chapter.

Another trouble spot was the extreme child abuse. Yes, it was a part of the heroine's past and kind of happened off camera, but still. I didn't think Kit's childhood needed to be *that* horrific. Finally, there was the 'romance' which came off as weird to me. (WARNING: SPOILER ALERT) Kit never really fell in love, but she still allowed herself to be marked by the were creature and become his partner? That didn't seem at all right.

To me, this is was an average UF. No surprises, nothing new. Not bad, but not great, either.