The book kicks off a new series, this time about vampires, with Wake Me When the Sun Goes Down. Anja is a slightly geeky but loveable newbie vampire, and Bishop from the secretive “Order” steps up to reluctantly show her the ropes when her Sire is MIA. You need a license to breed in the hidden vampire community and Anja must pretend to be someone she’s not in order to save her pretty neck. Throw in Centuries old Aleksandr who is charmed by Anja’s mix of strength and naiveté and the mysterious Sire who abandoned her, and there are a lot of questions to unravel! While the story wraps up with a satisfying end, there are definitely plenty of stones left unturned for the rest of the series.
“It was ironic that this happened to me; I was never a night person at heart. So you can see right off the bat why a vampire was the very last thing I would have chosen to be.”
Anja Evans wakes up in the morgue with a hell of a hangover. It takes almost eating her best friend before she figures out… she’s a vampire. When a dark and dangerous vampire shows up at her door asking to see her license and registration, Anja assumes Bishop is a regular cop. But breeding among vampires is strictly controlled, and her unlicensed status makes her an enemy of The Order. Struggling to find a balance between her former life and her undead one, Anja tries to blend school and living up to her new identity, all while searching to find the elusive Viking, whose blood gave Anja the strength of a vampire hundreds of years old.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a big fan of the Android Operating System. I was one of the first out of the gate with my ViewSonic gTablet, and I loved it. It had almost everything you’d want – camera (front-facing only), USB port, MicroSD… but it was large. Fairly thick, and the 10″ screen and large bezel just made it awkward.
Well, a year later along comes Amazon with it’s own entry into the Andoid market, the 7″ Kindle Fire. I got one of these babies for Christmas and I have to say, I love it. The Viewsonic was nice but the size made it awkward to take with you anywhere, but I take my Fire almost everywhere. It is lacking in some areas – no bluetooth, no GPS, no camera, no MicroSD… but I have my DROID RAZR for that. But when I want to browse, watch movies, read books, etc… the Fire is perfect. Definitely a keeper, though I have to tether to my RAZR to use it when mobile due the the Fire’s lack of 3G.
Here are the specs:
Internal Memory: 8 GB flash memory
External Memory: None
Screen: 1024×600 pixels, 7” IPS LCD
OS: Android 2.3
Processor: Dual core, 1000 MHz, TI OMAP4, 512MB RAM
WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
Dimensions: 7.48 x 4.72 x 0.45 (190 x 120 x 11.4 mm)
Weight: 14.57 oz. (413g)
Built-in Stereo Speakers
I’m not usually a fan of first person POV books, but this one drew me right in from the start. The author set up an interesting world of fallen angels and demons mixed in with urban city living in Seattle. I liked the nifty set of powers that Mercy got from being touched by and angel. I just hope the next one comes out soon!
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Loved the book… kept me guessing from the beginning, and even when I thought I had it figured out the ending was a surprise. I also liked the interaction between the quirky main character Lexi and the detective, and their slowly developing relationship. Definitely recommend it!
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