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Red-Headed Stepchild (Sabina Kane, Book 1) (edition 2009)

by Jaye Wells

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Title:Red-Headed Stepchild (Sabina Kane, Book 1)
Authors:Jaye Wells
Info:Orbit (2009), Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:vampire, fae, demons, mage, magic

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So, I picked up this book because I adored Jaye Wells' Dirty Magic and Meridian Six. Both had awesome world building and interesting characters, but...

I don't know if it was just the reader of the audiobook or that Jaye Wells' awesome style just didn't shine through on this one, but wow, Sabina just sounds like a snotty witch. I got tired of listening to her attitude after a couple of hours and quit.

Somebody tell me if it's worth finishing this, because at this point there's little to redeem this book for me. :/ Which I honestly think is sad, because it's an extended series by an author I have reliably enjoyed. :/ ( )
  lyrrael | Oct 17, 2015 |
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  BookaholicCat | Mar 4, 2015 |
For a first novel Red-Headed Stepchild impressed me. The mythology of the creation of vampires was inspired as was the appearance of a demon cat! I sympathised with Sabina's situation and was pleased with the way her world was explained. I look forward to reading how Sabina handles meeting her sister and dealing with her mage heritage in The Mage in Black.
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  Cynical_Ames | Sep 23, 2014 |
Actually 2.5 stars & it gained the half star in the last quarter of the book, though. It's a neat world, but the character is just too ignorant for a 53 year old. If she'd been in her late teens or early 20's, it would have flown much better. As it is, we have a 53 year old with all the attitudes & angst of a late teen. similar life experience. She's supposed to be a trained assassin, yet is completely ignorant of the basics of other supernatural races - she had to be for the story to work & that's what didn't work for me.

The heroine does have a fun, flip attitude. It's a fun quick read & I'm holding out hope that the next book [b:The Mage in Black|6929202|The Mage in Black (Sabina Kane, #2)|Jaye Wells|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51EeOd9c0yL._SL75_.jpg|6622221], the second of the Sabina Kane novels, will be better. So many of the problems with this book were in the forced setup, teaching us about the world due to the ignorance of our heroine.

The characters weren't a fully formed as I would have liked, but weren't bad. Pretty standard & the plot was quite predictable. If the world hadn't been fairly unique, it would have suffered for this a lot more. All in all, it wasn't a waste of time, but the next book isn't something I'm going to rush out to buy. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
Good but nothing special. The world created by the author is much like in the other books like that. I like Sabina and Adam as a couple. I’ll read the next book in this series. ( )
  Sarielle | Aug 10, 2014 |
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In a world where being of mixed-blood is a major liability, Sabina has the only profession fit for an outcast: assassin. However, she's never brought her work home with her---until now. This time, it's personal.
Her latest mission threatens the fragile peace between the vampire and mage races. As Sabina scrambles to figure out which side she's on, she uncovers secrets that will change the course of her life forever.

1) Infiltrate rival vampire cult and assassinate learer

2) Get rid of demon houseguest

3) Ditch hot mage stalker

4) Betray family

In a world where being of mixed blood is a major liability, Sabina doesn't really fit in. And being an assassin - the only profession fit for an outcast - doesn't help matters. But she's never brought her work home. Until now.

Her latest mission is uncomfortably complex and threatens the fragile peace between vampire and mage races. As Sabina scrambles to figure out which side she's on, she uncovers a tangled political web, some nasty facts about her family, and some unexpected new talents. Any of these things could be worryingly life changing, but together they could be fatal...

Sabina Kane: She's down, but she's not out.
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In a world where being of mixed-blood is a major liability, half-mage, half-vampire Sabina Kane is an assassin. Her latest mission threatens the fragile peace between the vampire and mage races, and Sabina must figure out which side she's on.

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