The Cursed Ones : Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

The Cursed Ones (Crusade, #1)The Cursed Ones by Nancy Holder

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Vampires are taking over the world. They have quite literally come out of the shadows and are, nominally, living with humanity.

But in truth, they’re taking over.

And there’s only random pockets of resistance and Hunters who are trying to stop them. The Cursed Ones sees us follow one such pack of Hunters; a group based in Salamanca and composed of a Good Vampire, a Girl With a Secret, a WereWolf, a Girl Who Doesn’t Think She’s Good Enough and several other stock cliches.

So far so Buffy right? That’s the negative point of this book. The reliance on stock tropes of the vampire novel that have been done before and they’ve been done better. And then there’s the choppiness. We learn a bit about X, a bit about Y and then we leap across to Spain and then back to California and then over to New Orleans and then whoops we’re back in 1940s Spain and hey we’re off to Japan. We don’t really stop anywhere long enough to let the story breathe and give the reader time to catch up.

It’s also the first book in a series. I am being driven slowly insane by vampire novels which spiral off into series. There’s only so many unresolved cliffhangers and vague endings a girl can deal with.
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