Wednesday, 9 October 2013

BEWITCHING TOURS: "Hells Belle" by Karen Greco *review added*


Hell's Belle
Karen Greco

Genre: Urban Fantasy

ISBN: 1484830202
ASIN: B00DEUDXH0
Number of pages: 238



Half-vampire, half-human, Nina Martinez spent most of her life underground as part of an elite secret team of government agents who quietly take down rogue monsters -- the human world none the wiser.

She moves back to her hometown of Providence, RI to keep an eye on the recent uptick in supernatural activity, and to help run the bar she co-owns with her aunt. Her attempt at a “regular” life, not to mention a budding relationship with smoking hot FBI agent Max, is cut short because of a string of ritual murders targeting the city's community of witches.

But Nina's investigation unearths deadly secrets from her long buried parents. Now the target of supernatural assassins, could Nina be the most dangerous vampire hybrid to ever exist? No wonder she can’t get a date.


An award-winning playwright, Karen Greco has spent close to twenty years in New York City, working in publicity and marketing for the entertainment industry.

A life-long obsession with exorcists and Dracula drew her to urban fantasy, where she can decapitate characters with impunity. HELL'S BELLE is her first novel.



Where to begin?

This book is obviously the start of a series.

We're kinda plonked into it hitting the ground running so to speak and to pick up bits and pieces to fill some background gaps that i think will be continued in the next books to come.

Nina is our heroine, and a half vampire. she is part of a top secret team called Blood Ops who basically go around dealing with any problems supernatural.  We only met 2 of the team, and the 3rd in the last few pages, so again, i think theres room in the follow up books to expand on this.

This first book deals with Nina returning to her home town to try and live normally among humans.  She owns half of a bar with her Aunt Babe, left to her by her parents who were sadly murdered.  This is the main storyline - Nina wanting to deal and kill the vampire who took them from her.

Alot of short info to keep in mind, like Nina can now see ghosts who can jump into her body to talk to her, which she hadnt before, she doesnt need to drink blood, but does everynow and then get cravings....and the newest - she discovers shes half witch aswell, which she had no idea about and never learnt anything to do with witches, but i think that will be explored further.
theres a demon mayer.  An FBI agent who looks like by the end wont be JUST an FBI agent again.

Its a good story.  Theres something niggling me about it, not sure what.  I liked it, but something is making me hesitate in loving it.  Maybe that might change after a few books in.  An interesting read, characters well described and revelations come when the arrive with Nina, so we dont know until she does, which i prefer!

Definetly give it a try!

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