The Scene

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. This is the first book in the Odyssey of the Occult series featuring Dylan Hart as the heroine. Burdened with student loans to repay, Dylan Hart decides to write a best seller using the recent swathe of vampire-style slayings in her town as book fodder. With her best friend Tatum in tow, and with the help of an ex-boyfriend cop Mike, Dylan goes into the heart of vampire territory looking to solve the mystery.

The writing itself was good, with well structured sentences and good use of language. The author made a good effort of giving each character an individual style. But the plot felt too staged for my liking. Everything just fell into place for the heroine. I found the fact that she was able to solve the mystery behind several grisly murders by speaking to a handful of people difficult to swallow.

But, while I found the plot weak, some of the main character’s inner (and spoken) dialogue came off as authentic and funny. But these instances were too few and far between. The characters’ motivations didn’t feel genuine to me, and one of the biggest twists at the end felt staged. I was unable to empathise with the main character, and even her motivations felt like more of an afterthought than an integral plot point.

The book was a light, fun read. I think anyone who enjoys books in the paranormal genre will find this book entertaining.

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Ronel van Tonder

Ronel van Tonder is a science fiction author from South Africa. Having recently completed her dark, dystopian sci-fi trilogy, The Corrupted SUN Script, she's hard at work penning a new standalone sci-fi novel, The Seventh Glitch. When she's not writing, Ronel spends her free time slaying rendered baddies in the form of robots, gangsters and aliens - with any weapon that happens to be at hand.