I find it sad when a book with so much potential falls short. I was about to put Paulie Zahn Vampire Huntress in the unfinished pile about 5% of the way into the book (I was reading the Kindle edition). The entire first part of the book was full of typos and formatting errors. However, I saw a good premise in the book and decided to persist.
The book did get better. The world that E. M. Sorensen created is not a usual take on vampires. And the main character, Paulie Zahn, had a lot of potential. Unfortunately, it was not developed enough to really make the book an Urban Fantasy great. I probably should have counted how many times SGT Zahn had alarm bells ringing about suspicious behavior and just decided to brush it off, it happened a lot.
I am torn about whether I enjoyed the plot of the book. On one hand it was not like any book I had read recently. It was a unique perspective and combined a heroin who is a decorated war hero, so she already was a strong character before the book even started. On the other hand there was so much back-story that I was often wondering what the point of the book was. It just dragged on, and the whole time I was thinking how much promise there really was.
I honestly think I could have come to accept the pace of the story if it wasn’t for the actual writing. At first I thought there were a lot of formatting errors that kept repeating random sentences (there are enough formatting errors that this seemed very logical) except that I realized the second sentence had minor changes in structure. It turned out that the author just like repeating what was said previously. This happened over and over throughout the book. However, the writing did smooth out the further you go into the story. Although, it never got to the point were I could actually lose myself in the book.
This really is a hard review for me to write. It had so much potential and it was sad to see it fall short.
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