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review 2018-07-20 21:15
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Red-Headed Stepchild - Jaye Wells

I enjoyed this book.. I always do like a good bit of snark..The premise seems interesting.. I have a feeling I read this book awhile back or one of the series..It seems really familiar.. All the same I still enjoyed it, I will pick up the next in the series cuz that is what I do..


One of the best characters is demon Giguhl..He is outstanding.. No spoilers thou that I am going to share so all can be surprised by his wit.. LOL

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review 2017-11-30 00:00
Red-Headed Stepchild
Red-Headed Stepchild - Jaye Wells DNF @ 60%

I just wasn't feeling this one. I think I'm just not in the mood for it right now
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review 2016-05-31 23:39
Audio Book Review: Red-Headed Stepchild (Sabina Kane #1) By Jaye Wells
Red-Headed Stepchild - Jaye Wells


This book continues to be an old favorite of mine. It officially held up through the test of time (considering I was in my VERY early teens when I first read this). I loved hearing the audio book this time around and it just added to the story as a whole.


Sabina is as kick a** as ever and I love her for it. I love how she tries to question everything that's handed to her. I felt so bad for her when she found out she was getting played by almost everyone that mattered to her. I adored her minion Giguhl (AKA Mr. Giggles). The humor he added to this story was amazing.


Adam was probably one of my first ever book boyfriends. He's just so handsome and charming when he wants to be. When push comes to shove, he can roll with the punches and he does have a menacing side.


My only dislike of this novel is the end result with the faeries. I was rooting for them and they just didn't deserve what they got for helping. I can't wait to start on the next book to continue Sabina's journey.


The Audio Book:


Cynthia Holloway did a really good job with this book, but I would like to see a little more range in male voices because at times I did get confused on who was saying what because everyone sounded so much alike. P.S. I loved Giguhl's voice though.

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review 2015-02-13 23:13
Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells
Red-Headed Stepchild - Jaye Wells

Sabina is an outcast in her world. She doesn't belong to either side of her blood line, she's an unwanted woman with a special set of gifts that tends to get her into trouble. This girls a hardass with a heart, even though she likes to deny it. Her latest assignment might just be her undoing though. 

Red-Headed Stepchild is my go to Urban Fantasy read. This book is gritty with a female lead that really lives on the edge of her society. When people see Sabina Kane they either run, laugh or attack. She never gets that warm welcome but being a mixed heritage assassin tends to merit that type of reaction. Sabina was raised by her momma's mom, but never received the love or acceptance you'd think a grandmother would provide. Instead, she was trained to be an assassin, to become a usable tool that would carry out any and all orders the vampires needed done. 

Vampires in this book have their own set of rules and government system. It's actually led by three women known as the Dominae who occasionally take advice from a larger council. The fact this is a matriarchal society is pretty awesome. What sets these vampires apart is the unusual modern mixed with mythology feel, they have a foot firmly planted in todays world but still worship old gods. Vampires in this book also need to be born, there is no such thing as biting a human to turn them. 

Vampires happen to be at odds with mages and other magical creatures in this world which sets the stage for this series. There are a ton of different magical creatures mentioned throughout the book, but vampires and mages remain the big baddies. Also, humans aren't aware of these creatures that go bump in the night, and those that do, don't remain around very long. 

Here's the thing about this book, it's not flowery or delicate in it's phrasing. It's a very gritty and forward read, Sabina has a serious attitude and talks a bit like a guy. She doesn't try for tact but outright says things that some probably would view as crude. Normally, this type of heroine would probably annoy me, specially since this girls got some serious people issues, but I was instantly caught up in this world, so it just made sense to me. 

I always recommend this book to anyone looking for a darker Urban fantasy read. 

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review 2014-05-23 00:00
Red-Headed Stepchild
Red-Headed Stepchild - Jaye Wells 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. :/
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