When Dr Carrie Ames is attacked by a John Doe patient in the morgue of the hospital she works in, she knows her life has changed. Her boss is questioning her abilities as a doctor and she's questioning her own commitment to the career she's worked so hard for. What she doesn't realise is exactly how irrevocable this change is. Because the man who attacked Carrie is a vampire - and now she's one too. Tied to her lethal sire by their shared blood and dependent on the good will his greatest enemy for her survival, Carrie must adapt quickly to her new undead existence or she could end up dying all over again...
So where does a girl go for good vampire fiction since "The Historian" proved such a let-down? Laurell K Hamilton is out of the question, and as fond as I am of Sookie Stackhouse, she's more fluffy than Buffy. So thank God that Jennifer Armintrout wrote "The Turning." From the surprising violence of its opening right through to the bloody climax, this is a book that constantly subverted my expectations. Every time I thought I'd figured out the three central characters, they proved I knew nothing about them at all. Every time I thought I was approaching a lull in the action, I was thrown back into another raw, emotional confrontation.
Carrie's stubborn, compassionate nature is both balanced and compromised by her relationships with her sire, the ruthless, needy Cyrus, and her potential killer Nathan, a severe, secretive vampire dedicated to the extermination of his own kind. Both men exact a pull on her for different reasons. Cyrus is a compelling character, forever altering your opinion of him through his words and actions. Nathan initially appears reserved and cold - especially compared to the charismatic, unpredictable Cyrus - but as he and Carrie grow closer it becomes clear that his cold facade is hiding a heartbreaking past.
"The Turning" kept me guessing right up until the final page, and I'm now impatiently awaiting the next two books in the series, due for release next year. Now if she can just come up with something featuring werewolves, I'll be set...
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