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Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2017
I really regret the time spent reading this book and cannot believe I actually got to the end. It was supposed to be like a Kate Daniels/Mercy Thompson kind of book, but it is not like them at all - a huge disappointment! It was incredibly derivative of the Kate Daniels plot. It actually seemed like the author took the Kate Daniels series as a template and followed every thing exactly - as though it were a set of rules. She doesn't know her father - check, she has mysterious powers that she must hide - check, she has to remain anonymous so that people won't find her - check, an orphan - check, best fighter around - check... etc.
But, there are some big differences. Born in Fire is not well-written, the main character uses the same angry tone of voice for EVERY single conversation she has - no nuance, no differences for different people. In fact, you don't actually care what happens to her, or to anyone else in the book. It's not two-dimensional, it's actually one-dimensional. The only character who is remotely interesting is the vampire, and he tries to remain remote.
I was so shocked at how bad it was, and how good the reviews were, that I tried the second book to see if she got better. Well, it was about 5% better, but that still leaves it pretty bad. I did not read the third and would like to scour it off my Kindle. The only bright spot is that at least it was a cheap book, but I really regret the wasted time.
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