My name’s Quinn.
If you buy into my reputation, I’m the most notorious demon hunter in New England. But rumors of my badassery have been slightly exaggerated. Instead of having kung-fu skills and a closet full of medieval weapons, I’m an ex-junkie with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time. Or the right place at the wrong time. Or…whatever.
Wanted for crimes against inhumanity I (mostly) didn’t commit, I was nearly a midnight snack for a werewolf until I was “saved” by a vampire calling itself the Bride of Quiet. Already cursed by a werewolf bite, the vamp took a pint out of me too.
So now…now, well, you wouldn’t think it could get worse, but you’d be dead wrong.
Prepare yee oh urban fantasy fans for Blood Oranges and a junkie slash slayer of nasties, turned vampy werewolf. Did that make sense? No? – ok so Quinn is a drug addict but also hunts those nasty creatures that lurk in the world, aptly named nasties. Werewolves, vampires, etc. Just her bad luck she gets bitten by a lupe and then turned by a vampire. So she ends up some weird abomination of both.
She isn’t a reputable person, she is indulgent, somewhat self centered, and she only gave up the drugs because hey they are no longer what gets her juices going..now thats blood and other dark things. Oh and she drops more f-bombs than I would have imagined possible. Alright maybe not but I kid you not about the swearing. I was listening to the audio book and both my visiting mother and husband asked me to turn it off in fear that I would corrupt my toddler into that being his first spoken word.
I seriously enjoyed this book. I listened to the audio obviously and thought the narration was spot on. There was only one voice that the narrator did that I wasn’t fond of and that was Mr. B. All the others were so great, especially the creepy Bride of Quiet’s voice. It literally was quiet and eery. I highly recommend trying the audio if you are one that doesn’t mind listening versus reading in print. I’m really glad I decided to do the audio – if I hadn’t I would have been mispronouncing the characters name Siobhan in my head forever after. It sounds like “Chavon” when pronounced.
Back to Blood Oranges itself. It’s written in a style where Quinn is basically talking to the reader as if she’s writing this as a book. She pokes a lot of fun at the various urban fantasy and paranormal romance genres. Fans of those genres will get a kick out of this. I thought it a way that she was tipping her hat to them even while making fun of things. Too many mentions though about the ‘vampires do not sparkle’ – personally I’ve seen quite a few authors use that jab lately. I get it because I’m not a fan of Stephenie Meyer either. What you do get is a ton of awesome freaking creatures. Demons, bridge trolls, some weird rat creature…a talking bird – you name it.
Like many urban fantasy this story has a mystery at its heart where Quinn has to set about finding out – just why did she end up this way, who’s behind it and who’s ass she must kick in payback. To say that she’s a bit of a pawn in this book would be putting it mildly. Even that considered I liked her, I liked her a lot. I’m hoping to see her take charge of things more in the next book, even so she did a great job of things here. She kills, hey you gotta eat to live right? I like that she isn’t beating herself up over it, and she has a predisposition to violence. Beat the crap out of him if thats what it takes to get him to talk I say, it works. She doesn’t have some painful moral qualms getting in her way.
Filled with humor, darkness, and lots of ooey gooey Blood Oranges is definitely an urban fantasy you want to give a try. And low and behold no freaking romance! I found that lack so refreshing. Read it, laugh, don’t be shocked by the exorbitant amount of profanity because I’ve given you fair warning.