Friday, April 18, 2014

ARC Book review: Turned (The Belladonna Agency #1) by Virna DePaul

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Ebook ARC provided by publisher through netgalley
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Welcome to a mesmerizing world where vampires hide among humans. This centuries-old species has its own rules, code of conduct, and taboos. Only the FBI knows that vampires exist—and although the Bureau agrees to keep their secret, it also plots to give humans the upper hand.

Turning mortals into vampires is forbidden.

But there are creatures who refuse to play by the rules.

Ever since he was turned, FBI special agent Ty Duncan has had one mission: bring rogue vampires to justice. As a recruiter for Belladonna, a shadow agency formed to keep vampires in check, Ty must tap Ana Martin, a troubled ex–gang member and one of the few mortals who can infiltrate places that his kind and the law cannot. From their first encounter, Ty fights a hunger to make Ana his own.

When Ty claims to have information about Ana’s missing sister, Ana has no choice but to trust this captivating stranger who awakens her deepest desires. But as she and Ty climb the heights of pleasure and passion, an enemy is conspiring to destroy them both.

Can Ana help Ty find his humanity in a love that could heal them both, or will their passion lead them into a darkness impossible to escape?

Lots going on in this first book of a brand new series. We've got the FBI and vampires combined together and a complicated story. TY Duncan is a FBI agent who finds himself turned into a vampire along with one of his other FBI friends. While still trying to figure out his new body and not knowing to much about it he joins a new agency that hunts rogue vampires.  Ana Martin grew up with a mother who was no mother at all and eventually found herself in a gang and brought her baby sister along for the ride. When things go wrong she finds herself in prison and her sister gone. Several years later she's now trying to lead a quite life and hopes to track down her sister who seems to have disappeared off the planet. Ty walks into her life and sparks fly between the two but then Ana finds out who he is and what he wants from her and she freaks. Until he offers her the chance to see her sister then all bets are off. She'll do anything for the sister she feels she failed.This is a first in a series so there is always a lot of information put out there for the reader. While that's fine sometimes i had trouble following along and sometimes i don't think i got enough info to follow along. I'm a little unsure of who some of the characters are still, but I'm hoping that will all clear up in book two. I liked the story premise but had trouble now and then with Ty. Although i know he was struggling with what he had become and not knowing that much about what being a vampire means and what he could and couldn't do he felt a bit wimpy at times. Ana was ok but she seemed a bit naive at times for someone who was in a gang and in prison. There is one mystery player that comes to light at the end of the story that seemed a bit out of place and we find out nothing really about him. Again hoping that comes to light in future books. Overall though i enjoyed the book and i like the whole idea and it feels different and new from the vampire books i have read before. I see a lot of potential and look forward to future books in this series. Worth a try for sure.

Find out more about this book and Author Virna DePaul here. 

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