Series: The Murdoch Vampires #2
Published by Author on April 11, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Vampires
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Raven really doesn’t see what all the fuss is about. All she did was kidnap a mortal and try to sabotage one of the most important developments in the history of the vampire race. For some reason, though, her father, who is the leader of the vampire race, is seriously pissed. He gives her an ultimatum: Spend 200 years in exile or submit to a last ditch crash-course in vampire etiquette.
As the poster boy for upstanding, modern vampires, Callum Murdoch stands for everything the rebellious Raven loathes. He’s also the brother of the man Raven recently targeted. But this very odd couple is about to find out that opposites don’t just attract—they smolder.
I recently read The Hot Scot by Kate Eden and really enjoyed it. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I started almost immediately with book two in the series, Rebel Child. I’d been feeling like I needed a bit of a break given the high demands of life outside the blog and these books really fit the bill. They’re light, funny, romantic, smart and entertaining. Reading these back-to-back, I felt like I went on a mini-vacation into the world of the Murdoch vampires. And given my love of the first book, Rebel Child didn’t disappoint. I laughed out loud and really fell in love with Eden’s heroine, Raven Coracino, a badass vampiress who might not be as badass as she thinks.
I had to admit that some days being a vixen vampiress really wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Sometimes I really wanted to forget all about my bid for world domination and just lounge around my lair in sweats. But what kind of message would that send to my minions?
Raven is the daughter of Orpheus, head of the Brethren, which is the council that regulates the vampire world. They’re mainstream vampires who like to blend in with mortals. Raven is anything but mainstream. She believes vampires are gods and mortals are lowly beings so why try to be like them? Brethren vampires drink bagged blood and take supplements so they can go out in the sun; Raven drinks from the tap and has never seen the light of day. She has philosophical differences with the way Brethren vampires live their lives and she fights against their dictates through sabotage and kidnapping (read book one to get the skinny on that). She also has daddy issues and for her shenanigans in The Hot Scot her father forces her to spend time with Callum Murdoch who is working with his brother, Logan, to create a synthetic blood product which would completely eliminate the need for vampires to feed off humans. She has to undergo training with Callum to change her ways or, after three months, face banishment to the icy tundra of Norway. These two are polar opposites with fundamentally different views on how vampires should live. But, of course, when they’re together, sparks fly.
I am a goddamned vampire! I do not hand out cookies and juice to mortals!
One of the major differences between books one and two is the POV. While The Hot Scot had multiple shifting POVs, Rebel Child didn’t. The story is told exclusively from Raven’s POV and it works because she’s such a fun character to spend time with. She embodies everything you’d expect of a B-movie vampire seductress – jet black hair (dyed), pale skin, smoky eye make-up and dark lips, topped off with Elvira-like dresses. Raven even sleeps in a coffin. Callum and his ilk think she’s ridiculous; she thinks she’s pretty badass. What I like about Raven is that she has a mouth on her – a cutting remark or comeback for anything thrown her way. But it’s a defense mechanism. She comes across as having zero sensitivity but, in reality, her heart is in the right place. She believes passionately in what she’s fighting for but she doesn’t aim to hurt anyone. Raven made me laugh with her bravado and smarts but she endeared me to her with her hidden depths and unacknowledged loneliness. This book is really about her metamorphosis and it was fun to be on that journey with her.
I think it was also the philosophical differences of how to be a vampire that drew me into the story. In book one, Eden poses this as the vampire version of the evolution vs. creationism debate. Some vampires believe they are a genetic mutation away from humanity while Raven believes there is something spiritual or supernatural behind their existence. I liked this debate, the fact that it was intellectual, the fact that there is something of truth in both arguments and that Callum and Raven debate this in a real conversation. I tend to miss real conversations in my romances. You know, the ones that let you know this is more than lust.
And speaking of Callum, he and Raven make for a great between-the-pages couple. He is the poster boy for the “new vampire” while Raven is the black sheep. He comes from a loving family and every decision he makes is informed by that experience; she’s been on her own for a few centuries and tends to roll her eyes at familial affection. They are opposites but the chemistry is undeniable. It was fun to see them collide and avoid conversations and have great sex.
Eden rounds these two out with the same entertaining cast of characters from book one. Logan and Sydney make more than cameos here and play integral roles in Raven’s vampire bootcamp; a new character is introduced, Miranda, who I suspect will play a feature role in the next book…perhaps with Alaric? I love this cast and this world. The warmth of the Murdoch clan is infectious. They make you want to spend time with them.
With Rebel Child, Eden once again gives us another fun, light, and romantic paranormal read. And the ending was sweet, funny, and sexy…just like the series itself.