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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Review - Fixation by Mia Cherish and Jacqueline Quaid

Title: Fixation

Author: Mia Cherish and Jacqueline Quaid

Publisher: Devine Destinies

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Rating: You Want to Read - A Good book.

Reviewed by: Shawn Weisser

Malcolm Blackmon had nothing against vampires. He just wasn’t sure he wanted to be one. A crime scene gone bad and mortal injury forced the Australian transplant into a hasty decision, accepting a vampire friend’s adoption. His new family welcomed him with promises of a wonderful life free of his responsibilities as an undercover cop. Early retirement, no money worries and pretty donors catering to his appetites for blood and pleasure? Not bad. Hunting down New Orleans criminal low-life for blood and sport… He’d get used to it.

He’d manage all right if he could just get past Emily Kagan. Mistaken for his donor when Malcolm first rose, her lush dancer’s body filled his arms while her sweet kisses and sweeter blood flooded Malcolm’s senses. Since then, nothing has smelled, tasted or felt the same. His vampire family warns him his fixation is a danger—Emily’s taste has been amplified in his memories due to the stress of his first hunger when he rose. But it’s so much more to Malcolm. His spirit lingers with Emily during the day, flirting, seducing, protecting. Loving. Can Malcolm control his vampirism and keep nice with his family while the family patriarch researches more of Emily’s unique origins and the wonderful connection Malcolm is destined to share with the love he never found in life?

I really liked this different take on the vampire lore. A newly turned vampire falls in love with his soul mate, a ballet teacher and goddess, who also is his very first victim. She is also inexplicably drawn to her attacker. The unexplained draw of the vampire and his “victim” are explored briefly before the oldest member of Malcolm’s family, Joshua, begins to figure it out. Malcolm’s “family” believes it is the first bite crush the newly turned tend to get but Joshua is not so sure. I liked how the authors created an intimate setting without the two characters, Emily and Malcolm, being in the same room. Some conflict between family members, all without bloodshed, more intensity would be great. This is a romance novel, not a gory blood-fest, but we are talking vampires here – where is the danger?

The author’s did a great job of setting the scenes and providing explanations for background story lines; however, Malcolm’s story should be flushed out more. Is he a former teacher, if so what did he teach, or is he a cop? Why is he in America since he is not American and a little more detail about his relationship with the vampires who turned him and his eventual death? We also know that Emily’s father died but we do not get too much information about her family until near the end. More information about her relationship with her stepmother and her brother would also provide an area for exploitation. Again, more information would make this a great read. The editors need to pay closer attention as I found numerous typos (repeated words, skipped words, or misspelled for meaning – do not use spell-check). I liked the story and the ending; it is a love story so the boy and girl are able to be together. This could be a longer book with more familial conflict on both Malcolm’s and Emily’s sides. I would love to see a fuller version of this book.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Shawn!

    I want to thank you so much for taking the time to read and to evaluate "Fixation." I'm delighted you enjoyed the novella.

    I wish to clarify this comment you made:

    "This is a romance novel."

    "Fixation is not a romance novel, it is a romance novella (under 30,000 words). What's the difference? About half the word count. A novel (50,000 - 100,000+ words) will contain a significantly higer amount of storytelling elements (subplot/s, character development, world-building, etc.) than a novella (18,00-30,000 words). Complaining that the novella doesn't have the complexities and details of a full novel is like complaining that a well-constructed cottage doesn't have the same amenities as a mansion. Obviously, a mansion has more room for luxurious amenities than a cottage. The cottage can still be very nice, though, if it is evaluated as a cottage and not as a mansion.

    As an author, I am deeply, sincerely flattered that you found "Fixation" engaging and wished for a lengthier, more detailed story development. I do have a completed novel (over 70,000 words, more than twice the size of "Fixation") that more closely explores the mythos explored in "Fixation." More action, more adventure, "juicier" love scenes, etc.

    Again, thanks so much for your time and for your opinion. Happy reading.

    Best, Mia Cherish


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