Saturday, December 31, 2011

Toni's Review of Blood of Eden by Tami Dane ***3 Stars***

Sloan has a sky-high IQ, a chaotic personal life, and a dream: to work for the FBI. Her goal is within reach until an error lands her with the FBI's ugly stepchild: the new Paranormal Behavioral Analysis Unit. She'll get to profile criminals, but the pool of suspects is a little more...diverse. Yet even as Sloan tackles her first case--a string of victims, all with puncture wounds to the neck--she can't silence her inner para-skeptic.

To catch the killer she'll have to think like one. That means casting aside her doubts, and dealing with the bizarre nightmares that started with the job. But the strangeness is only beginning, as Sloan pieces together the shocking truth about a case that's more personal than she ever would have guessed.


Today is the beginning of Sloan Skye’s dreams coming true.  She is starting her first day as an intern for the FBI.  Well that is what she thought when she left the chaos of her apartment this morning.  Now she is shattered, there has been a mistake and her position has just been stolen by her old high school crush turned frenemy, Gabe Wagner.

Total desperation and the desire to not have a repeat performance of last summer’s job, she jumps at the change to work for the FBI in any way shape or form.  Well she probably should have done a bit of research first.  She just got hired as an intern for the PBAU, Paranormal Behavioral Analysis Unit.  Yes, paranormals like vampires and other creatures of the unknown.  Who knew they existed…Sloan sure doesn’t believe it…yet.

Sloan tries to delve into her job with an open mind, but being the daughter of two brilliant people, this is a tough one to swallow.  Believing isn’t her only problem.  She is now having realistic dreams and frightening memories that are unsettling to her and may be related to the unusual case they are working.  Sloan has just entered a whole new world.  A world she never knew existed, but a world that already knew about her.

Blood of Eden is a good story, but I wasn’t totally absorbed by the storyline.  The set up of the series was well thought out and detailed.  Ms. Dane has developed a fantastic universe and I am still intrigued by the plot, though I felt bogged down at times.  She definitely has a new take on the paranormal, even delving into not well known creatures of lore and history.  I found it very fascinating and I am looking forward to the next installment.  I like to think that now that the ground work has been laid the next book will blow me away with the creatures, characters and storytelling.

Blood of Eden is a detailed oriented foundation to a potentially refreshing paranormal series.  Mystery and intrigue, new exciting paranormal creatures, and the possibility of a love triangle thrown in; what more can a reader ask for?

Thanks for reading! - Toni

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