Dante’s Girl by Natasha Rhodes

13 Jan

dantesgirlrhodesFavorite Lines: “Before she could react he grabbed a fistful of her hair in his other hand and crushed his mouth to hers, his tongue seeking to pry apart her lips.” (p. 60)

It sucks when you boyfriend is hiding things from you. Especially when you think he’s going to propose, but  instead he gets himself murdered, leaving all kinds of nightmarish creatures hunting you. Kayla Steele finds out the hard way that her boyfriend is keeping secrets and out of self-preservation defends herself against attacking werewolves.

When her dead boyfriend, Karrel Dante, visits her and tells her that she has 30 days to hunt down his killers and end their lives, Kayla’s life takes a darker turn. A turn that exposes her to corruption, betrayal and vampires.

Dante’s Girl is told in the third person and bounces from character to character. We start off with Kayla, before jumping to Karrel and several other characters. It can be confusing, but it gives the big picture and leaves little to the imagination.

Kayla is introduced as an appearance obsessed woman, but over time we discover a caring, compassionate person. She has her flaws and can be downright stupid, but she always seems to redeem herself. For example, after getting pissed off when Karrel stands her up, she goes drinking, gets smashed, meets a hot stranger, and goes to a private party with him. Just when I begin to think she is too stupid to live, she wakes up and thinks what a fool she is and extricates herself from the situation. This happens several times throughout the story.

I was really attracted to Mutt, a werewolf friend of Karrel. He has much more face time than Karrel and wormed his way into my heart. I want to know more about him, and was seriously angry with his ending. (Read the book.) It seemed unfair and selfish.

I haven’t made up my mind about this story. I bought the next book in the series, The Last Angel, when I bought Dante’s Girl so I will continue the series. If it is as confusing as the first, I won’t continue the series.

If you want to know what other people thought about Dante’s Girl go visit loves vampires, Fantasy Book Critic, and Various Thoughts.


2 Responses to “Dante’s Girl by Natasha Rhodes”

  1. Renee January 13, 2009 at 10:40 pm #

    Hmmm… I’ll be interested to read if you decide this is a series worth sticking with. I had checked this out from the library a while back, then didn’t get a chance to read it before it was due. TSTL characters drive me nuts! lol

  2. scooper January 14, 2009 at 8:51 pm #

    Renee: I’ve read some pretty negative reviews of book two, which is really disappointing. I hate it when I buy a series and end up not caring for it. The library should be happy though. Their budget was cut 50% and they now rely on donations!

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