Friday, June 20, 2014

Review: Oliver's Hunger

Oliver's Hunger
Oliver's Hunger by Tina Folsom

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

For those readers who are familiar with the Scansguards Vampires, Oliver’s book has been a long time coming. I was really glad to dig into this one, but was left wanting so much more! I’m sure that you could probably get away with reading this as a standalone, but it really would help to read this series in order.

Oliver was a human in the previous installments of this series. During Quinn’s book, in order to save his life, he was transformed into a vampire and has been struggling with his blood hunger ever since. Ursula is a woman with some type of special blood (we never really find out for sure why or what makes her different). She’s been kidnapped and sold as a type of “blood whore” for years. During her escape, she encounters Oliver and the story takes off from there.

I have to say, Oliver really comes off as a petulant child for a lot of this story. He’s yelling and stomping his foot, arguing with his family and friends; essentially he was trying really hard to alienate himself from the people that meant so much to him in the previous books. It was sad to watch and made it hard to read at points. I just wanted to shake him and tell him to look at what he’s really got going for him. Unfortunately, Oliver acts like a sort of blood junkie, which has him making bad decisions left and right. Ursula is really a gift to him. Through their relationship/bond, Oliver is finally able to grow as a character. They balance one another really well, although I feel like Ursula got the short end of the stick here.

Overall, this was a necessary book because readers will have no doubt grown attached to Oliver along the way. The pairing and overall story, though, was a little tough at times. This was still a good read, but just not as fully developed as I expected. That won’t stop me from reading the rest of the series, though, especially since Thomas is next.

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