Indies on PJV Review: Dissension by Adrienne Monson

dissensionTitle: Dissension

Author: Adrienne Monson

Publisher: Jolly Fish Press, LLC

Genre: Adult Paranormal

Publication Date: February 23,2013

Source: Copy provided for review

Blurb:Fists are pumping, bodies gyrating, sweat dripping—booming music drowns out all other noise in the dark club. Leisha, dressed in skimpy, revealing clothes, eyes her victim. As soon as he sets eyes on her, she knows he’s hers. He becomes excited as despicable thoughts of murder run through his mind, all readable by Leisha’s abnormal senses. After a bit of small talk, they are soon both out the door, Leisha pushed against the wall. The man pulls out a knife, ready to cut up this beautiful woman. Leisha smiles as she deflects the knife and bites into his neck, sucking every ounce of life from this abominable man.

It wasn’t always this way.

Leisha was once a loving mother with an ideal family. Though this was over two thousand years ago, Leisha still holds that time dear to her heart. But for now, she must focus on trying to escape the eternal and bloody war between her kind—the Vampires—and the Immortals, an undying race sworn to destroy her people. Soon, Leisha finds herself captured by the government only to be saved by a young and mysterious human girl. What entails is the beginning of a long and torturous journey as Leisha and her newfound friend run for their lives while searching for the one thing that can end it all—the prophecy child.

Lori’s Thoughts:

When I read the blurb of this book, I thought, ok a vampire book but with a twist. I can get behind that. What I got was an opening that jumped from one MC POV to the other MC’s POV and that I had a hard time getting “into”. By page 40, I felt like I had made little progress and knew very little about either MC.  I have a short attention span, a two year old child, and two jobs (one of which includes watching two three year old boys) I need a book to grab me from the get go. However, this was a review book and I kept with it.

I’m glad that I did. What I found inside of this book wasn’t an earth shattering new take on vampires but an amazing depiction of the relationships between the characters. Leisha and Samantha gain a very close friendship and instantly bond. It is refreshing seeing this dynamic in a book. So often writers choose to have strong female leads that shun the friendship of women. They surround them with male leads and perpetuate the myth that strong women are above the antics of their fellow females. When there are fellow females they are depicted as shallow and catty. What is depicted within these pages is anything but that.

I wish that this were a stand alone novel. There was an interesting relationship growing between a vampire named Nik and Samantha who is a human and I would have loved to see more of that. Of course, I shall have to wait until the next book to see if I get my wish.

The story grew to be interesting enough that I enjoyed it. It was a bit on the predictable side but that’s ok. I was just thrilled to see such a healthy female friendship that I can over look that.

This was an uncorrected ARC so the editing and plot have time to strengthen before it is released for the public to read. There is one instance of inconsitancy that really stood out to me. At one point Leisha claims to be 2,000 years old. Later in the book, Samantha refers to her as 200 years old. A really nit picky thing to point out but readers are smart and you never know when something like that will set someone off.

Overall, this was a good book. The writing was good, the characters are likable. I will be picking up the next book in the series because I invested in the characters.

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