Book: Sangre: The Wrong Side of Tomorrow
Author: Carlos Colon
Publisher: HellBound Books Publishing LLC
Author Website and Social Media: Carlos Colon Author Page
Overall Rating: 4.25 out of 5 Stars
Who knew that Newark, New Jersey was such a hotbed of paranormal activity? Well if Nicky Negron has anything to do with it, the number of people who know, or even suspect would be very few. And while Nicky is no stranger to the darker side of the city, he does his best to keep his identity as a vampire a secret. And things seem to be going smoothly… until of course a dogged federal agent starts to notice him as a suspect in a string of brutal murders– ones that are tied to a South American drug cartel. Add to that the emergence of another threat from the other side of the veil, and Nicky has more drama than he ever wanted– alive, or undead.
First, a few things that I loved about this book. One, the overall pace is fairly fast and refreshing, and the fact that the story is being told from the point of view of Nicky is a wonderful change. Second, it’s nice to see a main character is who is actually tormented — not only by what he’s done and become, but by external forces as well. It’s a hard balance to achieve, and Mr. Colon does it with ease.
If there is one downside to this book, it is with the narration. At times we see things from a younger Nicky’s point of view. That writing, his voice, is young, fresh, and full of vibrancy that you rarely see. Mr. Colon’s words had me visualizing the young man sauntering down the street, nervously talking with a record store clerk all while lusting after the Raquel Welch. It was all hormones, all puberty, and all… well, real.
Nicky the vampire, however, not only lost some of his humanity when he turned, he lost quite a bit of his voice as well. I didn’t get the same passion, drive, or wonderment that I saw in Nicky the kid. Plus, the narration seemed to be more omnipresent in the older version– perhaps because he had become older and wiser about the world.
And while I understand the differences and the changes between the two versions, it still made for a slightly disjointed read. In truth, both narrations would have made fantastic stories in and of themselves… but together? Well it got a little messy at times.
If you enjoy vampires who aren’t afraid to bite, and mysteries with twists and turns to keep you puzzled to the end, this book is a great one to add to your collection.
0 Stars — Perfect for kindling or wasting space on your hard drive
1 Star — A great gift for that person you can’t stand
2 Stars — Put it on your “to borrow” list
3 Stars — Buy it if you get the chance — worth a weekend read
4 Stars — Definitely add to your library
5 Stars — Impulse Buy Approved
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