Friday, 3 July 2015

Cherry Stem by Sotia Lazu

Title: Cherry Stem
Series: Vampire Cherry (#1)
Author: Sotia Lazu
Narrator: Wendy Tremont King
From: Audible Review Copy
Genre: Paranormal, Crime/Mystery, Romance
Release Date: 13th January 2011
Challenges: COYER Scavenger Hunt
Links: Goodreads - Amazon - Audible

Cherry was at the beginning of a promising career in the adult video industry when she was turned into a vampire. Having learnt to cope on her own, she meets Alex, a police officer in charge of finding missing girls in her city. Instantly drawn to him, the more she talks to him the more she likes him, but when the mystery involves him she steps it up.

Cherry Stem was one of those books that I really wanted to read, then started to read, wasn't too sure about, then ended up really enjoying. It was a complex relationship, and I'm not all that too sure how much of that was to do with the fact that it was an audiobook or not.

Wendy Tremont King was brilliant as a narrator. Not only did she have a wide variety of voices that suited each individual character and helped to round them out both personality and physically, but she also added emotion behind Cherry's thoughts that not all narrators would have done. Saying that this is the first person narrative book that I've listened to as opposed to read, so it could be that.

There were some particularly hot scenes between Alex and Cherry, and the chemistry between them was well played out by both the author and the narrator. It was easy to see that they worked well together both intellectually and physically.

Vampires were approaching the traditional in Cherry Stem, they couldn't go out in the sunlight and were quite difficult (but not impossible to kill). I did like the way that vampire politics came into it, and the way that the author introduced the idea of having a 'well known' or recognisable person turned.

The mystery became clearer and clearer as the book went on , and I liked how it unravelled in front of me (or into my ears). Because Alex was a detective it worked well as he was able to put pieces together, even more so when Cherry added vampire knowledge!