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Book Thoughts: A Hidden Fire (Elizabeth Hunter)

Hunter, Elizabeth - A Hidden Fire


Title: A Hidden Fire (Elemental Mysteries #1)
Author: Elizabeth Hunter
Genre: Urban Fantasy / paranormal romance
First published: 2011
Edition: Paperback, self-published by author in 2011

A phone call from an old friend sets Dr. Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mystery he’d abandoned years before. He never expected a young librarian could hold the key to the search, nor could he have expected the danger she would attract. Now he and Beatrice De Novo will follow a twisted maze that leads from the archives of a university library, through the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a confrontation they never could have predicted.

This was a re-read for me. I had been in a bit of a rut readingwise and re-reads tends to work for me. I would say this one did do the job. I enjoyed it quite a bit, even if  not quite as much as I did the first time around.

In many ways this is your typical vampire novel, but I quite like what the author did with it. She kept a lot of the stereotypical vampire traits, but still managed for it to feel fresh and modern. I like the idea of elemental vampires. It kind of makes them superheroes in a way, which is an interesting take.

I like the main characters and the storyline is enjoyable. It is nothing groundbreaking, but there is something about the way people relate to each other in this novel that I really like. It does suffer a bit from repeating certain words – characters are always ‘smirking’ or ‘snorting’ for some reason, but that is a minor gripe and one I can live with.

The story is far-fetched, but it is fantasy, so I guess that does not matter that much. There were ‘eyeroll moments’, but nowhere near as many as there usually are for me in this type of novel.

I will try and re-read the rest of this series in 2020, as it is actually quite fun.

5 out of 7 stars

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