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Book Review: The Human Cure by Tracy Auerbach

Thanks so much to Kristen Burns of the “Metaphors and Moonlight” blog, for her review of The Human Cure! You rock, Kristen.

 

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Kate meets a gorgeous man at a bar who seems interested in her and goes out with him only to wind up getting kidnapped, brought to a strange underground village, and told he’s actually a vampire. It’s not until Kate spends some time with Hunter, the vampire who has chosen her, and Chase, her vampire bodyguard who’s just as likely to lose control and eat her as he is to protect her, that she realizes she wasn’t happy before and that she may actually get something good out of this afterall.

Book Review: The Human Cure by Tracy Auerbach | reading, books, book reviews, fantasy, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, vampires
Title: The Human Cure
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My Book Rating: 4 Stars

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Review:

*I received a free ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

This book was such a pleasant surprise!

I have to admit, the cover didn’t give me the highest of hopes, and I try to stay away from books with less than 200 pages as it’s usually just not enough time for me to connect to the characters or really get into the story. But I am so glad I gave this book a chance.

First of all, the it was funny, mostly thanks to Chase. He killed so many people, being a vampire and all, and pretty much just thought of humans as food or slaves, but it was because of those things and his general irritability and disgruntled-ness that he and his POV were so funny.

Second, I don’t normally go on about vampire books being “different” because I read vampire books for a reason—I like the tropes, some of them at least—but this book really did manage to put a unique and different twist on the usual while still not straying too far. The underground village was kind of inspired, and the octopus theory (though maybe a tad too literal) was original, but it was the romance that really took me by surprise. *SPOILER ALERT* Show Spoiler *END SPOILER ALERT* Also, just a note, there were no sexy, intimate biting scenes; there was an off-screen sex scene, but the biting was all about feeding for these vamps.

Third, that ending was also not what I expected, but I liked that the author stayed consistent and true to the story and went in that direction rather than forcing everything to be perfect. I also liked how it kind of brought things full circle in a way. It made me see the whole vampire village differently and actually understand the burden of the leader (the antagonist).

But ugh, the book was too short! I really liked it, which is why I would’ve liked to spend more time with the characters, gotten to know them better, delved deeper into their emotion, etc. It’s like the depth was there, but I was only allowed to swim at the surface rather than dive all the way to the bottom. And there’s no sequel as of the day I’m writing this, but that ending had so much potential for an intense sequel. Really I just wanted more of this book, and that’s my only real complaint.

(Ok, maybe the love happened rather quickly, but I honestly can’t call that a complaint because it still worked well enough and didn’t actually bother me.)

So overall, though this was a very short read, it was funny and a refreshing, unique twist on usual vampire romance tropes. I really enjoyed it!

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Human Cure Review – Phoenix

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Thanks Phoenix! Holy literary Vampires!

Freaking awesome! Completely unexpected in a good way, a most refreshing take on vampires. Here, vampires are not seen through the romantic lens but are the monsters that they are. Even knowing this, the story is so compelling that I can’t help but sit glued to my Kindle. I think what kept me intrigued was the way I had no clue whatsoever what was going to happen. I guess it’s safe to say that this is not a romance, though there are romantic elements. It’s like one of those stories you read in lit class, but more fun.

 

Human Cure Review – Versasbookreviewsandstuff

Human Cure Review (click the link to read the review)

Thanks to  verasbookreviewsandstuff for the lovely review. Yup, I love to write gory, disgusting, intriguing vampires. They’re fascinating once you get to know them, but no sparkling dreamboats here.

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How Do You Like Your Vampires? Loving, Kind, Scary, Cruel? Welcome To A New Vampire World!
Author Tracy Auerbach has created a vampire world I have never seen before. This is a tale of vampires in the down and dirty world they occupy below New York and the world where they hunt. It is raw, gritty, gory, and filled with monsters. It also a story of love and sacrifice.
STORY LINE: Kate Plesser is an office assistant that can not seem to find her niche in life or a boyfriend worth his salt. She drinks too much, has no friends and drifts through life. Hunter Bardock, given orders by Vampire Master Jonathan Bardock to breed, has kidnapped Kate. Hunter would be considered the good vampire of the story trying to eat human food and be more human. His back story was so sad and sweet.
Chase Bardock is Hunter’s vampire cousin and body-guard for Kate; handsome, compelling, unfeeling, and revolting. Chase is not the vampire you have seen in other book vampire novels. He is not the compelling, come here and kiss me vampire, while I gently feed from your throat, and promise to protect you forever as we walk off into the night; he is a down and dirty feeder on humans. His feeding habits are gross and disgusting; his emotions are nonexistent. Humans disgust Chase.
What follows is a journey you will not forget. It is addictive, intriguing, and leaves you wanting more. You will enter a vampire world I had not seen before; full of monsters. Kate enters a world of nightmares and so will you.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT: Ms. Auerbach created a dark world filled with dark complex characters; from Jonathan trying to be more human, the farming of humans, Hunter’s theories of vampirism, and the complex relationship between Jonathan, Hunter, Chase, and Kate; this novel will hold your attention.
Kate’s character is developed skillfully from a down on her luck girl to a confident woman. I loved watching Kate become a secure person of her own, ready to fight and not give up.
Chase is one of the biggest character developments in the novel. It was wonderful to watch Chase develop from an unfeeling, human hating creäture to…., well I am not going to tell you. You must read the novel to follow this wonderful story of monsters, family, underground breeding farms, sacrifice, and love. This novel is a wonderful story, well written, paced well and developed skillfully by Tracy Auerbach.
The twists and turns in this story will hold your attention, and the presentation of the vampire world is definitely unique as it dispels vampire myths of old as you enter the raw world of the vampire. It has a bang up ending. It actually left me a little sad.
RECOMMENDATION: This novel contains gory descriptions of vampires and violence. I would recommend this novel for young adult to adult due to violent content. I hope Author Auerback has plans to expand this into a series, I enjoyed my journey into Tracy Auerback’s vampire world and was sorry to come to the end of the novel. I received this book from Readingalley in return for an honest book review. Books reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion; book reviews on line under my name and on my blog are my opinion. Show Less