Title: Blood of Eden
Author: Tami Dane
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Sloan Skye (Book 1)
Publication Date: December 6, 2011
Format: Paperback, 352 Pages
ISBN-10: 0758267096 (Kensington Books)
ISBN-13: 978-0758267092 (Kensington Books)
Reviewed by: Kristie
This mind-blowing new series introduces Sloan Skye, and ambitious intern at the FBI’s paranormal unit, where the usual rules of crime fighting don’t apply…
Sloan has a sky-high IQ, a chaotic personal life, and a dream: to work for the FBI. Her goal is within reach until an error lands her with the FBI’s ugly stepchild: the new Paranormal Behavioral Analysis Unit. She’ll get to profile criminals, but the pool of suspects is a little more…diverse. Yet even as Sloan tackles her first case–a string of victims, all with puncture wounds to the neck–she can’t silence her inner para-skeptic.
To catch the killer she’ll have to think like one. That means casting aside her doubts, and dealing with the bizarre nightmares that started with the job. But the strangeness is only beginning, as Sloan pieces together the shocking truth about a case that’s more personal than she ever would have guessed.
Quick & Dirty: A slow paced murder mystery/police procedural than an Urban Fantasy. It has a bizarre plot and the paranormal takes a back seat until the end.
Opening Sentence: Rotten eggs and sulfur. Oh, the sweet stench of home.
Sloan Skye’s dream job is to work for the FBI, so when she gets a summer internship with the FBI she is excited. When she shows up for her first day only to be told her internship was given to someone else, she is devastated. She decides she cannot leave without a job and asks to do anything. Lucky for her, they have an internship open for the newly developed PBAU (Paranormal Behavioral Analysis Unit). She is quickly put to work solving murders involving a deadly viruses and bite marks. Soon enough she is being followed by her schizophrenic mother, in a possible love triangle, and being haunted by strange dreams.
Blood of Eden is written in the first person narrative of Sloan Skye. Sloan is not a particularly memorable character. She is supposed to be a genius but at times she can be really naïve. One thing that did drive me crazy about Sloan was that she wasn’t familiar with basic paranormal stories, even though her dad did research about the supernatural and she knew about that. Even with these flaws, I still kind of liked Sloan. I enjoyed her wit and her sense of humor. As strange things happened around Sloan she never broke down or went totally crazy, even after she was told she was also schizophrenic.
I’m still not too sure what I thought of this book. It seemed more like I was watching an episode of Criminal Minds or reading a police procedural/mystery than reading an Urban Fantasy novel. The paranormal element was mentioned in the beginning but then wasn’t really mentioned again until closer to the end of the book. There was little to no action in the story, just one weird event after another that helped further the plot. These bizarre events just upped the mystery to the story but not really the suspense. Everything was explained in the end, which is good considering all the strange things that happened, but I did feel the ending was a little anticlimactic. There was a little bit of a buildup but then it just kind of sputtered out.
I also felt there was no world-building at all. The FBI and the local cops did not seem surprised by the supernatural, but it was never explained why. It seemed as though it was a normal world where the paranormal wasn’t real, but that also wasn’t really explained.
When the paranormal elements were introduced, it wasn’t the normal vampire or other supernatural. I can’t say what it is or I will give too much away. Ms. Dane used different races for the paranormal creatures, ones that are usually not seen on the written page and that in itself is a little
Tami Dane is one of the pseudonyms for author Tawny Taylor. Blood of Eden is definitely not a Taylor book. The most action Sloan gets in this book is a kiss.
In the end, Blood of Eden wasn’t really that bad of a book, just sort of so-so. It just wasn’t what I was expecting. I hope Blood of Innocence explains more of the paranormal background that was barely introduced in Blood of Eden. I would also like to know why no one else is surprised about the paranormal aspects, other than Sloan who didn’t believe in it at first.
I returned home to a quiet apartment. A quiet apartment that reeked of chemicals. Thanks to Katie’s latest experiments, the smell of burned this and distilled that generally didn’t bother me. But this stench did.
And so did the bazillion dead bugs littering every horizontal surface in the place. Floors, tabletops, kitchen counter, shelves . . . my bed.
So much for crashing for a couple of hours before taking a shower and heading back to work. There was no way I was going to sleep in a bed full of dead insects. Blech.
Surely, Katie hadn’t slept here last night. Probably taken this . . . infestation . . . as an excuse to spend the night with her boyfriend. I checked her room. I was wrong.
Awakened by the sound of her bedroom door opening, Katie lifted her head and blinked at me. “Sloan?”
“What happened here?”
“Fireflies?” I echoed. I’d never heard of a firefly infestation.
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FTC Advisory: Kensington Books provided me with a copy of Blood of Eden. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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