26 August 2013

Welcome to Adelheid Tour - Cameron's Law review

I'm happy to be a part of the Welcome to Adelheid tour, featuring Mia Darien's Adelheid series. Take a few to read the review and check out the other books in Darien's paranormal/urban fantasy lineup. 

Vampires are people, too
Cameron's Law has made all supernatural creatures legal citizens, and the boy next door has suddenly become the werewolf next door. With Sadie Stanton, vampire and one of the public faces of the legislation, calling the little town of Adelheid, Connecticut home, it can't help but be a focal point for these once mythical beings.

But when vampires start attacking werewolves without provocation, Adelheid draws the attention of those that would seek to have Cameron's Law repealed and would send the preternaturals back into the shadows they used to hide in, but without the safety of their anonymity and their law.

Can Sadie keep the city's two biggest species from descending into chaos and war before it brings all of them to harm? And can she do it when she herself gets thrust into the spotlight?


Book one in Mia Darien's Adelheid Series introduces us to vampire Sadie Stanton, who runs a business with the sister of her former lover Cameron St. John, for whom the law granting citizenship to all paranormal creatures was named. Together, Sadie and werewolf Madison try to help their paranormal brethren settle into a more normal life, and they’ve done a good job of it so far. However, once vampires start attacking werewolves for no reason, the pair gets caught up in the twisted politics behind the situation.

Though Cameron’s Law is a quick read, it’s a good one. Sadie’s sarcasm and wit are pretty refreshing and add a humorous slant to a less-than-funny situation, keeping it from getting overwhelmingly dark. She has plenty of quips that made me snort or laugh out loud. And a couple that required sharing with friends via Skype. By herself, Sadie’s fun to read, but coupled with Madison, her best friend-slash-little sister, she tends to be pretty hysterical.

My favorite aspect of this book is Sadie’s relationship with Madison. They make a great team, and they also have a great relationship, which is a switch considering Sadie is a vampire and Madison a werewolf. The plays on mythology and mythological prejudices make this book that much better. Darien doesn’t stick to what we’ve all seen in movies like Underworld or read in various paranormal/urban fantasy books. She breaks convention just enough to keep it interesting.

The only thing about the book that threw me a little was Sadie’s budding relationship with Detective Vance Johnston, a shifter whom we never see shift. To me, the relationship didn’t add a lot to the book (minus one pretty hilarious scene and Madison’s teasing). I understand its purpose, and thankfully the romance doesn’t hijack the plot, but it seemed a little arbitrary.

Overall, Cameron’s Law is a great read and one that readers of urban fantasy will definitely enjoy.

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Forever is a long time.

The life of a hunter is a lonely one. Perhaps more for Dakota than others in her line of work. Not only is she better than anyone else at chasing down the things that go bump in the night, but her past chases her with the same tenacity.

She's built walls around her solitary existence and that's the way she likes it, but the past never sleeps. When she's hired to hunt an ex-lover for murder, it's just the first in a string of memories that will bring Dakota's past, present and future into a collision course.

And when she agrees to take on a second case and hunt down an Ancient, a vampire over one thousand years old, it unleashes circumstances onto that collision that will shake the foundation of everything she's built and force her, for the first time in a long while, to look to others.

Can she survive it, like she's survived these past four centuries? Or will the weight of it all finally crush her?

Sometimes, life doesn’t begin until after you’re dead.

Days stretch out in a series of predictable steps. A to B to C to A. Work. Friends. Life. But for some people, it’s not enough. It’s not enough for D. Possessed of a ravenous hunger for more, he’s at a loss for how to find it.

Until he meets Cielle. She’s everything he’s looking for: new and exciting.

And a vampire, which he’s less crazy about.

But when “new and exciting” Turns him, D is forced into an undead life he never anticipated. Trying to adjust to this new existence is hard enough, but he’s about to get more than he ever bargained for.

Will it be enough to sate his hunger?


One word can change the story of your life forever.

Abduction. Torture. Surrender.

Eleven months from her adolescence have framed thirty-one years of Detective Nykk Marlowe’s life. Despite the trauma of her past, and the unique physical scars it left her with, she’s built a career as a detective for the Adelheid Police Department.

Her personal life might only consist of caring for her sister and a pet rabbit, but she accepts that.

She accepts that she’ll never be able to be like “normal” people, even the supernatural ones. As long as she can keep the past where it belongs, she’s okay.

But when the body of a teenage girl shows up with the same scars that Nykk sees in the mirror every day, her “okay” life gets turned upside down and she’s forced to confront the past she’s been looking away from for sixteen years.

And when it turns out there’s already more than one victim, the pressure’s on to stop the killer before any more girls are tortured, mutilated, and murdered.


About the author:

Mia Darien is an indie author of speculative fiction, and a New England Yankee transplanted into Alabama clay. No matter her geography, she continues to stubbornly and rebelliously live the life of her choosing along with her family and pets. She doesn’t miss the snow.

Find Mia at:

Website: http://www.miadarien.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/author.miadarien
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MiaDarien
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/mia_darien


Mia Darien said...

Thanks for the review! I'm glad that you enjoyed the book. And thanks for being a part of my blog tour!

Cate Peace said...

Any time! I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series!