Review: Cameron’s Law by Mia Darien

Cameron's LawTitle: Cameron’s Law
Author: Mia Darien
Series: Adelheid # 1
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy, Vampire
Source: Smashwords
Format: E-book
Pub. Year: Dec.26, 2011
Purchase: Smashwords, Amazon
I receive this book free of charge from Smashwords in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb from Smashwords:
Vampires are people, too. Cameron’s Law says so. Vampire and public face Sadie Stanton called Adelheid, CT home and it attracts a lot of attention. It attracts a lot more when vampires start attacking werewolves without provocation. Can Sadie keep the community from descending into chaos and war before it brings all of to harm? And can she do it when she herself gets thrust into the spotlight?

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What I will remember: Definitely not a Sookie Stackhouse book

I’m going to label this book as an oddity for now. It reads like a slice of life for Sadie Stanton running a preternatural agency with some paranormal elements thrown in for good measure. The book has vampires and werewolves (and shifters) but they are really reserved and conservative. This could be in part because Darien doesn’t show a more basic animalistic version of any of the characters except three times and they don’t feel right. So much of the action and suspense is happening off the pages and in locations where Sadie is not there that the book feels really tame.

This book is missing a heartbeat. It flows like one straight line with very few interruptions to that line. Sadie Stanton is the protagonist of this book; she is a strong female character because she can kick ass and defend herself….and I have no idea what she looks like except that she is 5’4. Her style of clothing, her hair color, her eyes, body build are completely not mention. Darien knows what her character looks like but I sure don’t. It bothers me that I don’t know but at the same time, it’s not like it stopped me from reading. Her actions scenes (plus the one romantic scene) are tame as well; they don’t spike my heart. I do have to applaud Darien for not having Sadie have sex with Vance in one book. There was something tragically broken about Sadie holding a torch for Cameron, an old flame.

Cameron was an interesting “concept.” I thought it was really tragic and nice that the he had a law named after him. He was the lover of Sadie who was killed during what I would called the civil rights movement for the preternatural. He’s an idea but also a person.

I personally like the secondary characters and minor characters better than the main characters. They had interesting “titles.” There was an  animator Summoner  who can summon demons, a lawyer that specializes in demon law, Dakota the bounty hunter, and a few others that I thought were interesting because of their abilities and uniqueness to the story. I especially like the medical examiner, Carl Wright with his lack of humor. I love how the medical examiner always tend to be a quirky character. Even  Gabriel, the pack master, was interesting and he wasn’t involved much in the book. Sad thing is that besides Dakota, they only showed up once and are forgotten…mostly.

The ending was unsatisfying in that its too neatly wrapped up. We conveniently find out why vampires are attacking werewolves and it has a scientific explanation which is great but the information is relayed through a third source; not through Sadie or the mad scientist himself. Sadie’s prison breakout is forgotten; Dakota conveniently calls the cops and rescues Madison and Sadie.  It’s too neat and easy. Endings for series are meant to be like a horror movie ending. The protagonists think the murderer is dead only to discover his body is missing and we have to see sequel to find out what happens next. Cameron’s Law doesn’t have that feeling. It can stand as a standalone which is a good thing but it is part of a brand new series and I feel there should have been plot bunnies drops in the book in order to build anticipation for the next book.

It’s an oddity for me, this book. I read it through one sitting and never thought “I have to stop reading” so it was entertaining. At the same time, there are things that are heavily lacking such as physical descriptions of the character, more bite to the supernatural creatures, and more intensity. I would prefer a messy ending but that it is just me. I like Cameron’s Law, I do but I’m not sure if it’s memorable enough for me to remember. With that being said, I’m giving this book a 3.5 because it is above a 3 but it doesn’t quite reach a 4. It would have garner a rating of 4 if there was more character description.

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3.5-Pretty to look at, maybe capture

1st book in the 150+Challenge
Other challenges it qualifies for: Self-Published, Why Buy The Cow, 1st in A series, E-book, Where are you reading? (Colorado)

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Posted on January 2, 2012, in Book Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Persephone,

    Thank you for your review! I’m sorry that certain aspects didn’t quite suit your tastes, but I appreciate that you took the time to write such a thoughtful review!

    Mia Darien

    • Hi Mia,

      Thanks for stopping by. Certain aspects were not to my liking but it was a good book. Sadie was a strong protagonist and had an interesting story to tell. More than likely, I’ll end up picking the second book when it is published because I did like Sadie and the quirky characters with their interesting professions. An animator who can summon ice demons is awesome.

      • Thank you again. I hope that you will pick up and enjoy the second book! Though I’ll note that the Narrator is actually going to be Dakota in that one. We’ll see several of the characters from “Cameron’s Law” again, of course!

        As a side note, I think I may have missed a typo in my story, as the Animators Raise the dead. It was a Summoner who called the demon. They are two different talents/professions. 🙂

        • That’s very interesting having Dakota as the narrator. I definitely felt that she had an interesting background when she was talking to Sadie outside the boundaries of the Coven and in Sadie’s office.

          The Animator/Summoner being switch is actually my fault. I went back and checked the ice demon section. I really like that scene. I’m so sorry about that. It’s been fixed. Thank you

          • No problem at all. It could just have easily been something I missed, but I’m glad we’re all sorted!

            Dakota has a very complex background, and is a lot of fun to write for. At present, the first books I have planned in the series each have a new narrator. The series itself is based around Adelheid, rather than just Sadie, so we’ll see many sides to it before circling around to revisit narrators.

  2. The fact that the narrator is going to be different in the upcoming books could explain why I, personally, felt that the book was too neatly wrapped up. Dakota isn’t going to be interested in vampire politics so it wouldn’t make sense to going the storyline (or some part of it) of Cameron’s Law. This has been a very insightful conversation.

  3. I am glad that I could provide some extra insight. I appreciate the chance to chat about it, certainly, and thank you for taking the time!

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