I love vampires, especially vamps of the nasty, brutish sort who live up to the hype and the mythology, and Devon McCormack has delivered exactly what I like but repackaged just enough to put a cool spin on some what ifs.
Kevin Harding, by his own admission, isn’t going to advance beyond late adolescence, and it shows—in his face, his build and his outlook on life. When he’s turned, he’s stuck with what he has. It leaves him wishing he’d hit the gym first, but then Master hadn’t exactly consulted with him on what options might be available.
Kevin’s a fresh-faced, freshly turned neophyte with a strong resistance to the particulars about being a vamp. It’s the whole killing thing and a side of residual morality that vexes Master and puts a strain on the others in the nest to help Kevin come around to his new reality.
The plot roughly turns around a will he, won’t he morality play, with a cast of characters that alternately charm, dismay, and come with a fairly large eeuw factor when Alyssa is front and
center (oh my, talk about a piece of work). When Kevin’s (ahem) playmate Dax takes him hunting at a gay bar, a couple of ne’er do well vampire hunters join the mix, and after that… mayhem ensues. There are some chills and thrills, a dollop of Marx Brothers comedic elements, and a visit with a psycho-sally vamp that adds a strong element of horror to the mix.
The action is fast-paced, the twists and turns keep you guessing what happens next, and your suspension of disbelief is in good hands. The language and heat level are quite suitable for YA, yet it will also serve as a page-turner for adults.
I liked this one, a lot, and I have no qualms about giving The Pining of Kevin Harding a definite recommended read.
Kevin Harding wanted an exciting life. Now, he’s a vampire and wishes he could go back to his average, boring one in the suburbs. His master is furious that he refuses to hunt, but Kevin knows it’s only a matter of time before he caves. The longer a person is a vampire, the more compliant they are to their master’s will.
When Kevin decides to give the hunt a try, he’s kidnapped by vampire hunters. Rather than endure their severe torture, he agrees to help them kill his master. The hunters’ plan goes horribly awry, and they flee the scene with Kevin. But they have to restrategize quick. The longer he’s away from his master, the more painful his life becomes. He craves his master. He hungers for him. He pines for him. And as they get close to enacting their plan, Kevin isn’t sure if he’ll be able to follow through.