I picked up 'Saving the Hero' because it was free, it had an Asian man on the front cover, and it didn't appear to be erotic. It's a vampire book where vampires are bad because they're infected by a parasite that will drain their life away unless they consume human blood, as well as throwing them a tad bit off their mental balance. The main character is a homeless woman who hunts vampires to keep them from killing people, but she's no Blade, chasing after them with machine guns and super kicks. She's just an orphaned girl with a Billy Club and almost no training. I appreciated that she wasn't Supergirl without the heat vision, even though I also like heroines who can kick butt.
For the most part the characters' motivations made sense, and as the book progresses, more is revealed. I enjoyed their interactions and their quirks, and especially liked the excerpts from the uncle's journal. The writing could have used more polish, help with repetitive sounding sentences and the like, but although it was sometimes annoying, I never felt like putting the book down, which is really saying something since I quit three or four books before settling on this one and reading it through. I almost got irritated with the heroine's clunky thoughts about how attractive the man was, but it eased up quickly, and my guess is that it wouldn't bother other people, anyway. I felt the ending was a little weak, but it could have been a lot worse. Anyone who disagrees obviously hasn't read 'Allegiant'. There was plenty of humor in this book, some of it corny but most of it witty, kind of like a clean Stephanie Plum novel with vampires.
Language: Maybe I'm forgetting something, but I don’t remember any foul language. If it was there, it was mild.
Violence: It's a vampire hunting book, so of course there's some violence, but nothing is gory or over the top. No kids rending each other limb from limb or anything like that.
Sexual Content: Surprisingly, none. The worst of it is a little kissing and cuddling.
Over-All Message/Plot: No message, and the plot held it together well. I think a lot more could have been done with some of the elements that led up to twists, maybe even making it creepy, but I'd say it was a good story geared toward a teen audience. Would I pay $4.99 for it? No, because I don't charge that much for my own books, but for those who aren't as cheap as I am and don't mind trading a McDonald's sandwich for a pleasant, easy read, this could be a good buy. Three and a half stars, rounded up to four.
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