A review by Niraja.
An electronic version of this book was supplied to the reviewer by the author in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
Colt Harper is a vampire cat whose mission in life is to avenge cats who have been wronged by humans. Assigned community service as punishment for taking his mission a little too seriously, Colt finds himself a volunteer at a community theater. As part of his assignment, he must not only tolerate but cooperate with a werewolf and a tickle monster, his fellow volunteers in punishment. As if that wasn’t enough, the theater is run by a human woman who fosters stray cats, and for whom he seems to be developing a crush. To top it all off the chasers, a.k.a. monster hunters, seem to have it in for his odd group of new… friends. Colt must summon the will to go beyond saving his own skin to help his fellow monsters and the human girl without going too far and risking eternity in monster hell.
Colt Harper: Esteemed Vampire Cat is the first book in a new series by author Tyrolin Puxty. The series introduces some refreshing new concepts while staying true to the nature of urban fantasy. The characters are not very deeply developed yet but have interesting personality traits and quirks that have the potential for growth and development in future books. While the plot is simple overall, there are some interesting ideas and small twists that keep it engaging, and not completely predictable. The book ends in a manner that allows the story to stand on its own, yet opens up possibilities for further installments. So whether you want to read only this one story or continue with the series you won’t be left hanging.
As an avid reader of urban fantasy, I enjoyed both the new world concepts as well as the new types of supernatural creatures (or monsters) introduced. The new world concepts were simple yet creative and introduced ideas I had not yet read, which was refreshing. There was enough detail to create a basic understanding of concepts and potential to further flesh out details in future books. In terms of characters, while I was not able to relate to the main character I found his cat nature amusing and on point. I also appreciated that the character did have some moments of struggle and personal growth which change how he relates to the other characters and the world.
Overall I enjoyed the book. It was a quick and amusing read. I believe that the story and characters could have had a bit more detail or deepness to them, but as a first book in a series, there is a lot of potential for growth and development. If you like urban fantasy or cats and are looking for a quick light read, I think you will enjoy this book.
My rating: 3.5/5 stars.
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