Eternal Craving
Nina Bangs
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Eternal Craving
Nina Bangs
Leisure Books
308 pages
April 2009
rated 2 of 5 possible stars

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This is the follow-up to Eternal Pleasure, the first in the series about a race to protect humanity from destruction but with an unusual group of heroes: dinosaurs. I wasn't particularly taken with that book, and Eternal Craving, the second in the series, isn't an improvement.

In this story, we focus on Jenna Maloy, sister of Kelly Maloy (heroine of the previous book), a reporter with some personal issues about not succeeding. She finds herself drawn into the world of the Eleven, the humans/dinosaurs who are trying to protect the world. As events slowly unfold to Jenna, and as she witnesses violence and death, she finds herself drawn to Al, the Allosaurus. Jenna is supposed to have a significant role in the defeat of their enemy, Nine, but what exactly that role is isn't clear.

The large cast of characters in this book makes it difficult to come to grips with the different people, not helped by the dinosaurs generally having a one-syllable name; they all seem to merge into one. There are also vampires, werewolves and demons, as well as small side-plots such as a power struggle among the vampires. The head of the heroes, Fin, is extremely mysterious, and it's irritating that we don't know what his powers are. Wards are raised, dropped, and changed, all through mysterious skills that Fin and his opponents have  - it feels like lazy storytelling.

The central love story also doesn't work at all. The theme of Al learning to deal with emotions is partially successful, but I was never sure why Jenna liked him or what he saw in her. This is also a problem with the love interest in the previous book. The author needs to work harder on her characterization.

This is an okay book for someone who wants a light read without getting too involved in the story, but it's also rather repetitive and has too many mysteries. The level of violence, although not particularly explicit, doesn't help the reader warm to the characters.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2009

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