Review: Seven Kinds of Hell by Dana Cameron

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Publisher: Amazon
Publishing Date: March 2013
ISBN: 9781611097955
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 2.2/5

Publisher Description: Archaeologist Zoe Miller has been running from a haunting secret her whole life. But when her cousin is abducted by a vicious Russian kidnapper, Zoe is left with only one option: to reveal herself. Unknown to even her closest friends, Zoe is not entirely human. She’s a werewolf and a daughter of the “Fangborn,” a secretive race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles embroiled in an ancient war against evil. To rescue her cousin, Zoe will be forced to renew family ties and pit her own supernatural abilities against the dark and nefarious foe. The hunt brings Zoe to the edge of her limits, and with the fate of humanity and the Fangborn in the balance, life will be decided by an artifact of world-ending power.

Review: The cover art is as confused as the content.

This started off pretty damn good. Interesting character, unkown events, on the run and seeking answers. Then we get story-line confusion, information dumps, internal dialogue with debates, more internal narrative and plot turns that make no sense but are soon made good by deus x machina.

Zoe is the offspring of a werewolf and an oracle and soon discovers that she is the focus by Fangborn and normals in the hunt for Pandora’s box. See, the Fangborn were at the bottom of the box when evil was unleashed upon the world. So, they are humanities hope…blah, blah…..blah?….kidnap friends….coercion to find figurines…blah..love triangle…..emo sex……chase….kidnap….wolf shifting. Fug. This went from a good novel into a confused morass of pedantic drivel where Zoe wanders around like an idjit in disbelief about most everything. She makes all the wrong choices, but everything goes her way in the end. On top of this confusion is information dumping in the form of backstory. Very tedious reading.

The characters were poorly developed because you just didn’t care when they died off. Sean, who is a long-time friend of Zoe and Will, dies in the end from a gunshot. Oh, well. That sux. Didn’t really know you. Knew you were just cannon fodder for the main character. What’s funny is when Sean dies and Zoe kind of feels bad, you’re no closer to liking anything about her.

Skip this novel, or better yet, read the first 15% then skip to the 90% mark.

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