My rating: ❤ of 5!
I had heard so many good things about this book series, and the author, before I finally caved in and decided to read the Creature of Habit book series. Admittedly, I was late at getting to the party, but in hindsight I wish I just left the books alone.
For the first book, A Vampire’s Soul, I spend about 80% of the book being reminded of one Stephenie Meyer’s sparkling take of this genre, with the vampires living as a family (not a coven) and feeding of animals instead of humans. There’s also clear parallels to be drawn between the characters, plot and their world, here’s some examples:
📚 Edward Cullen (brooding, doesn’t feel like he deserves his mate)
📚 Bella Swan (young, naive and in love)
📚 Emmett Cullen (compared to a bear, instantly like Bella’s go-get attitude & stubborn attitude)
📚 Alice Cullen (adopted sister, has visions, but they’re easily influenced and can’t be relied upon)
📚 Jasper & Rosalie Hale (Jasper, lots of scars from fighting newborn vampires, Rosalie is envious of Bella’s humanity and choice, so she hates that she wants to become an immortal)
Creature of Habit characters:
📚 Grant Palmer (OCD, doesn’t feel like he deserves his mate)
📚 Amelia Chase (young, naive and in love)
📚 Ryan Palmer (compared to a bear, instantly like Amelia’s go-get & stubborn attitude)
📚 Olivia Palmer (adopted sister, has visions, but they’re easily influenced and can’t be relied upon)
📚 Sebastian (Bass) Palmer (Scars like Jasper Cullen and hate Amelia’s choice/humanity as much as 📚 Rosalie Cullen hated Bella’s)
Oh, and let’s not forget about the native shifters in both books.
I’m almost tempted to say that this book could be a re-work of Twilight and created for adults instead of teens, which is mostly due to the sex, violence and language.
With all that being said, the book to me was such a let-down. Not just because I’ve read it all before, but because no matter how much I tried I couldn’t fall in love with any of the characters because they feel like cheap imitations of the personalities we meet in the Twilight Saga.
In defense of this book (not that it deserves any), I will note, that had I read this one first things might have looked differently! However, the author should at least have had the courtesy to warn new readers that this is a Twilight fan fiction and thus, not an original idea.
For some explainable reason I have a hard time stopping a series once I’ve started, regardless of whether or not I liked it. Therefore, I will be finishing this series!
Have you read this book or anything like it? Comment and let me know.