Blood and Hunger (The Vanessa Kensley Series Book 1) by Stephanie Marks (Review by Shelley C – #NerdGirlRed)

Blood and Hunger

Title: Blood and Hunger (The Vanessa Kensley Series Book 1) 

Author: Stephanie Marks 

Published Date: September 8th 2015

Genre:  Urban Fantasy


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Something sinister is hunting the streets of Silverlake City and no one is safe, especially when the police don’t have a single lead. But Vanessa Kensley doesn’t have time to worry about serial killers. Being a Succubus means she has her own problems to deal with. At least she did, until it started to look like she could be the killer’s next target. Now, drawn deep into the shadows of Silverlake City she finds herself in a world where she no longer has to hide what she is and the vampires become the family that she never thought she would have. But a twisted force threatens to expose their world with a need for death and power, tearing apart the family that she only just found.

Now it’s up to her and the Silverlake Coven to put an end to all of the savage killings going on in the city before the darkness closing in around them can claim her first.


***Adult Warning – May Contain Graphic Sex, Strong Language, Or Adult Situations. Caution Advised***
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***Shelley C – #NerdGirlRed’s  Review***
Urban fantasy is my favorite genre and very few do it as impeccably as Stephanie Marks.  This is the first book I have read from this author and she has immediately become one of my top must read writers.  The idea of a succubus just living her life not knowing about any of the supernatural world and very little about herself and what she is capable of, is just fun and completely pulled me in. The suspense of a realistic serial killer plus a stalker who may or may not be one in the same, kept me turning the pages and racking my brain to try and solve the puzzle. Vanessa was already a smart predator but once she started to discover the possibilities she had never known before, she grew into a badass; yet she had her moments of vulnerability making her so complex and genuine. The chemistry between Vanessa and John and William, well I couldn’t decide who I thought she should be with for a while. Of course, as an expert in manipulation, she definitely ends up with the right person.
In short, there is nothing the author could have done to improve on the story or the characters and underground world she constructed.  This is the first book in The Vanessa Kensely series and I pray that Ms. Marks writes the next book quickly, I need more!


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