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Graphic Novel Review: Dark Hunger by Christine Feehan

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While reading Dark Hunger I found myself giggling horribly like some preteen girl reading her mother’s explicit romance novel. I loved it, don’t get me wrong, but it was just so hard to take seriously. It's all-over-the-top dramatic dialogue is set against the backdrop of a handsomely drawn long-haired man and a busty brunette. Throw in a little blood, some shape-shifting fight scenes, and a few moments gone hazy with love and you have something that is just so hard to put down!

Riordan is a Carpathian male who has been captured and held prisoner by a master vampire. Juliette is a shape-shifter who breaks into a lab in the middle of the jungle to release the animals being held there. She finds Riordan chained in a cell and sets him free. Immediately he realizes that she is his life mate, though it takes a little longer to convince her of that fact.

But once Juliette accepts the truth of the matter we move on to find out that her cousin and little sister are in trouble. The master vampire, the one that Riordan had been hunting but was captured by, was indirectly involved by helping rouged shape-shifting males. So with Riordan by her side, Juliette charges into the jungle to avenge her family and free her captured sister.

Carpathian’s hunt vampires mostly because they are capable of becoming a vampire if they surrender to the darker side of their nature, which is why Feehan’s books are so successful. Every woman loves to read about the hard-to-reach guy that has this lurking dark side but also just happens to have a heart of gold. Wait! Isn’t that most romance novels? Anyway, it works just as well in graphic format at it does typed out word-for-word.

The artwork is fair, it isn’t anything fantastic, but it isn’t the worst I’ve seen. I really enjoyed the idea of Christine Feehan’s novels being done in a graphic format, I think that it brings a lot to her ongoing series. Plus it’s just plain fun.

The story is pretty basic, a hunky alpha male goes for the luscious brunette, tells her that he is her life mate and she falls head over heels (and lets face it, Girls, it works). We don’t need anymore of the story because they are simply meant to be and he’s immortal as well as being gorgeous. (If it gets any more sickly sweet I think I’ll have to go watch some zombie movies.)

If you haven’t read the rest of Christine Feehan’s novels you will sink right into the story without feeling as if you have missed something. As it is you get a good idea and it really only whets the appetite for something a bit longer and with less pictures.

And after all that, the giggling like a preteen and setting the book aside when it just got to be too disgustingly romantic, I love it. I love it and yes I will be buying the next one in the series. I just can’t help myself. Dark Hunger is my new guilty pleasure.

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  • duane

    What is the deal with women and vampires? They’re dead. They have bad breath, their eating habits are disgusting, they can’t go to the beach, they’re usually unemployed, and they don’t like Italian food. I don’t get it. Is it the cape?

  • http://katiesreading.blogspot.com Katie McNeill

    hahaha. Actually I think it’s the whole ‘bad boy’ thing.

  • duane

    Nope, there must be more to it than that. The unabomber didn’t have hordes of women swooning and fainting. Smart guy, failed career, anti-establishment, rugged beard, good cook, knew his wines, better than average oral hygiene, loved the outdoors, had a retreat in Montana, danced a mean tango, a DIY kinda guy, fugitive from the feds, owned two Harleys, a demon tattoo on his back, known for his catch-phrase, “Don’t fall for me, baby. I’m no good.” Shot and killed innocent wildlife, leered at young girls, didn’t wash up after peeing. In many ways, the quintessential bad boy.

    On the down side: did not wear black, still alive, had a nice natural tan, usually awake in the daylight hours, was not 900 years old, normal-sized canines, always ordered his steak well done, never owned a cape. So?

  • http://katiesreading.blogspot.com Katie McNeill

    It’s about the fantasy. No one really wants to have the bad boy (because like you pointed out he could be someone like the Unabomber) but most women like to dream about it. Which is why vampire romances sell like they do. It’s all about a man that no one else could tame and then the right girl comes along.

    And most of the vampire stuff out there right now does not involve a cape. Have you read any lately? It’s mostly a normal alpha male who just happens to be dead. Which I admit, I love this stuff on paper but I wouldn’t want to have a dead guy crawl into bed with me every night. Even if he was smokin’ hot.

    Plus the vampire stuff is a little kinky, and come on. Who couldn’t use a little bit of that every now and then?

    But there are a lot of women who don’t read the paranormal novels. Especially the romances for the very reasons you pointed out. It’s down to personal taste I guess.

  • duane

    Katie: It’s all about a man that no one else could tame and then the right girl comes along.

    Ah, sort of a competition. I can see that. A trophy man.

    Katie: “Sue, I’d like you to meet Vlad, Count of Fangistanopia.”

    Sue, with that look she gets when she starts gushing her come hither pheromones, whispered breathily, “I’m an Aries, my blood type is O-negative, but I’m just positive that you and I could ….”

    Katie: “Vladdie, do be a dear, and fetch me a drink.”

    Vlad had fixed his ocean deep eyes on Sue, who stood transfixed by the gaze that had been cultivated and perfected by seven centuries of seduction. His lips parted slightly, causing Sue to inhale sharply.

    Vlad glanced at Katie, tossed his cape over his shoulder with his usual insouciant elegance, then turned, and glided towards the bar.

    Katie: “Don’t even think about it, girl. He’s all mine!”

    Sue (excitedly): “Where did you find him?”

    Katie giggled and said, “He came in through the bathroom window.”

    Sue looked puzzled, but only replied with, “How long have you been … um … seeing him?”

    Katie: “I … I don’t really know. It’s like I’ve known him all my life. I don’t remember anything before … before … well, you know.”

    Sue: “God, I would just love to sink my teeth into that. Pet names and all that?”

    Katie: “Sometimes he calls me Karolyi. Says I remind him of some thirteenth century countess. Cute, huh? I call him Vladdie the Baddie.”

    Sue: “I bet he’s an animal in the sack. I bet a night with him could bring a girl back from the dead. By the way, you’re looking awfully pale.”

    Katie: “Umm, he probably is the best lover I’ve ever had … I can’t really remember. He likes to do it with his clothes on. Kinky. But he made me take the ceiling mirror out of my bedroom. Weird. He’s so commanding. But look at this.” She pulled down her collar, revealing a intriguing rainbow of color on her neck.

    Sue: “Wow. The ultimate hickey. Wait till your Mom gets a load of him. She’ll freak. Is she still going on about Roger?”

    Katie: “Roger? Haven’t seen him for weeks. It’s the weirdest thing, Sue. Whenever one of my friends meets Vladdie, they seem to disappear. God, jealousy rears its ugly head.”

    Sue: “Ok, doll, I get the hands off signal. I’ll see you later.”

    Katie: “I doubt it.”

  • http://katiesreading.blogspot.com Katie McNeill

    ‘Vladdie the Baddie’ That’s great :)

    But it’s fantasy! Don’t you read stuff that other people ask ‘Why do you like that?’ or ‘What the hell is this shit?’ LOL. Thanks for the scene though, I needed a laugh at work.

  • http://katiesreading.blogspot.com Katie McNeill

    ‘Vladdie the Baddie’ That’s great :)

    But it’s fantasy! Don’t you read stuff that other people ask ‘Why do you like that?’ or ‘What the heck is this sh*t?’ LOL. Thanks for the scene though, I needed a laugh at work.

  • http://philobiblon.co.uk Natalie Bennett

    This article has been selected for syndication to Advance.net , which is affiliated with newspapers around the United States, and to Boston.com. Nice work!

  • Lea

    I have been reading Christine Feehans Dark Series in order as listed on her web site. Dark Hunger is a big disappointment. I love to read books, not comics. I have no understanding of why she would do this to one of her books. BIG DISAPPOINTMENT in this series!

  • Katie McNeill

    I don’t think that ‘Dark Hunger’ was a disappointment at all. If you don’t like comics then you don’t have to read but for those of us that do enjoy a graphic novel this was a fun and interesting idea. And ‘Dark Hunger’ was based off a short story, not a novel so it fit perfectly into the comic style. If you don’t enjoy comics then don’t read it and disappoint yourself.