Review: Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells

Filed in 5 Stars , featured , Review , The Coffee Lover Posted on January 13, 2012 @ 12:00 pm 10 comments

Format Read: Paperback purchased by reviewer
Number of Pages: 325 pages
Release Date: April 1st 2009
Publisher: Orbit
Series: Sabina Kane book 1
Formats Available: Paperback, Kindle Edition, e-book, Audio Book
Purchasing Info: Author’s WebsiteGoodreads,, Book Depository, Barnes&Noble

Book Blurb:

In a world where being of mixed-blood is a major liability, Sabina Kane has the only profession fit for an outcast: assassin. But, her latest mission threatens the fragile peace between the vampire and mage races and Sabina must scramble to figure out which side she’s on. She’s never brought her work home with her–until now.

This time, it’s personal.

My Thoughts:
I just loved,loved, loved The Red Headed Stepchild! Honestly, it was among the best urban fantasy books I picked in a long time and I just don’t know what I have been waiting for and haven’t picked this series up sooner!

I just loved everything about this book! From the kick ass and smart heroine to the incredibly amusing demon-cat! The Red Headed Stepchild has just every single thing I want in a book. Fun and well-developed characters, action packed scenes, humour and a romance that slowly builds up and promises to become that much better in the books to come.

I just love books about assassins and this one is no exception! Sabina is one amazing character, strong, independent and loyal even if that loyalty hearts her. Adam is plainly swoon-worthy and the romance between them is in exactly the right pace I want in my books. They don’t fall head over heels for each other from the start of the story which in my book is always a good thing. It allows things to progress more slowly and that much better!

The world building is somewhat new, Wells adds some new elements in the already much used vampire mythos and I really liked those twists. The action scenes are well planned and even better delivered and I just loved how Sabina progresses as a character throughout the novel, from a total loner to a person who slowly starts opening up to the people or demon! surrounding her.

All in all, from the very first chapters of The Red Headed Stepchild, I just knew that I had in my hands a fabulous book, and by the end of it I just had found my next favourite series!The rest books of the series are already pre ordered and on their way home! A winner!

PhotobucketI give Red-Headed Stepchild 5 stars

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About Anna

Anna is a psychologist from Greece.You can almost always find her with a book stuck under her nose,so it's no wonder that all her friends make a joke of her.Apart from reading she dreams of the day she'll be able to travel around the world!Anna also blogs at Books to Brighten your Mood.

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  • Karoline January 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I have this on my wishlist! there’s a demon cat? Then I’m definitely looking for this one!

    • Anna January 14, 2012 at 5:34 am

      There’s a demon cat – well actually a transformed into cat demon – and he’s the star of the series for me 🙂

  • Mel S January 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    If you loved Red-Headed Stepchild, wait until you get to Green Eyed Demon!! I really enjoy this series and have to agree the demon cat is great! 🙂

  • Jan January 13, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    The first line hooked me. I was lucky enough to get a review copy for the first and have been hooked and passed the obsession on to others. The demon cat is awesome! Just received book 4, off to read and review.

  • Alexa January 13, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I have this one on my shelf and I keep telling myself that I’m going to break into reading UF soon but it has yet to happen. I’m glad that you really loved this one and now I can’t wait till I have time to break into a new genre, well new to me. 🙂

    Thanks for the great review.

  • draconismoi January 13, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I dunno about the *series* being awesome. I loved Red-Headed stepchild too, but The Mage in Black never managed to hold my attention. You’ll have to tell me if Green-Eyed Demon shows a marked improvement….

    • Anna January 14, 2012 at 5:36 am

      I just finished reading The Mage in Black and I kind of agree with you. It wasn’t nearly as great as the first one but I will definitely continue with the series.

  • aurian January 14, 2012 at 2:19 am

    I am glad you liked it so much, it did not catch me.

    • Anna January 14, 2012 at 5:36 am

      So sorry to hear this Aurian

  • Tamsyn January 14, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I haven’t read any books by Jaye Wells yet so don’t really know her style. I’ll have to check this out.

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