Review: Seven Kinds of Hell by Dana Cameron

May 24, 2014 Book 6

Genre: Adult Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Mythology
Publisher: 47North
Publication Date: March 12th 2013
Source: eARC Provided by Publisher via Netgalley in exchange of honest and unbiased review

Seven Kinds of Hell (Fangborn, #1)

Goodreads Summary:

When archaeologist Zoe Miller’s cousin is abducted by a vicious Russian kidnapper, she must come to grips with a haunting secret. Unknown to even her closest friends, Zoe is not entirely human. She’s a werewolf and a daughter of the “Fangborn,” a hidden race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles.

Zoe’s attempt to rescue her cousin leads her on a quest for artifacts—including Pandora’s Box, an object of world-ending power. With the fate of humanity in the balance, Zoe will be forced to renew family ties and pit her own supernatural abilities against a dark and nefarious fo.

At once captivation, deftly worded, and character-rich Seven Kinds of Hell expands vampire legend and werewolf noir in both intensity and charismatic bite.

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I’m sorry I couldn’t finish this one. I only got to read 44% of it before I gave up.

Zoe Miller and her mom have always been careful of who they relate to. They move around every certain quantity of time running away from Zoe’s dad’s side of the family. Her mom dies of cancer while Zoe is in the museum, receiving the call she’s been waiting any moment now. Her mom tells her to run off from there, to live an unexcited life with a low profile. But the plans are changed when Zoe’s cousin is kidnapped by someone who wants her to find some figurines that might just be the key to Pandora’s Box. Zoe is followed by her dad’s family and others who share the Beast, a creature that makes Zoe lose control and become a wolf. Zoe, a college friend, and two allies who have information of what she is, travel around Europe in search of the figurines before they fall into the wrong hands and the truth of the Fangborn is revealed to humans.

The story seemed interesting with a twist in the mythological aspect. It dealt with werewolves and vampires, but not how we usually imagine them.

While the general plot was so-so and the urban fantasy part was cool, the rest of the story bored me.

It started mysteriously with the death of Zoe’s mom and how Zoe now had to run away from a family she’s never met, plus control the Beast that tries to get free. This flight mode kept going on for a few chapters until we’re introduced to the cousin that’s getting kidnapped. The story would be centered one moment in this issue and suddenly it would be in another. Random characters would be introduced spontaneously that I would have to go back a few pages to understand what was happening. Most of the time I would simply roll with it and not pay much attention to them.

Zoe looked at first like a strong female character with a conflicted past where she’s always been hiding from danger. Then she becomes stupid. She did things that were unexpected and wrong. If her mother told her this, why do the opposite thing? I think there’s a reason why parents always say they’ve come and gone a hundred times while we’re still going. She trusted people who went against everything she believed in, and who’s past could be questioned.

I tried to look past this and enjoy the book a bit. I love vampires and werewolves, but this one didn’t grip me in. I was constantly falling asleep on top of my Kindle, nodding my head and fighting sleep at school, and groaning whenever something happened and I was so much more lost than before. The pacing felt extremely slow and when combined with the ever-changing plot and disinterest in Zoe, I couldn’t make it. I was completely uninterested in knowing what happened to her or her cousin. The only thing I was interested on was on slapping Zoe and knowing what her mother would say from her grave if she were to see her.

Maybe it was only me and was feeling a bit off while reading it. Maybe you might like it a bit more than I did. It has it’s ups and downs like most stories. I took three stars out and gave it two in the rating  mostly because of what I mentioned above. The descriptions of the author were vivid and easy to grasp, just not easy to follow sometimes with the plot and characters.


Rating: 2 stars


it was good


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I'm Jennifer. Addicted reader, and lover of books. I'm a full-time college student majoring in English Liturature and Linguistics & Communication, with aspirations of being a professional editor. Among other things. In the meantime, I obsess over books, history, art, and politics. I believe in freedom of speech and reading whatever you want. Open to discussions about anything and everything 🙂
  • Oh boo. That drives me nuts! Characters deliberately going against conventional wisdom, and consequently putting themselves at harm’s way. Grrrrr

    Good luck with your next read, hun.

  • Zoe

    *sighs* It’s a shame you got so easily bored with this one. 🙁 I don’t blame you for DNF’ing – when characters make such stupid choices, it’s so easy to get annoyed. I think I’m going to give this one a miss as well as everything you’ve mentioned would probably annoy me as well. Thanks so much for sharing, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3

  • Wow, you didn’t finish and you still gave it two stars ;). When I don’t finish it’s lucky if it gets one. I usually just delete it off my list.

  • Yeah, I remember trying to read this back when it first came out, and I don’t think I made it even as far as you did. I was bored. The MC seemed like a big chicken. Just blah. Sorry you fell into the same trap 🙁

  • I considered reading this when it came up for review last year, but decided against it. Now, after reading your review, I’m really glad I did. Whenever werewolves and vamps are involved, the story should NEVER be boring.

  • No, I really do not enjoy stupid heroines and it sounds like she started off okay, but yeah, too bad lol. Lovely review, I hope you enjoy your next read more!