Review ~ House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter

Posted April 16, 2015 by Tanya in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 7 Comments

Review ~ House of the Rising Sun by Kristen PainterHouse of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter
Series: Crescent City #1
Published by Orbit on May 13, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 403
3 Stars
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Augustine lives the perfect life in the Haven city of New Orleans. He rarely works a real job, spends most of his nights with a different human woman, and resides in a spectacular Garden District mansion paid for by retired movie star Olivia Goodwin, who has come to think of him as an adopted son, providing him room and board and whatever else he needs.

But when Augustine returns home to find Olivia's been attacked by vampires, he knows his idyllic life has comes to an end. It's time for revenge—and to take up the mantle of the city's Guardian.

House of the Rising Sun had a lot of world building in it, as expected for a first in a new series. I have heard that this is a spin-off of the House of Comarre series which I did not read so I was not familiar with the main character at all. Since this is a spin-off, my understanding of the world is probably pretty slow, and I spent a lot of time trying to build this all up in my head.

I did not make a real connection with neither Augustine nor Harlow. Augustine at least showed signs of putting his life together and really wanting Olivia to be proud of him. I can see a lot of growth in his character coming. Harlow on the other hand just rubbed me the wrong way. I can understand being upset by her mother’s refusal to reveal her secret, but to leave the woman and refuse to speak to her for years just seemed a bit dramatic. I wish she would have been able to put all that behind her sooner. I am curious about what is going to happen from the other side of the mirror. What Augustine found was a surprise and I’m excited to see how it works out both for Augustine and Harlow.

The story was good. Somehow the vampires are getting in and it is up to Augustine to figure out who is letting them in and how to stop them. I like how quickly Augustine takes to his role despite running from it for so long. The witches are going to be trouble, and I can see that is going to play heavily into the next books. Harlow’s surprise visitor and how he plays into the story was really interesting. I was glad she finally came to understand why her mother protected her the way she did.

I’m hoping that now that I understand the world a bit better, I can flow into the next books immersing into the story a bit more. I did feel like there were a couple places reading the previous series would have come in handy, and would have helped me have more of a connection with Augustine.

Overall, I found this a good read and will be interested to see if I can keep up with the world and story of the next book.

About Kristen Painter

From the author's website:
A little about me: I’m a former college English teacher, but I’ve held a crazy mix of other jobs including maitre’d for Wolfgang Puck, personal trainer, and sales for Christian Dior Bijoux. On the writing side of things, I’m a two-time Golden Heart finalist and have been on the board of three different RWA chapters. What can I say? I like getting involved. I’m not adverse to bossing people around either.

I have a *slight* shoe addiction and occasionally indulge in an unnecessary handbag. Hah! That was a joke. There is no such thing as an unnecessary handbag. I love make up and jewelry and spa days. Yes, I’m a girly girl. But don’t think that makes me weak. I can (and do) kill off characters with the best of them. Speaking of which…

My forays into writing have been as varied as the jobs I’ve held. I’ve written poetry, articles for magazines, short stories, paranormal romances (that include fantasy, contemporary and steampunk genres) and now I’ve found a home with urban fantasy. I love worldbuilding and few genres give you the kind of license urban fantasy does.

I’m also the co-founder of the award-winning writer’s site Romancedivas.com.

I live in FL with my retired Air Force husband and a horde of feline dependents. I’m represented by The Knight Agency.

About Kristen Painter

From the author’s website:
A little about me: I’m a former college English teacher, but I’ve held a crazy mix of other jobs including maitre’d for Wolfgang Puck, personal trainer, and sales for Christian Dior Bijoux. On the writing side of things, I’m a two-time Golden Heart finalist and have been on the board of three different RWA chapters. What can I say? I like getting involved. I’m not adverse to bossing people around either.

I have a *slight* shoe addiction and occasionally indulge in an unnecessary handbag. Hah! That was a joke. There is no such thing as an unnecessary handbag. I love make up and jewelry and spa days. Yes, I’m a girly girl. But don’t think that makes me weak. I can (and do) kill off characters with the best of them. Speaking of which…

My forays into writing have been as varied as the jobs I’ve held. I’ve written poetry, articles for magazines, short stories, paranormal romances (that include fantasy, contemporary and steampunk genres) and now I’ve found a home with urban fantasy. I love worldbuilding and few genres give you the kind of license urban fantasy does.

I’m also the co-founder of the award-winning writer’s site Romancedivas.com.

I live in FL with my retired Air Force husband and a horde of feline dependents. I’m represented by The Knight Agency.

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