Friday, December 16, 2011

~REVIEW of Jacquelyn Frank's JACOB~

Jacob (Nightwalkers, #1)
3 of 5 stars

Opening Line: "How ridiculously simple it would be to cause them harm."

Jacob is the Demon enforcer for his people. His responsibility for the past 700 years has been to protect the human population from fellow Nightwalkers who fall victim to the maddening Moonlust. He takes his duties as enforcer seriously and over the years has even had to punish close friends and family members when they stray too close to humans. Because of this Jacob has become feared within Demon society, now an involuntary loner. One night while hunting a rogue Demon, Jacob inadvertently rescues a woman after she falls from her apartment window, landing safely in his strong arms. The attraction between the two is immediate, he cannot let her go. Has Jacob himself fallen victim to Moonlust?

There's something strange about this raven haired nymph. Isabella's not just your average human, for within minutes of being rescued she senses something and runs into a warehouse. Jacob follows and is rendered helpless as she proceeds to kill a Necromancer (bad guy) while it practices the black arts. Jacob, unable to believe what he's seen puts Bella into a deep sleep and takes her back to his castle where he'll try to figure out what she really is. When Bella awakes she isn't at all scared, just excepting and curious about this new world she finds herself in. She's apparently really horny too despite the fact that she's a virgin (why are they always virgins?) The couple can't seem to keep their hands off each other, even though this little collaboration will mean certain death for Jacob. Just as the intense make-out session reaches a precipice it is rudely interrupted by the demon king Noah. He also assumes that Jacob has gone mad with lust. Now who will enforce the enforcer?

 After some explanations, Bella proceeds to hang out in the Demon library learning about their rich culture as her psychic connection with Jacob and strange new powers inexplicably grow. Eventually Bella locates some ancient papers that will change the course of human and Demon destiny forever, and thankfully explain what she is becoming.

Jacquelyn Frank has created a very detailed and complex world with this first book in her Nightwalkers Series. And although I really enjoyed the initial chapters as well as the exciting and romantic final chapters, the middle section seemed to stall. As the author filled in pages and pages of Demon history, rules and culture while Jacob and Bella just hung out in the castle having telepathic phone sex in each others minds. I just wanted to get on with it, for SOMETHING to happen.

I also found Bella's character to be particularly annoying with her rolling eyes and silly quips. There were parts however that I loved and this is a good book, maybe just not great. It was nice to read a paranormal without Vampires and I appreciated the tightness and detail of Ms Frank's well written first novel. The secondary characters have also been well developed and left elusive enough for you to want to come back for another instalment. Cheers!


  1. I lov this one so much. I am a huge fan of the whole series. I like Jacquelyn Frank's writing.

  2. Great review Buggy. Too bad the Demon king's name was Noah cause Edward would have been

  3. Hello there Miss D :) I've read two different J Frank books, from different series and didn't really enjoy either of them so I gave up on her. I wish I'd enjoyed her more because I like the worlds she created.

  4. Rohger baby, I'm back from your side of the country. Sure was nice to escape the rain! You guys even had sun which made the temperatures very nice, until the sun went down. I'm all stocked up on cheese curds now.

    My brothers kids are speaking Frenchlish -a mixture of both parents languages that only their parents can understand.

  5. So glad you're back, but je comprends pas why you can't understand them. C'est pourtant vraiment easy to decipher.

  6. Not so easy to deciper an excited 2 year old but it is intrequing to watch his brain processing and knowing who to speak which language to. It makes me wonder how many different languages you could squeeze into a childs brain before it imploded?

  7. If he's Belgian, it would be quite a few.