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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Subspecies by Mike Arsuaga

Subspecies by Mike Arsuaga
Publisher: Muse It Hot
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (209 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia

With Samantha “Sam” Johnson, Dr. Jim White, a 130-year-old Vampire, has the best sex of his life and it’s a shame she had to be his next victim. But she had a surprise for him. As a Lycan, she hunted him as he hunted her. After discovering each other’s secret, they cannot resist the physical attraction. Together they hunt and reach out to others of their kind using technology to form a support group. Sam and Jim become the first Lycan/Vampire pair bond.

As a mathematics professor and man of science, Dr. Jim rejects the ways and lore of old in favor of modern solutions that, if not acceptable to humans, allow Lycans and Vampires, The Subspecies, to live invisibly, because discovery is their worst fear.

The Subspecies are a mutation within the human genome. No more than 700 have been alive at one time. They cannot breed with humans or within their own group, but when the Sam and Jim get in a family way, a universe of possibilities opens for not only them, but all of The Subspecies with the promise of their lives being more than hunting, living in shadows, and fruitless mating.

Dr. Jim White and his wife Sam live in the suburbs of Philadelphia where they raise their triplets Cassie, Claire and Eddie. What most people in their neighborhood don’t know is that they are not human. Sam and Jim are other, Sam is Lycan and Jim is Vampire. It was thought at one time that these two species were not able to mate, least of all have children. For thousands of years they were unaware of each others existence. It was soon discovered that these two species could mate and have children. Sam and Jim are the first to produce children from their union so they're looked upon as the First Father and Mother. They are also on the board of an organization designed to protect others like them called Subspecies, Inc. For centuries this organization has worked to keep the existence of the Subspecies a secret so that they could live among humans in relative peace. Vampire, Lycan could rub shoulders with humans and humans were unaware of their existence.

Now that very existence is threatened because there are some species who want to hunt humans as a food source, which the Subspecies organization has banned. These species want to keep to the old way of doing things which would jeopardize all that Subspecies organization has worked for. It is the responsibility of the Subspecies organization board to find a way to control the Ferals.

The premise of this story is very good, and when I picked it up to read I imagined that it would be like most paranormal books where the Vampires or shifters are trying to keep their existence a secret until something happens that brings it to the forefront.

I looked forward to reading this story but found that once I got into it, it simply didn't hold my interest as tightly as I'd hoped. Don't get me wrong, the characters are interesting and they complemented each other. There were those that I rooted for and of course the villains that I hoped would be discovered.

It’s just that I found that the story moved too slowly for me and there were so many things going on that I  really couldn’t get a handle on it all. The story did pick up a bit when Jim’s helicopter went down and he lost his memory. For fourteen months he was missing and his family mourned his death. It was interesting to find out who was at fault.

As I said, the story is a good one, and it is an enjoyable read. The premise is unique and a clever take on vampires and werewolves. It's a good beginning to a new series and lovers of the paranormal should check it out.

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