There are so many published series out there and I know you wonder…which ones are worth the read? In this feature, we tell you which series you should start and which ones you shouldn’t. As a ground rule, series in this feature must have at least 3 books published and the reviewer must have read more than half the series. If you want us to feature a series in the future, please ask in the comments.
Attention: Since I started writing this feature, this is the first series I cannot give a definite thumps up or down. Why? Because I’ve struggled with this series myself – I can’t say I’ve loved any of the books but something makes me keep reading. So I’ll just talk about its strengts and weaknesses and let you decide.
What Is This Series About? The Midnight Breed series is the story of the Order, a brotherhood of vampire warriors that protects the vampire and human race from Rogues, vampires who have succumbed to Bloodlust. These vampires are descendents from a group of aliens that came to Earth millenia ago. So yes, they are alive (not undead) and they are all males. They can only mate with a certain group of human females called the BreedMates. These women are genetically capable of reproducing with the Breed and have psychic powers of their own. Each book showcases a different vampire male and their human Breedmate. As you can see, this series has lots of similarities with the Black Dagger Brotherhood but without the crazy slang, a better world building and worst characters.
Why Should You Read It? The world building and overall story arc are really good and keep building with each book. The origin of the vampires, the conflict with other factions, the powers and quirks of every particular vampire, the Breedmates, etc. everything is cohesive and interesting. If we could combine this world building with the characters from BDB, we could have a heck of a series.
Why Shouldn’t You Read It? The romance and characterization are very pedestrian. In the books I’ve read, I didn’t feel any chemistry between the characters and couldn’t understand how they fell in love so quickly. No matter how traumatic their issues – dead children, dead mates, betrayals, etc. – they usually get over them very quickly once they find their mates, which doesn’t make the relationship very believable. (In this series, a vampire can have more than one mate but not at the same time.) The characters are interchangeable, they all seem alike with no distinguishing characteristics besides their accents – I know Rio is Spanish, Nikolai is Russian, but that’s about it. They are such a blur that I can’t even remember who’s paired with whom.
The Audiobooks: As I was listening to the last book, I realized that my apathy towards the characters may stem from the narration. For the first time in this series, I switched to print and the impression I got from the characters changed immediately. Ms. Huber’s narration is too deliberate – I always have to speed it up – her raspy voice makes the women sound a lot older than they are and her accents are not very good. This is one of those dangerous narrations that detracts from the story but it’s not so bad that it makes you stop listening. I don’t recommend it.
Series Tips: This series must be read in order.
Series Reading Order
0.5 A Touch of Midnight
1. Kiss of Midnight
2. Kiss of Crimson
3. Midnight Awakening
4. Midnight Rising
5. Veil of Midnight
6. Ashes of Midnight
7. Shades of Midnight
8. Taken by Midnight
9. Deeper than Midnight
9.5 A Taste of Midnight
10. Darker After Midnight
11. Edge of Dawn
11.5 Marked by Midnight
Prices: You can find most Kindle ebooks in the series for $5.99 and up. Some of the audiobooks are Whispersync enabled so even if you don’t have an Audible membership, you could get them for $3.99.
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