Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Book Review: The Renfield Syndrome

The Renfield Syndrome

By:  J.A. Saare

Publisher:  Mundania Press - Now Available

Publish Date:  August 23, 2011

Format:  ARC

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  2nd book in Rhiannon's Law series; 1st book ~ Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between

Recommendation:  What are you waiting for?  Vampires, werewolves, demons, a few ghosts and poltergeists, fighting scenes, love and sex.  What else could you ask for?  Full speed forward with a kick arse woman.  GO GET IT!

Book Synopsis:
Vampires, and werewolves, and demons, oh my.

Rhiannon thought facing off against a deranged child vampire was the most dangerous task she would ever have to undertake, but she's about to discover making a deal with a demon is far, far worse.  Sent forward into another reality, one in which vampires are now dominating nearly extinct humans, she realizes the sooner she returns to her vampire lover Disco, the better.

Unfortunately, time changes a lot of things; including those most trusted around her.  When she's faced with a loss and betrayal unlike any she had ever known, her focus shifts from severing the debt between the demon that wants to kill her, to exacting a revenge that will bring forth consequences she never could have fathomed. But reaching out to the darkness lingering within her, she'll find the strength to push forward despite the circumstances that would see her dead and buried.

After all, when it's all said and done, all that she has left to lose is her soul.

First Sentence:
Rhiannon's Law #22.  You can't lie to yourself, so don't bother trying.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Rhiannon shocked beyond belief, finds herself in a 2112 Hell on Earth version of New York after a deal with the demon Zagan trying to resolve Disco's debt to him.  The sneaky bugger sent her one hundred and one years in the future from her time.  She now has to relay the short message to Disco from Zagan to exonerate her from her deal.  Humans are becoming extinct from the Renfield Syndrome in this future reality were vampires, werewolves, and demons are out in the open and rule over breakable humans.  New York is silent.  Nothing in or on the streets.  The homes are desolate and ransacked, until night falls and the town becomes deadly as sin.  This is a future no one would want for their future children's children.  Zagan comes to Rhiannon again as their is complications with the deal regarding the Amulet and Disco.  Rhiannon has 13 days to give Zagan what he wants or lose her soul.  Werewolves, demons, and ghosts all are after Rhiannon for different reasons in a future that Rhiannon finds is Hell on Earth.

Rhiannon becomes more focused in her ability to see ghosts and talk with them.  Her powers have evolved more here with some unexpected help.  Rhiannon is still the kick arse woman we remember.  She takes nothing laying down, and will gouge out any eyes along the way.  Yet we start to see Rhiannon has a softer side when she starts to realize how much she loves her friends she has, or had.

Rhiannon has so many things happening in this book.  It's fast moving and she never seems to get out from underneath the falling piano.  Everyone wants her for one reason or another; love, mating, to resolve a ghost haunting, or most of all her soul.  And all she wants to do is deliver her message and go home to her love.  But that may not be as easy as she had hoped.

I just have to say Saare takes this series to a new platform with this book.  The first book was a great read for me and it stuck with me long after, even to now.  But this one is beyond that with new pieces to learn; of the new world, and of the vampires Rhiannon loves.  Even the werewolves have things for us to learn.  Oh and the DEMONS!  This book opens up the world greatly.  This book is new and fresh.  This is the wonderful thing with authors who take each book to a new level, to keep the series from becoming boring and stagnate.  This series is far from boring!  This book was a page flipper and kept me wanting more.  This is the way to go with a series, keeping it new all the way.

This book left me feeling okay in the end.  Oh, hell yes I want the next book.  But I'm good with waiting with were we ended here.  It didn't feel like the huge cliffhanger of a lifetime this time.  I want to know what the replications will be!  Also known as The Ripple Effect.

I received this ARC from the author for an honest review.

This book qualifies for the Horror and Urban Fantasy Challenge hosted by Book Chick City.


  1. So this is a series? Oh dear, NOT another one!!

    ok, I know I will read it - you can't lie to yourself etc...;)

  2. Great review!!!! LOVED THIS BOOK!!

  3. I was a little shocked at where we go in this book. But I like it! :) Can't wait for book 3!

  4. A favourite with a friend of mine, after your review I'll be certain to read this.

  5. Oh man! I so want to have time to read the first. I have it and it is staring at me! I can't wait to get to this one too! Oh man... I needs more time! I know I'll be getting this one. Brilly review!

  6. Oh sigh, I want itttttt! Lol, yes I do, I think this is the third place today where I am lamenting over not having read a book by her

  7. Anachronist - Yep! And I think you would love this series too. It really is a great read. :)

    Pamela {Spaz} - thank you for stopping by! OH MY GOODNESS!!! I loved this book. And Jaime has great one liners that never stop through out the book. :) I need to chat on it more with everyone. :)

    Mandi - Hi! :) Thank you for stopping by! Oh, there were a few surprises here for us. But I loved them too! lol. I too can't wait for book 3. :)

    Petty Witter - Oh, so glad to hear there are others reading this series as well. :) I do hope you enjoy the series when you give it a go. Thank you for stopping by!

    Melissa (Books&Things) - lol. YOU NEED TO READ THIS!!! And thank you for the kind words on the review. :)

    Blodeuedd - I do think you would love this series! And the turns in it. Ooooh, they are sooooo Blodeuedd loving material. ;D he he he....

  8. So is the Renfield word just what they call the vampires? I was hoping for a more direct relation to Dracula.

  9. Ryan - Hi! :) Okay... Renfield is the name of the syndrome the humans have which is killing them off. It was a vaccine with a purpose to ward off the vampires, but it turned deadly years after given. So humans are a minority and shrinking. :) Hope that helps. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Awesome review! The book sounds very interesting. My TBR just grew!

  11. Cristina - Great! So glad to hear you loved the review. It really is a great series to read. I hope you enjoy it when you get it as well.. :) Thank you!!!

  12. Your enthusiastic recommendation has got me very excited. Yet it does sound like a very bleak world. And the demon lover's name is "Disco?" Where did that come from? I guess I have to just read the book.

  13. Wait. This book has vampires in it and I haven't read it? Gah! I am definitely up for a series that only gets better. I'm always up for new and fresh.

    Great review, Mel. Thanks.

  14. StephanieD - Oh great! :) So glad the love came through the review, and hopefully not over done. ;D The Vampire lover of Rhiannon is named Disco. It's a nick name, but you learn the whole history of it in the first book Dead, Undead or Somewhere in Between. It's a wonderful read as well.. Hope you get a chance to give the book a go. :)

    Missie - Thank you. So glad you enjoyed the review. And I do hope you give this series a go! It really is very very nice and sooo good. :) Thank you!


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