Seven Kinds of Hell, by Dana Cameron

I received a free review copy of this book from NetGalley, on behalf of the publishers.

It’s been so long since I’ve read a work of contemporary fantasy, I’ve almost forgotten what they were like.

16244759Zoe Miller has lived her entire life on the run. Her mother has been hiding from Zoe’s father’s family all of Zoe’s life. All Zoe knows is that they are dangerous people. When her mother dies, it seems like it’s only a matter of hours before people are chasing Zoe all over Boston. As Dana Cameron’s Seven Kinds of Hell unspools, government agents, werewolves and vampires, Russian gangsters, and who knows who else end up chasing Zoe to London, Paris, Berlin, and beyond.

There’s a lot going on in Seven Kinds of Hell. So much in fact, that the book kicks off before you realize it. Zoe is an archaeologist. One day, she takes home what she thinks is tourist junk that got tossed in with some other donations to the materials just because she took a shine to it. It’s so out of character that she’s surprised at herself. She forgets all about it when mayhem breaks out around her wherever she goes. And then Zoe’s cousin is kidnapped by the aforementioned Russian gangster. He wants the figure Zoe stole. He wants it because he believes that it’s part of an ancient relic that will turn him into a werewolf.

While Zoe hopes planes and trains to get her cousin back, she also has to wrestle with her discovery that there are werewolves and vampires running around the world and that she is one of them. Zoe has a lot to deal with in this book and she doesn’t know who she can trust. She only has her instincts to rely on. It’s a rip-roaring adventure all the way.

The beginning of Seven Kinds of Hell is a bit rocky, but Cameron hits her stride when the action moves to Europe. She’s very fond of one sentence paragraphs. I enjoyed the book anyway. Sometimes you need something that just entertains you, with some archaeology and werewolves thrown in for fun.


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