Book Reviews of Devour (Catherine Marais, Bk 1)

Devour (Catherine Marais, Bk 1)
Devour - Catherine Marais, Bk 1
Author: Melina Morel
ISBN-13: 9780451222510
ISBN-10: 0451222512
Publication Date: 10/2/2007
Pages: 336
Rating:
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
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2.8 stars, based on 51 ratings
Publisher: Signet
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Devour (Catherine Marais, Bk 1) on + 17 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
Catherine Marais and Paul DuJardin are hunters for a secret organization (The Institute) whose sole goal is to remove werewolves from existence. In this world werewolves are bloodthirsty savage creatures who can not fully control themselves.

Pierre de Montfort is a werewolf and comes from a long line of werewolves who have a history of maturing late. The Institute has been tracking the Montfort werewolves through time and have tracked down Pierre and confirmed that he is indeed a werewolf. Although Pierre appears to be in control of himself the Institute still sends Catherine and Paul after him. They team up with the US contingent of the Institute and vampire Ian Morgan, who has his own reasons to bring down Pierre.

Paul has just finished writing about the history of the Montfort werewolves in French when he meets Julie Buchanan; a teacher and translator, whose family history is also tied in with the Montforts. Paul has Julie translate the story into English as part of the institute's plan to get Pierre. With the hype of the upcoming release of Paul's story in the US, Pierre lost control over his other side; causing him to become violent.

From the book blurb I was looking forward to reading this story. What could be wrong? A female hunter, a werewolf and a vampire love interest, the makings for a great paranormal read. Well, I found out this book was lacking in personality. I have read history text with more passion. Normally having two love stories in one book is a bonus. I am not sure if it was due to the characters being flat or me not connecting to them, but the love scenes were skip able for me. I connected more with Pierre who was the âbadâ person in this story; due to the author giving us more of his thought process. Ian was the only other character who was note worthy and I still wish he could have had more âlifeâ in him.

All in all, Devour is a great idea that fell flat.

Cat Smith
PNR Reviews
12/20/07
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Helpful Score: 6
HOrrible...an absolutely horrible book. Read at your own risk!
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Helpful Score: 6
worst book i've read in awile didn't even finish it was so bad
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Helpful Score: 2
This is the first book of Morel's that I've ever read. I found it kind of difficult to read, as it flips from many different characters. The overall story was interesting though. It was the first book that I've read in paranormal romance where the werewolf that it is dedicated to was the problem and needed to be removed. I believe that her second book Prey, which will be out September 02, 2008 is better. You can read my review of Prey at RomanceJunkies.com.
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This book is confusing at the beginning. Who is who, what is the relationship of each character to the others, and what the heck is going on?
The book starts with a young woman who is the descendant of a woman whose sister was killed, savaged by a beast in 1789. Many claimed Marie-Jeanne's killer was a werewolf who was also her husband, the Count of Montfort. The young woman, Julie, meeets a man, Paul, who has written a book about the legend and the curse upon the Montfort family.
Paul is not only an author, but also a hunter of werewolves and his partner, Catherine, is seeking the last of a family line of viscious killers. Pierre is the last living member of the family of de Montfort; and it is believed he has reached the time where his dark side will come to life, and a werewolf will be roaming the city of New York.
This book shows a different side of the werewolf. Many books paint the shifter as a human who is able to take wolf form and is not some evil creature out of control and bent on killing and destuction. Here, the werewolf is painted as a man who enjoys kiling, who takes pleasure in becoming a monster and causing fear in his chosen victims before he ravages them.
It is hard to determine who are the main characters--the hero and heroine of the story. Is it Catherine, the hunter and Ian Morgan, the vampire who loves her and wants her to join him in his immortal life? Is it Paul, author and werewolf hunter and Julie, a descendant of the Count's wife?
The story would have been better if it has started with the death of Marie-Jeanne and her husband, Jean, Count of de Montfort. Bringing the legend to life and not telling who the real killer was; was it her husband or another werewolf. Then have moved to present day and have continued with the story. The introduction of Ian and his relationship with Julie was confusing and the truth, when revealed, could have been better written.
The writing is okay, the pace is good, the presentation of Pierre as an evil person was excellent, his girlfriend was portrayed as shallow which didn't create a sense of sympathy for her. Julie and Paul were made to look weak in their relationshp, it too drawn out and the love scenes were lacking, no real sizzle from either couple. The concept was good, but it was the execution of the story that lacked. Overall an okay reading, but not a keeper.