Review: Acquainted With the Night by Piper Maitland

Paperback, 539 pgs.
Published November 29th, 2011 by Berkley
Source: Publisher

The pages of history are written in the blood of the undead…
A woman’s quest for the truth…
A medieval icon that holds the clues…
An ancient book with the power to shake Christianity—and humanity itself…

Caroline Clifford’s bland life as a London tour guide flips upside down when her beloved uncle is brutally murdered at a Bulgarian archeological site. While traveling to recover his remains, she meets a man who corresponded with her uncle. Jude Barrett is a biochemist on a mission—to eradicate the world of vampires…
At first, Caro is dismissive of Jude’s beliefs, but she can’t ignore the signs around her—the human bites on her uncle, the strange men following her, the anguished cries after sundown. Strange anagrams on her uncle’s passport lead her and Jude to a cliff-top monastery in Greece, where a shattering revelation connects a relic Caro inherited from her parents to an age-old text on immortality—and an enigmatic prophecy that pits the forces of darkness and light in a showdown that could destroy them all…

Acquainted with evil…

I haven’t read a book like this in in ages and it was nice to read something different.  I actually really enjoyed the book and found myself flying through the pages.  Parts of the book were very intense and extremely well done.  Other parts I didn’t really love and found myself picking it apart a bit.  

The book I can think of that I most recently read that was at all similar was The Historian {the book is  actually described as a mixture of a Dan Brown thriller and an Anne Rice Vampire Chronicle book}.  The Historian had some drawn out and more boring parts that this book didn’t have {this one moved along much faster} and really they are quite different from each other, just a bit of a similar feel as Caroline flees for her life and to discover the truth.  She is armed with a secret message in code and has to put pieces together.  

The book isn’t predictable in any way.  I never could figure out the twists and started to be super paranoid cause it was often hard to know who was really the good guy and who was the bad.  I had my eyes glued to the pages through the majority of the book eager to learn more and see where things went.  This was probably the best part of the book, discovering new things as Caro did and being surprised over and over again with the twists thrown in.

I did think parts of the book weren’t really realistic.  I didn’t think it was realistic that a billionaire who was concerned for his reputation and company would hire such messy ‘people’ who didn’t seem to have any sort of reason to follow his instructions and all went on crazy killing sprees just for fun and didn’t even bother trying to keep people alive per the billionaire’s instructions.  And yes, we see some of those ‘messy’ bits so this book does have some gore. 

I didn’t feel like I had a real connection with the characters, but this was more of a plot driven novel, not so character driven.  It wasn’t a huge issue but if I had felt more of a connection it would have made this book much better.  I thought the way the romance played out wasn’t real realistic and it moved forward much faster then I would have thought.  There’s a bit of a reason for this, but still- it wasn’t really to my liking.  I also didn’t like some things that Jude did later in the book that made me like him less.  Now it’s not that I didn’t like the characters, I just didn’t feel a real connection to them.  

The book ends on a bit of cliffhanger after a very intense and extremely twisty ending.  My press release does say that it’s the first in series and it definitely leaves lots left for the next novels.  

I enjoyed this book quite a lot though I had a few issues.  I’m still anxious to see where things go in the future books and am eagerly anticipating them.  I recommend this book to those who enjoy a bit of a thriller with a twisted and crazy plot with some paranormal thrown in.  This book is suited for adults only.

3.5/5 stars

Disclosure: I received this book free of charge from the publisher for review purposes.  I was not paid or influenced in any way.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. The book doesn’t sound like one I would read but I do understand wanting to read something different. I have been so caught up in teen books lately that all of my beautiful adult romances are left on my shelves crying out.

    Thanks for the great review, I hope you are able to find some more time to read something different.

    Happy reading!

  2. Nice review, Candace. I was more troubled than you by lack of connection to the characters and by difficulty understanding why the bad guys were bad and what they were after. I had to give Acquainted a “recycling bin” review.

    Keep up the good work!

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