Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed Series is one of the longest book series that I’ve been a great fan of reading. I started with Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles. Then, I moved on to reading Sherrilyn Kenyon’s The Dark-Hunter novels. I didn’t get too far into Kenyon’s work; she’s got so many books out! Also, there’s Lynsay Sands’ Argeneau Series. These are, in my opinion, must reads if readers enjoy the paranormal (romance) genre. The writing quality is good and consistent.
One warning that I can give about these series, with the exception of Anne Rice’s books, is that the plots can get a bit rote. The book plots stick to a consistent format. And, they can get a little too sappy and, frankly, corny if not overly angsty. This is the main reason why I paused in Kenyon’s The Dark-Hunter novels. One thing that Lara Adrian does really well is weave a long-term plot beneath the main focal plot. This long-term plot can really tie a series together well and keep readers interested for much longer. It’s a technique used frequently in TV show series. The background mystery or problem or the ending hook keep watchers coming back for the next season or the next part, etc. Lara Adrian’s got this going on well.
The biggest take-away from my paranormal romance (series) survey was the importance of the vampire mythology. To clarify, the vampire mythology is the creation, physiology, psychology, i.e. entire existential constitution of the characters. Why is this important? Because as a reader, I want to believe in the plausibility and existence of the characters. This allows for a reader to get lost in what literary theorists call the “fantasy space” of this world the author has created. Part of what allows for the enjoyment of something, anything really, is the ability to get “lost” in the activity, the world, settle comfortably into, emersion.
This wave of paranormal romance shows a section of the modern / contemporary trajectory of the genre. It’s changed quite a lot since the days of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula which initiated the horror paranormal genre. Although, many literary nerds may argue that the paranormal traditions reach all the way back to the early (medieval) development of fantasy. The interesting thing about the paranormal genre is how well it lends itself to overlapping with other genres; it essentially pairs well as a hybrid. Obviously, if these types of books are your thing, I suggest that you give Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed Series a try. It’s like comfort food when you need to relax with a cup of hot chocolate on a rainy day.
The vampire mythology in Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed gets better and better as the books progress. Not to spoil it too much, but she makes them otherworldly. Something I like about the main female and male protagonists is that each is quite unique. They don’t all resemble each other. The problem with romantic books is that many readers complain of a lack of depth to the female lead. She’s either too much of a damsel in distress or she’s this kick-ass annoying version of Lara Croft. Underneath the main romantic plot is a well-thought out mystery and drama. How would humans really react on a global scale if they discovered a humanoid breed already living and sharing space on Earth? There’s so much intrigue and threats to the stability of humanity’s way of life that it kept me reading all the way to the end of the first phase of Adrian’s Midnight Breed series. Hope you take a peak at some point.
Adrian, Lara. “Lara Adrian: Books: Midnight Breed.” Lara Adrian, LLC. 2007-2021, <http://www.laraadrian.com/books/books.php?s=MidnightBreed>.
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