Sunday 5 February 2012

Camille by Tess Oliver (Camille #1)

Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
My Rating: 4 out of 5


At a time when society conforms to the strictest rules and most proper etiquette, sixteen-year-old Camille Kennecott and her guardian, Dr. Bennett, live a most unconventional life. They hunt werewolves.

When unwitting victim, Nathaniel Strider, wanders into one of their full moon pursuits, Camille and Dr. Bennett believe they have found a specimen for their study. Finding a scientific key to unlocking the mystery of lycanthropy would end their late night excursions. Yet beneath the irresistible exterior, Nathaniel is transforming into a flesh-tearing monster, and as each experiment fails, Camille’s loses another inch of her soul to him. She knows that in a month’s time she must face the prospect of destroying the boy who has stolen her heart.


This book was wonderful! Camille and her guardian, Dr. Bennett, hunt and study werewolves. It is an interest that was shared by her father until it killed him 6 years earlier. One night, while Camille and Dr. Bennett are out hunting a particular werewolf, they witness a young man is bit on the leg before they manage to take it down. Dr. Bennett sends Camille to follow the young man, Nathaniel, and see if he is being affected by the bite. It doesn't take long for Camille to see that all the women of the East End are throwing themselves at him, and she has to admit, she can see why. 

One day when she is following him she peaks around a corner and catches him with a woman in an alley. She gasps, which catches his attention, and he stares at her while he continues to kiss the other girl's neck. She continues to stare right back and she is completely captured by his gaze and she can't look away, while he makes out with another woman. OMG that scene was so hot! Haha, that is when I fell in love with him. He is so arrogant and sure of himself that he seduces two women at once! And the cover of the sequel, Heart of the Huntress, features Pepe Toth. So just picture Daemon in Victorian London. Yeah, hot!

Camille eventually convinces him to come home with her and help them find a cure. Most of the book focuses on them getting to know each other and spending time together while Dr. Bennett looks for a cure, cherishing what little time they have. They are incredibly sweet together and I love the intensity and urgency of their relationship since they know what is coming. Camille is willing to do anything to save him, even defy Dr. Bennett, who of course will kill Nathaniel if the cure isn't found before the next full moon. Nathaniel would rather kill himself than risk Camille's safety, but when the time comes Camille does whatever is necessary to save Nathaniel from himself and Dr. Bennett.

“He looked down at my fingers wrapped around his coat then lifted his eyes to mine. 'My tiny huntress, do you know what you've done to me?”

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