Seven Kinds of Hell (Fangborn #1) by Dana Cameron

Seven Kinds of Hell - Dana Cameron

Zoe Miller knows that she is different.  Having discovered that she is a werewolf,  Zoe will do anything to keep it from the people she loves.  If that were not enough for one young woman to deal with, Zoe and her mother are being pursued by her father's people.  This causes Zoe to spend most of her life on the run. Things come to an head when Zoe's mother dies and her cousin is kidnapped.  Suddenly, Zoe is forced to confront the supernatural world that she has spent her entire life running from.

Though much of this book is concerned with the pursuit for Pandora's legendary box, Seven Kinds of Hell is largerly a thriller.  In some ways, it reminds of The Da Vinci Code or even Indiana Jones but unfortunately,  not nearly as compelling. Part of the problem is that there are too many characters, who then repeatedly change sides. This is thrown into a world in which we are given little information about.  However, in Cameron's defense, this is because the story has a first person POV and  Zoe being a mutt, doesn't know anything about the Fangborn family she was born into. Unfortunately, this gives the book a lack of cohesion.

I started out completely committed to finding out where this story was going but by about 1/3 of the way through, I found myself not really caring. Seven Kinds of Hell became a book to finish because I started reading it and not because it is compelling.  I just found that I couldn't connect with any of the characters and therefore could not invest in the story.  It took me much longer to read than it should have.

Seven Kinds of Hell absolutely passed the Bechdel test.  There are several strong characters, including a female protagonist.  In many ways the male characters feel very much like a supporting cast.  The real problem for me is Zoe. I don't understand why she chooses to stay behind after her mother died, thus leading the enemy straight to her loved ones, after spending a lifetime knowing that the best option is always to run. It feels extremely out of character for her.  Considering that this happened at the very start of the book, it most certainly is a problem.  We are told that Zoe is willing to do anything to save the people she loves and yet she easily ditched Sean.  Why?  Yes, he has been messed with but how was he not in danger?



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