Midnight to Sunrise” is a vampire trilogy novel written by Rebecca R. Cohen of NYC and self-published. This is Ms. Cohen’s first published novel available on kindle books or on her website at rebeccarosecohen.webs.com
When I first read Anne Rice’s books I vaguely remember that many problems exist within the vampire marketing scheme. These people are dead yet they need to continually exert new life through the veins of young readers whose hearts pump with an intense, overzealous naivety to breathe life into these thousands upon thousands of new vampire series books which sit upon shelves at Amazon.com
How do you know which are decent reads?
What I admire most about Ms. Cohen’s writing Is that she builds an intensely interesting character. The characters are charming and unassuming and completely dignified. They have class and style and originality. She uses colorful, high quality language that doesn’t condescend and jeer to her audience. She makes us feel welcome in her world.
“True Blood” developed the idea that innocence was never truly a part of the ideal vampire character. That naivety was no longer an option. Graphic sex and violence (though how do all these dead dudes get hard ons anyhow?) was the new norm of the storytelling world.
Ms. Cohen reminds us that innocence can be a part of the ideal vampire character. Her youthful idealism remains a part of this world. We can learn from her and be enriched.
My only concern with her writing style is that she will eventually take some time to be more descriptive in her surroundings. I want to be a part of 1886 New Orleans. I want to touch, feel and know the city, how it breathes, and what it smells like. I want to be reminded of how the Mississippi River humidity can suffocate your lungs and propel you to a higher place of comfort and sticky complacency. That 98 degrees in Louisiana can make you’re skin pores want to cry and sing at the same time.
Alas, I am alone in my desire I suppose. I would live and breathe Bourbon Street as if it were oxygen. New Orleans can haunt you for years. It is just that powerful of a city.
Ms. Cohen introduces her characters with an effortless and haunting grace, an almost silent intrusion. We never see them coming. They just sort of sneak up on us and become our friend. I hope to see her work evolve in the coming months and years as she continues to engage us with her new stories.