Review: Red Headed Step Child by Jaye Wells

Friday, October 11, 2013

Series: Sabina Kane #1
Publisher: Orbit
Release Date: April 2009
Reviewed by: Amber R.

If you don't know about the Book Nympo, you should. If I ever need something to read, I always peruse her shelves(metaphorically) for something great to read. And honestly, being a redheaded step-child, this title stuck out to me.

Sabina Kane is a half-vamp, half-mage assassin. She's basically been pimped out her entire life by her grandmother, the leader of the vampires since she was old enough to be. Her parents died before she was even old enough to speak and she was raised by her mother's mother. As an assassin she's mostly on the outs of the vampire society because vampires don't trust her. Not too mention her grandmother basically has treated her like a tool her entire life. She hasn't shown love, respect, or any type of emotion towards her besides derision. Even so, Sabina has always done what her grandmother has wanted her to do and has always longed for her approval.

Being sent on a mission to kill on of her only friends because of being a so called traitor set off a series of events for Sabina that changed her entire life. She's forced by her grandmother to take up with the enemy in order to kill their leader, Clovis. Convincing Clovis to allow her to join his group was easy. Her vamp/mage blood was going to be of some use to Clovis. However killing him doesn't happen easily.

There is a mage following her around, supposedly from her fathers family. He wants to take her back to meet her family and instruct her on what it is to be a mage. Sabina isn't biting. She has been told her entire life that her fathers family has disowned her. However, Adam is telling her a completely different story. To say that Sabina's life has been turned around is a complete understatement.

I'm really into this world. I think that there is a lot of things going on and things aren't going to turn out the way they seem at the end of this book. So it leaves you wanting to know more. Sabina is always growing and learning a lot in this book. I think we're just going to see that progress in the books to come. I've already got that little spark of investment in Sabina and seeing where she goes from here. I think the series is really going to progress amazingly and I can't wait to see what happens next.


  1. Glad I could be of help and that you enjoyed the book. Wait til you meet Mr. Giggles. LOL

  2. I've had this book on my eReader for like a year now. I keep forgetting it's there so thanks for the reminder. Hehe I will get to it soon... I swear! ;)

    1. I feel the same way about so many books.. I'm going to read it, any day now!

  3. I have read this book years ago, and remember being disappointed by it. Sabina was such a punching bag, not a strong heroine who stood up for herself as I like them. But so many people love this series, perhaps I should read it again.

    1. I think the reason why she wasn't standing up for herself with her grandmother is because she wanted to prove herself to her. But other than a few things, I liked the book.


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