I'm a pretty big fan of vampire fiction, particularly Anne Rice's vampire novels, so when I spotted L.A. Banks's Minion at the library, I thought I'd try it.
The novel is kind of on the other side from most vampire fiction: It's actually about the vampire hunters, rather than about the vampires.
It's a pretty good story. The main character is a vampire huntress just coming into her destiny: basically, to be the queen-bee vampire slayer. There's a hint of adolescent angst, all mixed up with the bigger issues of living to fight the supernatural.
There is a mother-daughter-like relationship between the main character and one of her gang of vampire hunters, and the dynamic between them is pretty strong. There is a great quote that reminds me of my own coming-of-age, and the dynamic between me and my mother:
"I've taught you almost everything I know to make you strong, independent, and courageous, and I tried to pass on all of that — then, when you were ready to fly, I was the one clipping your wings. Like I said, it's insane, but real. I'm sorry."
Isn't that a great line?
Unfortunately, the novel sometimes comes across as a little wordy, and some scenes meander a bit too much. I'm trying to cut the author some slack, since it is her debut novel — and since the story is really good. There are quite a few books that come after this one, and I'm sure I'll be reading them too, so I'll let you know if she improves any!