Nightlife: Didn’t like the characters

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Set in modern day with a sprinkling of different mythical/fantastic creatures, Nightlife introduces a boy who was born from a human and demon cross. Exactly why this has happened and what the consequences will be consumes the majority of the story.

The main character, Cal, is a cynical, self-absorbed, boring twit. I didn’t like him and his older brother is so noble and self-righteous that he is not believable. The idea for the story is fine, but I didn’t like any of the characters, so basically I didn’t like Nightlife. I need a character who I can identify with, or at least sympathize with, and Rob Thurman gave me nothing to work with.

Nightlife just wasn’t up to the standards that I have come to critique this genre against.


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