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Review: Cameo The Assassin by Dawn McCullough-White
Thursday July 14, 2011 at 12:00 am |

Publisher: iUniverse
Copyright: 2009
Published: July 16, 2009
Pages: 149
Form: E-Book
Series: Trilogy of Shadows
Author: Dawn McCullough-White
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The Kingdom of Sieunes is rife with taverns, dirty streets, and clay pipe smoking citizens all toiling to feed their families and keep themselves in something little better than rags. With a foiled revolution just ten years prior still burning in the hearts of many, the royals enlist the aid of assassins to keep things in order. The townsfolk entertain themselves by dreaming of better times to come and regaling in stories of the undead said to walk the graveyards at night. . . and of Cameo the killer with corpse-like eyes. . .

Scarred and jaded Cameo is one of the most effective assassins in the employ of the Association, moving from one mission to the next as long as the alcohol keeps flowing. Her acceptance of the murder-for-hire lifestyle is thrown into doubt when she meets a local highwayman with a penchant for fine clothes and women, and then she begins to think about breaking with the company but no one ever breaks with the Association under good terms.

My Thoughts:

I have to say that I’m a bit disappointed in this read because it came so highly recommended.  Not that is wasn’t a perfectly decent story, but it didn’t come remotely close to meeting my built up expectations.  Cameo, is an assassin hired by the association and Wick to kill whomever they feel needs to be taken out.  But Cameo’s true Master is a Vampire named Hafeff, of whose bidding she must do, no questions asked.  But when Cameo is sent to kill Black Opal and his sidekick Bellamy, she kills her fellow assassin instead and soon becomes a target of the association.  She befriends the two thieving highwaymen and decides to leave the area.

To me this book was about a bunch of unlikely friends and misfits ambling around the country with no real purpose or goals.  Besides the two small tasks that needed to be done, there was absolutely nothing driving these characters and this story really didn’t have any direction.  I wasn’t invested in the characters nor did I care what happened to them.  There are a myriad of characters introduced that we never really get to know beyond the surface.  Very one-dimensional and lacking depth.  Even Cameo.  We find that she was made a Zombie by a Vampire after her and her sister were attacked long ago.  But we don’t know why, or exactly how long she’s been a zombie.  We don’t know much about Hefeff or where he comes from.  The details are just non-existent in this book.

The only character that was of some interest to me was the theiving Black Opal.  But only because he was a bit sarcastic and an unusual theif who was very meticulous about his appearance.  The fact that he would get all dressed up to find himself in a fight or sleeping in a graveyard was chuckle-worthy.  But the appeal stops there.  He’s not described favorably, nor the other characters, but finds himself interested in Cameo, whose also not the picture of desire.  So for me the whole stiff budding romance between the two was cringe-worthy…very ick.

Honestly, I really don’t understand why people are raving about this book.  Okay story, but truly nothing earth shattering and really a bit boring.  I kept waiting for something to happen and then thinking maybe it was all leading up to a phenomenal ending, only to be let down again.  The end was very anti-climatic.  So I’m hoping the second book is better.  If not, I don’t know if I can hang in there for the third book to come.

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9 Responses to “Review: Cameo The Assassin by Dawn McCullough-White”

  1. Great honest review! I have never heard of this series but I really hate when a book comes highly recommended and I find it disappointing. It is even worse than if I had found the book on my own.

  2. Lena says:

    Frank and straightforward opinion. I haven’t heard of the book, but it’s interesting how a book can be loved and liked by so many and then when you read it, it’s like you missed the punchline or something. It happens. Thanks for sharing, I appreciate your candidness.

  3. Jade Jade says:

    @ Alexis…I have to agree. I wish it hadn’t been so hyped then I wouldn’t have had high expectations. I don’t think it would have mt my basic expectations though.

    @ Lena, yup to each their own. I guess that’s why we’re all different and like different thing. Something one may find great another may think is trash.

  4. Rebecca says:

    See, I loved this book! But what I appreciated was the uniqueness of the feel to the story and the characters themselves. I didn’t know anything about if when starting however, and since I appreciated the feel to it mostly, I definitely think that could have been ruined if you’re expecting something earth-shattering to happen. It’s a book to just glide through and to feel, IMO.

    It was like this for me with The Hunger Games actually. Everyone was hyped and I’d never seen a rating under 4 stars at that time. When reading it, I was extremely bored and didn’t get what the hype was about and I didn’t even start to like it until after 50%. I mean, the end was good! But I was extremely disappointed that it didn’t have the wow-affect on me that it seemed to have on everyone else. Even Fever disappointed me with the first two books, but at least that one got better. I still don’t care for THG, sadly.

    If you do wish to continue, I hope you’ll like the next one more! I still have it to read myself. 🙂

  5. Rebecca says:

    If you can make any sense of that! LOL.

  6. Jade Jade says:

    @ Bex, Hey Hon. Yeah this one just wasn’t my cup of tea I guess. I do agree that the world she created was pretty unique. I kept picturing it very barren and gloomy. Almost depressing. But the story lacked, for lack of a better word, plot to me. And it’s the perfect illustration of how two people can read the same thing and have two very different opinions about it. I loved the Hunger Games, can’t wait to grab the other two books. But I wasn’t that thrilled by this one. I’m hoping maybe the first book was a set-up for the second and it gtes better. But I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  7. April says:

    I’m definitely with bex on this one 🙂 I really loved Cameo, and am looking forward to the next book. I think it’s totally different if you’re reading all the hype and then read it though. The book is very subtle in it’s beauty I think. I loved the characters and the romance. I thought the romance was very real, they are drawn to each other because they can sense the brokeness in each other. I too loved Opal’s character for his humor and impeccable dressing habits, even wearing makeup. Cameo is beautiful in a different way.. she’s struggling, living a life she never intended, and yet finding a way to trudge on. I think it’s great that we don’t know all about her past and exactly how things worked out for her in her present situation, I think it’s good to leave some mysteries to be revealed in the future books in the series.

    I try not to read reviews for books I know I’m going to read because I get worried the hype will effect how much I enjoy a book – set me up for disappointment. Sometimes that’s hard to do though when all the reviews and hype is what MAKES you grab a book and read it!

    I hope you give the next book a try and hopefully you’ll like it more, but if not, not all books are a good fit for everyone. It’s great that there are so many books for so many different personalities and that we can all find stuff we like! 🙂

    April @ My Shelf Cnfessions

  8. Jade Jade says:

    @ April, thanks for stopping by. I guess my main issue with the whole thing was that I had no idea what was important to any of the characters (beyond the surface). And none of them seemed to have any direction, goals, or hell just simple wants and desires. And with no focus on where the story was going it was really hard for me to enjoy. And you’re right, sometimes reading reviews can ruin the experience. But it was because of the good reviews that I bought these books. Like I said, I’m hoping the first was a big set-up for all the things to come in the next book. And I hope everything will be explained. But I’m really glad that you and Bex enjoyed the book and so many others. I think that’s what makes the Book blogging world great. We can all read books and have a civil discussion whether we agree or not. I appreciate you stopping by to share your thoughts!

  9. Missie says:

    Really? It came highly recommended? I haven’t even heard of it before. But I have to agree, it does sound a bit boring.

    But then again, the comments above for those that really liked it also make the book sound intriguing. Guess I’ll have to see for myself.

    Interesting reviews and comments. Thanks!