Red-Headed Stepchild - Jaye Wells

In a world where being of mixed-blood is a major liability, Sabina doesn't really fit in. And being an assassin - the only profession fit for an outcast - doesn't help matters. But she's never brought her work home. Until now. Her latest mission is uncomfortably complex, and threatens the fragile peace between the vampire and mage races. As Sabina scrambles to figure out which side she's on, she uncovers a tangled political web, some nasty facts about her family and some unexpected new talents. Any of these things could be worryingly life-changing, but together, they could be fatal...
(My Turn)
Sabina Kane is the mixed-blood daughter of a forbidden romance between vampire and mage. Both parents died shortly after her birth and she has been raised solely by her vampire grandmother. Deemed useless by the tenants of her "race" and forced to suppress any mage power she may have, Sabina was designated an outcast and sent to assassin school. She has been a good little assassin until now, even obeying the order to assinate a longtime friend and confidant - now nothing is the same for her. She is disowned by the Dominae (basically her grandmother), gets attacked by a demon, finds out her Mage family does want her, makes friends with a physic Fairy, and all sorts of other interesting little things happen.

In summary, it's not a bad debut novel. It's a fairly smooth read and it's not explicit vampire porn (not that I mind the sex). It's not top of the chart page-turner, but it is pretty good, and if you are like me you prefer your reading to be fun rather than deep and ponderous. This is a urban fantasy you may like. Just have the ability to live with the inconsistencies (vamps being able to give birth and only have red hair) and try not think too deeply about what’s going on.

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