'The Trap' is an epic and exhilarating conclusion to one of the best series out there! I was on the edge of my seat as I followed Gene and Sissy's str...more'The Trap' is an epic and exhilarating conclusion to one of the best series out there! I was on the edge of my seat as I followed Gene and Sissy's struggle to save the ones they love and survive in a world riddled with danger.
I have loved each instalment but I think this was my favourite so far. It was an incredible, pulse-pounding read which I devoured in one sitting. The story takes up where 'The Prey' left off, with Gene, Sissy and co on-board a train headed towards an uncertain fate. As they face unimaginable horrors, they vow to stick together no matter what but someone from Gene's past has other ideas.
The plot rockets along at full speed ahead, as Gene and Sissy find themselves in one dangerous situation after enough. Having followed their journey this far and having invested so much in the characters I was desperately keeping my fingers crossed for them. They've faced such terrible situations that I really wanted them to come out the other side and have some hope for the future. They have a lot to get through first though before that's even a possibility.
Andrew Fukuda is an incredible writer. The scenes in the book leap off the page as his writing leads you on a journey full of horror, terror and danger. There are some wonderfully rich descriptive passages in the book which made everything feel very real and frankly left me quite terrified at times.
I was preying that the ending would leave me satisfied and wow, did it ever! There was a truly unpredictable twist near the end which was jaw-dropping and so, so clever. I never saw it coming which made it all the more surprising. Sometimes the last book in a series can let you down but 'The Trap' delivered right up to the last page.
This was a real page-turner that I can guarantee you won't be able to put down. I'm excited to see what subject Andrew Fukuda will turn his hand to next. (less)
I enjoyed Karen Mahoney's two previous books (The Iron Witch and The Wood Queen) so I jumped at the chance to read and review her newest offering, the...moreI enjoyed Karen Mahoney's two previous books (The Iron Witch and The Wood Queen) so I jumped at the chance to read and review her newest offering, the first title in a brand new series about vampires. The cover is gorgeous and the story sounded brilliant, just the kind of thing that appeals to my reading tastes, but unfortunately it didn't turn out to be quite as good as I was expecting. I normally love vampire stories but 'Falling to Ash' didn't tick all the boxes for me.
The story is about Moth, or Marie as she was previously known. A teenage girl turned vampire who is still coming to terms with her new existence and struggling to adapt to her relationship with her Maker, Theo. I didn't particularly like Moth and felt little connection to her as a character. I immediately wanted to know more about her back story so that I could understand why she is how she is. This was gradually revealed through flashbacks to how she was turned into a vampire but I would have liked to have seen this dealt with much earlier on in the book. There is a prequel to this title called 'Moth', so maybe it would have helped me if I'd read that first.
I felt uneasy in the scenes between her and Theo and I wasn't feeling the growing romance between her and Jace a.k.a vampire hunter in training, either. For me to really love a book, I have to feel that I care about the characters and what happens to them but sadly this wasn't the case with any of the main protagonists in the story.
One aspect of the book I did like was the family bond between Moth and her sisters which I would have liked to have seen developed even more than it was. Although she's now a vampire, she still feels enormous love for her family members, particularly her little sister and she's willing to protect her whatever the cost.
I know there are a lot of Karen Mahoney fans out there and I've already read a number of positive reviews of this book, so although it didn't necessarily appeal to me, I'm sure many others will enjoy it. All that aside, it is refreshing to read something by a British author for a change who has definitely brought something different to the vampire genre. (less)
One of my favourite debut's last year was 'The Hunt' by Andrew Fukuda; a thrilling tale of vampire-like creatures hunting down the last remaining huma...moreOne of my favourite debut's last year was 'The Hunt' by Andrew Fukuda; a thrilling tale of vampire-like creatures hunting down the last remaining humans or hepers as they are known, to satisfy their ravenous blood-lust. I've been counting down the days until the sequel, so when this book finally arrived in my hands, you can bet I couldn't wait to pick it up and get stuck in.
The story begins almost immediately after the events of the previous instalment. Gene is on the run from the Heper Institute, along with Sissy and the other boys. Having narrowly escaped with their lives, they make their way down the river, seeking the sanctuary that the Scientist promised them was out there. Their journey is not an easy one however, as they are still being hunted and may be in danger of swapping one prison for another.
There is a real sense of trepidation and fear which emanates from the pages of the book. Gene and co are living on a knife edge and every decision they make is vital. What they choose to do may just be the difference between life and death. I was terrified for them most of the way through the story, as danger seems to dog their every step. Fukuda keeps the pace high and the tension ratched up. So much so that there were very few chapters where I could take a breather from the terrible events that occur. I found this title absolutely addictive reading and so exciting!
When they finally make it to a place called The Mission it looks like their struggle might be over at last. But things don't seem quite right in their new home as they eventually begin to find out. I honestly didn't think that Andrew Fukuda could come up with anything worse than they had already faced but fresh horrors presented themselves which had me on the edge of my seat. The writing is vivid and descriptive and completely gripping. I was both shocked and horrified at times but also immersed entirely in the incredible world set before me.
Inventive and imaginative, with top notch storytelling and an unbelievably exciting plot, 'The Prey' is a book not to be missed. I'm already checking off the days until the final part of the trilogy is published in Autumn 2013. (less)
'Blood Prophecy' is the final thrilling instalment of one of my favourite vampire series by one of my favourite young-adult authors. This is one of th...more'Blood Prophecy' is the final thrilling instalment of one of my favourite vampire series by one of my favourite young-adult authors. This is one of the first series that I started reviewing on my blog so it is sad to say goodbye to so many well-loved characters.
The story centres mainly around Solange and finally begins to explain the reasons for her strange behaviour in the previous book. Everything gradually slotted into place but there were still plenty of twists and turns to keep readers guessing until the very end. I like the way that Harvey always has something extra up her sleeve and continually leaves the reader wanting more.
Solange shared the bulk of the narration with Lucy, although Christabel and Hunter chipped in too along the way. In my eyes, Lucy has been one of the best characters in the series. She is funny and witty, incredibly brave and feisty and always looks out for her friends. She is also loyal and stubbornly determined but the latter in a good way. Her scenes with Nicholas were awesome and made my toes tingle. I would love to see a spin-off just about them and what happens to their relationship in the future!
The story culminates in a tremendous battle involving vampires and humans and I enjoyed seeing everyone coming together to fight for what they believe in. Each character has to step up to the mark when it really counts but they know they can always rely on each other. There is lots of action and excitement throughout, especially in the second half of the book but there are also some lovely scenes between some of the couples in the series and some touching family moments.
Fans of the series will not be disappointed in the send-off given to the Drakes. There is something to please everyone and glimpses of all the characters who have been in it along the way.
UK readers are in for an extra treat too in this book, as there is an exclusive bonus story included about Sky and Duncan Drake which I enjoyed.
Alyxandra Harvey may have bid farewell to the Drake family but I'm excited to read more by her in the future and I have no doubt that she will continue to entertain and amaze readers with her terrific writing.(less)
When I read that this book was based on the real life story of the Highgate Vampire I was immediately interested in reading it. Although Asa Bailey ha...moreWhen I read that this book was based on the real life story of the Highgate Vampire I was immediately interested in reading it. Although Asa Bailey has built on original elements of the story, he's also crafted something new.
Kathy arrives in London from America, hunting for her sister Amber who has gone missing. She gets more than she bargained for when she finds out about the legend of the Highgate Vampire and discovers a secret about her own family history which has enormous repercussions.
Set in London, near Highgate Cemetery, this was the perfect backdrop for the story. Creepy and spooky, I got cold shivers whenever they entered the Cemetery, as it seemed that danger was lurking around every corner. It was also nice to see a British setting for a change as the majority of the book takes place on this side of the ocean.
Having read a lot of vampire books, I didn't feel that this title offered anything particularly original within the genre, although these were definitely not friendly vampires...you would want to avoid them at all costs! The mythology was interesting but I never properly connected with the main character Kathy and I thought there wasn't enough character development to sufficiently draw me to her.
The time frames jumped forwards and backwards a lot, which I found quite confusing at times. Although I understand this was designed to fill the reader in on the history of the Highgate Vampire, I thought there were a few too many jumps which interrupted the overall flow of the story.
Dark and dangerous, this is a book where anyone's life can be placed in danger and where you are never sure which of the cast of characters will survive until the end. Although it wasn't for me, fans of the genre may like to give it a try. (less)
This is the fifth book in the extremely popular Drake Chronicles series by Alyxandra Harvey. The story picks up after the events of 'Bleeding Hearts'...moreThis is the fifth book in the extremely popular Drake Chronicles series by Alyxandra Harvey. The story picks up after the events of 'Bleeding Hearts' with Solange struggling to battle her own vampire nature. At the same time, the Blood Moon ceremonies are taking place and vampire tribes have convened from all over the world to take part which means several new faces.
The focus of the story shifts between Solange, Nicholas and Lucy. Solange has never been one of my favourite characters but she undergoes quite a change in this book. There are reasons for her strange and unpredictable behaviour and they are pretty shocking! It will be interesting to see these explored further in the next book.
I loved the fact that much of the plot resolves around Lucy and Nicholas who are adorable together. They featured prominently in the first book of the series so it was nice to hear from them again and see events unfolding from their perspective. Lucy is trying to fit in as a new student at the Helios-Ra school and is also coping with her best friend not speaking to her. Although Solange has treated her quite badly, Lucy still wants to try and put things right and isn't willing to give up on her. Nicholas has his own problems too and faces a choice between his girlfriend and his sister. However, when they are with each other all these things seem to just fade into the background. There's one particularly romantic scene between them which left me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside!
The rest of the Drake family also feature too, as well as Hunter and Isabeau who it was good to see again along with their respective other halves.
The ending of 'Blood Moon' nearly killed me because it leaves you on such a big cliffhanger. Please tell me that I don't have too long to wait until the next book in the series because I don't think I'd be able to stand it otherwise. I love the way that Alyxandra Harvey always throws something new and unexpected into the plot and continually surprises me with the directions that some of the characters take.
This edition also features an exclusive bonus story about Liam and Helena Drake which was a nice added extra. (less)
'The Eternity Cure' is the second book in the Blood of Eden series and in my opinion, a stellar follow-up.
It's been quite a while since I read 'The I...more'The Eternity Cure' is the second book in the Blood of Eden series and in my opinion, a stellar follow-up.
It's been quite a while since I read 'The Immortal Rules' and although I loved it, I was a bit apprehensive about remembering all the plot points. This meant that I really appreciated Julie Kagawa providing a handy recap of events throughout the first few chapters. It helped to get me absorbed back into the story and soon enough I was right back up to speed with the characters and the plot.
The story focuses on Allie's quest to rescue her sire Kanin from Sarren, as well as her unexpectedly teaming up with Jackal to try and find the cure for rabidism. Who would have thought that Allie and Jackal would ever end up working together?! But that's one of the things that's so great about Julie's writing - she's never afraid to surprise you or take things in a different direction and those characters you thought you hated...well you're about to love them now.
Jackal turned out to be one of my favourite characters in the book which believe me, I never thought would happen. He has some of the smartest and snappiest lines and when he briefly disappeared for a while, I couldn't wait for him to come back. I still suspect that he may have some kind of ulterior motive, but for the moment, he proves he can work together with Allie if necessary and he provides some light relief throughout the story.
I know I'm probably in the minority, but I've never been a big fan of the Allie/Zeke relationship. It was however interesting to see them explore this further and delve into the dynamics of how and if a vampire and a human can ever truly be together,
The ending is so tantalising that I couldn't believe that the story finished where it did. I kept checking to make sure that I hadn't missed any pages. You can bet that I'm going to be waiting impatiently now for the next in the series. (less)
'The Hunt' is a truly terrifying and electrifying read from debut author Andrew Fukuda. Having heard a lot about this book prior to publication I had...more'The Hunt' is a truly terrifying and electrifying read from debut author Andrew Fukuda. Having heard a lot about this book prior to publication I had a feeling that I was going to love it and love it I did. Scary, sinister and incredibly exciting, this is a story which will appeal strongly to both a male and female teen audience. There's something for everyone, danger and scares, a touch of romance and a plot which will have you gripped.
Seventeen year old Gene lives in a future world where humans are practically extinct. Near the start of the story he is selected to take part in a government sponsored hunt. But this is a hunt with a difference because the prey consists of a group of humans (or hepers as they are known). For most, this would be an honour but Gene isn't just anyone. He's hiding a big secret which if exposed during the hunt could end up costing him his life.
Although Fukuda never mentions the word vampire in the book, you can only put all the clues together - can't go out in the sun, sleep upside down, long nails and fangs, and come up with one outcome. The fact that the population are never named but their unusual characteristics and traits are discussed in detail, actually made them seem even more sinister, if that's possible.
What I found even more scary about the story was the constant struggle for survival that many of the characters face. You never know when someone is going to meet a particularly nasty end and the tension in the book is palpable. No one is safe and I got the feeling that Fukuda would not be afraid to kill off one of the main characters if it benefited the story. That meant that I was constantly worried about my favourites surviving until the end of the book.
A jaw dropping revelation on the final page had me extremely anxious for more - so please Andrew Fukudua, don't keep us in suspense for too long! (less)
The tag line for 'The Vampire Stalker' says it all really- "Ever been in love with a boy in a book?". I'm sure that the majority of people would answe...moreThe tag line for 'The Vampire Stalker' says it all really- "Ever been in love with a boy in a book?". I'm sure that the majority of people would answer that question with a resounding yes, myself included! This is definitely the book to read if you've ever found yourself with a huge crush on that cute boy in the pages of your favourite story.
Amy is an avid reader and a huge fan of the Otherworld books by author Elizabeth Howard which feature a vampire hunter called Alexander Banks and follows his quest to rid the city of the evil vampire Vigo. After Amy is nearly attacked one evening, she's saved by a handsome stranger who resembles Alexander in every way - which turns out to be because he is Alexander and no longer just a character in a book. Amy has to help him hunt down Vigo but finds herself falling in love with her favourite character who is now very much flesh and blood.
This is such a great idea for a story that I couldn't help wondering why no one had written something along these lines before. I hadn't heard much about the book prior to reading it either but it caught my eye on the shelves in my local bookshop. The plot was well executed and the book was fairly short which meant that the tempo was high from the moment that Amy first sets eyes on Alexander. I thought that the romance between them was really sweet and I loved seeing her introduce him to all the modern day inventions that we take for granted such as mobile phones, the Internet and television. He actually gets to grips with all these pretty quickly! The eventual scientific explanation about how he came to be in Amy's world was clearly explained using the premise of literary physics which was both clever and interesting.
I also loved the fact that one of the main characters was a fabulous librarian who helps Amy to make sense of everything happening. Ms P was great and a brilliant advocate for librarians who are geniuses at being able to help track down any information needed. It's nice to see a positive image of a librarian for a change instead of the usual stereotype.
'The Vampire Stalker' was a fun and entertaining read that I devoured in one evening and left me wanting more. My only complaint is that the book was quite short and I would have liked to have had more time to spend with all the characters and see what happens to them next. Fingers crossed that there might be a sequel in the offing.
'Darkness Falls' is the second book in the Ravenwood Mysteries series by Mia James (the pseudonym for husband and wife writing duo Tasmina and John Pe...more'Darkness Falls' is the second book in the Ravenwood Mysteries series by Mia James (the pseudonym for husband and wife writing duo Tasmina and John Perry). The story picks up from where 'By Midnight' left off. April is learning to cope after her father's death and after the shocking discovery that she is a Fury - the one thing that vampires truly fear. Having introduced all the characters and established the storyline, it was nice to see a bit more action in this installment as April faces the truth about who she really is and determines to track down the person responsible for her losing her beloved dad.
One of the things that I really like about this series is the complex mystery that lies at the heart of the plot. There are lots of angles, dead ends and unexpected twists throughout. You never quite know who you can trust from The Faces who are the most popular girls in school, to DI Reece who's investigating April's father's murder, to the teachers who work at April's school. Trust them at your peril because no one is really who they say they are! I certainly think there's a lot more to April's mother than meets the eye. She comes across as rather shallow and unreliable but I suspect she's hiding a big secret and I can't wait to find out what it is.
I also love the setting for these books. Highgate Cemetery in London is so spooky and creepy and wonderfully atmospheric. It's a perfect backdrop for a British book about vampires. There are some fabulous descriptions of the Cemetery itself and whenever the characters are there you just know that something bad is going to happen.
The thing that I felt fell a little flat was the romance between April and Gabriel. Gabriel is gorgeous, sexy, brooding and an extremely enigmatic and mysterious figure. Having got their romance off to a promising start, it seemed to become extremely up and down over the course of the book. I thought that April was quite quick to mistrust him and jump to conclusions about his actions, considering she's supposed to be in love with him. I didn't feel a real connection between the two of them although separately I really like their individual characters. There just weren't enough sparks between them to satisfy the romantic in me.
'Darkness Falls' had a stellar, explosive ending which definitely left me wanting more. I can't wait to see what Mia James has up her sleeve next! (less)
This is a stellar sequel to 'Darkness Becomes Her' which was one of my surprise favourites of last year. The plot is significantly advanced and plenty...moreThis is a stellar sequel to 'Darkness Becomes Her' which was one of my surprise favourites of last year. The plot is significantly advanced and plenty of lingering questions are answered. There's no danger of second book syndrome here with this fantastic read which kept me gripped from start to finish.
The story picks up with Ari wanting to rescue her father and Violet from the clutches of Athena, as well as figure out a way to break the curse which has plagued her family. I loved her determination to save the people who matter to her and I enjoyed seeing her trying to embrace her powers, however much they scare her, so that she can take down Athena once and for all. She's an unstoppable force when she sets her mind to something and she's often willing to sacrifice herself to ensure the safety of others which is an admirable quality.
She also has to navigate her relationship with Sebastian who continues to be charming and mysterious. He's sexy and gorgeous, plus he has one of my favourite names of all time - what more could you want! His character takes a major step in this book which I definitely did not see coming. I'm looking forward to finding out how this will affect the two of them in the next instalment.
I was pleased that we got to learn more about all the Gods and the personal history of Athena which I found really interesting. Ari also gets to explore the Novem Library which is in a very unusual place and throws new light on what she's up against. The mythological aspect of the series is one of the things I love best about these books, so I was glad that a significant amount of time was spent on ensuring this was interwoven into the plot.
Seductive storytelling and full on action makes this a book not to be missed. Fans of the paranormal romance genre should go out and grab this one now. You won't be disappointed! (less)
This is the second book in the Blood Ninja series by Nick Lake. I thoroughly enjoyed the previous installment so started this one soon after. It picke...moreThis is the second book in the Blood Ninja series by Nick Lake. I thoroughly enjoyed the previous installment so started this one soon after. It picked up straight after the events of the first book and as the background and characters had already been established, it was straight back into the action, rejoining Taro and co.
One of the things I really like about this series is that it portrays an epic struggle between good and evil. Lord Oda is pretty much evil personified and is truly bone chillingly bad. He's an awesome nemesis for Taro who also has to face an enemy in the form of Yukiko. She's determined to avenge her sister's death and has become consumed by thoughts of revenge. She appears even more threatening because as a young girl she's as far removed from a deadly killing machine as you can get. However, she's no longer who she once was and can think of nothing but bringing her sister's killer to justice. Because of this she's depicted as an even bigger threat to Taro's existence.
Nick Lake has obviously done incredible amounts of research into Japanese culture, the ninja way of life and also the religious and spiritual beliefs and philosophies which are described in the book. There is an amazing amount of detail about all of these things and they really enrich the overall story. I love reading about the country of Japan and found this a wonderful setting.
There are subtle romantic undertones in some chapters in the book, as Taro and Hana are drawn closer together. The romance between them is a periphery element of the plot however, rather than being the main focus. Personally, I'd like to see this being developed further as the series progresses.
Fans of the series won't be able to resist grabbing this new installment of Taro's story. For those that haven't discovered Nick Lake's writing yet then I would definitely recommend trying these. Teenage boys in particular will be drawn to the idea of a ninja who's also a vampire! (less)
I hadn't actually heard much about this book prior to reading it, so I was totally unspoiled as far as the plot went. What attracted me to the book or...moreI hadn't actually heard much about this book prior to reading it, so I was totally unspoiled as far as the plot went. What attracted me to the book originally was the gorgeous cover. I love the purple and black colouring and the tag line 'Beneath every beauty. Evil stirs'. The girl on the cover is also extremely hypnotic with her green eyes and mass of silvery hair.
The story gets off to an intriguing start with Ari finding out about the circumstances surrounding her mother's death. Soon after she ventures into what used to be New Orleans before it was devastated by hurricanes which destroyed the city. It's now called New 2 and is under the control of the Novem, a group of nine families. In New 2, Ari hopes to discover more about her heritage and the curse which seems to have blighted female members of her family. She ends up uncovering a whole lot more than she bargained for.
'Darkness Becomes Her' contains elements of Greek mythology which is something that I absolutely love. I've always enjoyed reading about myths and legends and the Greek Gods and this turns out to be an important aspect of the story which I'm looking forward to being developed further in future installments.
Ari meets lots of interesting characters throughout the book, including love interest Sebastian. I've always loved boys called Sebastian and the one in the story is no exception. Dark and mysterious and knock-down gorgeous, I loved the developing romance between him and Ari. He certainly made me feel weak at the knees too!
I loved the way that Kelly Keaton provided a real mixture of romance, paranormal, horror and mythology and only wish that the book had been longer. There's plenty to grab readers' attention and as the story doesn't conform to the usual paranormal template, there's lots of surprises in store too.
The second book in the Gods and Monsters series is called 'A Beautiful Evil' and will be published in 2012. (less)
This is the final installment in the Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow. This has long been one of my favourite series, combining both vampires an...moreThis is the final installment in the Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow. This has long been one of my favourite series, combining both vampires and werewolves, as well as an extremely feisty and kick-ass heroine in the form of Dru Anderson, so I really tried to savour every second of reading 'Reckoning'. I have to say that having got very attached to all the characters, I did hope that certain things were going to happen and I had my own personal views about the way in which I wanted the storyline to unfold. In some respects the book did meet my expectations but without giving anything away, I was a little bit unsatisfied with the ending.
The book opens after Dru's successful rescue of Graves. Now on the run from Sergej, most of the action takes place outside of the confines of the Schola Prima. It was interesting to see Dru having to try and survive on her own for a while without all the protection she's been used to. What I love about Dru is that she is a true survivor. She's been through so much and yet she always seems to come out stronger on the other side. She does find it incredibly difficult to let anyone help her though. She believes she's ruined the lives of the people around her and what she sometimes fails to see is that they would do anything and be willing to sacrifice anything to keep her safe. Part of Dru's journey has always been about learning to trust those closest to her and opening up enough to let people into her life and this is something that she's gradually managed to achieve throughout the series.
The majority of the plot is concerned with tying up the two plot strands that have been prominent from book one. The first is Dru's desire to get revenge on Sergej for her mother and father's death and the second is the love triangle between Dru, Christophe and Graves. Those hoping for a face off between Dru and Sergej will certainly not be disappointed. There's plenty of action, particularly in the second half of the book and there's enough excitement crammed into the story to keep you well and truly glued to your seat!
As for the love triangle, there's usually a clear divide between readers who love either the loyal figure of Graves who is like Dru's best friend, or those who prefer the brooding and handsome Christophe, who often appears at exactly the right moment to rescue Dru from another dangerous situation. Knowing that, I feel like there wasn't necessarily a proper resolution to Dru's romantic entanglements. The end of the book was very much left up to the reader's own interpretation, although there are some definite hints made about what might happen next. It's a brave choice for Lili St. Crow to have made but I would have liked things to have been a little more clear cut rather that inferred.
This has been a wonderful series and I really wish that the ride wasn't over! The writing has been sharp, the plot has been gripping and the characters have led readers on an incredible journey full of ups and downs, action and excitement. I will be eagerly waiting to see what Lili St. Crow writes next as she's definitely an author to watch! (less)
'Reckoning' is the sequel to 'Bloodline' which I read last month. It picks up from the events of the previous book and revisits the characters of Mary...more'Reckoning' is the sequel to 'Bloodline' which I read last month. It picks up from the events of the previous book and revisits the characters of Mary Seward and Quincey Harker - the latter who was supposed to be responsible for ensuring the Dracula bloodline did not die out.
I found the story utterly gripping. I read it in one evening because once I'd picked it up I couldn't bring myself to put it down until I'd followed the story to its conclusion. I would definitely recommend that you don't start this too late in the day in case you're up all night reading!
If you haven't read 'Bloodline' then I would suggest going out and getting a copy and reading it first. 'Reckoning' does begin with a short recap of events which helped to refresh my memory about previous occurrences and events but I think you do need to have read the first book to fully understand and comprehend all the characters and their motivations.
The story is alternatively told through the eyes of Mary and Quincey. This narrative device works well and helps to establish the true feelings and emotions of the characters. It also provided different viewpoints of events which are key to the plot. Quincey Harker is now supposedly a reformed character but the question is - can Mary really trust him! I liked the fact that more of Quincey's back story was established, including how he became completely vampiric. The only problem I had was that knowing everything about him, I'm not sure if I totally bought into his later transformation. Can someone really change their outlook so radically?
I guessed one of the twists in the story quite early on but I was also completely taken by surprise by one of the latter events of the book. I didn't see it coming at all so that made it very exciting. I love the way in which everything isn't always black and white/ good or bad and you really have to think carefully about the motives of the characters and whether they can be trusted.
Overall the book was fast paced, gripping and a real page turner. I liked the way in which Kate Cary turned the events of 'Bloodline' on their head and has constructed her own version of Dracula. I'm guessing from the conclusion of the story that a third book is also planned as certain things were still left hanging. I would also hope to see more of John at some point and find out what's happened to him since his life-changing experiences in Transylvania.
'Dark Heart Rising' is the sequel to 'Dark Heart Forever'. I read the latter last year and really enjoyed it, so I was eager to get my hands on this o...more'Dark Heart Rising' is the sequel to 'Dark Heart Forever'. I read the latter last year and really enjoyed it, so I was eager to get my hands on this one. I also wanted to read it because Lee Monroe is a British author and I love to support homegrown writers.
The book starts with Jane and Luca now apart, which I wasn't expecting. I thought that after the events of the previous installment, we'd finally get to see the two together but it seems not. Luca is now betrothed to someone else and Jane is nursing a broken heart. To take her mind off Luca, she joins her grandmother on a trip to Paris, where she meets the enigmatic Soren who has links to Nissilum. Jane isn't sure if she can trust Soren but he tells her that he can help her get Luca back, so swayed by the thought of being with the boy she loves again, she decides to trust him. However, Soren is hiding some dark secrets of his own which might endanger the very people that Jane holds dear.
Unlike the first book, I found this one a little slow to completely engage me. Although I was happy to see Jane again, as I really liked her character, I did get a little annoyed with her at times because she seemed to be making many of the same mistakes over again. However, I think that is part of what makes her such a unique person. She's been hurt in the past but she's still willing to trust people and give them a second chance. The story is largely concerned with Jane trying to get Luca back again which meant that although there were some interesting new characters introduced into the series, we didn't get to see much of Jane and Luca together. I'm hoping that this will be remedied in the next book.
The majority of the story was set in Nissilum which meant that I got a better insight into how the world works and the laws and regulations on which it has been built. This was interesting but it also meant that there was a lot less interaction between Jane and her family, which is one of the elements that I previously enjoyed. In the first book there was a good balance between Nissilum and Jane's home which helped to keep the story grounded and I felt that that was a little lacking this time.
The plot got more exciting as the story progressed and the pace really picked up in the second-half of the book which had plenty of secrets being revealed and lots of twists and turns thrown in. Overall, although I didn't enjoy this as much as 'Dark Heart Forever' it was still a good read and I'll certainly be looking out for the next book in the series. (less)