In the previous book, Cassie did the impossible by defeating a god bent on destroying everyone. Yet no one seems to want to give her the respect she d...moreIn the previous book, Cassie did the impossible by defeating a god bent on destroying everyone. Yet no one seems to want to give her the respect she deserves. In fact, the opposite is true in that almost everyone is trying to find a way to kill her. She spends her days dodging assassination attempts as well as trying to get a handle on her abilities as Pythia. Meanwhile things are confusing as ever when it comes to Mircea and what really is between them. Things take a turn for the worse when one of those assassination attempts it close to home as they try to take her mother out before Cassie is even born. She'll need a whole lot more than luck to make it out of this mess alive.
The triangle between Cassie, Pritkin, and Mircea became much more prevalent in these books. What makes the situation different is that Cassie doesn't quite realize her real feelings for Pritkin, so you don't have the typical angst issues found in most triangles. I am honestly not sure who I am rooting for at this point as both men are good for her in their own way. The chemistry between Mircea and Cassie is incredible and he has always been the only one to give her any stability in her entire life. However, when you take a step back and look at things he technically trapped her into the relationship. Mircea is used to getting his way, and life with him would be a constant battle of wills despite her love for him. He will do something that will turn me off of him, but then turn around and show some vulnerability in the next moment that draws me right back in. Pritkin on the other hand comes with his own mess of troubles due to his heritage and nature. I'm not even sure a relationship could even be possible between them, but if they could make it work it would be more than worth it in the end. Pritkin is so fiercely loyal and never tries to undermine her authority. It is completely obvious just how much he cares even if he doesn't feel he deserves her. She has a hard road of choices ahead of her with no easy answer, and I cannot wait to see where things go.
Hunt the Moon was in many ways a book about character growth as it was plot progression. There were countless revelations about different character's histories, giving us a good incite into how those events shaped then. Also by revealing those personal bits to Cassie, she was able to open up her heart to them even more. Cassie herself learns some pretty interesting things about her own heritage, but you will just have to read Hunt the Moon to find out what those revelations were.
Cassie sure takes a lot of lickings but always seems to find a way to keep on ticking. The odds against her are incredible and a lessor person would have long crumbed under the pressure. You would think that after five books the constant threats would start to feel a little stale, but that definitely is not the case in Hunt the Moon. Karen Chance does a phenomenal job at keeping the books both fresh and action packed. Each new book shows new revelations and only sucks me in further. Fans of the series cannot possibly be disappointed in this latest installment, and I am already looking to the next book. Hopefully the wait won't be two long as I cannot a it for my next Pritkin and Mircea fix. Major kudos to Ms. Chance! (less)
Cass has been trying to carve out her own version of happiness now that she finally has her daughter back and the man she loves by her side. But happi...moreCass has been trying to carve out her own version of happiness now that she finally has her daughter back and the man she loves by her side. But happiness in After time is a fleeting thing. Word comes that the school where Smoke's prior lover was hiding out had been overtaken by the rebuilders and burnt to the ground. As Smoke sets off on a mission of vengeance, Cass feels abandoned and betrayed. She sets out with Dor on a rescue mission right into the heart of the rebuilders for his daughter Sammi. It's a suicide mission, but one she feels compelled to embark even if it means she loses it all.
Cass is as strong as she was in the previous book, if nit even stronger yet, when it comes to her fierce protection of Ruthie and the sheer determination to survive no matter the odds. However, she is also very vulnerable in certain aspects and emotionally a train wreck. Since she is a recovering junkie that had one heck of disaster of a childhood, it's no wonder she doesn't take Smoke's leaving very well. In fact she makes some decisions that just weren't for the best. It is almost as if she is punishing herself for opening up to love and now she must purge herself yet again. I really hope she will learn that she is worth having love despite her past, but that takes time to heal, which is not easily gained in Aftertime.
I'll be honest that when I read the description for this book that I became a little reluctant to read it. I didn't want to see Smoke leave and a vague implication that Dor would be stepping in. I just thought those events would ruin things for me. I should have known better. As furious as I was at Smoke for leaving, in time I began to realize that it would have destroyed him if he hadn't gone to avenge the school. He would have lost everything about himself and the strength that drew Cass to him in the first place. My other issue was that I had only seen Dor as a cold and calculating man, as this is the face he wants others to see. However in his travels with Cass, we get to see a whole new side that in all honesty shocked the socks off of me. I'm not really sure whether or not a love triangle is being set up, but if so, I think Dor might be able to give Smoke a real run for his money.
Rebirth is a chilling read that will haunt you with its utterly raw emotion and look into life after an apocalypse. It's horrors will completely suck you and and leave you gasping for air as you are able to do more than watch what these characters must endure. If there was any doubt in holding the reader's interest into the next book, the suspense of the unanswered questions are more than enough enticement. I'm just dying to find out what Smoke's big secret is as well as what really happened in that convent to make Ruthie so silent. Sophie Littlefield does an excellent job of balancing that fine line of suspense and the needed answers, making for a truly fantastic read. I personally cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment and cannot recommend these books any higher! (less)
At the end of The Iron Queen, Megan Chase made the ultimate sacrifice for the nevernever by becoming the Iron Queen, meaning she would lose Ash foreve...moreAt the end of The Iron Queen, Megan Chase made the ultimate sacrifice for the nevernever by becoming the Iron Queen, meaning she would lose Ash forever, or so she thought. He swore a vow to find a way to do the impossible and return to her. Of course he couldn't set off on his quest alone as the ever annoying yet strangely loyal Puck insists on tagging along as a sidekick whether Ash want him there or not. Ash will be tested like he never was before in his very long existence, in order to prove his worth of a soul and his true love.
Ah, Puck and Ash. What are we going to do with those two? They were as thick as thieves (literally), then turned mortal enemies, and then into some sort of limbo between hate and acceptance. I really enjoyed getting to see the two of them working together again. Granted, tensions were very high, with every second spent together bringing them closer to disaster. However, in the end even though neither one would ever admit it, they make a very good team, and never should have been enemies. I think Ash's eyes were opened up to Puck's suffering and it helped calm some of his lingering rage. I don't think things can ever be as they were, as too much has changed, but perhaps they can start down a new path.
There is pretty major shakeup to the characters that would be huge spoiler to talk about. Suffice it to say that this event will completely change the game, and make Ash start to have doubts in his quest to become mortal. At first I was leery of the new development, but in the end I decided it was actually for the best. Some may disagree with me, on that, but it made Ash step a little off his track of single mindedness to open his eyes up to whether or not he was really doing what he wanted and needed the most. I just really liked how he was able to be entirely sure of his final decision once he finally made it. I'm sorry if that is too vague to understand, but as I said it would be too big of a spoiler. Hopefully things will be a little more clear once you read the book for yourselves.
Julie Kagawa had originally intended for things to end after The Iron Queen with the ultimate sacrifice being final. However, her editor convinced her to not leave things that way, and I cannot be happier that the series continued on for this final installment. There were just too many things left unanswered. Luckily The Iron Knight ties up so many of those loose ends and the ending feels very satisfying. It may be a little less so to those that are on the opposite "team" than the final winner, but I think in the end both camps will feel things ended as they should. Full of danger, heartache, and plenty of sacrifice, The Iron Knight is sure to please fans and give them the closure they have been waiting for. A definite two thumbs up.(less)
Life should have been much calmer now that Sabina's evil grandmother is finally dead. All the d...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
Life should have been much calmer now that Sabina's evil grandmother is finally dead. All the dark races are in peace talks with a treaty to be soon signed. She also has friends to rely on and Adam at her side. Even her magical training is going well. However, things are still very strained with her twin sister as Maisie tumbles further and further down a self-destructive path. Then come the horrific dreams about Cain who keeps reminding her that he isn't finished with her. As she scrambles to find the culprit of murders that threaten the tenuous peace, she discovers thing that leaves her questioning everything she has come to know. The plot goes deeper than she realizes, and this time it may cost her more than she is willing to give.
Silver-Tongued Devil read like a setup for the grand finale in the next book, which is to be the last in the series. However, unlike many other "setup" books that I have read, Silver-Tongued Devil did not have a dull moment. In fact, it was a pretty big game changer. At times it felt like the author decided to put everyone's roles and relationships into a blend and push puree. From Giguhl's change into a confidant and powerful weapon, to Rhea's complete support and faith in Sabina even against roles of authority, all of my assumptions have been irrevocably changed. However there was one change in "status" that really hit hard for me. After all Adam and Sabina have gone through I had hoped they would get some time in bliss without more roadblocks. I just didn't get my wish as some past secrets are revealed and it threatens to completely tear them apart. I must admit that I knew this day would come, but it doesn't make it any easier to swallow. There is a slight bright side to this fallout, because now that all the building issues are finally out in the open, perhaps in time they can overcome them. I can only hope.
As much as Sabina has been dragging her feet about buying into her prophesied role as the chosen one, I think that is going to change. In Silver-Tongued Devil, she starts to really show progress, especially when she trusts her instincts about Cain, despite everyone else thinking she is over-reacting. I did find it be be a little strange that they would believe Maisie could have prophetic dreams, but that Sabina's own dreams hold no meaning. I realize it is easier to just brush her off than face the horrors of the possibility of Cain escaping, but there is a difference between confidence in something not being possible, and being purposely obtuse. You would think they would have learned to trust their "chosen" a little more by now. But then again I can't blame them too much on account of Sabina's lack of team player skills. Perhaps in time that will change.
As I look back over the previous books in the series, I realize each installment has had more of an emotional attachment than the last, and Silver-Tongued Devil continues that trend. After finishing this book, I am sitting here with so many emotions running through me. It is simply amazing that this book can leave me feeling devastated, yet also somehow hopeful at the same time. As heartbreaking as some of the events were, I understand why they had to happen, and that knowledge is what drives my hope for the future. All in all Silver-Tongued Devil is another stellar installment in this fantastic series. Once it grabs a hold of you it won't let get go until the very end, and even then it will leave you reeling from the depths of emotion. Ms. Jaye Wells, my hat goes off to you.(less)
Everyone was warned that this day was coming. The world as everyone knows it is coming to an end. The Horsemen of the Apocalypse are getting ready to...moreEveryone was warned that this day was coming. The world as everyone knows it is coming to an end. The Horsemen of the Apocalypse are getting ready to ride. Whether it be on the side of good or evil is yet to be determined, but with one seal already broken to the side of evil, it feels like it will only be a matter of time until the remaining three follow suit. Limos, the only female rider has been betrothed to Satan himself. Armed with a killer chastity belt, she cannot allow any male to touch her, for Satan can claim her if she gives him any reason to be jealous. Well that is if the man who incited the jealousy utters her name in agony. Arik, a hardened soldier finds out the meaning of agony after he kisses Limos and is swept away to hell. As Limos scrambles to rescue him, she will have to agree to assist her brother Pestilence (the rider whose seal was broken), even if it means losing everything she has ever wanted.
After seeing Limos being a Horseman (or horsewoman that is) of the Apocalypse being all kick butt and take names, but also so very girly in the first book of the series, I knew I couldn't wait to see more of her. She is so strong, yet incredibly fragile as she carries around a TON of guilt and wishes for a somewhat normal life. I mean who would have expected one of these mythical creatures that are biblical horror stories to be well, almost human in her emotions. It is kind of funny that the object of her affections would come in the form of a man who is so closed off in his emotions, he almost doesn't seem human. In the Demonica series, we didn't get to see a lot of Arik, but it was blatantly obvious the only person he showed any kind of affection to was his sister Runa. Of course that all changed as things brewed with Limos, and I really enjoyed seeing them come together, even if it was an incredibly rough road along the way.
In a paranormal romance series I typically enjoy each book more than the last. I just love seeing the new characters form connections to the characters I've already come to love. It also is so satisfying to see the side characters become the "stars" and get their own happy ever after (or at least their own version of it). In the Lords of Deliverance series we get all those on going connections double fold, as it not only includes the characters from the Demonica series, but also a new group of siblings from the same world that are all intertwined. To be honest I think this, as well as some other factors make the Lords of Deliverance series even better than the Demonica one, and trust me that is saying something. Perhaps it has something to do with so much more being at stake rather than the couple's direct surroundings now that the main characters' actions directly affect the fate of the world. It just makes the emotions all the more meaningful as the are coming together despite all the insane odds against them. The world may crumble, but at least they found each other first.
I actually found Larissa Ione's books when I was searching for a paranormal romance series to tide me over after finishing the latest book in Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld series. After devouring those books in a very short time I was worried I wouldn't find anything that would come close to comparing, but I can honestly say that Larissa's books are every bit as good. Immortal Rider was no exception, and it firmly cemented Larissa Ione into my top list of paranormal romance authors. I'd suggest setting aside a large block of time to read Immortal Rider because once you pick it up, you won't want to put it down. If you haven't read the previous books in either series, well then you just don't know what you are missing, as I cannot recommend them any higher! (less)
Everything about Cass's life revolves around surviving, be it from the men who preyed on her as...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
Everything about Cass's life revolves around surviving, be it from the men who preyed on her as a child, or the fall of civilization that brought on the beaters, or even another moment of sobriety. Things should have become easier despite the conditions of Aftertime now that she has found a seemingly safe haven from the Beaters. Only it isn't. The beaters have started to evolve and are no longer the mindless beings they once were. Their only hope lies a group of travelers that promise safety in a settlement too far north for the beaters to survive in the cold. However, even that seems like a pipe dream. As she continues to struggle with her addictions, she is also torn between two men who have come to mean almost everything to her. Even so, all those horrors are nothing compared to the inner torment she lives with everyday. She will have to fight tooth and nail to find the much needed chance at life for her and her daughter, even if it means sacrificing it all.
In so many books the heroine makes a miraculous change for the better and never looks back, but that is not Cass. To be honest, that type of turnaround would have severely cheapened the story, and I am so glad Sophie Littlefield continued to avoid tinting things with rose colored glasses. Being an addict, life will never come easy to Cass, she will always have that constant inner struggle no matter how long she stays sober. It is only as she starts to find self-worth and forgiveness that she starts to choose sobriety for herself rather than for anyone else, that she finally starts to win her struggle. There will still be times that she falls off the bandwagon, and fall she does in Horizon. Yet it watching that struggle and fight for every precious forward moment gained that really makes it all hit home.
There is an outward appearance of a love triangle, yet it wasn't really about romance, but more of a journey towards Cass finding herself. This isn't your typical story of angst and constant debate over two men. After the way Cass reacted to finding Smoke I had thought things would have ended between her and Dor, and yet there is still a strong connection, almost compulsion that pulls her to him. It almost seems as if he is he drug, and considering her addiction problems, you can only imagine just how strong of a force that is. She is utterly torn between them, but at the root the struggle is more about accepting herself and what she needs. Her sense of obligation to the man who first gave her love, as well as social acceptance keeps her torn from the man who she truly burns for, even if it is only a raw and bare boned infatuation.
Horizon was not what I was expecting, but it was exactly what I needed. I had thought I wanted to see a perfect happy ever after for these characters that have suffered so much, but I was so wrong. I may feel like I was put in a blender under the puree setting, but that made everything so much more real to me in the end. It is the depth of raw emotion that makes this series, and this installment most of all, so compelling. I literally was on the edge of the seat the entire time, and my fingernails are going to take a very long time to recover from the damage. It would have been so easy for the story to have gone another way with things somehow getting miraculously fixed and tied up neatly with a bow, yet Sophie Littlefield stayed true to the story and characters by giving them an ending that showed hope, but with absolutely no guarantees. Nothing else would fit for Aftertime. So I cannot thank Ms. Littlefield enough for giving this story that I know will stick with me for a very long time. (less)
Kate thought life would get easier now that she has faced her trials and won her immortality, b...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
Kate thought life would get easier now that she has faced her trials and won her immortality, but that couldn't be further from the truth. As she returns from her six month hiatus from the underworld she expects Henry to be as excited to see her as she is him, but he is cold and distant. Even so, she decides to continue on with the ceremony to make her queen, but Henry is abducted by the king of the Titans, Chronus, before they have a chance to finish. While the other gods are focused on finding a way to stop Chronus in his tracks, Kate knows she is Henry's only chance. She won't give up on him even if it means seeking out her biggest rival, the woman Henry still loves, Persephone.
It never ceases to amaze me just how amazing Kate is. Her integrity is nothing short of admirable as she never once gives up even when it seems like all hope is lost. At the drop of a hat she was willing to sacrifice herself for the people she cares the most about. I honestly do not think she possibly could have been more selfless. The only thing she ever seemed to want for herself was Henry's love, but who could blame her for that? With everything and everyone coming at her from all sides, she never once falters and manages to keep her head held high, no matter how painful it may be. Its a shame the rest of the gods couldn't come close to her level of integrity and selflessness. Perhaps they wouldn't have been in the nasty situation with Chronus if they had.
I was an emotional wreck the entire time while reading Goddess Interrupted, mostly passing between extreme anger, and sadness. Nothing affects me more than heartache. Even a hint of a potential emotional turmoil in the love department will cause me to tear up. I was more than a little frustrated with Kate and Henry's relationship or rather the lack there of. In the first book I had a hard time getting attached to the two of them as a couple, but I had the opposite problem while reading Goddess Interrupted. I felt so invested and emotionally attached to all of it, that everything cut me to the quick. I was so blind with anger towards Henry for his behavior and more than a little confused at Kate's determination to hold onto the relationship despite her extreme insecurities. However, I think a lot of that frustration stemmed from the fact that I knew most of their problems were due to a lack of communication, yet neither one could seem to see that. Then you add in the mess with Persephone (Who I have very mixed feelings about.) and everything just spelled disaster which left me feeling devastated more often than not.
I don't want to spoil anything, but I do want to put a word of warning out, as Goddess Interrupted has a cliffhanger ending that literally made me sick to my stomach. In all of the books I have read, and trust me, that number is quite hefty, I can only think of one other cliffhanger that killed me as much. Do I regret reading Goddess Interrupted? No. However, the wait for the final installment will be nothing short of agonizing. I both loathe and praise Aimee Carter for having the chutzpah to leave things hanging like this. Then again, my devastation shows just how attached I have become to the characters, so I will keep my grumbling to a minimum. All in all my socks were blown off by the depth of raw emotion Goddess Interrupted elicited, earning it a definite two thumbs up.(less)
Relationships for the living are hard enough, when one of the two is a ghost, things seem doome...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
Relationships for the living are hard enough, when one of the two is a ghost, things seem doomed from the start. Amelia afterlife has gotten much better since she met Joshua and battled back the demons who would have claimed her. But their relationship isn't easy as they can't ever get physically close without risking Amelia's dematerialization. As they seek out help they find some answers, but those only lead to more issues, making Amelia start to really question their longevity, and Joshua all the more desperate to hold on to her.
The relationship between Ameila and Joshua really comes to a head in Arise, both in a good and bad way. There are so many insecurities on both sides, and yet their love is so powerful, almost to the point where neither one knows how to handle it. For Amelia, the realization that Joshua will never have a full life while he is with her really hits hard, especially as he continues to give up so much for her. She starts to drift away from him even as it kills her in order to protect him. Of course this makes Joshua desperate to hold onto her and makes him do something a little rash that will have irreparable consequences for both of them. My heart went out to the both of them, but honestly, I think a lot of their problems would have been solved, or a least greatly lessened by just a little more communication.
When I first read the description for some reason I read "Gabrielle" as the male version "Gabriel" which made me think a dreaded love triangle was coming. Of course that went out the window once I realized Gaby was a girl, or ghost for that matter. Her character really added something to this trilogy, filling the vacuum of the confidant Amelia so greatly needed. She's quirky and a whole lot of fun. Trust me, Gaby couldn't have come around at a better time in Amelia's "life" as she needed the support more than ever in Arise. Granted, I'm still not all that sure about the half-life status Gaby has and what that means for Amelia, but that's really a separate issue entirely, on that I won't talk about in avoidance of spoilers.
I had enjoyed Hereafter, but Arise just takes things a step further, in fact it was a serious game changer that really shook things up. I was really impressed at how everything flowed, and just how realistic Amelia's emotions were this time around. I felt like I was completely in her head and felt everything right along with her. The ending while not a cliffhanger, definitely left me wanting more and I cannot wait to get my hands on the final installment. After everything that went on in Arise, I'm honestly not sure if we are one step closer or further from the happy ever after I crave for Amelia and Joshua. Either way, I'm sure it will be one exhilarating ride to get there. (less)
Helen carries an incredible burden as she is the only one who can easily enter the Underworld o...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
Helen carries an incredible burden as she is the only one who can easily enter the Underworld on her own and survive. Each night she must travel the perilous terrain to search for a way to once and for all stop the Furies and the bloodshed they cause. Everyone is counting on her, yet she may not have the strength to succeed as each subsequent trip severely weakens her, with no recovery in sight. Even so, it isn't the failure of her body that plagues her, but her broken heart from her separation from Lucas. Being parted from him is sheer agony, but she somehow finds a way to continue on. Then a mysterious stranger starts showing up on her missions and she finally starts to feel a little less alone, even if he is every bit as forbidden as her beloved Lucas.
When I first read the description for Dreamless, I have to admit that I was quite disappointed. I'm really not the biggest fan of love triangles. Aside from a very few exceptions, I wish they would simple become obsolete. So, I have to be honest that I had put off reading this as I was very hesitant to see the beautiful love between Helen and Lucas get destroyed. Yes, I realize this does seem silly after the shocking change in their relationship in the previous book, but that didn't make me love their love any less. In fact, all I wanted to see in Dreamless was them finding a way to over come it, not have another boy thrown into the mix. That being said, I'm not as bothered by the addition as I thought I would be. In fact, I think his inclusion really added something to the story. A lot my mollification stems from the fact that it didn't follow the typical triangle pattern of a girl angsting over two boys. Yes, the new guy came in a filled a void, and she did grow to care for him, but it didn't seem to eclipse her love for Lucas. Granted, only time will tell where things are going with the three of them as I imagine things will get quite dicey when Lucas and Helen find out the truth about their relationship.
The beginning of Dreamless was a little on the slower side, but I think that was necessary to ensure the proper build up for all of the crazy events and changes that happen throughout the book. We are talking serious game changers that make some of the shockers from the previous installment look like child's play. As I got further and further into the book I was only sucked even more into the story and the fantastic characters. I just loved seeing all the different elements come into play, especially as more and more of the Greek Mythology gets woven into the story.
After finishing this book I have this almost overwhelming urge to go lower the five star rating I gave Starcrossed because Dreamless blew it completely out of the water. I mean as much as I enjoyed Starcrossed, it just cannot even begin to stand up to Dreamless. In so many trilogies, the second book really lags, but that is definitely not the case here. In fact my only complaint about Dreamless would have to be that it ended. Well, that and the pesky little cliffhanger of an ending, but that's pretty much standard in YA Trilogies, so I can't really fault it for that. I cannot wait to get my hands on the final installment, because by the way things are going, it promises to be a conclusion of epic proportions. Dreamless is full of action, heartache, incredible odds, and even a little triumph that ensures a wild ride from start to finish. Trust me, you won't want to miss it! (less)
After the harrowing events of the last installment, Sabina has only one goal in mind. Revenge a...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
After the harrowing events of the last installment, Sabina has only one goal in mind. Revenge against Cain, for destroying everything she holds dear. She's bound and determined to kill him, even if it is the last thing she ever does. Problem is that doing so comes with the steep price of the deaths of the seven people closest to her, a sacrifice she isn't willing to make. But a powerful mage that goes by the name of Abel may just know of another way to defeat Cain. Problem is, he has his own agenda and secrets that will forever change everything Sabina has ever known. It will be a fight to the bitter end with everything and everyone on the line.
As I think back to where this series started, I cannot believe just how much Sabina has grown. Don't get me wrong, she is still the same Sabina at the core, stubborn, obstinate, and one heck of a fighter. But the past few months have really shown her so much that she been able to finally let go of a great deal of her anger to become who she was really meant to be. In fact, she's grown so much that everyone else is finally taking her seriously and giving her the respect she deserves. But, more importantly she has finally started to accept herself, both the good and the bad, and she is so much stronger for it. In addition to her own self-acceptance, she has also learned some very hard lessons, including how to trust others and knowing when to ask and accept help.
Everything in this series to date has been leading up to the final showdown with Cain. I especially enjoyed the pacing of the build up to that final battle and then the aftermath was handled. In many final installments, 3/4 of the story will preparation leading into an extremely intense ending that a lot of time ends rather abruptly, not leaving the reader much of a cool down before everything is said and done. In Blue-Blooded Vamp, the pacing was much more even as the action was incredibly intense throughout the entire book rather than just the ending. Then one the final showdown was completed, the story continued for a while in resolution, giving that much needed break from the action while still continuing on. What was even better was the inclusion of the epilogue. I am a huge huge fan of these, as I love the chance to see where the characters end up in the future after their troubles are finally behind them. I'm a sucker for a happy ever after, no matter what form it takes.
I got everything I could have wanted and more from this final installment in the Sabina Kane series. Everything about it just screams epic and intense making for a seriously thrilling roller coaster of a read. Yet in between the almost non-stop action there are still stolen moments of emotion that really pulled my heartstrings, and only dragged me further into the story. Blue-Blooded Vamp could not possibly have been any more perfect of a conclusion to the amazing Sabina Kane series.(less)
Ever since the day she saw her first ghost at the age of nine, Amelia has lived by a very strict set of rules. Never look at them, stay away from the...moreEver since the day she saw her first ghost at the age of nine, Amelia has lived by a very strict set of rules. Never look at them, stay away from the haunted, the list goes on. However all her rules and walls come crashing down when she crosses paths with the sexy police detective Devlin, as he is one of the haunted. He needs her help to solve a case about bodies turning up in the cemetery she was hired to restore. She wants to warn him of the ghosts that are leeching away his life, but to do so would only transfer them to her. She knows she should stay away, but finds her inexplicably drawn to him, pulling her further down the rabbit hole than she ever wanted to be.
This book caught me off guard as I was expecting an urban fantasy that involved ghosts. It actually turned out to be a very chilling mystery full of creepiness and that "something is behind you" feeling. The descriptions are so vivid that you literally feel everything that is happening to Amelia and you continually count your lucky stars that while it may feel realistic, it isn't actually happening to you. It amazes me the self discipline Amelia must have had in order to train herself not to react to such terrifying presences. Of all the supernatural abilities to have, I think I would least like to have her's as I would have long crumbled under the pressure of my life always being at stake. Her nerves must be made of steel. Sure she gets scared plenty, but what is important is that she never once crumbles under the pressure.
There is some major mojo going on between Devlin and Amelia. For someone as sensible as Amelia, it should seem odd that she should be so "foolish" when it came to decisions involving him. However, you can really feel the magnetism that seems to pull them together, and as she has never felt so drawn to anyone it is no wonder she can't stay away. While it wasn't specifically stated in the book, part of me wonders if the ghost of his wife is somehow largely responsible for this pull. I sense somehow in the future more will come about in just how much she is able to influence Amelia, and what she actually wants. To be honest, the wife's ghost creeped me out more than anything else that happened, as I got the sense that whatever her end game was, it would be all consuming.
I am not usually a big fan of horror books, or well anything scary for that matter. However, that being said this book was the perfect blend of suspense and creepiness to keep me utterly enthralled without wanting to run for the hills. It never once stepped over that edge of biting my nails to something too overwhelmingly scary. Granted I did read this in the middle of the day, so I can't say I would have fared so well at night while home alone. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good suspense that will suck you in and and not let go until the very end. Definitely a compelling and chilling read that you will not want to miss.(less)