To view this review and my interview with Kristen Painter, click here.
This book has been on my TBR list since it came out, and I finally got a chance...moreTo view this review and my interview with Kristen Painter, click here.
This book has been on my TBR list since it came out, and I finally got a chance to read it. I inhaled this book and just could not put it down!
We meet Chrysabelle, who recently left her sheltered life as a comarre to a wealthy, noble vampire, Lord Algernon, after his death. As a comarre, she was at the mercy of Algernon and could not live her life freely. Chrysabelle tries to blend in with the human world, but is being hunted and accused of killing Algernon.
Tatiana, a power-hungry vampire, is looking for a magical ring that Lord Algernon owned before his death. She searches his entire estate and cannot find the ring. Tatiana assumes that Chrysabelle took the ring after she killed Algernon.
While on the run, Chrysabelle needs help and is sent to Malkolm, a cursed vampire that was cast out of noble society. Malkolm is surrounded by secrets that are slowly revealed throughout the course of this story. He is intriguing, and you can’t help but fall in love and feel for him.
The sexual tension between Chrysabelle and Malkolm oozes off the page. Whenever he scents her or hears her heartbeat, he’s almost hypnotized by her. You want these characters to get together so badly, but life keeps getting in their way. Malkolm is helping Chrysabelle stay off the radar while Tatiana and others come after her. Eventually, they make a stand for Chrysabelle to prove her innocence.
This story has many other loveable characters along the way, and lots of twists that you do not see coming: Who killed Lord Algernon? What is haunting Malkolm in his past? What are the magical powers of the ring? Why is Tatiana so power hungry?
I definitely recommend this book to any reader who loves urban fantasy and a good story with hidden twists. I’m glad that the next two books in this series are out, because I cannot wait to read them!
I had the honor of meeting Kristen Painter at NYCC, and she has a wicked sense of humor. She was so kind, and I cannot thank her enough for allowing me to interview her about her book Blood Rights. I can’t wait to meet her again at Authors After Dark (AAD).
When I first heard this book was coming out, I was a bit nervous to read it. Vampire Academy is one of my favorite series, and I absolutely LOVED Rose...moreWhen I first heard this book was coming out, I was a bit nervous to read it. Vampire Academy is one of my favorite series, and I absolutely LOVED Rose and Dimitri. I wasn’t sure how a new series in the same world would work, since I’d read other that flopped. But this book was fantastic! Richelle Mead does it again, and she does it perfectly.
I liked the book before the story even began when reading the dedication, “For… other fans of Adrian.” Adrian was one of my favorite characters from the VA series, and I hated seeing his heart broken. But it was one of the best things Richelle Mead could have done: it was realistic, shows not everyone gets a HEA, and I believe that Rose and Dimitri really belonged together (so did Adrian, actually!).
I’ll admit sometimes when reading this book you can ‘hear’ Rose come through as Sydney. I can’t imagine how hard it was for Richelle Mead to have Rose in her head for four years, and have to change voices. Besides a few lines, she did an excellent job.
The story line with Keith, an alchemist from Palm Springs, was extremely suspenseful. I just wanted to know what happened between them in the past. When it finally comes out, I wanted to hire Abe to take care of Keith myself.
Speaking of Abe, I was so happy that Richelle Mead finally explained what Abe was holding over Sydney’s head. That has been bugging me since Sydney was first introduced into the VA series!
I enjoyed the story line of students getting tattoos with alchemist metals. It brought the reader out of the VA world and into the alchemist world; which Richelle Mead did very well.
I figured out that Jill and Adrian were linked before it was revealed, but thought it added a whole new level of interest to the story. Jill dying shows how badly others want her dead. So until the law can change where other family members must be alive, Lissa and Christian should just pop out a couple of kids (hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?). Also, I loved that Jill was hungover because of Adrian’s drinking!
The one thing I’m unsure of is if I like this new-and-improved Adrian. I get that he’s trying to move on and get his life together, but I fell in love with the smoking, drinking, cursing, no care attitude. For example, the scene where Adrian is going on job interviews? Classic! But now Adrian is taking a bus to take college courses without getting credit for it? That’s not Adrian to me. Again, I understand why, but I’m not quite sure if I like it. I’ll have to wait until the next book to find out.
I enjoyed the structure of this book more than the VA series because there were more simultaneous story lines: protecting Jill, vampire hunters, going to school, alchemist tattoos… it was great! I enjoy YA novels much more when there are multiple story lines. Richelle Mead handled this beautifully. However, because there was so much going on, this book left us with so many questions! Who was calling Nevermore looking for vampires? Why did Sydney’s blood taste different than others? Was Lissa’s grandfather’s brother the spirit user that turned Lee Moroi again? (he lived close to Palm Springs, and how many other spirit users are out there?) Is there a deeper reason why Sydney doesn’t like magic? She has such a strong feelings that it makes me think something else must have happened. Or maybe I’m just looking for something that isn’t there.
And talk about the cliffhanger of all cliffhangers. How can Richelle Mead end a book like that! The last four words of this book had me so angry it ended that I wanted to throw it across the room. I didn’t want it to end! I’m ready for the next book NOW.
A definite recommend to everyone, even if you haven’t read the VA series. It was awesome!(less)
To view this review and an interview with Lia Habel on my blog, click here.
This book sucked me in from page one, and I could barely put it down! I lov...moreTo view this review and an interview with Lia Habel on my blog, click here.
This book sucked me in from page one, and I could barely put it down! I loved how Lia Habel threw zombies, teenagers, the Victorian Era, and World War III into a blender and made it work.
Nora, a teenage orphan home from school for vacation, suddenly finds her home over run with zombies attacking her. As she’s on her roof shooting them with a shot gun (awesome scene!), one of those zombies ends up being a ‘good guy’ and saving her life. Bram, a zombie that is now part of the army, was sent to save Nora because of a special tie she has to saving the zombies.
At first Nora is scared and doesn’t know what is going on; she didn’t even know that zombies existed. Bram slowly earns her trust and the two become friends. Bram helps Nora adapt to the new world she was brought into it, and over time Nora accepts, and enjoys, her new life.
Lia Habel does a fabulous job of explaining the history of the world since the story begins in the 22nd century. She beautifully explains how and why people are dressed in Victorian era clothing, using carriages, and steam trunks.
There are many twists and turns along the way for Nora, and I loved every minute of it. If you are looking for a refreshing, edgy new read, definitely pick up this book!