This book did a great job of introducing the history in Destiny's Fire, and even setting up for the future of the series. But it is still its own ama
This book did a great job of introducing the history in Destiny's Fire, and even setting up for the future of the series. But it is still its own amazing story. The two novels dont depend upon each other and you can read one or the other on its own. But I would definitely recommend reading them both because they are amazing. I still slightly prefer Destiny's Fire because it is more my speed. I prefer the fun, fast-pace and the feel of YA romance. Also, Reese is more my type of guy. Astarte's Wrath was darker and felt more like a New Adult. I thought the characters were older and it wasnt until I was finished the book that I looked up how old Caesarion was during the events of the book, and he was 17. Something about the characters and the story made them seem older. I knew they were young, but I was thinking more like 19. Despite their young age and the mild sexual content, I am still listing this as NA.
"Hearing him refer to me as his intended opens my heart like the sea opens to the sky, and I am his."
I have always loved history, and when I was younger I was fascinated by Egypt. I never studied it because I was just a kid, but I had Egypt themed bed sheets and little Egyptian figurines and posters. :P So I really, really enjoyed the setting and I really appreciate all the work Trisha Wolfe put into making this accurate. It really felt authentic and it made it so much easier to just disappear into the story. And the added fantasy elements just made it all the more amazing. I loved the world of the Kythan from Destiny's Fire, and I am even more familiar with it now and its just awesome. Although I feel like I should reread Destiny's Fire because it seems I dont remember it as well as I thought I did.
"Xarion's chest heaves. His bloodied face looks more beautiful than I've ever seen it."
The writing is top-notch and totally captivating, and the story has everything. So much intense action and violence, magic and mythology, romance and heartbreak, and great characters. Star was totally kick-ass! Caesarion was strong and sweet, and Phoenix was funny and loyal. I loved them all! Although I prefer Reese over Caesarion, I think I prefer Star over Dez.
And the ending was sort of perfect. I can think of ways I would have preferred for it to end, but the ending managed to evoke just the right combination of emotions for it to shake me without leaving me broken. I cried twice, but it was still sort of an HEA. You will just have to read it for yourself to find out. You wont regret it. And I cannot say enough things about how gorgeous the cover is. I absolutely love it! I don't know if the girl is a model or a drawing, but she is freaking gorgeous! Her hair is perfect and shiny, and her lips and her eyes, and the interesting necklace, balanced with the Egyptian background. Love it!
"You're home," he says, his voice stirring all my love. "You're my home."
And thank you so much to Trisha Wolfe for providing this copy of her book to me for review. I love you!...more
I was at first excited to hear that the second book in the Blud series would be about Casper, who we met in book 1. We didnt see much of him, and althI was at first excited to hear that the second book in the Blud series would be about Casper, who we met in book 1. We didnt see much of him, and although there was supposed to be a love-triangle going on between him and Leticia and Criminy, I felt no chemistry between him and Leticia. But that was fine because she was going to choose Criminy anyway. And I figured that his character would be developed more in book two. This is not the first sequel to focus on a supported or minor character from the previous book, and I know how this sort of thing usually works. But there really wasnt much of a difference between Casper's character in book 1 and 2. I didnt feel like we really knew him. I didnt feel much of anything for him. But I still liked him infinitely more than Ahnastasia. Ahnastasia is an uppity, spoiled, evil bitch. She was the princess of Freesia, which is a neighbouring country to Sangland. In Freesia Bludmen rule and humans are no more than slaves, treated like cattle. When she wakes up in Sangland in Casper's bar, she just wants to kill him, drain him, and put his head on a platter. It takes her over half the book before she starts to have even the slightest bit of a conscience. She turns out ok in the end, but it took her way too long to get there for me to have enjoyed the book.
I still love the world of Blud. Its a great, unique concept, but I really would have preferred if it continued with the story of Leticia and Criminy. I felt like their story wasnt over. And they had amazing chemistry! Casper and Ahnastasia had some hot scenes, but I never really got them as a couple. Leticia was so much more deserving of his love. I think I also hated Keen a bit. She was a young girl of undetermined age, who Ahnastasia eventually grew to think of as a little sister. But she was so troublesome! Things would have been so much easier for them if Keen wasnt there. She was always in the way and so unrepentant about everything she did.
The story was interesting enough, if a bit slow. Ahnastasia convinced Casper to escort her back to Freesia where she could reclaim her country. The travel took a bit longer than I would have liked, but I really enjoyed it once they arrived in Freesia, especially the Sugar Snow Ball. It was such an interesting concept and it sounded beautiful. I would have loved to see it. I also really enjoyed the scene where (view spoiler)[Ahnastasia turned Casper (hide spoiler)]. I have never seen it done like that in any Vampire books, and I think it was the best scene in the book.
I will still be reading book 3, Wicked After Midnight, which is again about supporting characters from book 1. Unfortunately I dont remember them at all, but that may not affect the read for me.
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This was incredibly unique and surprising. Leticia is a home care nurse coming out ofThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This was incredibly unique and surprising. Leticia is a home care nurse coming out of a long-term abusive relationship and she is not looking for anything serious. But someone else is. Someone is looking for someone just like her. She is strangely drawn to a ruby necklace she finds at an estate sale of a deceased patient, and without really understanding why, she steals it! That night she wears it as she falls asleep, and she wakes up in a strange magical land.
She is found by a caravan gypsy king named Criminy Stain (sounds like a girl's name to me, but oh well). He is a Bludman. In his world called Sang, Bludmen are born, and besides drinking blood, their only similarities to vampires are their strength and longevity. When Leticia asked him if he was a vampire, and explained to him what a vampire was, he was rather insulted to be compared to something dead. He is very much alive and lives life to the fullest. It is a very strange world Leticia finds herself in, with Victorian dresses, magic, and clockwork pets, and where she suddenly has the power of a seer. And most confusing of all, is when Criminy tells her that she has been brought there for him.
He had his heart broken once when he was younger. Now he is 130 years old and still alone. So he put a spell on the necklace to go out and find him his perfect mate. But he never anticipated that she would resist. He just assumed that if she was perfect for him, he would be perfect for her. She is drawn to him of course, he's like a wickedly delicious version of Mr. Darcy, but he is not the kind of man she ever actually imagined herself with. He's just a secret fantasy. And at first that is what she thinks he is, a dream. Criminy is extremely forward and honest about his feelings, but Leticia refuses his advances. Then her necklace is stolen and she is stuck in his world. Together they must chase down the rich and powerful man who stole it and stop his plots against Bludmen. On their journey they have to fight ghosts, blood thirsty bunnies and jealous, backstabbing mermaids, and commandeer a submarine.
The world this book created is extremely unique and vivid, but my favourite part is the characters. Criminy and Leticia are not your usual hero and heroine. They have some of the familiar traits, but Leticia was really a damsel. She is brave and clever and kind, but she is not strong and never did any of her own fighting, and she cries rather easily. But I really enjoyed her character because she felt so real and genuine. And her and Criminy complemented each other perfectly. Criminy has a viscous side, like any blood drinking creature, vampire or not. But he is not dark and mysterious like you might be expecting. He is vibrant, exciting, and open, always making Leticia laugh with his magic tricks and crooked smile. They are an amazing couple. Criminy loves her so openly and freely, and although Leticia may not be there yet, I can see theirs becoming a truly epic love. I cannot wait for Wicked As She Wants. **Edit: I am sad we don't get to see it as the future books in the series are each about a different couple.
This is an adult book and there are a couple of sexy scenes in it, but it was not overly emphasized. I am very glad that this is one of few adult PNRs I've read where the sex does not overshadow the romance....more