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(Demons of Oblivion #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  328 ratings  ·  59 reviews
After three hundred years of unlife, vampire Zara Lain has seemingly done it all, and she's now making a living as a successful thief-turned-assassin. Her newest assignment seems simple enough--kill the aging leader of the O'Connor Coven and his only heir, and she'll have another ten million in the bank.But in the dangerous world of the supernatural, few things are ever "s ...more
Paperback, Revised and Expanded, 216 pages
Published April 20th 2011 by Mundania Press LLC (first published June 30th 2008)
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May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a riot this book was! I felt like rediscovering what the genre of urban fantasy is about all over again. Loved it!

Zara Lane was a snarkalicious, wonderful, cheeky and at the same time ruthless heroine. She is an assassin for hire with only a few friends, so when an order taken from one of them sends her into a trap and all hell breaks loose, Zara is seriously pissed off.

Enter a gorgeous, rogue warlock, his friend Peter, - a bookish demonologist, and a fellow vamp with no morals. Add an inte
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
A dark and gorgeous heroine that will have you enthralled in minutes.

When I received this novel, the first thing I thought was that this would be a quick, light read for before bed. What I didn't expect was that this would be so engrossing, that I'd wish for a few hundred more pages.

Zara Lain is a tough, blood thirsty, vampire assassin, who will forever be trapped in a seventeen year old body, no matter how old she truly is. But, don't let looks fool you. She a deadly, killing machine and won't
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I must be a little burned out on UF, because a book has to be really good to hook me nowadays.

Bloodlines had a very annoying heroine and a few flaws in characterization and world-building. Both these last two didn't impress me much. I can't really say I found characters deep and well-formed. They seemed more of a sketch. You never really get an idea of them as a full formed people.
Zara was a 15 yo in the body of a 300 yo vampire. I didn't get the vibe "evil", I didn't get the vibe "amoral",
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow...this book was SO much better than what I was expecting.

Zara is not your usual heroine who likes to save people and do good deeds. Oh no...if she doesn't get something out of it, mainly large amounts of cash then it's a no deal. She's selfish, self absorbed and bitchy. When I started this book the first chapter had me thinking eh...not really sure this is the book for me. But I stuck with it and read on and soon found out that Zara uses her snarky attitude to cover a past of pain and betra
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5/5

Bloodlines starts off with a sprint and never loses its momentum, introducing us to characters and setting up events quickly so we have little choice once we read the opening pages but to see it through to the end to satisfy our need for answers. Though the conflict begins instantaneously, the story doesn't feel hurried or rushed, instead the problems Zara and company face grow in complexity as they reveal layers of supernatural action and romantic drama that ensur
Wendy Darling
Holy shit, that was awesome. Must read more Zara Lain asap!
Melissa Hayden
May 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Zara, a high class thief turned hit woman, goes to visit her friend and rogue witch Mishka for her next contract, or assignment. The warlock leader of a rivaling coven to Mishka's parents' coven. Even though the pay is less, a lot less, than she wants she is talked into the job for the spoils Sean O'Connor has in his home AND for the bounty on his son as well. In the process of the job Zara learns some interesting information and goes back to Mishka for answers. Only to find there is more troubl ...more
Zara is a kickass vampire who is making a living as a thief and assassin. Her best friend hires her to kill a warlock and his son during a party at their house but when it goes pear shaped, Zara realises she is in the middle of something bigger where magical people are being killed and vampires kidnapped.

I really enjoyed this book. Zara is arrogant, vain, kickass, snarky, witty and you can't help loving her attitude. She expects men to lust after her and it is a big shock when one in particular
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Mon avis en français

My English review

I was very curious to get into this new series after reading so many great reviews on the Melissa's blog. I was therefore happy to try this first novel to have my own opinion.

Zara is a quite atypical vampire who became a very successful professional killer. It was a real pleasure to learn to know her. She is a complex person and it was therefore difficult to understand her at first. She seems narcissistic, careless and selfish, but it’s finally far from what
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews

Originally posted at http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

Zara Lain is one vampire that kicks butt and takes names. With a snarky sense of humor, a love of clothes and boys, she doesn't let anything get her down and she doesn't take anything too seriously. Until someone decides to start killing witches and taking vampires alive for who knows what reason. Suddenly, she finds, that things aren't as they seem and that people have layers. And, if she lets someone past her own l
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uf
I should have listened to Melissa (from My words & pages) and gotten into this series earlier. She said I would like it and she was right. Snarky, kickass heroine, loads of action, some romance, and a very interesting world, I got sucked in and enjoyed the whole ride.

The blurb for the series:

"A diverse cast of characters come together in classic urban fantasy about monsters, the people who hunt them, and the occasional apocalypse. Snarky humor, magic with bite, nonstop action, a
♫♥✿LovLivLife Reviews✿♥♫ (Chasity)
Zara Lain will entertain you as quickly as she will kill you. In Zara's recent line of work you probably don't want to meet her but if you do at least you'll get a good laugh.

"I don’t think we’ve been introduced,” I said. “My name’s Zara. I’m strong, I’m fast, and I totally kick ass. It’s great to be me...but that means right now it sucks to be you."

Zara is a vampire who has lived a long time and her newest thing is assassination. Looks and killer fast reflexes make Zara a force to reckon with
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing

I'll admit, when I first started reading Bloodlines by Skyla Dawn Cameron I hated Zara. Like SERIOUSLY hated her. I'd never really met a main character that irked me. Enter Zara Lain, a 300-year old vamp. So self-centered, so self-focused. Just pure ewww! *insert hysterical giggle here* WOW - for me that's super-great-fantabulous writing! For someone to evoke that emotion from me is HUGE!

Cameron certainly takes readers on a roller coaster of emotions in B
Krista D.
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
BLOODLINES is a snarky and bloody trip into the life of Zara the crazy, emotionally damaged, and way too snarky for her own good (my name for her). God, I loved her. Think Buffy as a vampire. Have teeth, will kick ass.

If blood, swearing, and snark offends you, pass on this book. There's plenty of all three. Yet, I never felt that any was out of place. It was always honest. And perhaps that's what set this book apart from most urban fantasies featuring a female main character: it was honest to a
Kate Danley
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Witty, fun, and just an all around great ride. I was a little concerned from the cover this might devolve into romance land, but nope. Just a kickhiney urban fantasy (with some kissing). Complex characters and an original story. I haven't been this excited about a new UF series in awhile. ...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Started off slow. Didn't like the main character but about halfway through really picked up. 2 stars- 1st 50%, 4 stars- 2nd 50% ...more
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After reading Skyla Dawn Cameron’s urban fantasy Blood Ties, I had to go back and start on one of her other series. I started in with Bloodlines (Demons of Oblivion Book 1). Zara Lain is a 300-year-old vampire who was “turned” when she was 17. She’s a delightful wish-fulfillment badass who is capable of taking down bad guys with more than a little snark along the way. Her old friend Mishka (a witch) sometimes passes on assassination contracts to her, and she has a new one: Mishka’s parents want ...more
At first glance this appears to be just one more offering in the multitude that grace paranormal romance, urban fantasy, vampire genres. Do not take it at face value, instead find yourself immersed in a rather different atmosphere with a tale that makes the most of it's premise all the while taking the reader on a rather convoluted journey to an ending that almost but not quite redeems Zara and Nate for their earlier inability to provide a satisfactory conclusion to their lack of a proper seduct ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Wow. Zara is a complete and total bitch. Kept waiting to see if she had any redeeming qualities. Sigh. Nope. She would kill her own mother if she got paid for it. Gross.
Diana Ouma

Now I understand why Epilogues are so important. F****! If i didn't read it, I would have been thoroughly pissed off at the heroine. Nonetheless, I loved this story! Most importantly, and I know a lot of people will disagree here, I liked the main character from the beginning. Zara was narcissistic , selfish, and remorseless at the beginning. However from my own experiences, I know the difference between acting and the truth. From the onset, I knew it was a wall, a d
Jan 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
3 stars, though I'm struggling with how to rate this one.

First I want to say how sometimes the premise of a book is so misleading. Zara doesn't team up with Jamie to fight the evil. She teams up with Nate and Jamie sometimes shows up until he sticks around and still doesn't do as much as Zara and Nate do together. Heaven is barely a factor in the story.

There were quite a few typos and missing/wrong words that should have been caught on a review reading. It wasn't enough or too often to put me
Paige Prince
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read Bloodlines shortly before I went on vacation and I had absolutely no idea where to begin with the review. Seriously! I sat in front of my little pink notebook (it’s got flowers on it and everything – what? my mommy gave it to me so I could write my reviews down!) and just stared at the blank page. Normally, this would be a sign of bad things to come, but in all honesty, I had so much to say, I was afraid that it was going to come out in one big giant fangirl squee, so... where did I begin ...more
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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“My name’s Zara. I’m strong, I’m fast, and I totally kick ass. It’s great to be me...but that means right now it sucks to be you.” Bloodlines (Kindle Locations 151-152).

Can I just say, you’ll love Zara – the snarkalicious heroine of Bloodlines. She is a kick ass vampire extraordinaire, and maybe has a bit of a habit killing off her admirers and potential boyfriends, but the girl has her reasons. Despite all, Zara
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I picked this up as a christmas holiday read without expecting much, and it was surprisingly enjoyable: certainly worth the current offer price on Kindle of £1.94. This is a UF novel with a bit of love interest thrown in. Zara Lain is a 300 year old vampire, arrogant, vain, fast talking and pretty sure she can kick butt with the best of them. Naturally she is drawn into events beyond her control and the rest of the novel revolves around Zara's best efforts to come out of difficult situations uns ...more
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book should be made into a movie. There's so much action, explosions, gun firing, combats, with a surpernatural touch (there's vampires, warlocks, demons).

It's like Buffy but being a vampire and an assassin and much , much more arrogant. In fact, if Buffy and Spike had a girl, she would probably would have been like Zara Slain.

Like I said , lot of action so not one boring moments and the plot is really interesting and not everything is at it seems.

Zara's is a bad-ass, no doubt about it. Sh
Brooke Banks
I won a free paperback copy from a giveaway curtesy of JC’s Book Haven. (Over 3 years ago. Christ, I’m so behind.)

I laughed for almost 5 mins after reading the last page. Totally psyched me out. Go Zara!
Yeah, Zara is not a nice person. She’s selfish, self-centered, vain, greedy, and a ruthless killer. Yet I loved rolling with her every moment. She reminds me (a bit) of Gin from the Elemental Assassin series. But Zara is way more towards black than white on the grey scale.

Bloodlines is all about
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a good ride, Zara was amazing, sassy, snarky and self-absorbed but she had some redeeming qualities. Its a bit like buried treasure, you may have to dig to find it but it is there.

Her tough "survival at all costs" attitude can be a bit much at times but I instantly liked her character and later on in the book you do become aware of why she is that way.

There was so much action in this book, it was never ending but slivers of romance snuck up on you when you weren't looking. I d
Rie Rose
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all vampire lovers -- particularly those needing a respite from sparkly.
I really enjoyed Bloodlines. I thought that Ms. Cameron had some interesting deviations from the stereotypical vampire. There were sections of the plot that I thought were a little far-fetched, but they all fit within the parameters of her world as created. I loved the character of Zara Lain. As mentioned in practically every review, Zara is the Queen of Snark. The dialogue reflects this well -- it is very natural. Nate and Zara's relationship also felt very natural, if a little rocky to start. ...more
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
After reading one of the reviews by some blogger I like witch you can summarize to: wow, just wow - I was very curious to read the book. I wasn't that good I thought it's gonna be, but it kept me glued to the last page. What else can a girl want?
I sure look forward to the second book which is due out at the end of August. I hope the events of the next book will be like 10 years after the first. If you read the book, you get the why...
Main heroine was a typical vampire, bored to death :D after li
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