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Pool of Crimson

(Blushing Death #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  172 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Killing vampires is easy. Trusting one will be the hardest thing Dahlia Sabin has ever done.

Dahlia has lived a lonely existence as a killer of the undead. Known as The Blushing Death to those that fear her, Dahlia uncovers a plot by Columbus’s Master Vampire, Ethan. He intends to raise a demon from the depths of hell to destroy the city, cement his power, and take control.
Paperback, 234 pages
Published February 6th 2013 by Soul Mate Publishing (first published July 11th 2012)
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Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Pool of Crimson is a kind of book that has a little bit of everything in it. It has action, humor, romance and it gives out a good thrill. The plot was pretty good (I have always loved reading about vampires). I loved how the world the book was set in not only involved vampires but also had werewolfs, demons and ghosts. The plot, in my opinion, was very good developed, the story didn't jump around and their weren't many confusions. To
Kimber Wheaton
Oct 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

Pool of Crimson is a fast-paced urban fantasy full of action and intrigue. Ms. Sabol wastes no time, jumping right into the plot from the first page. It's apparent from the beginning that Dahlia is one tough cookie, and her snarkiness is quite amusing.

The story is filled with paranormal creatures: vampires, werewolves, and demons to name a few. Dahlia is a vampire hunter in a world where few people believe they exist. The story
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
In the first chapters, I wasn't sure if I could finish the story-- the author's valiantly waves the flag of my pet peeve-- the dreaded "that." But, I liked the synopsis, so I stuck it out. Good thing I did, I was soon so engrossed in the story, I was able to overlook well, you know-- that. There were a few inconsistencies - most notably at one point the author talks about the first time someone realizes Dahlia sees ghosts (a female), then later she talks about her mom being the first to realize ...more
InD'tale Magazine
“Pool of Crimson” has the holy trinity of a tough heroine, intriguing love interests and an interesting premise.

Read full review in February 2013 issue of InD’tale Magazine.
I really enjoyed this and I'm hoping it doesn't become too cliched. There's already several vampire/supernatural books that have the kick-arse thing happening and rich vampires... ...more
Jan 28, 2021 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I won this book from the author.

I liked this book. The supporting characters have their own personalities. The story is good. The danger to the main character seemed real. For a first book in a series, there are many unanswered questions: Why is Dahlia able to see ghosts? How did she escape the mental hospital? If she has no idea what she is, how does she know about silver and why did she decide to kill vampires? For someone who plans her outfits around how many weapons she can conce
Clara Harding
I can confidently say, do not underestimate this Pool of Crimsonby Suzanne M. Sabolbecause once it gets under your skin, it manages to bury itself there creating an unquenchable thirst for MORE....... Once I began reading Dahlia's Story I was quickly hooked, no matter what I was doing during my normal day to day life, I had to find time to carry on reading. Squeezing in as much time as possible with stolen moments here and stolen moments there I still found myself sat up at night hungering for m ...more
Kyla Lockwood
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sooooo freaking good!

Absolutely love this book and I know I'm gonna live this series! Daliha is such a badass and awesome character.
The only downfall is what she is....well what is she but heck that's why I'm gonna buy the next book.
Everything in this book kept me going and....I had a few surprises as well.
I deff would read more from this author
Tara Dawn (Colourful WordWench)
*Received book in exchange for honest review for blog tour.*

Where the hell has Suzanne Sabol been hiding? I sat down to read this book and was immediately sucked in. There is no gradually getting into this book. It starts out smack in the middle of action and never really slows down from there. This is an awesome start to a paranormal romance series with an urban fantasy kickass feel. If you are a fan of Kelley Armstrong, Jeaniene Frost, Laurrell K Hamilton, or Kim Harrison, you will absolutely
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Pool of Crimson is an urban fantasy…and everything I like in my books! Suzanne M. Sabol really did it for me with this book. Dahlia is another one of those kick ass chicks that I enjoy to read about. A lone vampire hunter in Columbus, Ohio, Dahlia knows there are things that go bump in the night, even if she cannot spread the word to anyone else. Dahlia palms a talisman off of a vampire in a fight, not knowing that what she holds is the key to a huge plot contrived by the Ethan, the Master Vampi ...more
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked it, I really liked it!!! Dahlia our stunning spitfire killing machine in this book was born with some very special talents. She can see ghost, but that’s not all she can also feel power, magic and other wordly creatures. In her pursuits to rid the world of evil vamps and goons alike she has a run in with a very dark and deliciously deadly vampire named Patrick. This meeting sets off a series of events that lead Dahlia into a bigger more sinister plan in the works and soon she has to trus ...more
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit that I’m a sucker for urban fantasy and can’t get enough of it. That being said, there’s such a glutton of awful books in this genre that I have had to police myself so as to not waste my time; hence, if the first two chapters drag, I call it quits.

This book, however, starts with a bang. Almost immediately, the readers are plunged into a scene of Dahlia’s everyday life, where the paranormal crudely interrupts and disrupts her attempts to live a normal life, and we are soon introduced to
Arlena Dean
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: A Pool of Crimson
Author: Suzanne M. Sabol
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"A Pool of Crimson" by Suzanne M. Sabol

My Thoughts.....

"A Pool of Crimson" which was the first in The Blushing Death series was quite a attention grabber that will keep you turning the pages. If you like werewolf's, vampires, demons, ghost, magic and spirits you have come to the right place for a good paranormal read with some even some mystery and adventure. Be ready for a f
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
- 4 Pool of Crimson Stars -

Pool of Crimson is book one in The Blushing Death series by Suzanne M. Sabol. This is my first experience with this author and WOW she pulled me in. Do not underestimate this book, because once you get into it you will not be able to put it down. We have a verity of supernatural creatures, a love triangle, and loads of kick ass action.

Dahlia is a kick ass chick that is something more. What? We don't know yet. She knows there is more out there then what regular huma
Vampires, werewolves, demons and one lethal vampire killer, The Blushing Death equals one amazing and dark tale from Suzanne M. Sabol titled Pool of Crimson. Dahlia Sabin trusts no one, her life is lonely and she deals with the dark side of life, the part that normal people believe is all myth. She is The Blushing Death. When she discovers a demon is about to be raised by the Master Vampire in town, she becomes determined to stop him, but time is not on her side and she never expected the Master ...more
Ann Marie
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dahlia is intrigued by the vampire she just met. Meet Patrick this sexy dark eyed dark hair vampire who wants to know Dahlia more and he will. Who is he and why does she feel such a pull towards him? His dark sexy eyes made her hesitate. She liked his attention more than she should.

Dahlia is one tough women fighting vampires to save humans. This is her life. She has always been affected by them she can feel them, their magic and she is able to see ghosts. I am not sure what Dahlia is, I mean we
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It seems that attempting to have a life away or even a moment to enjoy a gallery opening is an impossible feat for the scourge of the vampire community and Dahlia is not called The Blushing Death for nothing. Pool of Crimson opens up with Dahlia at the gallery when vampy vibes caress her neck, her hand reaches down and she inconspicuously withdraws the stake . . . and we're off on one delightful urban fantasy romp with nonstop action, vampires, shifters, and demons Oh My!

We are introduced to a w
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Dahlia Sabin is the vampire hunter that helps protect the people of Columbus from the undead lurking in her city. While she is pretty good at her job, known as The Blushing Death by those who are afraid of her, it is a pretty lonely occupation. One night she begins to uncover a plot to raise a demon from hell by the Master Vampire of Columbus, Ethan. From that moment one Dahlia is in a race against the vampires in o
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Pool of Crimson
By Suzanne M. Sabol
Dahlia is a kick butt vampire slayer. She has magical powers that she doesn’t know or understand. Her own family didn’t understand her and her childhood trauma impacts her to this day. But when she falls for a vampire and a werewolf, she quickly becomes enmeshed in the politics and territorial wars.
Ms. Sabol writes about Ohio, my home state, and I loved being able to identify and put a picture to the places she describes. You can take the girl out of Ohio but
Book Junky Girls
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Dahlia's life hasn't ben the easiest and with her side job of killing vampires she doesn't have allot of friends. And dating, yeah right when does she have the time? Finding a vampire she can't seem to kill wasn't supposed to be in the cards, but for some reason there's something about Patrick she can't seem to keep away from. As she fights her feelings for the vamp, in comes Danny who seems life the perfect guy until secrets come out. And at the same time Dahlia also finds herself unco
Jai Brown
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Immediately the story launches into action, there's no slow build up here.

Dahlia is kick ass. The Blushing Death is her nickname if that gives you any idea. She manages to be the tough vampire/demon slayer while still being sexy and fun. She doesn't know the depths of her own power, and discovers new levels throughout the book.
Jade is a great friend and brings so much to the story, I loved getting to know her.

Danny fled the scene after the hottest first kiss ever, I found myself anxiously wai
Book Worms  United
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Immediately the story launches into action, there's no slow build up here.

Dahlia is kick ass. The Blushing Death is her nickname if that gives you any idea. She manages to be the tough vampire/demon slayer while still being sexy and fun. She doesn't know the depths of her own power, and discovers new levels throughout the book.
Jade is a great friend and brings so much to the story, I loved getting to know her.

Danny fled the scene after the hottest first kiss ever, I found myself anxiously wai
I received this book from Goodreads First Reads.

I liked it; it drew me in and kept me reading, even though I wasn't a fan of the font.

Dahlia's written pretty well. Not Buffy, but with a magic edge she's slowly discovering, trouble relating to people and men, lonely, tortured past, etc. works for me. Patrick is kinda lukewarm as a love interest, but he does have some depth and his magic is neat, even if we don't know much about it. Jade is kind of awesome as a friend for Dahlia. Danny is...cute,
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a really good book about a vampire hunter named Delilah, the vampires call her the Blushing Death. She makes friends with a girl, Jade, and she helps Delilah with research on demons. Delilah meets a vampire named Patrick and a werewolf Danny. Her problem there is she's attracted to them both but can't understand why she's attracted to a vampire when she hunts them. I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be looking for the rest of the series. I like how the characters are alive an ...more
Pool of Crimson is about Dahlia being a vampire hunter. The only problem is she ends up involved in a plot to kill the Master Vampire Ethan. Now, Dahlia must fight with the vamps against a Demon, and try to uncover who is friend and who is foe. All the while she has a werewolf and a vampire who peeks her interest. Life just got a whole lot more interesting for Dahlia.

This book was okay. It wasn't bad, but not great either. I was actually sort of bored with it most of the time. And I hated how t
Full Review posted at Book Lovin' Mamas

Pool of Crimson is the first book from Suzanne M. Sabol’s Blushing Death series, and I’m so glad I was able to be apart of the blog tour for this book. I was introduced to another author through Paranormal Cravings Books Tours and brought back to reading one of my favorite genres, Urban Fantasy.

I give this book 4 full moons and recommend it to Urban Fantasy readers out there. If you miss the show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (like I do), you’ll need to check o
Karin Shah
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Columbus, Ohio has a dark side. Dahlia is a vampire hunter who has done enough damage to the vampire community to earn the title, "the Blushing Death."
When she encounters a mysterious talisma, she is thrust more deeply into the world of vampires, meeting Patrick, the first vampire to attract her. But Patrick isn't the only gorgeous male in her life, she also dips her toes in the werewolf genepool with Danny.
Snarky Dahlia investigates, parties and slays like the best Urban Fantasy heroines. I en
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has everything to offer and nothing to lose. Dahlia is a vampire hunter with a dark and haunted past. When she confiscates an amulet the vampires need to raise up a demon she finds herself allied with an extremely hot vampire and a magnetically charming werewolf. With some help from a new human friend and whole lot of courage she does some serious fighting for her life-- and wins.

I love the way this book hooked me from the start. It has humor, action, sex and a heroine you just have to
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Who doesn't love a bad ass chick that can kick some supernatural butt?! In the midst of killing vampires she is torn between killing them and falling in love with one. Not an easy choose when the vampire is hot and totally in love with her!

Writing takes a bit to get used to as the author jumps time but just creating a new paragraph. After you get used to writing you will fly through this easy great read.

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Hooked On Books
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great story line with very likable characters. Who doesn't like a bad ass chick that can take care of her self. Torn between killing vampires and falling for one, what is a girl to do? Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Be aware it takes a little bit to get used to the writing because the author jumps time with just a new paragraph. But once you get used to it you will fall right into the story.
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Suzanne M. Sabol was born in Eastern Ohio. She attended the Ohio State University, majoring in Criminology, International Studies, Russian and Political Science. She also holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy and Administration. She enjoys reading and travelling with her husband and daughter. She is a part time writer and maintains a full time profession as a finance manager. She and her husban ...more

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