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Blood Rights

(House of Comarré #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  6,362 ratings  ·  818 reviews
Rebellion has a price.

The lacy gold mapped her entire body. A finely wrought filigree of stars, vines, flowers, butterflies, ancient symbols and words ran from her feet, up her legs, over her narrow waist, spanned her chest and finished down her arms to the tips of her fingers.

Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle's body bears the telltale marks of a comarré
Paperback, 381 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Orbit
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Alisha Torres I located it in the Science Fiction/Fantasy section of Barnes & Noble. After reading book 1 in the series, it certainly doesn't read as young adult or…moreI located it in the Science Fiction/Fantasy section of Barnes & Noble. After reading book 1 in the series, it certainly doesn't read as young adult or new adult.(less)

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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
EDIT 1/22/12: Stop by The Nocturnal Library for an interview with Kristen Painter. We're also giving away two copies of this book. Giveaway is international.

She had more signum than just what was on her hands, feet and face. The lacy gold mapped her entire body. A finely wrought filigree of stars, vines, flowers, butterflies, ancient symbols, and words ran from her feet, up her legs, over her narrow waist, spanned her chest, and finished down her arms to the tips of her fingers. Gilded, head
Kenya Wright
Man this book could have been AWESOME!! Perhaps the author was afraid to just push the book to the next level... maybe the author had a deadline... I don't know, but the author spent great effort to make this awesome world and caste system of vampires and comarres (which are kind of like high end blood donors) and then never truly let us see that world... Truthfully this book is about 2 and half stars.


1- The author makes a great world of luxary and class le
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
October I am super in the mood to read a lot of UF/PR and after being continually disappointed in vampire UF series the past year, I have finally found one I enjoyed A LOT. The relationship is extremely slow-burn, the world and politics is super interesting, the creatures featured in here expand the supernatural world in the best way possible, and the story is continually expanding. Everything I love in a UF series. Currently reading the second book and have ordered the rest of the series alread ...more
Dec 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, own
With an infinite amount of vampire books on the shelves, Kristen Painter was still able to give us a lore that is original and quite complex. Add in some intriguing characters, fascinating politics, and elaborate rules; we've got ourselves a considerably well built paranormal world. I did find the plot itself a bit tedious, though, which in turn gave me time to ponder and eventually figure out the bigger plot twist, but I was kept entertained by the two main characters who are both infuriating a ...more
Jan 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
Argh this book. I really feel like this was a book I should have liked - we are, for once in a YA title, given a reprieve from teenage angst and high school drama, and the traditional formula of "girl meets boy, must discover what boy is/how this relates to her". Blood Rights creates a very detailed, unique world and just drops us in to the middle of the story - both things I typically enjoy - and features a hero and heroine who are genuinely relatively equal in terms of strength and competence, ...more
Jan 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This was on its way to be a 4, but then the climax happened and I didn't like it at all. For the last three or four chapters (it started with the scene of the little kitty meowing just outside the cemetery) every single character started to systematically make the wrong choice. It was as if they wanted the bad guys to win, so when one thing after another started to go wrong for the good guys, I couldn't muster even an ounce of sympathy for them; it took me a while to get through this part becaus ...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
3.5 stars. This was an urban fantasy but I kinda wanted it to be more romance. Usually I want rough, gritty, dark, edgy in my urban fantasy and I don't give a rats ass about the romance. Here, however, Chrysabelle and Mal's relationship was just down right frustrating. I kept thinking... "just bite her" to Mal or "just jump him" to Chrysabelle. It became an actual distraction in my ability to enjoy the story. I also didn't enjoy the other POV's besides Mal's and Chrysabelle's POV. I didn't think ...more
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
Sep 13, 2016 marked it as on-hold-slow-ass-plot-to-try-again
There's actually nothing wrong with this book. It's nothing new or different, and the writing was good, I'm just in a mood and that affects my concentration and attention span.

On hold at 25%
May 26, 2012 rated it liked it
This is another of those difficult to review books, as there were bits that I liked and bits that I didn't. I've decided to grade each part separately:

THE COVER: Five Stars
Most of the time, I pay little attention to book covers. I sometimes wonder how important they continue to be, given that my Kindle opens the book at Page One, skipping right past the cover. And there are many seriously good books with atrociously bad covers (cough, Kate Daniels series). However, once in a while, a cover will
Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it

Drinking blood has never been described in a more enticing and delicious manner than how Kristen Painter has portrayed in Blood Rights . First book in the House of Comarré series, in what has been described as a "Gothic Urban Fantasy". This was a book I was hesitant to try, on a first glance it seemed like the kind of book I wouldn't enjoy. A voice, one that I'm sure I'm not imagining, told me I was being an idiot and convinced me to read the book (
Mrs. Badass
Erika’s Review

One of the things I like most about Author Kristen Painter, is the way she writes. It’s rather hard to describe. It’s soft and sensual, it flows nicely and leaves the reader with a nice feeling. Dark Kiss of the Reaper was my first Kristen Painter book, and I think Blood Rights is an interesting take on Vampires and Shifters, Curses and Blood Slaves.

Grade: B-/C+

First, let me kick off this review by saying that Blood Rights has one of the most gorgeous covers of the year. Seriously.
Jen Davis
Sep 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, urban-fantasy
Chrysabelle is a comarré, the ultimate blood source for a vampire. From birth, she was molded into the ideal: in beauty, countenance, and blood purity. But now her patron --her blood-master-- is dead, and she is suspected not only of killing him, but stealing a magic ring in his possession. Now Tatiana, a deranged and power hungry vampire, is hunting for her and will stop at nothing to accomplish her task.

Chrysabelle takes refuge on the other side of the world, with her aunt Maris. She hides the
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I really enjoyed this a lot, although I was a little taken aback and the touch of Christian dogma in the lore. I still haven't quite figured out to what extent it plays. Even with that, the lore is fairly unique and the slightly-alternate world, set in 2067, is interesting.

The end wanted to be a cliff-hanger, but wasn't really. It was just clear that the story is longer than one book. The elements and challenges in this book were addressed but there is obviously more to the story. I'm looking fo
It's a part Sci-Fi vampire fantasy sets in a futuristic/steam-punk world, the action is nice, the mythology is good (nothing too original, though) and the story can keep me reading right to the very end, the character settings are also nice too: we have power-crazed noble vampires, cursed vampires, humans who were bred to be vampire food, ghosts, faes and were-people to the mix.

I think I like the male lead the most, his tough-guy mannerism and his curses are very interesting (The guy acts like
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it
I have conflict feelings for this book... It wasn't something impressive for me... The names of some species like Nothos, Varcolai or Remnant aren't explained and that was confusing until the very end of the book where there is a glossary that explains everything... I wish that glossary was at the beginning, it would have been really helpful then.... Anyway, as for the characters I didn't feel any connection or sympathy toward them... Especially for Chrysabelle, I couldn't care any less... I'm i ...more
I mean, Vampire Geishas are cool, right? That's why I picked up this book, even though I'm over vampires. There were some cool things in this book, genetically engineering Geishas for one, but I dunno, the main character was a bit erratic for my tastes, she was sometimes a badass, sometimes a moron. I liked the love interest, and the world was interesting, but the farther I got in the book the less I understood what the bad guys' functions were.

I got the next in the book because it was a fun rom
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads, adult, arc, tour

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

3.5 stars

The world of this series is set in the not so distant future. There seems to have been a major war, at least in the Americas, and there are advances in technology, but minus the vampires and other supernatural beings, it doesn't feel too different from the world we live in today. That was something I liked because it was easy to imagine and I tend to like stories set in the future more so than the past. So, in Blood Rights, it is the ye
Marta Cox
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews
I've seen this series around and held off buying it. Why? Well it's the beautiful artwork on the covers that strangely put me off. So pretty and because of that I thought this series was aimed primarily at young teenagers but thankfully I was wrong. This book might not be full on adult and sexy but it does turn out to be well worth a read. Yet another take on the vampire genre that if honest at first felt complicated but once I digested ( sorry couldn't resist the pun) the terminology for differ ...more
Apr 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First things first, the cover... isn't is the most awesome thing you've ever seen? The cover is what drew me in, what made me aware of this incredible story behind this cover... But also, reading the synopsis I was pretty sure this is so my cup of tea...

World building per excellence!
Blood Rights is the first in a series and basically builds up the world for us. And... it does it perfectly!! We slowly but surely learn in which world we find ourselves here. It's in the future - think dystopian
In this instance, you *can* judge a book by its cover

It is always touch and go when you decide to dive into a new series. I approached the first book of the Comarre trilogy with a little trepidation thinking that it could just be eye candy and little else. I’ve been burned before on that one. Thankfully, this is worth a read.

It primarily follows Chrysabelle, a member of a special breed of humans known as the Comarre. Their blood is especially potent, making them ideal companions to vampires
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series
In Blood Rights, the Vampire stereotype of the nameless-victim-blood-slave is turned on its head. Comarré are carefully bred members of a secret society who have their costly “blood rights” auctioned off to Vampire nobility. Within the security-conscious vampire society, ownership of a Comarré is seen as a symbol of wealth and power, and they are provided with unparalleled access to their “Patrons”, who are unaware of the power they wield.

The Comarré, Chrysabelle, runs from her life of privileg
Sadie Forsythe
May 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Man I'm in a slump. I haven't read anything I love lately and the best I can give this book is that I didn't hate it, like the last two books I read. But I'm certainly not going so far as to say it's good. I didn't find anything particularly new or innovative in it; just yet another growly alpha male and a woman in need of rescue and protection. Sure, Painter made sure Chrysabelle said 'I'm well trained and can take care of myself' several times (often enough it got repetitive), but I didn't
When I heard about this series I thought it was described as Urban Fantasy, but as I was reading it it seemed more like a Paranormal Romance book. Sure I guess it doesn't follow every romance convention, but it comes quite close. This story had some major potential, but I didn't appreciate the way it kept veering into ridiculous interludes between Mal and Chrysabelle. All of the smoldering looks, warnings that "echoed like a distant thunder", the he-man "she's mine" routines got real old real fa ...more
May 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf-award
Half way through this became a DNF for me. I just couldn't connect with any of the characters and the heroine comes across as too much of a Mary Sue. Most of the time everyone stands around and talks, and the hero comes across as a junkie, but more like a grubby homeless junkie and not a sexy one.

I found the secondary story to give the evil, skanky villainous dimension too boring and there was too much emphasis on the world building as if the author is trying to show how this urban fantasy paran
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
This was just an okay read for me. I never really got into the world the author was building here and I found the plot to be somewhat...plodding. I thought the premise was really cool and I loved the blurb, but in the end it just didn't deliver for me. ...more
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
3.5 stars

This review was posted at Under The Covers

The House of Comarre is a dark and gritty world. A comarre is basically a human with some special strength, and they are raised and trained to eventually be sold to the highest vampire bidder. They are the food source for vampire nobility. And hence the vampire who pays for them owns their blood rights.

This complex world of vampire politics and world domination plotting kicks off when Algenorn, Chrysabelle's master, is murdered and a precious ri
All Things Urban Fantasy
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

BLOOD RIGHTS is one of those Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance mixes that really combines the best of both of those genres. Excellent nuanced worldbuilding set in Paradise City, but with a consuming romance that builds gradually and seductively though every chapter. Chrysabelle is a comarré, basically a geisha/slave to vampires, a hybrid human raised and prized for her pure blood. The culture of these comarré was riveting. The training, history, secrets,
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own-a-copy
MEHMEH. I don't even know why I bothered to buy the sequel, I don't even feel like reading the first page of it.

Let's say it's a 2,5 stars book, because there was a moment when I started caring about the characters a bit more. But, to be honest, the writing isn't that good (more towards bad) and it's kind of annoying to have to suffer through it.

The absolutely worst thing about this book is the main bad guy (or rather bad woman) Tatiana, who is so bad, and trying to be so so bad, she ends up b
Apr 12, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Can I have a poster of this cover? DAYUM
Aly is so frigging bored
Some stuff at the end didn't make sense to me. ...more
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Kristen Painter likes to balance her obsessions with shoes and cats by making the lives of her characters miserable and surprising her readers with interesting twists. She currently writes award-winning paranormal romance and cozy mysteries. The former college English teacher can often be found on twitter @Kristen_Painter, Facebook at where she loves to intera ...more

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