I enjoyed the first book in the series, but in this one I was just so confused because there were too many characters and I really didn't know what waI enjoyed the first book in the series, but in this one I was just so confused because there were too many characters and I really didn't know what was going on most of the time. I heard a lot about how this series was heartbreaking, but I just didn't connect to anyone in this enough for it to break my heart.
Kin was my favourite character. (view spoiler)[I am glad to hear that he wasn't a traitor. (hide spoiler)] But I was very confused by him in this book. I didn't understand anything he did really. He thought about kissing a lot, but who was he thinking about kissing? Why was he so fixated on the Guilds girl when she was so annoying? (I honestly don't remember her name and I just finished this last night) What does "going home" actually mean? Is he in love with Yukiko or not? None of his motives were explained in this and I am assuming that was on purpose to keep us guessing, but it was just so damn confusing.
I am not sure if I will bother reading the last book in this series. I just don't care anymore....more
This could have been darker. I feel like it should have been, with the guard/prisoner relationship, Victor shouldnt have found it so easy to fall forThis could have been darker. I feel like it should have been, with the guard/prisoner relationship, Victor shouldnt have found it so easy to fall for Crunch. Also, I think the the Winter special is necessary. Be sure to read it as well because this feels incomplete without it. It should have just been the epilogue instead of released separately. ...more
This reads quite well as a novel instead of a series of short stories. I enjoyed it a lot and would give it 3.5/5. I really enjoyed the shibari and amThis reads quite well as a novel instead of a series of short stories. I enjoyed it a lot and would give it 3.5/5. I really enjoyed the shibari and am going to have to look into finding more books that feature it now. ...more
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.
ARC provided by NetGalley on behalf of Threshold Pocket Books, in exchange for an honest review....more