Blood Bound – Blackthorn #7 – Lindsay J. Pryor

This book was much better than the last book but I may have judged the last book a little more harshly because I couldn’t stand the main female character.

Eden and Jessie were featured in a previous book and this book featured them again. Jessie is an envoi, a type of angel, who gave her tears to Eden and his niece Honey to save their lives only to find out that those tears may end up killing them anyway.

They are hiding below the city in tunnels along with the lycans and Kane, a master vampire, from the human army led by the evil Sirius Throme. Jessie has found out that Sirius has enhanced his human army by giving them angel tears but his past experiments had killed his subjects until he learned to give them a supplement of something along with the tears. Jessie did not do this with Eden or Honey and now it is too late so she decides to go up top into the city of Blackthorn where all sorts of dangers exist to find some hidden files from someone who had done extensive research into the subject to try and find if there is another cure. Eden decides to go with her.

Torren, a particularly nasty angel who has a grudge against Jessie and who just happens to be the area’s angel leader, abducts Jessie and Eden. Torren is the one who bound Jessie and took away a lot of her memory from her previous life when she lived with the angels. Binding her meant that he made a talisman necklace with a substance inside it that made it so that she could only go a certain distance from the necklace. A con named Pummel acquired the necklace and became Jessie’s master for fifty years until Eden came along and saved her. She has worn the necklace ever since. Now, Torren has the necklace. Torren can’t kill Eden because he is vital to the prophecy that effects the third species including angels but he can kill Jessie who is not vital.

What he ends up doing is wiping out ten years of Eden’s memory which is before he became the man he is today, before Honey was born and before he became an Curfew Enforcement Officer. Torren then hands Jessie and Eden over to Homer and Mya, two cons who know exactly who they are and will make them suffer before they kill them. Jessie cannot tell Eden anything or they will kill them both right away.

Since Eden does not remember who he is and has tattoos with numbers showing his crimes on his arm from going deep undercover, Homer and Mya convince him that he is a con and he is Homer’s second. Mya tells him she is his girl.

I almost cried at some of the things Jessie had to endure, watching Eden with Mya and thinking he was a con. All I wanted out of this book was to see Homer, Torren and Mya to die. That sounds bad but that is what happens in books.

There are other evil characters in this book too who I would like to see get their just rewards like Sirius and Feinith. Both have caused way too much pain in the world.

I don’t know how much further this story can go without wrapping up soon. We’ll see what happens.

Blood Instinct – Bloodthorn #6 – Lindsay J. Pryor

It had been a while since I have read this series so it took a minute to remember the previous events of the story.

This world is made up by classes. Blackthorn is the nucleus. It is a city where society has thrown all of its worst criminals to live. When vampires and lycans revealed themselves, humans formed the Global Council which quickly threw all of them in Blackthorn too until “they proved themselves” but the head of the Global Council, Sirius Throme, will never allow that to happen. Unfortunately, for the lycans and vampires, there is a prophecy about the 3rd species {vampires and lycans) overthrowing the human rule so Sirius wants them all dead.

This book focused on Sophia who was turned into a serryn after her sister Leila did a spell which passed it from herself to Sophia. A serryn is a vampire killer who has no empathy and kills or pure pleasure. She emits pheromones that make her irresistible to vampires but her blood is poison to them. Sophia is trying to hold off the serryn but it takes her over at times.

Prophecy foretells of a certain master vampire who will drink the serryn to the Brink (where third species go when they die) and become the Tryan, the most powerful vampire ever. We, the readers, know it is Caleb but Sirius is desperate to find out. He has upped his game and has decided to invade but he can’t just invade without a reason so he has come up with an evil plan.

I found myself loathing Sophia throughout this book. She just seems reckless and makes dumb choices which puts everyone in danger. Some of it was caused from the serryn coming out in her but most of it was just her thinking she could be stronger than the serryn and refusing to listen to her sister Leila.

The story is revving up. I’m getting ready to read the next book now.

 

Dragonsworn – Dark-Hunter Series #21 – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Dragonsworn

By Sherrilyn Kenyon

Dark-Hunter #21/Hunter Legends (First I’ve heard of this one)/Lords of Avalon #?/Were-Hunter #? I’m kind of lost to where each of these are at but I will try to go over them and number them correctly soon.

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Another great adventure by Sherrilyn Kenyon! This time she paired a dragon named Falcyn with a daimon named Medea who, inadvertently, get sucked into another realm along with her sort-of-kind-of brother Urian and his grandson Blaise who thinks he is his brother.

Medea needs Falcyn’s dragonstone to heal her people from a disease her grandfather, Apollo the god, brought down upon them. Morgen Le Fey, the evil leader of Camelot and Apollo also want the stone so they keep sending their minions after them and setting traps to try to steal it.

I’m not sure I like the Lords of Avalon spin on this series because it just complicates an already complex storyline and I get a little lost. I have read all of this author’s series except for the Lords of Avalon series which was her first series she ever wrote under the pseudonym Kinley MacGregor. I did read the first one but really didn’t like it that much so I never read the rest. I’m glad I did read that first one though because it helped me understand some of the references in this book.

I won’t put spoilers in but there was a revelation in this book which will have an impact on Urian but I’m not sure it will be a good thing. You will have to read it to find out.

There are still a lot of characters who need their story told like Jared, Savitar and my favorite Jaden just to name a few.

I can’t wait for the next one but I hope it veers away from this Camelot story and more back to the Dark-Hunter side of it.

 

A Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

I’m not sure what the point of this book was.

The entire book follows Auri as she wanders around the Underthings, a forgotten web of tunnels, passageways and rooms underneath the University, thinking and doing strange things like finding objects and finding places to put them. It’s a lot like she has severe OCD.

What’s really strange is that the author tells us not to read this book because it is not a continuation of Kvothe’s story but in order to understand this book, he recommends we read The Name of the Wind and A Wise Man’s Fear first. I thought we would learn more about Auri who we had met a handful of times in the previous books. She is this strange girl who Kvothe met while playing his lute on the roof above an abandoned courtyard of the University. It took a while for her to approach him and when she did, she had all these strange quirks like she gives odd gifts, usually three at a time, and tells him they’re full of sunshine or moonbeams or something fantastical like that. He can’t ask her anything about her personally or she runs off.

We learned all that in the previous books but not in this book. He figures she is one of the many University students who have gone crazy from the intense mental strain and the nature of the studies. It happens so often that there is an insane asylum near the University just for this very thing. I thought she might be fae but this book seems to suggest that she has some training in magic or sympathy as they call it so she must have just cracked under the pressure.

I skipped pages and pages of Auri running from place to place setting objects on shelves, tables and mantels. This is what she did throughout the entire book of seven days as she waited for someone, who I assume is Kvothe, to visit on the seventh day.

What a waste of my time!

Vampire Academy – Vampire Academy #1 – Richelle Mead

When you read paranormal romance series, you inevitably run out of good material to read. I, of course, knew about this series but avoided it because I avoid stereotypical high school drama like I avoid herpes but I was in a desperate spot. I have been having a hell of a time finding a new paranormal romance series…a good paranormal romance series that includes humor and avoids the cliché alpha hero and perfect boring female lead who always wants to do the right thing.
I knew going into this book that it would be packed full of high school drama and decided to grin and bear it. I was right, it was high school with a vampire twist. It had the popular rich kids called royals who gossip and rule the school, the kids who follow the popular kids, wanting to be just like them and the outsiders.
It’s a fairly simple plot with typical teenage characters. I could see where it was headed from the beginning.
I can see the appeal of this for young adults but it’s just not for me.

Raziel – The Fallen #1 – Kristina Douglas

This book was awful! I couldn’t stand either one of the leading characters. She was vain and selfish while he was supposed to be powerful and broody but came off as obstinate and boorish.
I get so annoyed with authors who try to do the “I lust after her but I don’t want to get hurt again” thing. It’s overused and tedious to read.
I skipped page after page of Allegra and Raziel arguing.
And the vampiric angel thing has also been overdone.
The only thing that kept me reading besides the fact that I’m desperate for a new series, was that Allie had some humorous thoughts on her situation like how she thought of the wives of the fallen blood sucking angels as the Stepford Wives.
I’d say don’t bother reading this. It bites. Pun intended.