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Crusade Review

So, I just finished reading Crusade by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié last month. All I can say about the book reminds me of A Discovery of Witches in the sense of what’s good about the book is a very short list. Well, let me start with the short list. First off, I liked the premise of the book. It’s a very interesting premise. Second, I liked how well thought out the world was. It seemed like a real world.

However, that’s the end of the short list. First off, the book read more like the second book in a trilogy as opposed to the first book of a trilogy. To me, there were three reasons that made it seem like it was a second book as opposed to the first book. The first reason was that the authors gave too much information about the main characters too soon. In my opinion, there was no mystery to any of the characters. It seemed like the authors just wanted to spew every little bit of information out into the first book. Personally, I think that the authors should have spread out the information about the characters over the trilogy as opposed to dumping it all in the first book. Anyway, the second reason that made the book seem like a second book instead of a first book is related to the first reason. There was too many subplots. I can think of at least four different subplots within the first book. I think that is too much for a trilogy, let alone the first book. Anyway, the third reason that made the book seem like a second book instead of a first book was that there were so many secondary characters. I had a hard time keeping track of the main characters. I had an even harder time keeping track of the secondary characters. In my opinion, the authors should have streamlined the amount of characters, both main and secondary, that were the book. There were too many to keep track off.

My second problem with the book is that the main characters of Jenn and Antonio remind me so much of Bella and Edward from Twilight. I think that this is pretty self-explanatory. The only difference is that Jenn and Edward have a dash of Buffy and Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In addition to that, I felt that there was no chemistry between Jenn and Antonio. I think that it’s because the authors didn’t really explain Jenn and Antonio’s backstory enough.

My last problem with the book was how the story was set up. Personally, I don’t think that the way that the authors switched the points-of-view worked. I’m not sure what it was that made this one different because I have read other books where the points-of-view have switched and the books were fine. In addition to that, I thought that the storyline was slow.

Anyway, in a nutshell, I didn’t particularly like this book. I wouldn’t really recommend it to anyone, and I’m not planning to read the other two books.
Crusade book cover

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Wicked Sunset Review

So, I finished Wicked Sunset a while ago, but I am only now getting around to doing the review. Because it’s been a while since I finished reading the book, my impressions are a little bit rusty. Anyway, you can find a summary of the book here, and if you don’t want a little bit of a spoiler, don’t read any further. Personally, I thought that the book felt like it was a filler book. What I mean by that is I think that the author only wrote the book for one reason. The reason was to set up the next book. I think that the author should have just nixed the whole Caleb getting injured and having surgery plotline, and put the Caleb going to Yale plotline as well as Katrina going to London plotline into the next book. Anyway, like I said in my review of Summit At Sunset, I think that you should only this book if you’ve already read the previous books. Personally, I don’t know if I’m going to continue to read the series, not if it’s going to continue like this book.

Wicked Sunset

A Bloody London Sunset Review

So, I finished reading A Bloody London Sunset by Jaz Primo. Like the first book of this series, Sunrise At Sunset, I had a few problems with this book. One of the problems that I had was the lack of an overarching plot throughout the book. To me, it felt like it was split into two subplots mashed together, with the storyline of Paige and her boy toy du jour, and the storyline of Kat and Caleb going to London. I mean, at least with the first book, there was the overarching plotline of the Amazonian vampire who was hell bent on getting revenge for the death of her mate. To me, this book didn’t have that same overarching plotline.

Another problem that I had with this book was the fact that the author spent so much time in one section for the storyline of Paige and her boy toy du jour. I mean, based on the way the story turned out, I thought that the Paige and the boy toy du jour plotline and Kat and Caleb’s trip should have been interspersed. For example, when Paige had to kill her boy toy back in California, that’s when I think Kat and Caleb should have gone to London. I say that because Paige wanted Kat and Caleb not contact her for a while after she killed her boy toy, so Kat and Caleb were going to be busy in London anyway, so that would have been perfect timing.

My second to last problem is that I had with this book was the Kat and Caleb in London storyline. I wished that this storyline was elaborated a little bit more and drawn out more.

My last problem with the book is the amount of intimate relations that Kat and Caleb had in the book. I mean, I get that the characters are over 18 and that the characters are lovers. However, is it really necessary for the author to that Kat and Caleb had intimate relations several times through the book?

A Bloody London Sunset

Sunrise At Sunset Review

So, I finished reading Sunrise At Sunset by Jaz Primo. Personally, I liked the basic premise of the story. It’s refreshing to read a vampire book where the vampire is a female and the human Significant Other is a male. However, I have a few problems with the story. One thing was that the interactions between the main characters with non-main characters. I found the interactions between main characters and non-main characters to be extremely shallow. I mean, don’t get me wrong. The interactions between main characters and secondary characters shouldn’t really get into extreme detail because the secondary characters are just secondary characters. The secondary characters shouldn’t be as fleshed out as the main characters. I mean, for example, the main male character of Caleb is a history professor. While I don’t expect him to be talking to every single one of his students in every school scene, I would think that the author would have at least put in one or two conversations between Caleb and one of his students, whether or not it’s an in depth conversation. Anyway, another thing that I have a problem with is that I thought the story of the South American vampire and how the main female character of Katrina dealt with her was a bit rushed. I mean, not to reveal too much spoilers, but Katrina was able to “take care” of the South American vampire, for the most part, by the three-fourths mark of the book? I mean, the way that the South American vampire plot line was wrapped up felt a bit rushed. It didn’t help much that what happened in between the South American vampire’s supposed death three-fourths of the way into the book and her actual death was a bit long. It would have been nice to either have the South American vampire die within one or chapters, or maybe have her come back alive and threatening Caleb and Katrina as a cliffhanger for the next book. Anyway, another thing I have a problem with is that the author put a little bit too much emphasis on what the characters are wearing or doing. Again, I get that no story can go on without knowing what the characters are doing, and depending on the story, what they’re wearing, but there is a line where explaining what the character is wearing or doing is overkill. Anyway, my last problem is that I wish that there was a little bit more information on vampires in general in this book. I mean, I don’t expect for a full blown vampire history mythology to be fleshed out by the time the author writes the first book, but I would have liked to have seen a little bit more of a vampire history or mythology to have been revealed. Anyway, that’s my review of Sunrise At Sunset by Jaz Primo.

Sunrise At Sunset

Vampire Princess Series Review

Well, I’m sorry for not really posting on a regular basis during the summer. It was due to a whole bunch of factors that I’m not willing to share. Anyway, I recently finished reading the Vampire Princess series by Tate Hallway. You can find the synopses here. Personally, I liked the series as a relatively light summer read that deals with vampires and witches. Anyway, I’m going to do a review for the entire series because I feel that each book does not have enough content to justify doing an individual post.

For the first book of Almost To Die For, I felt that there wasn’t enough action and a little bit too much exposition. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I know that for the first book in a series, there has to be some background information given in order to draw a reader in. However, I think that the author spent a little bit too much time on explaining things, and not enough on the action. I would have to like to have seen some of the information revealed in the following two books.

For the second book of Almost Final Curtain, there wasn’t much to review. I think that the vampire origin story that was given was interesting. I’ve never heard of witches intentionally creating a creature, in this case a vampire, in order to do their bidding. The closest I’ve heard or read was the origins of vampires in Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles.

For the last book of Almost Everything, again there wasn’t there much to review. Personally, I would have liked to have seen an epilogue. Just a heads up, a spoiler alert right now. The reason that I would have liked to have seen an epilogue is because I kinda want to know Ana eventually tells the guy she eventually hooks up with the truth about what she is truly is, a half-witch and half-vampire.

Almost To Die For

Almost Final Curtain

Almost Everything

A Bloodspell Review

Well, I wanted to do a review of the book, Bloodspell, by Amalie Howard, before I forget everything I read in the book. You can read the description here. First off, the book reminded me of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet because the two main characters are forbidden to be with each other because of who each person is. I can also see a little bit of the anime Sailor Moon, with there being a cat as a familiar. The story also reminds me of the first Twilight book, where a vampire is chasing the main character because the main character’s blood is extremely important. In any event, there are elements from this book that I see in TV shows, movies, and other books. Anyway, overall, I think that the book is pretty interesting. I mean, I have never seen a romance between a witch and a vampire before. I mean, there’s the typical vampire/human romance, a witch/human romance, a witch/demon romance, etc. But I have never seen a witch and a vampire together before. Anyway, there were a few things that I had questions about. The first thing was the abilities that Angie had. Are there others with the same abilities that Angie had? And how is it that Angie had gotten her abilities, when Gabriel, her brother, turned out to be a warlock? Are Angie’s abilities like a recessive genetic thing, like how red hair is? On a related note, are there other people out there who have different abilities? If so, what kind of abilities and how rare or common are they? My second thing was the relationship between Charla and Gabriel. Did Charla know all along about Gabriel being a witch? Of was it after Victoria rejected Gabriel? If it was after Victoria rejected Gabriel, then did Gabriel manipulate Charla’s feelings for him into doing what he wanted her to do for him? Anyway, those are my main questions about the book. I would recommend this book if you want to read a vampire/witch version of Romeo and Juliet that also has a bit of adventure mixed in.
Bloodspell

Witch vs. Vampire Hysteria

Last night, I was watching this documentary where they posed the possibility that Eleonore von Schwarzenberg, an 18th century Austrian princess, was an accused vampire. Personally, I don’t give much credence to the vampire accusations. However, it made me think. I took a class last year that was about the witchcraft hysteria. You might ask how this is related? Within the first few days of the class, that teacher brought up the fact that the witch hysteria was mostly in western Europe while the vampire hysteria was mostly in eastern Europe. I never really thought about it, but I’m not surprised. A lot of the vampire related things that I’ve read or watched point towards a hysteria more in eastern Europe. On the other hand, a majority of witch hunts, as far as I know, were in western Europe.

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