Review for Dragon Heat by Ella J Phoenix

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My Rating: 3.5 /5

Author: Ella J Phoenix

Title: Dragon Heat

Genre: Paranormal

Background:

Amazon Description: Zoricah, the draconian demigoddess, has limited time to uncover a series of killings before one of her own meets the same fate. Determined not to let that happen, Zoricah has no other choice but to ask for the help of her race’s archenemy. Tardieh, the Vampire King, has long learnt not to trust the Dragons but when the flames of passion ignite between him and Zoricah, he finds himself torn between overwhelming sexual heat and his centuries-old distrust. Together they have to overcome their own prejudices before it is too late for their races and their love.

Opinions:

Narration: Multiple third-person

Character Development: The two main characters of the story are Zoricah (a draconian demigoddess) and Tardieh (the vampire king.) Zoricah and Tardieh first meet in the prologue about 200 years ago. Zoricah is a woman set on saving her people at all cost. She’s a strong character and fights for what she believes in. She is also willing to work with draoncian’s natural enemies – vampires – to help her fellow friends. When we first meet Tardieh, he is in a difficult situation. Going against his instincts, he allows Zoricah to help him. He struggles with what his father would do and what he feels is right. To make matters worse, he becomes smitten with Zoricah an archenemy of vampires. But, with his own people at stake, he must decide if he can trust her.

Plot Development/Flow: The story moves along very well. There are some dark moments in the book for those of you who are not particularly fond of them. Zoricah has discovered that someone is kidnapping draconians (as well as vampires.) Although she is not exactly sure what is happening with them, she becomes more involved when her friend’s sister is taken. She calls upon the help of the vampire king, Tardieh. She hasn’t seen him in over 200 years and she feels a stirring for him – which could be bad because it is distracting her from the job. Can the vampires and draconians work together for a common cause? Or will their differences (and the distractions) cause them to go off course?

Standalone or Part of a Series: First book of the series

 

Review for Twin Soul by K. A. Poe

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My Rating: 3/5

Author: K. A. Poe
Title: Twin Soul (Nevermore #1)

Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal

Background:

Amazon Description:
Seventeen year old Alexis finds herself on the eve of her eighteenth birthday. What generally means a step into adulthood instead opens its way to a terrifying truth about not only her family, but herself. She comes from a long line of vampire hunters, and her real dad wants her to carry on the family quest. At the same time, she is falling for a new boy at school who has his own secret. He is a vampire. Alexis is forced to make a decision from which there is no turning back. – Will she deny this newly discovered heritage, or embrace it.

Opinions:

Twin Souls is a young adult/paranormal story that follows Alexis through her startling discovery of her family’s secrets. The book starts off with a startling note from her mother which states that her parents are not really her birth parents. She comes to know that she comes from a long line of vampire hunters. Incidentally, the new boy she meets is a vampire. She must choose between what she was born to do and what she feels to be the right thing.

The story is written in first person following Alexis. Alexis is a strong-willed girl who doesn’t shy away from making a decision and following through. Her life is thrown apart when she learns about her family and the hidden world she never knew existed. Salem is vampire that has an interest in Alexis. He was born in 1885. Unlike the violent human blood drinking vampires that are known by the vampire hunters, he is “safer” because he drinks animal blood. However, as Alexis finds out, vampire can slip up – and those types of mistakes are deadly to humans.

The plot kept things interesting. There was action and twists in the book. I did find some parts a little unbelievable – or rather – I would have liked to see a little more difficulty or information behind them. For instance, everything necessary (for daily life) is just handed to Alexis. Being left alone, she could have faced a little more difficulty than vampire who can poof cheesecake out of the air. Also, I think there should have more interaction or discussion with her friends, Karen and Jason. I understand she had a life changing experience; but if their relationship ran that deep, I think there should have been more to it than what was in the story.

Overall, I enjoyed the story. If you like young adult books with vampire, then you might want to give this book a try.

 

Review for Heiress of Lies by Cege Smith

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My Rating: 3.5/5

Author: Cege Smith
Title: Heiress of Lies (Bloodtruth #1)

Genre: Paranormal

Background:

Amazon Description:
Blood never lies, but people do…

With the King of Altera on his deathbed, all eyes are on his only child, eighteen-year-old
Angeline Robart. Called from her studies to return to her father’s side, the Crown Princess is kidnapped en route by Connor, a mysterious rogue who has been waiting a long time for the chance to change his destiny.

Facing the consequences of a freak accident that even Connor could not prevent, Angeline is forced to travel a dangerous path to regain control of her fate and her kingdom. Her impossible choice requires her to rely on Connor, who epitomizes everything generations of her family tried to destroy.

As the last of the Robart bloodline, Angeline discovers that enemies she thought long conquered have been lying in wait for just such an opportunity as her father’s death to turn events to their advantage. Worse yet, by uncovering those secrets, Angeline must confront the possibility that no one ever expected her to take the throne in anything but title alone.

As her bond with Connor grows stronger, she realizes they have far more in common than she ever expected, and that could make him just the ally she needs.

Opinions:

Heiress of Lies is the first book in the series about a Princess who gets kidnapped on her way home to see her father who is on his deathbed. Being kidnapped by a vampire is the least of her worries when something bad happens to her that threatens not only her ascension to the throne but everything she thought she knew.

The story is written in third person, following Angeline and Connor. Angeline is the Princess of Altera and the only heir in line for the throne. She was sent to a convent to continue her studies before she would be brought back to take the throne. Because she is not a male heir, she must be married to become queen. Therefore, she is betrothed to the king’s advisor, Malin – a highly respected match amongst the people. When her father becomes deathly ill, she travels back to the kingdom from the convent. Along the way, her caravan is attacked. Angeline is kidnapped by Connor, a vampire – albeit a disgruntled one. Connor never wished to be vampire. He has spent the vast amount of his new existence seeking a cure for it. When the Master of the vampire declares that he will grant any desire to the vampire who brings back Angeline alive, he jumps at chance. But, he’s not the only one interested in Angeline.

Besides following the above storyline, the plot also centers on lies and betrayals. There are secrets from the past that are affecting the characters now. Angeline is special, and she becomes more special as this journey continues. The story leaves off for the next book to pick up. It was fairly short (for my usual length in books) and therefore a quick read. I liked the different twists in the book – deceptions, lies, etc. I would have liked to see a little more reaction of the people/characters during the last two chapters. Obviously there are other books, but a few more paragraphs would have been nice. For example, two characters got maybe a line or two about what happened after a certain event. I think this should have been expanded upon.

Overall I enjoyed the book. If you like paranormal stories (with vampires/fantasy kingdoms), then you might want to try this book.

 

Review for Midnight Captive by Arial Burnz

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My Rating: 4/5

Author:  Arial Burnz
Title: Midnight Captive

Genre:  Paranormal

Background:

Amazon Description:
Leith, Scotland – 1531

Cailin MacDougal has lived a dangerous life being the adopted daughter of vampire Broderick “Rick” MacDougal, so she had no choice but to learn to fight in order to protect herself. However, such behavior is hardly desirable in a dutiful wife who’s supposed to embroider and run a household. This aggressive side of her behavior should be easy enough to hide from her betrothed…shouldn’t it?


After being away at fencing school for seven years, James Knightly has returned as a master swordsman, ready to captain his own ship and finally wed his childhood sweetheart, Cailin MacDougal. What he finds waiting for him is a dagger-toting hellion for a bride, an immortal father-in-law, and an enemy bent on extracting revenge by threatening the family James holds most dear-the MacDougals.


BRODERICK MAC DOUGAL is lured away from his family with the promise of-at last-learning a way to protect those he loves from his clan enemy, Angus Campbell. Broderick knows he’s headed for a trap, but the bait is too tempting to resist…and he unravels the beginning of a prophecy that will lead to redemption for all vampires. The cost of such redemption, though, may be the very soul of the woman he would die for…his wife, Davina.

Reader Advisory: This story contains some explicit love scenes, described using graphic and direct language. This story also contains explicit, nail-biting scenes of violence and sword fights.

  

 Opinions:

Midnight Captive is the second book to the Bonded by Blood Vampire Chronicles. If you did not read the first book, Midnight Conquest, then you are about to read some spoilers. You have been warned!

The story takes place about seventeen years after the first book. Cailin is now woman and ready to become engaged to her childhood sweetheart, James Knightly. MacDougal and Knightly own a business together. When James father disappears, Broderick takes over his fatherly role to James. James is sent off to Germany to learn fencing before taking up the family business. Cailin, in the meantime, learns how to fight rather than learn domestic duties. She learns how to fight because Angus Campbell is still at large and trying to hurt Broderick through the people he loves. Will he succeed this time?

The story is written in third person mostly following Cailin, James, and Broderick. Broderick is determined to protect his family. Despite his better judgment, he goes off to find a way to help protect his family, leaving his future son-in-law in his place. Broderick learns a key figure in a prophecy is him, but his actions could undo the prophecy and those he loves. Cailin grew up with the knowledge of her adopted father as a vampire and the dangers of Angus around every corner. In fact, Angus was almost successful at abducting and killing her family as a girl. She, therefore, goes against her gender role and learns to fight. And not just fight, but how to fight a vampire. James does not know what Broderick is at the beginning of the story. Despite what the MacDoughals are, he is in love with Cailin and is willing to do anything to protect – which is tested in this book. In this story, we learn more about the prophecy that was mentioned at the end of the first book. Other characters from the prior book make their appearance or are mentioned. There are, however, a few new characters – good and bad.

I liked the story to this book better than the first. It seemed like there were more action/danger going on. Although shorter, the second book moves along well and leaves off for the next book in the series while finishing the current story. I was a little turned off by James when we first see him, but eventually that wore off. The prophecy and other teachings that Malloren spoke of kept my interest. I would hope to see more of that in the following books.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. If you like historical fiction/vampire novels, then you might want to try this book – after reading the first, Midnight Conquest.

 

Review for Darkness Rising by Peter Koevari

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My Rating: 4/5

Author: Peter Koevari
Title: Legends of Marithia: Book 2 – Darkness Rising

Genre: Fantasy

Background:

Amazon Description:
In the aftermath of the Battle of the Elven Woods, the two legends of Marithian prophecy are both dangerously close to the dark grip of death as Marithia suffers under the powers of the Blood Red Moon. Vartan, prophesised to save Marithia, lays spellbound under the protection of the mythical dragons. The vampire sorceress Kassina, prophesised to bring about their Armageddon has been moved to the underworld by the demon lord himself, Shindar. A seed of the gods has grown and their greatest gift to Marithians, Anakari, makes her fated journey to discover her purpose. A former shining jewel of Marithian peace, castle Greenhaven, remains in ruins after its defeat under Kassina’s forces and the elves rebuild their war torn city of Veldrenn. Talonsphere must be found before Marithia merges with the Underworld and Shindar brings about the world’s end.

Opinions:

Darkness Rising is the second book of the Legends of Marithia series. The book begins where the first leaves off. If you never read the first book, this review might contain spoilers. You have been warned! Now back to the review.  After the attack in the Elven Woods, both sides are nursing their wounds. Vartan was left near dead, but eventually heals to be reunited with Helenia and the Marithians. Kassina was in a similar fate as Vartan. Both sides need to boost up their armies and prep for another war, but a few things happen along the way. There is betrayal, magic, and gods/goddesses.

The story is written in third person, following multiple characters with opening chapter quotes like the first book. Old characters are reintroduced. If you haven’t read the first book in while, you should be fine. There is usually a brief summary of who (and what happened) from the first book to jog your memory. There are also some new characters to meet. Compared to the first book, the second one provides more background to the characters. It helps the reader to relate better to the characters and what drives them. I would, however, liked to see a little more background with Vartan and Helenia’s relationship.

The story moved along well. The book does contain violence, sexual content, nudity, and blood, so this is for an older audience. There was a lot of prep for the ending battle of the book – such as training and securing resources. The dragons are still my favorite “species” (if this is PC for these groups) in the book. There are a few surprises along the way and a twist on what might happen in upcoming books.

If you like fantasy novels with vampires, dragons, and elves, then you might want to read this book. (But, I suggest reading book 1: Prophecies Awakening first.)

 

Review for Midnight Conquest by Arial Burnz

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My Rating: 3.5/5

Author:  Arial Burnz
Title: Midnight Conquest: Book 1

Genre:  Paranormal

Background:

Goodread’s Description:
Masked in a Gypsy guise, Broderick MacDougal hides his vampiric identity while seeking to destroy the man who slaughtered his family. When an old Clan rival ensnares Broderick in a trap using an enticing widow, he is compelled to discover if she is bait or an accomplice, and the cinnamon-haired beauty is his next conquest.

Widow of an abusive husband, Davina Stewart-Russell clings to the only image that gave her strength during those dark times–the Gypsy rogue who stole her heart as a youth. After nine years, she is finally face-to-face with him again, but reality clashes with fantasy as she is confronted with Broderick’s passionate pursuit.

When Davina’s past returns to haunt her, Broderick is forced to reveal a dark secret worse than anything Davina thought possible. The challenge before them has fatal risks and neither of them is prepared for the sacrifices expected for the sake of eternal love.

Reader Advisory: This story contains explicit love scenes, described using graphic and direct language. This story also contains explicit, nail-biting scenes of violence and domestic abuse. (Don’t worry…the bad guys get it in the end!)  

Opinions:

Midnight Conquest begins with how Broderick becomes a vampire. The reader is given a brief glimpse on why he consented to this path and who were involved. We also meet Davina as a young girl. When the gypsies come to town, she has her fortune read by Broderick. Although her future was not predicted to be a happy one, she becomes infatuated with the gypsy, and this gets her through the dark times ahead. Moving forward, Davina is older and in an abusive marriage. For those who are concerned about reading domestic violence (as I know some reader are), there really isn’t much “live” action written. Rather, it is reflected upon – such as bruising. There is more of a psychological abuse in the beginning. (I will say, however, that there is violence in the book – especially at the end.) Eventually, her husband (and her father and brother) go to fight and die in battle. Within a year, they gypsies come through again, and this time Broderick is with them. Will Davina’s young girlish fantasy break? Will she find out about his dark blood drinking secret? Will Broderick bring an old family feud to Davina’s doorstep?

The story is written in third person mainly following Davina and Broderick. Davina, as mentioned above, has had an abusive marriage. Her trust in love is fragile, even after her husband’s passing. She misses her brother and father, as well. No one seems to want to talk about them due to grief. Broderick had also lost his family but to a clan dispute. He now prepares and hunts the one man responsible for his family’s death. On the other side of things, Broderick is straightforward with his intentions and seductions to Davina. Although he has the ability to read minds (especially while feeding), Davina’s mind is harder to read – but not impossible. This was not explained why in the book. Perhaps it has to do with her trouble past and blocking things mentally? Broderick is an alpha male. There was an obvious attraction between the two, but I would have liked to see a little more development in the relationship beside sexual appeal. Besides looks/arousal and common deaths in the family, what else did they see in each other that would cement their relationship? This part was skimmed over, in my opinion. The husband was one-dimensional in the story, but the other “bad” guy turned out to be more dimensional. [I am vague due to spoilers.] I did like Amice, the old gypsy woman who also works as a fortune teller.

The story was interesting. I admit I was hesitant with the domestic violence, but I was fine as I read it. There were some twists along the way – two of which I did not see coming. The one secret revealed in the story seemed out of place, which made me wonder why it was put there. However, by the end of the book, I noticed the connection. The ending leaves off for another book to follow but does not stop in the middle of climax. Character histories are included throughout the book, but I would have liked to learn a little more about how the council (vampire, that is) works.

Overall, I liked the book. If you like vampires and paranormal historical fiction, then you might want to give this book a try.

 

Review for Woman King by Evette Davis

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My Rating: 3/5

Author:  Evette Davis
Title:  Woman King

Genre:  Paranormal

Background:

Amazon Description:
Meet intrepid political consultant Olivia Shepherd. Born an empath, she inherited the ability to read people’s emotions. Since her youth, however, she has rejected her gift-that is until an ancient time walker helps her reclaim her skill. Olivia’s powers draw the attention of the Council, a secret supernatural political organization. When Olivia accepts an assignment to run a high-profile campaign, she’s quickly drawn into the Council’s perilous politics. A chance encounter introduces Olivia to William Ferrell, a man with his own connections to the organization. Readers who enjoyed “A Discovery of Witches,” “The Night Circus,” and “The Historian” will enjoy Woman King.

Opinions:
Woman King is the first book in a soon-to-be trilogy. It primarily takes place in San Francisco. Olivia is an empath that has blocked her ability most of her life because of the affects it had on her mother. Suddenly, her career and emotional state changes dramatically. She meets a time-walker set out to help her. Through the time-walker, she learns that a demon has been targeting her because she is weakened from not using her powers. Her world turns upside down as she copes with learning how to strengthen her abilities to protect herself from the demon and learning that there are a lot more paranormal things to this world than she originally thought – and she falls for one of them.

Characters:
The story is written in first-person through Olivia. Olivia – after denying her gift for a long time – embraces her empathic abilities and discovers new adventures and job opportunities with the help of a new friend, Elsa. Elsa is a time-walker that was sent by her grandmother to help Olivia. Through her new connection she sees the world differently. There are “Others” that walk with regular humans – vampire, werewolves, witches, and even fairies. Olivia must train herself physical, mentally, and emotionally to overcome the destructive power of a demon. Yet, a demon is not the only thing that Olivia should be worrying about.  She eventually falls in love with William, who is not quite human himself. Olivia is a strong character who learns to overcome her own limitations and help those around her. Without adding any spoilers, I’ll try to stay vague on this next part. I was a little surprised that the one character disappeared at the end without finding out something of what happened to him/her before the book concluded. I was also surprised by the general acceptance of Lily’s love choice compared to an earlier discussion, and a scene between two characters and Olivia in Paris (however brief.)

Plot:
The story followed Olivia through her rediscovery of her gifts and talents, which also included a new job with a political campaign. The story moved along well with a few surprises incorporated. I think the ending of the story was a little premature. I didn’t feel that any main questions/issues brought up in the book were answered. I understand that there are two other books planned for this series, but I expected at least a few things to be tied up by the end of the book.

The Bottom Line:
Overall, this was a good book – I mainly lowered my stars due to the ending. If you like paranormal stories and even behind the scenes political campaigns, you might enjoy this book.

 

Review for Legends of Marithia: Book 1 – Prophecies Awakening by Peter Koevari

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My Rating: 3.5/5

Author: Peter Koevari
Title: Legends of Marithia: Book 1 – Prophecies Awakening (Uncut and Extended Second Edition)

Genre: Fantasy

Background:

Amazon Description:
“When her sorceress mother and vampire king father are brutally murdered, Kassina makes a pact with Shindar, the Demon of Darkness. In exchange for her soul, Kassina obtains power to become the most feared sorceress in all the lands, and vows to exact her revenge on the people for the deaths of her parents. Granted eternal life, Kassina and her evil are never far away.
For many years, the humans and elves of the mystical world of Marithia have lived in an age of peace. But that peace is shattered when King Arman is slain by his own son, a pawn of the vampire sorceress Kassina. Arman’s murder sparks the most brutal and bloody war ever seen between the Forces of Darkness and the peaceful Marithians.
In the midst of the conflict, Vartan, a young knight wrongfully outcast from King Arman’s court, reluctantly discovers he is the subject of a prophecy involving the fabled weapon, Talonsphere. In alliance with the legendary dragons, he finds himself with the opportunity to rid the world of Kassina and her dark armies forever, and finally return Marithia to an era of peace.”

Opinion

Prophecies Awakening is the first book in the series by Peter Koevari. It is a fantasy novel that includes humans, vampires, elves, dragons, fairies, and demons. Kassina (whose sorceress mother and vampire father dies at the hands of the king) finds refuge with Shindar – the demon of darkness. She becomes very powerful and seeks her revenge on Marithia. A prophecy tells of a young man born of dragons that can use – what is called – a Talonsphere to destroy the forces of darkness for good. To defeat the darkness sacrifices must be made.

The book was written in third person and followed a number of characters throughout Kassina’s rise to power. The characters were interesting and I was rather fond of the dragons. There was not too much background on the characters. For instance, it was mentioned that the princess and Vartan loved each other and a few moments in which we see that but not much else.

The plot moved along well. There was a lot of action that kept me engaged while reading. In fact, I read the book within two days. The ending definitely leaves off for the next book, but does not stop in the middle of a climax. I’ve read the uncut, extended version, so I’m sure if all editions have this: At the beginning of the chapters is a quote from the characters – which I liked. However, almost every time I started a chapter, I assumed that the character who said the quote would be the character that I was following. This was not the case, and it would continue with someone else. The quote, instead, lead the reader to the content of the chapter rather than the person himself. [I enjoyed the few drawings included in this book, as well.]

Overall I enjoyed the story. If you like fantasy and adventure, you might like this book.

 

Review for Magick Marked by Chauntelle Baughman

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My Rating: 3.5/5

Author: Chauntelle Baughman
Title: Magick Marked

Genre: Paranormal

Background:

Amazon Description:
“Forced into a world of ancient magick and fabled creatures, vampire Rhowen Vasile has been honored with the prestigious appointment of executioner-a promotion she never wanted. Now she has two important responsibilities: execute criminal vampires and protect her race’s Kamen, one of five ancient relics said to harness all magick in the DarqRealm. When the Kamen Rho swore to protect goes missing, she’s assigned the most important task of her life-join an interracial team with a magick mover, a werewolf and a shape shifter to recover what’s been lost. If she fails, the executioner will become the executed, and the magick held within the relics could be lost forever. As other Kamens start to disappear and the teammates struggle to trust one another, Rho discovers a physical bond with a powerful magick mover that shouldn’t be possible. With the survival of the entire DarqRealm compromised, she barely has time to deal with her temperamental teammates, much less a forbidden attraction. Rho and her team must put everything aside to find what they seek-before the enemy finds it first.”

Opinions:
3.5/5 stars

Magick Marked is a story that follows Rho (a vampire) who is sent on a quest with other paranormal beings (a magick mover, shifter, and werewolf) to retrieve a stolen stone called a kamen. These four teammates must put aside their differences with the each other and work together to stop a thief who wants to obtain all the kamens. Strange things happen along the way with a lot of action and twists. This is the first book of The Darqrealm Series.

Characters:
The story is told in third person through Rho and Eldon (the magick mover)—but mostly through Rho. Rho is a fairly new vampire who is also an “executioner” to the King of the vampires. (The Prince of the vampires created her.) She was put in charge of protecting the vampire kamen. Before turning into a vampire, Rho had a troubled past that the reader finds out about. Coming together with the other supernatural characters is not something she is thrilled about, but she believes in her duty and carries out what must be done. As a strong female character, she does not like to feel weak or the need to be protected. Eldon is a magick mover – which is a like a wizard. He initially gives Rho a protective spell to keep the kamen safe. Eldon comes from a family (two sisters included in this book) that hates vampires and do not trust them. However, he finds himself thrown into this adventure with one. Being able to sense magic, Eldon can recognize fae magic, as well. A fae is not one represented among the team to bring back the kamen. Each species has its own norms and rules so that conflict can easily arise within the group.

Plot: The plot moves along well. There is plenty of action to read about. This is the first book in the series so do not expect all of your questions to be answered right away. There actually might be more questions by the time the book concludes. One tiny thing that was a little distracting for me was the cursing in the book. I’m not against cursing, and it can make the characters more realistic. However, I think it could have been cut down a smidge without taking away from the story. I also wondered how vampires can turn humans into vampires. I do not remember reading about that fact.

The Bottom Line:
Overall, I enjoyed the story. It has many paranormally elements (magic, vampires, shifters, werewolves, and fae.) The story held my interest throughout. If you like paranormal mysteries, you might want to give this book a shot

 

Review for Poison Heart by Emma Jean Hoffmann

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My Rating: 4/5

Author:  Emma Jean Hoffmann
Title:  Poison Heart (Poison Heart Trilogy)

Genre:  Paranormal

Background:

Amazon Description:

“She killed her true love.
She gave his kingdom to the vampires.
She turned her back on her sworn duty to protect the innocent from the evil that preys on them, vowing to never pick up the sword of duty again.
She wants to die…
But the gods aren’t that merciful to the truly despicable. Imogen is forced to pick up her sword in a quest to rescue the kingdom from the hands of the vampires. And its’ not long before she realizes the horrible truth. To succeed, she will have to revisit the haunting sins of her past, and find a way to recapture her heart from the poison it drowns in.”

Opinions:

Poison Heart is a story about Imogen and her battle with herself and the evil around her. This story takes place in an alternative European setting during “medieval times” and involves vampires, werewolves, warlocks, orcs, etc. My vampire stories are limited so if I was comparing this book to Twilight and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It would definitely be Buffy.

Characters:
The story is mostly written in first person – through Imogen. There are a few parts that are written in third person by other characters in the book. When the reader first meets Imogen, she is in a depressed state being physically and mentally abused. However, this quickly changes into hate as she seeks out to battle against evil vampires. Although she considers herself weak, she continues fighting and moving forward with plans. She is not the typical heroine and has a complex layer to her character. The bad guys in the story are essentially that – bad. There are a few surprises with some characters, but you can read about that for yourselves.

Plot:
The plot moved rather well. There was action, adventure, and fighting. It also had times of reflection for Imogen that allowed the reader to dive more into her motives and character. I was little curious about exactly what happened between the death of Imogen’s love and how she got to where the beginning of the book started. It was just briefly summarized, but I would have liked a little more information on the turn of events. There were also some grammatically errors in the book and what I call “comma happy” writing. [I’m all for commas, but there were a lot in this book. Perhaps some other forms of punctuation such as semi-colons and hyphens would help in the later books?] The story leaves off for the next book but has a conclusion for the current book.

The Bottom Line:
Overall it was a good read. If you like paranormal/fantasy type stories with mythical creatures that are mostly evil, then you might like this book.