emmejo, July 22, 2009 (view all comments by emmejo)
Cassandra is a clairvoyant who was raised by vampires after her family was murdered. Three years ago she ran away after having discovered that the vampire who she lived with killed her parents in order to gain possession of Cassie and use her powers for his own purposes. Since then she has been on the run, trying her best to avoid all contact with vamps, weres, mages and other supernatural beings.
This book started out very slow and had some pacing problems through out, but they got much better in the second half of the book. The writing was at times shaky, but for the most part good. The characters are flat out brilliant. I recommend it, just don't give up because of the wobbly start.
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The artwork is certainly first-rate, and tantalizing to boot!
I love to see women who can (and do) take care of themselves and others! If this book lives up to it's hype, I'll be up all night with its suspenseful machinations. Can't beat well-written "Literary Smut" (as I call it), either!
My favorite things are rooting for a heroine as she does her best to take care of business; be a good person; fix her mistakes; and stay out of trouble while getting her mind opened to whole new worlds she never knew existed!
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Dorina Basarab is a dhampir—half-human, half-vampire. Subject to uncontrollable rages, most dhampirs live very short, very violent lives. But so far, Dory has managed to maintain her sanity by unleashing her anger on those demons and vampires who deserve killing...
Dory is used to fighting hard and nasty. So when she wakes up in a strange scientific lab with a strange man standing over her, her first instinct is to take his head off. Luckily, the man is actually the master vampire Louis-Cesare, so he’s not an easy kill.
It turns out that Dory had been working with a Vampire Senate task force on the smuggling of magical items and weaponry out of Faerie when she was captured and brought to the lab. But when Louis-Cesare rescues her, she has no memory of what happened to her.
To find out what was done to her—and who is behind it—Dory will have to face off with fallen angels, the maddest of mad scientists, and a new breed of vampires that are far worse than undead…
Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits—talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead. The ghosts of the dead aren’t usually dangerous; they just like to talk…a lot.
The undead are another matter.
Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires. But when the bloodsucking mafioso she escaped three years ago finds Cassie again with vengeance on his mind, she’s forced to turn to the vampire Senate for protection.
The undead senators won’t help her for nothing, and Cassie finds herself working with one of their most powerful members, a dangerously seductive master vampire—and the price he demands may be more than Cassie is willing to pay....
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