Today I am having the Blood Jewel Blog Tour (hosted by A Tale of Many Reviews) stopping by. Read on for my review and the chance to win one of twelve print copies of Blood Jewel!
With the mystery of Chansey Leclaire and Curry Brennan’s connection solved, they are free to explore their newfound love for one another. Or so they thought…
When Marsala uses a witch and black magic to discover Curry’s whereabouts, he and Chansey are left with no choice. The newly engaged couple is forced to relocate away from their families at the new compound in Savannah, which causes some major changes in the plans for their upcoming wedding. Relocating to Savannah might have saved Curry and Chansey from being discovered by Marsala, but it doesn’t stop her attempts to reach Curry or her efforts to harm Chansey through the use of black magic. As Marsala closes in, Curry faces the decision he never wanted to make. Will he keep Chansey human or condemn her to eternity as the thing he hates most?
As Curry waits for his hand to be forced, a newly turned vampire arrives at the Savannah compound in need of help. Not only is she a fledgling in transition, she brings reports of escaping from a vampire cult still in possession of her sister, a human. Any attempt to save the captive human from a cult of vampires puts everyone in jeopardy. Can they risk entering a large cult to save one human being? And is so, how could they possibly do it successfully?
Love will grow. New mysteries will arise. A battle will ensue. A Blood Jewel will be found.
I liked the first book in The Vampire Agápe series, and I looked forward to reading the continuing adventures of Curry and Chansey. I didn’t enjoy Blood Jewel as much as Blood of Anteros: I feel like there could have been a little more character development but liked the extension of the world and the introduction of some cool new characters.
It would be almost impossible for me to review this book without mentioning the Twilight saga – because it disturbingly follows the plot line of the first half of Breaking Dawn, to the point where I can’t ignore it. The newly engaged couple are planning their wedding and enjoying some well needed stability in their relationship, when the planning aspect is commandeered by Curry’s vampire sisters. Curry refuses to deflower his beloved until after marriage, which causes Chansey to use intimacy as a bargaining chip. Even the wedding and honeymoon destination echo Breaking Dawn. There are quite a few more similarities, but I won’t recite them here for fear of spoiling the story, but it suffices to note that Chansey and Curry’s personal lives almost mirror that of Edward and Bella’s after marriage.
What the book lacks in originality it makes up in characters: I think the story arc with Solomon and the apparent re-emergence of his humanity is interesting and I spent the better part of the book trying to figure out what was going on with him. The introduction of a fledgling vampire and her human sister intrigued me, because I am interested in the process of turning a human into a vampire in this world. I would have enjoyed some more exploration of Marsala’s motivations – it’s still quite murky. This book also sheds light on the past – not only Curry’s but Chansey’s family as well, which is nice.
Despite my slight disappointment in this book, I am still looking forward to the third book in the series, Blood Doll, in hopes of finding the answers to all the questions that burn inside me. This series is not be missed by those fans of vampire novels!
About the book:
- Date published: May 31st 2012
- Publisher: self published
- Format: Ebook
- Categories: YA Paranormal – Vampires
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About Georgia: I am a wife, mother of two daughters and a labor and delivery nurse. I have recently added Paranormal Romance Writer to my list of things to keep be busy, but I am ecstatic to release my debut novel, Blood of Anteros, the first book inThe Vampire Agápe Series.
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