Monday, July 9, 2012

Review: Caris Roane - Embrace the Dark

The Blood Rose Series:
Book 1:
Embrace the Dark: Gerrod and Abigail

Enter a world of blood-starved mastyr vampires and the rare women who can satisfy their deepest needs…
How can he resist his blood rose…
Gerrod, mastyr vampire of the Merhaine Realm, never thought to have his blood-needs satisfied by a mere human. But Abigail is no ordinary woman. She stuns him with her telepathy as well as the richness of her blood. However, her human DNA makes her an unacceptable mate. Yet how can Gerrod turn her away when she alone has satisfied his blood-starvation for the first time in a hundred-and-fifty-years?
Will she fall to temptation and give herself to a vampire…
When the dreaded enemy of all realm-folk, the Invictus, attacks at a fae wedding, Abigail’s simple human life gets turned upside down. She doesn’t know if she has the courage to pursue a path that means giving herself body and soul to a mastyr vampire. Will she return to her normal existence in Flagstaff, Arizona? Or will she embrace the dark…
This first novella in this series is interesting. The concept is a bit different twist on the Vampire genre. These vampires are not made, they are born. The most powerful of the Vampires are “Master Vampires” and lead a specific realm of which there are nine. All master Vampires suffer from blood starvation, where their hunger is never satisfied, unless they find a long forgotten “Blood Rose”, a female that can satisfy all their blood cravings.
Overall, the book is ok. It’s a quick read at about 120 pages; the world has potential and has some interest characters. However, I had an issue with the dialog in this book, it was often awkward and felt forced. The conversations between Gerrod and Abigail just didn’t seem like a conversation that anyone would have in real life. It was formal and the sentence structure was a bit off at times. Something that wasn’t as fun as it could have been is the Master Vamps fight using blasts of power and force fields. A quick blast of power is just not as fun as a down and dirty fight. And I didn’t quite get a handle on the Invictus, I didn’t feel like I truly knew what they wanted.
Gerrod, is a master vamp who is used to being alone. He fights his attraction for Abigail for a year until the night of the first attack, when he kisses her for the first time. I think I could have grown to like Gerrod more, but I just didn’t know much about him to grow to like him more. I didn’t dislike him, but I wasn’t attached. Abigail, I wasn’t really a fan of. She was just so complacent. It was all about serving Gerrod, give him blood, make his life easier, serve him… Where was her fire? She was just kind of blah. I wanted more from her, and I just didn’t get it. She wasn’t unlikable, but she wasn’t really all the likeable either.
If you like vampires and have an hour or two of time on your hands and don’t want to start a full length book, then this is great for that. It is short, sweet and entertaining in places. I wouldn’t discourage anyone from giving this new series a try nor would I highly recommend it.
Amanda P ratings 3 moons
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