About this book:
Fledgling vampire Jonathan Kerr has just met his match.
Not even his past life as a former Marine and FBI agent could prepare him for the battle against the monster inside him, struggling to take hold. After an old nemesis of the Senary surfaces in Brooklyn, unleashing chaos and terror in the battered borough, Jon sets out to take him down. Instead, he ends up with far more than he bargained for when he clashes with the beautiful half-vampire hybrid, Lawan Knight.
After escaping near death and suffering unspeakable horror at the hands of vampires, Lawan trusts no one, regardless of species. In between bouts of drunken stupor, her only goal is to exterminate all those who’ve wronged her, including every member of Jon’s vampire bloodline. But Jon’s soulful eyes and quick smile crawls under her skin, transforming her black and white world into a hazy shade of gray.
As the days rapidly grow darker, Jon and Lawan turn to one another, but their inner demons threaten to tear them apart. The only way either of them will survive is if they overcome their greatest fear–
Release Date: 9th November, 2016.
What I think?
Um.. so yeah. I’m finally doing this. I think this review was supposed to be up some 5 days ago, but I’m so lazy, and so easily distracted. Ugh. Someone needs to take a bullet and shoot me with it already. I prefer the black one.
Let’s do this.
This is the second book I’ve read by Linda, and like I said in my last review, I was really pleased with Releasing the Demons. It painted the perfect world. OK! OK! Not so perfect world about what would happen if vampires were to happen. Where the last book spent it’s time building the world, and merely introducing the characters, this book spent it’s time building the characters and thickening the plot.
This story revolves around Jonathan Kerr, the “black bullet”, the vampire who hunted his own kind, and the seventh ‘secret’ member of the Order of Senary, and his beloved love interest, and also the love interest of his not-so-beloved dead sire- Lawan Knight. And when I say revolves around them, I mean that they are the main plot story, but there are minor ones too- like Regin and Alek’s plans, Jon’s relationship with the rest of the Knight brothers, and his sister and a little sneak-a-peek into what exactly happened the night he was turned. When I say a peek, I really mean that. So little! (At this point I just need Kasen and Veronica’s story, because what the hell!! So much back story and you just keep hush hush on it Rose!!! I don’t likes you berry mush *pouts*)
OK. Well, when I said in my last review that this book was almost better than the last one, I really meant it. Rose’s writing was brilliantly strong, and just like the last one, it had science! And I ♥ science.
Jon, despite being saved, has a lot of resentment towards his team mates for saving him, and trapping him in a life as the very creature he abhorred, and Lawan hated the entire world because she felt like everyone had betrayed her- the humans by creating her and then discarding her, and her brothers by abandoning her. Both their growth from self-hatred to love was seriously well portrayed.
What won me over in this book however, was the fact that the characters had so much depth to them. We get to see inside Jon’s mind as his sire threatens to take over his psyche, and we get to see Lawan’s fear of well.. any kind of human (and not so human) touch. Not that I blame her. She had every right to be wary of a hot-friendly-neighbourhood vampire that kept stalking her. Especially after what had happened.
Which brings me to Jon’s sire and his brother- Taylon and Regin.
I kind of don’t get what their end games were. Regin can sense that his dead brother grows inside of Jon, because of the blood connection, so he wants to wait until Taylon completely possesses Jon, and Jon becomes Taylon, and then what? They had to know that Roman was a very powerful psychic, and just as easily as he had kept Jon from going insane after Taylon’s death, he might have been able to exorcise Taylon out? Right?
Also, I am a bit confused about Taylon. I don’t know what to think of him.
He wasn’t as evil as Regin, but never really stopped Regin from hurting Lawan. And he apparently loved Lawan, because he definitely let her go. So.. then he tries to kill her? What? I mean I get that she killed his brother in the end, but it was pretty obvious that they were going to torture her. So was the loving her part a lie? Am I really that gullible?
Oh goddammit, I really am that gullible, aren’t I?
Fine! Let me talk about the person I freaking loved- Roman. Because really- psychic, extremely smart, and also kind of aloof? My heart is melting. I kind of had a hard time picturing the goat like rectangular pupils, but I think I can work with those too. If his book is the next one, then I needed it yesterday, or the day before preferably. Plus that exorcism scene? Oh-mah-fucking-gawd! Best. Scene. Ever. It was so bloody fucking good! Only way it would have been better was if it was from Jon’s perspective instead of Lawan’s because I would have loved to hear more of the snarky bitchisism between Jon and Taylon, as Roman tried to kick him off Jon’s mind. Now that, would have been gold. Pure. 24 fucking karat. Gold.
Also the whole Dama de Noche thing with Lawan? I approve of that. Very interesting indeed.
Ugh. OK let me bring this back to some semblance of a review- I loved this book. Really did. Jon’s and Lawan’s past were really well portrayed, as were their connection. If Taylon truly loved her, it would explain Jon’s initial attraction to the female hybrid. But, I also felt their love for each other, as it gradually grew. Um.. so yeah. Rose is really really good, and I really really need the next book, because what the hell! Give it already! And like I said last time, this series is definitely fullfilling my need for a good vampire series with some kickass characters.
Do I recommend it to everyone?
Hell the fuck yeah!
“She’s luring me out, baby boy. She lures us all out, even you.”
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