Sunday, May 17, 2015

Book Review: Blood and Ghosts (Blood #2) by Shira Anthony

Blood and Ghosts (Blood #2)Blurb:

 With vampire Nicolas Lambert’s marriage to a rival clanswoman only weeks away, Adrien Gilbert struggles to come to terms with his defeat at the hands of Verel Pelletier, a vampire hunter and an immortal like himself. Adrien and his former teacher, Roland Günter, begin to explore his newly acquired abilities. But without his soul’s sword, Adrien flounders.

On Nicolas’s wedding day, a two-hundred-year old secret is revealed, sending the wedding party into a blazing battle between hunters and vampires. Once again Adrien finds himself facing Pelletier’s superior strength. Just as Adrien believes all hope of a future with Nicolas is lost, he finally learns his true gift—he can turn back time. But time travel comes with a high cost. To save Nicolas, Adrien must become strong enough to use his power without descending into madness.

Todd’s rating:

Ugh, serialized stories make me completely bat shit CRAYZEEEE, which is why I'm extremely picky about whose cliffhanger-ish books that I'll read.

But Shira reeled me in with her 'Mermen of Ea' series; plus, I enjoy a good vamp story, so this series was a no-brainer for me.

Book two of the 'Blood' series, "Blood and Ghosts", made me feel like some manic animal that you see on YouTube videos trying to catch that damn red laser pointer dot.

Forever chasing, chasing and chasing.

Don't get me wrong, the book was very good, keeping me enthralled, from beginning to end, but it took a lot of focus and concentration to stay with the plot line more times than not.

There was time travel, changed timelines, slight to drastic variations on some of the key characters (of which there continued to be a *lot*), plus some extremely messed up life choices in the name of alliances, peace and love.

As confusing as the story was at times, I really couldn't put the book down, despite my high degree of frustration with trying to keep a mental map of all the current locations of the story's moving chess pieces. It truly was a puzzle, constantly challenging.

And to add to the frustration,
The one thing that really kept me focused was the fact that no matter what (or when) Adrien and Nicholas fleetingly crossed paths in the book, which was very infrequently, there was always a bone-deep connection. Just under the surface, their bond remained intact.

As a bit of a bone tossed for hanging in there, we're allowed a small glimpse of happiness at the very end of this second book. And honestly, if I hadn't gotten that, I might have had to throw my eReader against the wall. Repeatedly. Then found a large brick to complete the task.

So with what I'm assuming will only be one final book remaining, I'm very much looking forward to one of the most hard-won HEA's from any series that I've read in recent history.

4 *no-more-bread-crumbs-next-time-steak-please* stars for book two of the trilogy.

My copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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