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Blood Life Paperback – April 20, 2012
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The overuse of exclamation points and the awkward dialogue made it seem like a YA; however, there were adult sexual scenes. I did enjoy the detailed scenes that described a "turning" of mortal to vampire.
This book was just OK for me. I'm not sure if I'll read more of the series, but I don't regret reading this one. It wasn't bad, but could use some polish.
Unfortunately, the author's writing skill was unworthy of the story. Not to be overly critical, the writing isn't bad...but the book could have been amazing if better executed. Poor sentence construction ruined captivating scenes and dialogue. Time and again the author's efforts to create a descriptive, emotionally charged sentence came out clunky and confusing. I actually wondered whether or not English was the author's first language.
Character development was also lacking. Devendra, Roman, Alethea/Alexandria, and Lokee were all emotionally immature, melodramatic creatures. Their reactions to events within the book often didn't make sense, or seemed incongruous with the character's personality. I found myself disliking the hero and heroine from time to time as Roman threw childish temper tantrums that were never a part of his mortal personality and Alethea didn't care enough to question the fate of her ex-bestie Camilla whom she supposedly loved like a sister. Alethea lacked the moxie that I so admired in her previous incarnation, Alexandria.
Perhaps this is related to character development, but I feel the author could have spent more time polishing the dialogue. The most glaring problem was that Alethea, a modern human, used the presumably old-fashioned speech patterns idiosyncratic of a centuries-old vampire immediately upon being introduced to Roman. I think I liked Alethea most at the end of the book when she drops the F-bomb. In this one sentence, she is the modern, stubborn woman I would have liked to see take a more dominant role throughout the story.
Wow, I feel like I've been very critical in this review. Not to be unfair, there were some great things about this book. The author makes a good choice in beginning Roman and Alethea/Alexandria's romance in medieval times. As I previously mentioned, this plot was also unique and avoided many of the vampire novel cliches I braced myself for at the onset. Some of the scenes were impressive, and could be awe-inspiring on film. I will conclude by saying that the author has a gift for spinning a beautiful, captivating story; but unfortunately the writing doesn't do it justice.