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Blood Passage: Blood Destiny, Book 2 Kindle Edition
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I still liked newbie vampire Lissa and she is satisfyingly powerful in the action parts of the book. But I am finding that I hate the vampire world and how powerless she is within the strictures of their rules, how black and white those rules are, and how much she acts like a child in those scenes.
I also have come to really dislike her 'love' interest Gavin, getting a bit of his POV in the past book (as letters) made him tolerable, unforgivable treatment of Lissa when he brings her into the vamp world tarnished that for me. This time around, Lissa still supposedly hasn't forgiven him for that but when she is forced to become engaged to a vamp to avoid everybody fighting over her (there are only 17 female vamps in the world, which makes Lissa a precious comodity) she picks Gavin as the known evil instead of one of the other two less than desirable choices. And even though - outside of sex - he is grouchy, spends most of his time ranting at her in italian/french/whatever, and is more concerned about his possession of her than any trauma Lissa suffers, she lurves him - a doormaty flaw in her that I do not like.
All of the those frustrating things, had me wishing that the books was over with about 10% left despite the things that I did like. And if not for the fact that she actually tries to escape her situation at the end of the book - her method is quite dramatic - I wouldn't even be considering picking up the next one, especially since I have it on good authority that the series completely jumps the shark a few books down the road.
So four stars for Lissa when she is in the company of wolves being all kickbutty, and for her non-romance relationships - I like her interactions with the other characters. Two stars for the frustrations of the love interests (who are more interested in themselves and not very loving) and for the vampire world - which definitely needs the touch of a reasonable female.
One other thing, it's minor but it sort of bugs me...at one point the author wrote that the werewolves was sitting down for dinner and that the table was laid out with "silver" and china. I tried to excuse it by thinking perhaps she meant "silver" loosely. If Lissa hadn't already mentioned in book 1 that silver burns werewolves skin I would have also use the excuse that in this UF world, silver doesn't harm werewolves.
The first half of this book was not enjoyable for me but towards the latter 50% of the book, things starts to pick up and Lissa is interesting again. I also wants to see if she finally gets out of her current love situation...so I'll be continuing with the series.
Blood Passage picks up right where Blood Wager leaves off. I absolutely love and adore Lissa! She has an amazing and quirky personality that makes me laugh out loud. She is still trying to make sense of the life that she's been thrown into, unwillingly. She is constantly having to adapt to new situations and new people. And she's had to learn how to accept things as they are because the Vampire world makes their own rules. She continues to be swept along from one dangerous adventure to another. And everybody seems relentless on keeping her in the dark about everything. She persistently advances in her talents and becomes even more unique and rare in the vampire world. Lissa is strong and protective of those she is close to. She tries to be as independent as others will let her be but she is a very young and still has a lot to learn about being a vampire.
This book was intensely fast paced! I was propelled through this story and let me tell you, it was an extraordinary ride!!!
The ending was heartbreaking for me. Lissa's punishment for disobeying her sire was more then harsh! And the people she was close to and trusted stood by and let it happen. *under the pretense that 'rules are rules'* I was absolutely fuming at the end of the book and gave Merrill, Gavin and the entire vampire council a big hard mental slap!! Then I rushed to get online to purchase the next installment in the series! Yeah, I'm addicted!! ;)