- File Size: 1336 KB
- Print Length: 261 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: SubtleDemon Publishing; 1 edition (January 8, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 8, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005JT022I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,335 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
I must say I really liked book 1 in the 'Blood Destiny' series. There was serious potential for a continued story and some great characters. The world and ideas of Ms Suttle are interesting.
My problem with this book is first and foremost the dialogue. Almost every time Lissa utters a word she either 'grumpled' or called the person she was talking to, 'honey'. Now I'm all for a character being dissatisfied or loving, with the people surrounding them, but couldn't Ms Suttle switch it up a bit?
It leaves a flat feeling, also there is alot of focus on food, cleaning up after food is eaten, and so on.
Secondly, the Lissa we met in book one was not timid in her interactions, and wasn't afraid of calling the guys on their BS, IMHO. In this book however she just takes every blow she's delt. I know some will argue that she thinks the Council will kill her if she doesn't obey, but that would not mean rolling over on every single issue she has to deal acording to the Lissa of book one. I see her as a regressing character between the to books.
Thirdly, I liked and was intrigued by Gavin in 'Blood Wager', even though he acted cruelly and callously in the end. In 'Blood Passage', however I barely recognized him. He objectified Lissa, and acted with the perception, understanding and temper of a five year old. Honestly I know he says he loves her but I read him more like a sociopath with a knew toy.
Last but not least is the 'I love you' from Lissa to Gavin. I did not see that coming! It wasn't in her thoughts or displayed by her feelings or actions at all. What IS in her thoughts is, that she cares but doesn't trust, that she doesn't want to get ingaged but Gavin is the lesser evil at the moment.
I really thought I was in for a great ride with this series. I don't usually mind a doormat if she is written well but this is just mindless and careless of great potential. I hope Lissa regrows her spine and brain in future books.
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