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A Blood Seduction: A Vamp City Novel Mass Market Paperback – May 29, 2012
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Quinn Lennox is searching for a missing friend when she stumbles into a dark otherworld that only she can see—and finds herself at the mercy of Arturo Mazza, a dangerously handsome vampire whose wicked kiss will save her, enslave her, bewitch her, and betray her. What Arturo can't do is forget about her—any more than Quinn can control her own feelings for him. Neither one can let desire get in the way of their mission—his to save his people, hers to save herself. But there is no escape from desire in a city built for seduction, where passion flows hot and blood-red . . .
Top customer reviews
I'm always looking for a new Urban Fantasy series to try. It's like seeking the holy grail as it's tough to compete with some of the great ones already out there. I've grown to have certain expectations and not all authors can produce what I'm looking for. The transition from paranormal romance to urban fantasy Pamela Palmer attempted didn't work as well as it could have. The world building was excellent, I'll give it that. Vampires were every bit as cruel, heartless, and cold as one could expect. Even the nicest among them had ulterior motives for their behavior. From that perspective, it worked, and I liked it.
The biggest problem was with Quinn herself. She didn't live up to the typical urban fantasy heroine. I'm not saying they all have to be alike by any means, but I do prefer to see a woman who can stand up for herself and be strong against the odds. One that doesn't give in too easily. Yes, Quinn remained determined to find her brother, but she caved against her new master, Arturo, far too often. She cried on his shoulder even as he continued to betray her. He easily melted her with his kisses and she continually chose to trust him even when he had told her she shouldn't. No matter how good he seems, eventually you discover he isn't. The man lies with everything he says.
It seemed like much of the book was Quinn bumbling around and accomplishing very little. There seemed to be a lack of focus and direction which caused the story to have a lot of slow parts between little action. I had to put it down several times because it grew to be annoying waiting for the good stuff. It's sad when a scene where humans get horribly tortured in the worst possible ways is one of the highlights of the novel. The heroine did occasionally manage to fight back, but it usually amounted to nothing for her. She always got recaptured. The ending left a lot to be desired as well. Leaving open threads for the plot of a first book in the series is expected, but I wasn't happy with how the author wrapped things up. It made me feel bereft and unsatisfied, rather than ready for the next one to come out. I'm not sure I'll bother to grab it whenever it does release.
If you're a fan of paranormal romance, you'll get the push-pull typical of an anti-hero/heroine relationship, but it won't satisfy you because there isn't enough good qualities between them to make it work. For those hoping for an Urban Fantasy, the heroine isn't strong or dominate enough to make a good lead female. For the most part she is inept and too emotional. I'm not sure who will like it, but some probably will. Don't go by how the novel starts out, that really doesn't give you an idea of how the rest will go. If you want to take a risk, just be warned it may not be as good as you hope. I'm not entirely upset I read it. The fact I finished it means it's not all bad, just not nearly as good as I had hoped.
This book gets 2.5 stars from me. Wish it could have been more.
A Blood Seduction could have been great. I stand behind that. But, it wasn't. It wasn't 'enrage me bad' - which seems to be the response I have seen from quite a few other readers - but it wasn't very good.
Many, many people have commented on the characterization. On how dark the vampires were. That I can handle - I'm all for something other that shiny, tormented, tortured beta boy vampires. Vampires are predators. They have lived a long time amidst other predators. They probably did some ugly stuff to not be blood smears. They probably still do some ugly stuff. They also probably see humans as cattle. This last theme has been hinted at in other books in the vampire genre. This book is just a little more upfront on the concept. Unapologetic. And I liked that.
What I didn't like is how little time was invested in establishing character. I have the sense that the hero's friends, and potentially (maybe) the hero himself (his would be an uphill arc that would be intriguing to witness as he has so far to go), are meant to be sympathetic. Verging right on the shiny beta boys. And yet not enough time is given to developing them and developing our connection to them. I know we were supposed to invest in them - but I'm not making a major purchase after running past the item in the store. I'm probably going to stand there and stare for a long time, research online, really getting a sense of the product. If only the author had let us invest I think I would have had a much better response to this story.
The heroine though... The heroine! Talk about lost opportunities for interesting character development and the chance to invest! She is a scientist who works with blood (established in the first scene). She 'falls into' a world of vampires and that specialization in blood never has relevance? She escapes the world only to return to save her brother - established as the only person she cares about in the world. I get that. But she doesn't come back with something that casts UV or at least a flame thrower? Lighter fluid and a match? Nope. A handful of stakes, a water bottle, and 6 (I remember that detail - SIX) energy bars in a backpack. Because she's a kindergarten teacher or a Walgreens clerk. Wait, no, she isn't - she's a SCIENTIST. Which suggests a level of scientific reason that should have lead to a good plan of attack and some nifty Mr. Science solutions.
And, maybe the worst, she's about 85% passive - letting the story drag her where it will without really digging in her heels at any point. Yes, the Urban Fantasy market is flooded with kick-ass heroines. The genre could use a good heroine who isn't a kick-ass Mary Sue. An every woman, with flaws, who rises to the challenge with 'regular' skills that come out of her character history. But this heroine doesn't fill that niche.
I could go on about other wasted opportunities for diversions from the standard tropes of the overexposed subgenre of Vampire stories - the seeds were there to really do something great - but I'll leave this with what I started with.
So much potential, so little follow-through.
I'd have given it 2 1/2 stars (middle of the road m'eh, but amazon doesn't let you split the difference so 3 it is)
The premise seemed a little silly in its duality of existences and a beam of sunlight until the cleverness of the world building took over and the desire to see what will happen next was cemented.
Sometimes it is good to give something new a try particularly when it is well-written, has excellent character development and a plot with so many twists and turns that keep us moving further into the book until we are hit with a cliffhanger that won't be solved for quite a few months yet, and you find yourself disappointed because you have to wait for the outcome. This is what makes good reading, and this is good reading without a doubt.