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A Blood Seduction: A Vamp City Novel Mass Market Paperback – May 29, 2012
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From the Back Cover
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 . . .
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It's like one long, protracted rape scene. It felt like every vampire and trader in Vamp City must be walking around primed and ready, constantly on the lookout for any female that they are somehow obligated to assault on sight. Seriously, I don't think the book goes 5 pages without someone being molested in some fashion. People are killed, tortured and raped endlessly in this book. But this seems to be a fate reserved solely for women. Are horrible, psychopathic vampires really so picky? The reader is forced to confront women being literally ripped apart, drained dry, burned, beaten, raped by a p@nis wrapped in a barbed sheath, as well as just raped en masse and on display, fondled, molested, humiliated and intimidated non-stop (and I mean that almost literally. It is the backdrop of the novel), but only one man was embarrassed because he had to show his bits in an auction and one man was hunted for sport. That's pretty much the complete list of male victims in the book.
I know rape is a pretty common motivator in fiction. It's also used fairly common to ensure the reader knows bad guys are really bad, but I just couldn't take a whole society based on it. I found reading this book extremely uncomfortable, and I read for fun. This was not fun for me.
Then there is Arturo and Quinn's relationship. There is a constant back and forwards between them in which he says he 'I want you', she counters with 'as a slave,' he then counters her with 'no, in my bed.' Now this wouldn't be so horrible except that she's his slave either way. He owns her. There is no indication that (or even social process by which) she could be anything but a slave in Vamp City. So, there's a mixed emotional message being sent here. She's supposed to somehow accept that his wanting to make her a sex slave, as opposed to say a scullery maid, is somehow better or even acceptable. Here's a direct quote about his thoughts on the matter,"If only he could make her a simple slave and keep her, always, in his house. In his bed." Yea, he's not looking for a wife or an equal, just a slave. Lets also not forget that he's not even offering exclusivity. She'd be one of 4. So, I'm having just a little trouble finding the romance here.
Then there is the way this is all cloaked in the illusion of choice. She knows it's and illusion, but she's falling for it all the same. She has no power, no control and no other options. Personally, I'd rather call a spade a spade and get on with it. Yea, I'm so not getting what people love so much about this book.
A lesser disappointment, though still a disappointment, is Quinn's reunion with Zack. He's essentially her sole motivation. She spends 90% of the book trying to rescue him. Are we, the reader, given a heartfelt reunion? No. Just a 'go away Quinn.' Such a let down. Sadly though, having finished it I find myself left with a morbid desire to read the second just to see if it could possibly be as bad. How misguided it that?
I want to give this book a one star...except I can't let myself do it. I really want to. I disliked it that much. But dislike it as I might the writing was still alright and it was still well edited enough to deserve better than a one star. That doesn't make me feel better about it though.
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.