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Blood Tears Paperback – January 21, 2014
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About the Author
Denise K. Rago lives in New Jersey with her husband. A chance encounter with a mysterious man during a date-night visit to Manhattan inspired her to write Immortal Obsession, in which she created vampire Christian Du Mauré. His story continues in the sequel Blood Tears.
Rago, an avid reader, carries a passion for art museums, the French Revolution, and all things vampire. Her credentials include a bachelor's degree in anthropology and a master's degree in museum professions. She puts them all to work in her continuing vampire novels.
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With the immediate threat vanquished, Amanda and Christian settle down to date quite peacefully ... except that there are still darker forces at work behind the scenes. Over in Europe, a coven of vampires so old and powerful that they are unknown to all but a select few have settled on Amanda as a threat to their ways. Suddenly, no one is trustworthy.
Rago is to be credited with sufficiently upping the ante in this sequel. Too often, a series of books --- even just two or three, total --- falls flat after the first excellent offering, with authors scrambling to find something even more important to put at stake. In this case, Christian and Amanda find themselves torn between their feelings for one another and their growing realization that perhaps, because of forces beyond their control, they are not meant to be together, after all.
Themes explored in the work include betrayal, love, passion, hatred, bitterness, commitment and fidelity, and the age-old question about whether tradition preserved is more important than change accommodated (or even welcomed).
Christian, in particular, becomes an even more complicated character than in the first novel, if that were possible. His centuries-old devotion to a former lover --- from whom Amanda herself is descended --- shakes to the core everything he thought he had figured out about himself, his friend Michel, and Amanda. His torment is a large part of what compels the reader onward through the pages as suspense builds to a climax that I, for one, did not foresee.
As in the first novel, a future edition of BLOOD TEARS could use a close edit to eliminate things like head-hopping, errors in grammar and punctuation, and inconsistencies. Much of the first several chapters is summary of the first novel, which slowed the pace of the current story considerably, to my dismay; I prefer that even novels in a series can sufficiently stand alone from one another that a reader need not have to be told (rather than shown) what happened previously.
Further, BLOOD TEARS is more philosophical and, perhaps, emotionally weightier than the first in the series, which translates to more internal monologues and long paragraphs of reminiscent thoughts for more than one character. Finally, the flashbacks to another time and place, while to be praised for "showing" rather than "telling" what happened, are often difficult to keep arranged in some semblance of chronological order in the reader's mind.
Nevertheless, an admirable second offering by an author who clearly loves her closely researched French Revolution and the paranormals she has chosen to populate her stories.
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Author: Denise K. Rago
Title: BLOOD TEARS
Purchase here: http://amzn.to/1Ls6cFz
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Blood Tears was everything I wanted in the sequel, and so much more. It had been a couple years since I read Immortal Obsession, but in the beginning of Blood Tears, the author does a mini recap throughout the first few chapters, which was really helpful. It reminded me of some of the little things I had forgot in Immortal Obsession, so I didn't have to reread it. The plot was fast paced and fun. It had me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen with Christian, Amanda, and Michel. Being a college student, I appreciated the short chapters in this book. Even if I didn't get much reading done during my busy day, I was still able to read a chapter or two in between classes. It helped to keep my interest focused in the book.
There was a big plot twist that I saw coming before it happened because it was highly hinted at throughout the book. However, just because I knew it was going to happen, didn't make it any less enjoyable. I still loved seeing the interactions between two certain characters after the big twist was revealed. It was fascinating how the twist just kind of turned everything on it's head, and how one of the main characters recovered from it.
By the time Blood Tears was over, it left readers with a lot of unanswered questions, especially in the last few chapters. I am excited to read the next book in the series, and get answers. Although, I think the wait for the third book will drive me crazy. I loved Blood Tears. I definitely recommend Denise K. Rago's books, especially if you are a fan of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles.
I enjoyed Denise K. Rago's style of writing. As she described the scenes of France, they popped in my mind as vivid images. I further enjoyed how she pulled us into the world of vampires, ancient, and future. Denise did an outstanding job with her book two and you certainly would be doing yourself a favor to get this book, not only for the entertaining story itself, but as well for the beautiful descriptions of France intertwined inside the story. Looking forward to book three.