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Blood Wager starts off with the story of how Lissa becomes a vampire. Unfortunately for Mrs Workman, her turning is the result of a cruel joke which makes for a severely lacking intro to the un-dead world. At first she doesn't even realize that she's now a member of the fanged population. I really enjoyed this aspect of the plot. Lissa's flying by the seat of her pants as she attempts to uncover the intricacies that come with her new vampire status. I couldn't help but admire Workman from the get-go. She's having what very well could be the worst day of her life yet she manages to keep a level head and do what must be done. It was fun watching Lissa discover her new abilities. Her only point of reference is pop culture so she tries anything and everything that she's ever seen in movies. Some work, some don't. Suttle also comes up with her own short-form lingo in the form of FVM (f$@%ing vampire manual) which I adored. Every time something backfires Lissa jokes about how useful it would be if she had a vamp 101 book.
I was anxious for the werewolves to make their appearance. I enjoy a good vamp read but my heart belongs to canine shifters. I had a hunch early on and Connie was kind enough to drop a few breadcrumbs here and there but the mid-point twist was still a welcome surprise. I enjoyed unraveling Suttle's take on pack and vampire hierarchy. She develops each supernatural's world superbly by merging existing lore with her own and the result is a well-rounded, believable, Blood Destiny universe. On top of exceptional world-building, Blood Wager is also overflowing with unbelievable characters! There's Lissa, of course, who despite having been constantly put through the wringer still manages to maintain her big heart and do-the-right-thing attitude. William Winkler is Workman's new boss. At first I disliked him to the extreme but he continued to surprise me throughout this book and by the end I actually liked him! Last but not least is this book's man candy, Gavin Montegue. My verdict is still out on him but I can't deny how hot he is! Maybe he'll pull his head out of his butt in Blood Passage.
Now time for the not so good stuff. This book could have finished a good 50 pages earlier in my opinion. It was almost as if the main plotline concluded and then a second one started up in the final chapters. I understand the reason behind it; Connie wanted to tie up a few loose ends and create a segue for the next installment. However, I think she could have done it in fewer pages which would have resulted in me feeling less frustrated towards the end. Blood Wager was going to receive a 5 star review from me until I found myself having to wade through an unnecessarily long ending.
Connie Suttle is definitely an up and coming author to watch out for! Blood Wager blends memorable characters with a down-to-earth sassy writing style to create Urban Fantasy magic! The second installment in this series is already available; Amazon.com here I come!
Lissa was having a really bad day. Understatement, as her beloved husband had just died that day and before the day is out so does Lissa. I guess you would call becoming a vampire dying of a sort. And all because two bored vampires decided to make a wager about her becoming a vampire. Her adventures begin when she wakes up alone and escapes the locked room she finds herself in. It doesn’t take her long to realize what she is and that she is totally alone in it. She literally has to start from scratch with her whole life AND grieve her husbands death. From learning how to feed to having to find a job with no ID, it’s not easy for Lissa. She was 47 when she died, when she woke up she looked 23 and completely different so there is no going back to her life. How she goes about her new life, job and new friendships makes for a really great read.
You know those series that even though you just finished one book, you immediately buy the next one and the next one until you run out? That’s what’s going on with this series for me. My TBR stack of books can just sit there awhile while I enjoy these books. Oh there’s a few things that are confusing a bit here and there but for the most part this book sucked me in and never let go. Of course there’s some love interests along the way but that’s not in the forefront of this book. And sometimes that is a good thing because you know you have a whole series to explore that especially since she is a new widow. The author has created a world where vampires and werewolves live among us,albeit secretly. Lissa manages to become involved in both of these worlds. Both worlds have power struggles, politics and their own systems of reprimanding their members-this was some great world building I must say! I loved this book and the next one, Blood Passage, that I am reading now is just as good so far. These have been out awhile and that’s good because there’s several out there to read-and no waiting! I rated it 4.5 stars. Originally posted on PureTextuality.com on 06/21/2013