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Legacy of Ghosts Paperback – October 7, 2010
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About the Author
Joleene Naylor is the author of the glitter-less Amaranthine series, a world where vampires aren’t for children. As a compliment to the novel series, she has also written several short stories, including the Vampire Morsels collection, and has plans for an Amaranthine Encyclopedia. In what little time is left she watches anime and updates her blogs, all from a crooked Victorian house in Villisca, Iowa. Between her husband and her pets, she is never lonely, and should she ever disappear one might look for her on a beach in Tahiti, sipping a tropical drink and wearing a disguise. Join her on her website at http://JoleeneNaylor.com
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A dark secret from Jorick's past casts shadows between them, preventing Katelina and Jorick from truly cementing the emotional bond between them. As a result, Katelina feels torn between her old life, and this new, unstable existence with Jorick. The more she longs for increased communication between them, the more he clams up.
Overall, this is a book that tests the bonds of their relationship. The couple faces internal problems while the outside world continues to batter at them, leaving them little peace. Kateesha and her minions won't rest until Katelina is destroyed, and Oren and his coven press Jorick for help in a battle he doesn't want to fight. A surprise twist toward the end of the book makes Legacy of Ghosts a thrilling sequel in the series. Highly recommended for all vampire and paranormal lovers over age 18. This is definitely NOT an appropriate book for the younger Twilight fans.
The book starts off where book one left off. But the more time that Jorick and Katelina spend together, the more angry and frustrated Katelina becomes. She's tired and hurt, but needs to heal from the last vampire battle that she got mixed up in...again. So Jorick takes her to his house, hoping to get a little peace and quiet with Katelina.
Of course, they're vampires...they seem to be always fighting about something. I keep thinking as I'm reading, "Can't we all just get along?" I guess if you're a vampire, you're in a perpetual state of fighting because invariably, you're going to do something to tick one or all of them off.
At his house, Jorick is constantly spending hours upon hours alone in this secret room that he keeps locked at all times. Katelina has asked him about it, but he refuses to let her in or tell her what's inside. She begins to get angry and decides that maybe she should go home since he refuses to tell her anything at all. After all, he does tell her that she shouldn't be there with him.
While waiting outside for Loren, who is supposed to pick her up but doesn't show up, Katelina begins to think this is a bad idea. But when a couple of other nastier looking vamps do show up, and Jorick is no where to be found, Katelina knows she's in trouble. By the time they're done beating her and stabbing her with a knife, she is close to death. Jorick gets back just in time. What does he do to save her? Does he change her?
Oren, who was a vamp in the last book that lost his family, has decided to strike up a fight with Kateesha. But he needs help. He needs the help from Jorick, a much older and stronger vampire than himself. Is Jorick going to help Oren fight Kateesha? Can Oren be trusted? Can any of them, including Jorick? Can any good come out of all this fighting?
If you want action and don't mind the occasional vampire bite, this book series is for you. So much goes on, and with the writing so well done, you feel like you're right in the middle of it. And now that something special has happened with Katelina (*spoiler alert*...no, she's not a vampire), she can either help or be a hinderence to Jorick...although that is just a minor spoiler, I won't say what has happened to her. You'll have to read it to find out.
What amazes me is the author and how she has taken basic human acts and made them less for the vampire characters. For example, Jorick often "forgets" that Katelina needs to eat three times a day. Or, he'll "forget" that she is affected by the cold. He shrugs it off like it's no big deal. The author makes you want to smack some sense into Jorick, but then you realize that he's a vampire and that he only has to feed once a day and that cold doesn't bother him...so, naturally, he would "forget" for Katelina.
I'm actually enjoying the bickering that Katelina and Jorick are displaying since it makes them seem more like a "couple". Jorick is the typical kind of guy who is fighting with his woman, and then an hour later, when it's time for bed, decides that he wants some hanky-panky. Katelina is the typical woman who tries her best to stay mad at him, but finds herself letting it go...at least for the moment.
There are many graphic scenes in this book as well, and it amazes me that Katelina can survive them at all. The author does an amazing job of bringing you into the story and keeping you there. As I said before, I like the Twilight kind of vampire the best, this one is shaping up to be a great series....one I'm sure you won't be able to put down.
Looking forward to reading book three. 5 stars!
Although Katelina wants to open her heart to Jorick, she's been hurt too many times to trust him or any other man, and Jorick isn't from the "school of fluffy vampires." Jorick is dark and brooding. He's lived a long and mysterious life. He drinks blood. He kills without remorse. Jorick isn't exactly "boyfriend material." Jorick is an honest to goodness, old-school style vampire. Katelina knows she shouldn't have feelings for Jorick, but she's also seen the good in him. What's a human girl with a skewed reality to do?
While there is a strong love story that threads throughout this book, Joleene Naylor has managed to effectively pepper this story with some exciting battle scenes, lots of blood, and a good bit of humor. There are lots of twists and turns throughout this book, as well as an interesting ensemble cast of characters. Joleene Naylor has an interesting take on the vampire phenomenon. While I don't expect any "tween-agers" to be chanting Jorick's name anytime soon, I think that those of us who enjoy a traditional vampire story, will love Legacy of Ghosts, Book Two in the Amaranthine Series.