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Under the Blood Red Moon Paperback – September 30, 2008
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About the Author
Hande Zapsu who writes as Mina Hepsen, was born in Istanbul, Turkey. Growing up between Munich and Istanbul, she was influenced by her father (a Turkish politician) and went on to Boston where she did a B.A. in Political Science and Political Philosophy at Tufts University. Always a big fan of travelling, she then moved to Miami for a year before going on to Edinburgh, Scotland where she lives currently.
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Everything was too ordinary: characters, plot, events, and dialogue. Nothing surprised or delighted me. I was not drawn in emotionally. A couple events near the end annoyed me. There was one thing of interest, many famous sayings quoted throughout the book. In addition, on page 225 Angelica and Lord Jeffrey had a heated debate, throwing historical facts and famous sayings back and forth. That was the most interesting part for me, but not enough to recommend the book.
Alexander is the leader of a vampire clan. They can read and put thoughts into the minds of humans. They have a set of rules which state vampires must not drink blood from humans and must not hurt humans. A rogue vampire, Sergey, wants to start a war against humans and is killing them. Alexander and his group are looking for Sergey to stop him. Angelica is a human who reads thoughts. She meets Alexander and he teaches her how to block others' thoughts at will. She accidentally discovers that he and his group are vampires. Due to a recent financial setback, she needs to find a rich husband to support her and her brother.
I found it unsettling when the dialogue consisted of three people just saying the name Alexander as the primary conversation over three pages, excerpted below.
Page 313: Alexander was fighting Sergey. James said "Alexander?" Alexander said nothing and kept fighting. Sergey yelled "Alexander." They continued to fight. James said "Alexander." Alexander ignored him and walked to Angelica and said "Is she" as he held her. Margaret said "Alexander." He said nothing. Margaret again said "Alexander." Then Margaret pointed at a mark on Angelica's body saying "What is that?" She looked again and said "Alexander?" Alexander never responded or said anything back to these people saying his name. It felt odd.
I was also annoyed with the following event. There is danger, two killers are around. Angelica is at a party and decides she wants to be alone. She tells her brother she wants two minutes alone outside without a chaperone. He reluctantly says ok and leaves. She goes outside to a dark place where she won't be seen and is immediately kidnapped. I would have preferred seeing a kidnapper do something creative to get her, rather than her own stupidity placing herself in harms way.
Story length: 321 pages. Sexual language: none/mild. Number of sex scenes: 2. Length of sex scenes: 1.4 and 6.3 pages. Setting: 1871 London. Copyright: 2008. Genre: historical paranormal romance.
Publisher: Avon (An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
Author: Mina Hepsen penname for (Hande Zapsu)
Formats: Paperback, Kindle
Amazon Rating: 3 and a half stars
4 star rating
I first read Under The Blood Red Moon about 6 years ago. I loved it so much I re-read it recently; and was able to refresh my memory on why exactly I had loved it so much the first time around.
I lived with my best friends family for a long time; there wasn’t much to do at the house after school and Barnes and Noble was just down the street; so me and my friend would sit in the café there with our books for hours reading. It was our own personal safe haven, book club, and I loved it.
We had just finished Glass House by Rachel Caine and still had 30 minutes to kill so I wandered the isles. It was getting late and I remember they were starting to shut everything down; when a black and red book spine stood out to me, screaming.
It was in the Adult Fiction section. In those days I only read Young Adult novels so I wasn’t really looking for anything to read but the authors name, MINA, stuck out to me because it was my nickname. I pulled the book from its shelf and was immediately intrigued. The cover was gorgeous, and the title beautiful. I quickly learned it was a vampire novel, which I was all about in those days. So I figured it was a sign and bought the book with my last $20 I was suppose to use for bus fair and food.
Here are some of the Excerpts from Under The Blood Red Moon that got me to fork out my ride money.
I have the paperback version of this book, which I love, but looking back on how I used to just throw my books into my backpack with all my other s***, I wish I would have taken a little better care of it… lets just say its “well loved”
The font and letter design on the inside make the book feel like a fairytale. I was really brought into the time period (1871 London, which really if that isn’t enough to get you to want to read what will?) I can’t get enough of these old London time period books. If you’re like me, you will love this book and you might also want to check out Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Claire or Shadow of the wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
Under The Blood Red Moon is the beautiful, slightly erotic story of Angelica Shelton Belanov, a girl cursed with the gift to read minds; and Alexander Kourakin the powerful leader in an ancient clan of vampires from the east. This story starts out very well; Angelica who has avoided marriage in the past due to the alarming things she can hear from her suitors, is now trying to find a rich husband so her brother, who has suffered some health issues, does not find out how financially screwed they are. It’s not going that great for her and then she meets Prince Alexander; a mysterious man who can speak to her with his mind. She senses the danger surrounding him, but cannot will herself away from his presence, just as he cannot stop her from distracting him from more important ventures.
The vampires in this book are not like any other I have read before; they seem more ancient, following sacred laws and procedures; they are also more human than vampires I have read in the past. They are a dying race waiting for there prophecy to come true. None of the old vampire cliché’s in here.
This book had me hooked from beginning to end, the story is not just told in Angelicas POV, but many others which I liked. You really got a better understanding of things that way. I don’t think I really need to give you an excuse to buy a beautiful book to display on your shelf because, lets face it, the cover art is amazing on this. But it’s also a great read. If you like vampire books, this one is awesome; more old school adult Anne Rice feel than new school Stephanie Myer YA Vamps which in my opinion is a good thing.
Here I’ll make it really simple if you’re even slightly interested just get the book! You’ll thank me later!
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