#FantasyReads | #BookReview | BLOOD RIGHTS (House of Comarre #1) by Kristen Painter @Kristen_Painter (1st September 2011, Orbit Books @orbitbooks)

BLOOD RIGHTS (House of Comarre #1) by Kristen Painter
Published; September 1st 2011, Orbit Books

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Rebellion has a price.

The lacy gold mapped her entire body. A finely wrought filigree of stars, vines, flowers, butterflies, ancient symbols and words ran from her feet, up her legs, over her narrow waist, spanned her chest and finished down her arms to the tips of her fingers.

Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle’s body bears the telltale marks of a comarré—a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world…and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.

Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign. 

Paranormal fiction. Not my usual ‘go-to’ genre. I’ve dabbled in the past with Paranormal, Horror and even Science Fiction, but that’s as far as my journey goes. Knowing this, [K] gifted me a copy of one her favourite paranormal books (BLOOD RIGHTS) for my birthday and I was intrigued to see what I thought of the genre.

Not going to lie, it took me a little while to fully get into the story. That’s nothing to do with the plot, the characters or even the writing style. I think it was getting my mind into another world, with new beings, sayings, etc. But what Kristen has been able to do is create a realistic world separate to ‘kine’ – filled with supernatural beings, all of which face their own internal politics.

After a few chapters, that was it. I was in. Fully invested in Chrysabelle and Mal’s story and the journey they found themselves on to evade capture from a noble vampire out for their lives. The contrast between Chrysabelle and Mal are night and day. Chrysabelle has been raised Comarre, which in the simplest of terms is a blood servant to the most noble vampires, her blood is pure and comes at a high cost. She is there to serve, but is trained to defend herself if the need arises.

Then we have Mal. A sombre, brooding vampire (I automatically think of Angel from Buffy) who quite literally has to fight his own demons. He lives a pretty solitary life, sharing his time with a shifter and a ghost. Not appreciating the intrusion of Chrysabelle into their lives, Mal begins to change in his behaviours and towards the latter part of the story, I found myself caring about him.

The chemistry between the two is so thick you can carve it with an axe and it’s clear that there is more to come for the pair! Bring on the next instalment!

 

You can buy BLOOD RIGHTS (House of Comarre #1) from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

 

-S.

#MiniReviewMonday | #BookReviews | 24/09/2018

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Never has a quote been so relevant to EVERY book worm around the globe (and further!). SO many books, but so little time! The same can also be said for book bloggers. We read that many books so we can share them with our audience, but we find ourselves short of time to write all our thoughts down in a comprehensive review.

This brings us nicely to ‘Mini Review Monday’. A place where, to compliment our current content, we can share with you some of our initial thoughts on books we have been reading over the last week 🙂

 
THE NIGHT AT THE CROSSROADS (Maigret #7) by Georges Simenon

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“She came forward, the outlines of her figure blurred in the half-light. She came forward like a film star, or rather like the ideal woman in an adolescent’s dream. ‘I gather you wish to talk to me, Inspector . . . but first of all please sit down . . .’ Her accent was more pronounced than Carl’s. Her voice sang, dropping on the last syllable of the longer words.”

Maigret has been interrogating Carl Andersen for seventeen hours without a confession. He’s either innocent or a very good liar. So why was the body of a diamond merchant found at his isolated mansion? Why is his sister always shut away in her room? And why does everyone at Three Widows Crossroads have something to hide?

These are short little novels, with medium size chapters. So for me a fairly quick read and ideal for taking on a day out.

These little stories can be read as standalones if preferred, nor do they have to be read in order if it is not desired.

Whilst I had already seen the televised episode of this with Rowan Atkinson, and did remember the basic storyline it was fun to read the novel as opposed to have it all play out on the television screen.

I found this a fast paced book, which still kept me guessing right until the very end.

Another brilliant and intriguing investigation by Maigret.

[K]

 
THE BEAUTIFUL DEAD by Belinda Bauer

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There’s no safety in numbers . . .

Eve Singer needs death. With her career as a TV crime reporter flagging, she’ll do anything to satisfy her ghoulish audience.

The killer needs death too. He even advertises his macabre public performances, where he hopes to show the whole world the beauty of dying.

When he contacts Eve, she welcomes the chance to be first with the news from every gory scene. Until she realizes that the killer has two obsessions.

One is public murder.

And the other one is her . . .

This was the first novel I’ve read by this author but definitely won’t be my last.

This was a fast paced book which I found I struggled to put down. I warmed to the main character Eve’s personality, and disliked the smarmy Guy, the problems of juggling her journalism job with an incredibly tetchy boss and her homelife, when a serial killer is thrown into the mix. Each death by this killer was a surprise and I found myself rooting for Eve to solve the case right up until the climatic end.

Whilst I don’t want to give too much away and spoil the story for new readers, I would definitely recommend this book to those that like a good crime thriller. So much so I have actually passed this book onto my Mum to read as she likes this genre.

You will not be disappointed!

[K]

TRAITOR’S BLOOD (Civil War Chronicles #1) by Michael Arnold

9186453.jpgTraitor’s Blood, the first in The Civil War Chronicles, Michael Arnold’s acclaimed series of historical thrillers, sees battle-scarred hero Captain Stryker, ‘the Sharpe of the Civil War’, confront his nemesis. ‘Stands in comparison with the best of Cornwell’ Yorkshire Post

Once seen in the heat of battle, Captain Stryker is never forgotten. A hardened veteran of the wars in the Low Countries, he has come home to England to seek revenge on the man who left him for dead and scarred him for life.

Stryker is driven by loyalty rather than conviction to serve King Charles’s cause. He has no truck with aristocracy, preferring the company of a handful of trusted men, including sometime actor Lancelot Forreseter and his foul-mouthed sergeant, Skellen. But when the existence of a dangerous spy at the heart of the Royalist establishment is discovered, it is Stryker whom Prince Rupert chooses to capture the man before he realises the game is up.

Lightly armed and with only a handful of men, Stryker must journey across a country riven by bitterness and beset by marauding bands of soldiers in a race against time. But unbeknown to Stryker, someone else is also closing in on his quarry, someone whom Stryker has sworn to kill: Captain Eli Makepeace, his nemesis, the man who nearly destroyed him . . .

Being part of one of the Civil War towns (Newark), I have taken an interest in this particular point in history.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this novel but I really enjoyed it, the story is set around Captain Striker and his companions giving the battles and skirmishes from their point of view (in this one it includes the battle of Edgehill) Whilst trying to complete his special mission he has been given.

I found I was rooting for the good guys, disliking the bad and wondering how they were going to get out of the scrapes they found themselves in. The action was well described and non stop, where pretty much no one got away unscathed. And the storyline I felt was well paced and thought out.

Definitely looking forward to reading the next in the series. Ideal for those that like military or historical action stories.

[K]

 
Have you read any of our mini reviews this week?

Let us know in the comments!

 

#BlogBlitz | #BlogTour | #BookReview | THE FRENCH ESCAPE by Suzie Tullett @SuzieTullett (20th September 2018, Bombshell Books @bombshellpub)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for THE FRENCH ESCAPE by Suzie Tullett.

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Sarah Hardy, Bombshell Books and Suzie Tullett who gifted me an early copy of  THE FRENCH ESCAPE. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

It’s fair to say that Flick has had a terrible year. Her beloved father died, she had the wedding of her dreams and only hours after the ceremony her husband ran out on her.

Brenda, fed up of her daughter living like a hermit, decides to drag Flick off to France to stay in a chateau. What could be better than an idyllic escape?

But when they arrive Flick discovers the chateau is all but abandoned.

The only upside of her French escape is the handsome and mysterious neighbour, Nate.

Nate loves his life living in the cottage on the grounds of the abandoned chateau but that is about to be put in jeopardy…

Can Nate and Flick ever learn to come to terms with the past and find love again?

The French Escape is a heart-warming, happy ever after, love story. Follow Flick and Nate’s laugh out loud and emotional journey as they negotiate matters of the heart and learn to trust again.

So, you want to know what I think?

This was such a lovely sweet story. I found myself constantly smiling whilst reading this.

Flick and her mum go on holiday to France to escape Flick’s sham of a marriage but it turns out the chateau they run to now belongs to Flick and she has to decide sell it and return home or make it her new home.

I instantly liked Flick. Despite being maybe a little naïve, she seems to think practically and seems honest and genuine. From the moment she meets Nate you can see there is a connection and what the outcome will be but there was also a constant underlying of secrets that needed to be released and throughout the story little snippets are discovered until eventually the whole secret is exposed.

I found myself struggling to put this down and lucky for me it is a quite short for a novel and I finished in just 2 days. Saying that short does not take anything away from this story, it has everything you could possibly need, princess castles, boy and girl romance as well as a devious mum. I closed the book wanting to go and spend a week or more in Flick’s chateau.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would recommend someone just wanting a quick, light hearted book to lose themselves in for a few hours.


About Suzie Tullett;

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Suzie Tullett is an author of contemporary humorous fiction and romantic comedy. She has a Masters Degree in Television & Radio Scriptwriting and worked as a scriptwriter before becoming a full-time novelist. Her motto is to ‘live, laugh, love’ and when she’s not busy creating her own literary masterpieces, she usually has her head in someone else’s.

Suzie lives in a tiny hamlet in the middle of the French countryside, along with her husband and two Greek rescue dogs.

 

THE FRENCH ESCAPE is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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Be sure to check out the other blogs who participated in this Blog Tour. See below for further details and be sure to follow all of the action across Twitter!

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