Lady Charlotte’s Dilemma Review

Lady Charlotte's Dilemma

Lady Charlotte accidentally gets turned into a vampire by Bess, a former prostitute who was turned into a vampire several quite some years before. The story alternates between the points of view and Charlotte and Bess. Bess had a very interesting life as she used to be on the streets of the city during the Elizabethen era before she was turned into an immortal vampire. Charlotte was a rule-following lady who just wanted to be happy and live a good life in society before she was turned into a vampire. Now, she wants to eat, but how will she find someone to drink from as a vampire without throwing away the values she has held dear for so many years.

I was truly looking forward to this historical fantasy/fiction mixture of a wonderful vampire tale. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy it half as much as I thought I would.

I didn’t feel as if I could connect with the characters. I felt as if Bess was shallow. Although she had several seemingly deep conversations with the man who had turned her, I felt like I didn’t get to know her as a character. We jump right from her being a older teenaged girl on the streets to being an old vampire who accidentally turned Charlotte. The way the points of view kept switching back and forth, I feel like I wasn’t able to learn enough about either character.

Charlotte was a good girl, but she seemed boring. Every single time I thought she was going to drink from a human and step away from society’s expectations of who she was supposed to be, she backed off and tried to go a different route.

The pacing of the story was also a bit off. I was moving through the story for the first 100 or so pages, but by the time I got to the middle, I felt like the story slowed down to a crawl. I struggled to finish the book, and this could have fueled why I didn’t feel connected to the characters.

I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone looking for a historical fiction novel or a fantasy vampire novel.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 books

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Vampires of Shadow Hills #1: Flesh and Blood Review

Flesh and Blood (The Vampires of Shadow Hills #1)
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Flesh and Blood by Willow Rose is the start of a YA vampire series. Robyn’s parents always favor her older brother, and the favoritism has been getting worse as her brother is about to go away to college. She just wants to be able to spend time with her best friend Jayden, but her mom is threatening to take her out of her school if they are caught hanging out together again. Soon, her older brother Adrian starts to display some strange behaviors, and people start to get hurt around the town. Robyn’s parents don’t see anything wrong with what Adrian is doing, but Robyn knows something is wrong, and she is determined to get to the bottom of it with Jayden’s help.

I was really looking forward to a good YA vampire novel, like the ones from the early 2000s, but this one was just disappointing. For starters, these characters acted far below their ages. I had to constantly remind myself that Robyn was supposed to be 16 years old, most of the time she read like she was 13 or even maybe younger than that. She wasn’t even smart about half of the stuff she does! At one point, even though her mother had told her not to have Jayden around, she had him sneak into her room? That’s like….literally the easiest way to get caught. There were so many things they could have done to avoid getting caught together, but it’s like they didn’t even know how to do basic things. If you can’t text the person, use a messaging app on your computer or something. If your mom only sends you to school and home, you could just meet up secretly at school. So many opportunities wasted, and I was just shocked that they couldn’t think of a single good idea of how to meet up. And their little “arguments” made me so mad, like they bickered like 8-year-olds in the middle of an important investigation that involved both of their brothers. It was honestly just so funny that I couldn’t take the story seriously.

Getting back to the brothers, I couldn’t understand the parents at all. They want to keep their daughter locked up, but they literally don’t care about the other kid getting hurt, caught, or possibly doing something to hurt someone else. I will get more in-depth with this in my review of book 2, but I couldn’t skip over how ridiculous the situation was. If their parents really had a secret to hide, why wouldn’t they hide one kid and then not even take precautions for the other. That’s putting a lot of trust in the other kid, which doesn’t make sense given how off the kid had been acting most of the time in the book.

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this book. I am halfway through book 2 as I am writing this review, so I am going to finish the trilogy, and my opinion hasn’t improved any. Definitely skip this trilogy!

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 books

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Possessed by the Vampire Review (Vampire Enforcement Agency #3)

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Possessed by the Vampire (Vampire Enforcement Agency #3)With the opening of the Vampire Training Academy, Roric is confident that the Agency is getting a handle on the rogue epidemic, and he can focus on other things, like getting Caroline to agree to mate with him. But when the rogues conspire to take down the school, Roric realizes the battle has just begun.

The rebellion wants to bring an end to the Academy, the Agency, and, ultimately, the treaty between vampires and humans. While Roric is reeling from the surprise attack, they make their demands, holding Caroline as ransom.

Can Roric save Caroline before the next attack, or will he have to sacrifice the woman he loves to protect the world from his own kind?

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This was honestly my favorite book in the series, and it totally restored my faith in Caroline and Roric’s relationship.

Roric and Caroline are celebrating the opening of the new school for newborn vampires. They hoped that there would be no more rogue vampires once the school is opened, and that vampire/human relationships would improve because of this. Roric finally agreed with Caroline that the vampires needed some sort of training, and together they found the best way to do it. This relationship growth was so important for the couple, as it brought them together to fight for the same cause. Rorirc wasn’t babying Caroline, trying to keep her inside and away from other vampires, and Caroline was able to continue the work that she thought was important.

When Caroline was kidnapped, Roric almost loses his mind with worry as he tries to find her. But while she could use Roric’s help, she definitely was no damsel in distress. She was constantly trying to find a way to escape, and even when her captor tried to get her to beg Roric for help, she stuck to her guts and told Roric that she would be fine. I loved her for this, in her mind, the Academy was worth more than even her own life. Roric was determined not to let her die, but Caroline wanted to fight for herself so Roric could protect the Academy.

Taven and Ivy are also a couple in this book. They didn’t have as many issues in the previous novel, but they have their own share of troubles in this book. They never truly confirmed “what they were.” Taven wants to be exclusive, but they still don’t have any sort of label, and he is completely out of touch with his emotions. Ivy would be okay with being exclusive, but she wants Taven to tell her what he wants. I feel like I got to see more about how they feel for each other in this book, and I loved it.

I really do enjoy how this series ended. I wish that I could know more about the future of the characters, but it did end on a finite note. It’s just me being greedy when I ask for more!

I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a new adult vampire romance trilogy with unique characters and addictive love plots.

I received an advance copy of this novel and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 books

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Obsessed With the Vampire Review (Vampire Enforcement Agency #2)

Obsessed with the Vampire (Vampire Enforcement Agency #2)Never trust vampires. Why can’t Caroline remember that?
Now that her bloodlust is under control and her relationship with Roric is developing into something more than a mentorship, Caroline is finally starting to accept her new life as a vampire.

With the rogue population exploding around them, Caroline wants to do her part to help the newly-turned and prove to herself and the world that vampires aren’t monsters. But when Roric refuses to let her put herself in that kind of danger, Caroline isn’t sure if he’s motivated by love or his obsessive need for control.

When a terrible situation forces her to make an impossible decision, Caroline must choose between breaking the law and saving an innocent victim. But can she, and her relationship with Roric, survive the choice she makes?

Caroline is getting used to being a vampire. She no longer has to avoid humans, and she is learning how to live a more nocturnal life. Her relationship with Roric seemed to be going well at first, but then Roric becomes more and more controlling. He doesn’t want her to work even though he works in a dangerous job himself, and doesn’t even want her to go out. Their relationship is on even shakier ground when Caroline directly disobeys Roric’s wishes and goes out at night, happening to stumble across a vampire attacking a human. Her choice during this attack will determine the fate of their relationship.

I’ll admit, I wasn’t quite sure how this series would play out after I finished reading the first book. This book definitely exceeded my expectations. The arc of having Caroline stumble across a dying human and being forced to make the same choice Roric did was well thought out. I also like that this story is showing how insta-crush may not be the same as love. Caroline would have never thought Roric would be so controlling when she met him, but now, she doesn’t know if she will actually want to stay with him. They didn’t just instantly fall in love and never have any relationship problems.

There are also side storylines about three different, one of whom is the girlfriend of Roric’s best friend. She is also going through problems with the vampire who turned her and then fell for her. I definitely preferred Ivy and Taven’s story to Caroline and Roric’s romance, and I actually hope that this couple stays together.

The other two characters have too many spoilers in their storylines for me to discuss them here, but I can say that I didn’t like them as much. By adding so many points of view to this novel, I felt as if I was constantly flying from character to character at times, without really getting to know each one individually. I am still struggling to remember which scenes were for which character as I am writing this review! The only two storylines that were absolutely clear to me were Caroline and Roric’s, the rest blended together.

This book is also not as focused on romance as the previous novel, as most of the characters have one-night stands as the majority of their romantic interaction. I don’t particularly have a problem with this, as the pairs are not set in stone yet, but it made it so that I didn’t see many of the characters have any sort of connection with each other (besides Ivy and Taven). I hope that this is remedied in the final novel, with no character being left hanging at the end of the series.

Overall, this book was a good sequel to the first novel, but it does leave a lot of things to be tied up in the last book with the addition of so many new characters. I hope that it ends well, and that certain things aren’t forgotten towards the end.

I would recommend this series to anyone looking for an adult vampire paranormal romance trilogy.

I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 books

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The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner Review (Twilight 3.5)

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Twilight, #3.5)Bree Tanner can barely remember life before she had uncannily powerful senses, superhuman reflexes, and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she had a relentless thirst for blood…life before she became a vampire.

All Bree knows is that living with her fellow newborns has few certainties and even fewer rules: watch your back, don’t draw attention to yourself, and above all, make it home by sunrise or die. What she doesn’t know: her time as an immortal is quickly running out.

Then Bree finds an unexpected friend in Diego, a newborn just as curious as Bree about their mysterious creator, whom they only know as her. As they come to realize that the newborns are pawns in a game larger than anything they could have imagined, Bree and Diego must choose sides and decide whom to trust. But when everything you know about vampires is based on a lie, how do you find the truth?

I was not expecting to like this book more than the normal Twilight series, but I did. I definitely did. Bree and Diego were “raised” by Riley. They weren’t taught how to be proper vampires. They were obsessed with bloodlust, thought that they couldn’t go out in the sun, and had their limbs ripped off as part of his sick games. The future looked bleak, but it was the only thing that they had ever known. They had barely any memory of their human lives, and those who remembered something didn’t remember anything good.

Bree and Diego found solace in each other in the midst of their living hell, and I truly loved both characters. They both had truly unique backstories, even if they were dulled by the venom haze, and they had to become strong in order to survive Riley’s “training.” I didn’t know whether or not this was going to be a story that focused on romance, but it didn’t focus on it. Instead, it used it as a way to show how close the two were growing together. But to me, they seemed to be more like friends than a couple. But their romance was definitely healthier than Bella and Edward’s in the main series.

The characters in this story were just full of life. In the Twilight trilogy they were painted to be the villains, but here, they seemed to be the victims. They never wanted to be changed, Riley just preyed on their situations to trick them into coming with him. They weren’t gifted with powers like many of the “special” Twilight characters, they were simply normal vampires who were “evil” because they decided to drink from humans.

By the end of the story, which wasn’t even that short, I wanted the two to succeed. I wanted them to live happy lives and get to be married and immortal. But of course, as we knew from Eclipse, this could never happen. The “heroes” had to win, and the “villains” had to lose.

Overall, this definitely opened my eyes to how the Twilight universe truly worked. It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for these characters, not everyone in this universe had the chance to live “happily ever after” with their “true love.” There had to be some sadness for Bella and Edward to succeed, and this novella showed who paid the price for their happiness.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has already read Eclipse in the Twilight series, or who has already read the entire series. To be honest, I might even recommend it to those who haven’t even touched the Twilight series. It is good enough that I would definitely read it on its own.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 stars

Knight of the Hunted Review (Born Vampire #1)

Knight of the Hunted (Born Vampire #1)For four hundred years Lisbeth followed the rules without question. She broke them to save a child.
With Vampire hunters at her heels, she was forced to flee her home. She ran until starving and lost, she stumbled upon a Lycan named Knight. A reluctant savior, honor-bound to protect her.
Then they were discovered by a sinister vampire named James who wants Lisbeth for his own. His power and cruelty were overwhelming.
The only thing more dangerous than Lisbeth and Knight’s captor is the one thing that might save them both.
Love.

This book put a new spin on the usual vampire tropes that I had read in previous novels. Instead of vampires always being created, there were two classes of vampires. The vampires who were born were considered purebloods and were able to have certain jobs that other vampires could not have. They were considered the first-class citizens of vampire society. The vampires who were created from humans were the second-class vampires. They were not as strong as the born vampires and were not allowed to hold certain positions in the society. Then there are the werewolves. The werewolves and vampires are sworn enemies and they have rules about what to do with those enemies.

All of these details make up a very intricate universe with a lot of its own history and stories that could be told. Sure, I loved reading about Lisbeth’s story, but this universe is so large that I hope the series delves into it further as the books continue. I want to learn more about how the Lycans and vampires came to hate each other, and I definitely want to see if the turned vampires are going to stay happy as second-class citizens. These could definitely make for interesting story arcs!

Back to the actual story now. I love Lisbeth and Knight’s relationship so much! Rarely do I find the “forbidden love” trope to be exciting anymore, but this one was different. I found myself drawn in, rooting for them, and trying to figure out ways that the two could stay together. They simply seemed perfect for each other, and without too much of that “hate to love” annoying dialogue.

This book drew me in and refused to let me go, I loved every minute of reading it. The plot moves smoothly, there aren’t any of those horrible POV switches that I can remember, every character was unique, and the world truly took the story of vampires vs. werewolves and made it its own. I have nothing bad to say about this book!

I would recommend this series to lovers of YA fantasy/romance novels or anyone looking for a new series with a vampires vs. werewolves main plot.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 stars