Vampire Empire is a Superb Series So Far…

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Princess Adele struggles with a life of marriage and obligation as her Equatorian Empire and their American Republic allies stand on the brink of war against the vampire clans of the north. However, the alliance’s horrific strategy for total victory drives Adele to abandon her duty and embark on a desperate quest to keep her nation from staining its hands with genocide. Reunited with her great love, the mysterious adventurer known to the world as the Greyfriar, Adele is pursued by her own people as well as her vengeful husband, senator Clark. With the human alliance in disarray, Prince Cesare, lord of the British vampire clan, seizes the initiative and strikes at the very heart of Equatoria. As Adele labors to bring order to her world, she learns more about the strange powers she exhibited in the north. Her teacher, Mamoru, leads a secret cabal of geomancers who believe Adele is the one who can touch the vast power of the Earth that surges through ley lines and wells up at the rifts where the lines meet. These energies are the key to defeating the enemy of mankind, and if Princess Adele could ever bring this power under her command, she could be death to vampires. But such a victory will also cost the life of Adele’s beloved Greyfriar. (From Goodreads)

 

***Spoilers ahead you’ve been warned!***

It is greatly recommended you read The Greyfriar before jumping into this novel. You’d be pretty much lost if you started reading out of order.

This one was just as good as the first one and better. I enjoyed reading Adele’s development throughout the book! I never thought of her as a whiny damsel in distress even though there were times when she wasn’t sure what to do but in this book she went from a strong character to someone even  stronger. She immediately knew what to do and there were times when she didn’t take no as an answer (and the empress in her came out! That was fun to watch!)

You now have a more developed plot and you also get to see who’s on who’s side and who has a private agenda (Yes Mamoru, we’re talking about you.) I used to like Mamoru so much until the last third of this book. Wow. I understand where the hatred is coming from but it goes to show how blinding it can be and the way it can twist someone around.

Also: Everybody needs a friend like Colonel Anhalt. You need a loyal friend like that in life. No kidding. He’s become one of my favorite characters in the series because of his loyalty, despite discovering who the Greyfriar really is. He adores and cherishes Adele so much I loved reading about him. She treats him just the same way and they both are the best match when it comes to a good loyal friendship, in fact it’s almost a father daughter relationship.

Speaking of fathers. The deaths of both Constantine and Dmitri just tore me up. It’s interesting how they died similarly. Both heartbreaking, and wanting you out there crying for revenge because of the way they died.

So who do I dislike more? Cesare? Or Senator Clark? I’d go with Cesare on this one. He’s cunning, ruthless but there’s something slimy about him that you just want to sink a stake into his heart and watch him disintegrate. Senator Clark on the other hand is just an uncouth baboon that’s funny when he’s upset. You can’t help but laugh at his antics even though he’s a jerk.

The plot in the book is evenly paced as for the majority of it you follow the Greyfriar and Adele through their journey (GARETH THE WEDDING CRASHER! I LOVED IT!) their romance is well written and it’s not sappy or too sweet. It’s just right. They have their funny moments, and their sad ones, and ones where it was a close call to ending them. I rather wish they had more moments on Cesare and his plotting but he’s sporadically featured here and there throughout the book. Not enough though (there’s just something about villains that you want to read more about anyway…)

I definitely can’t wait to read the third one! I want to see what’s going to happen now that Adele is using her skills as a Geomancer and she’s getting more training on it (although there’s a downside to that as well.) Can’t wait to see what’s in store for them next!

I give it an 8 out of 10.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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I didn’t get much reading done over the weekend this time around since my sister came to visit us from BC. It was a nice change and it was great having her around. Of course naturally, we stopped by Barnes and Noble and I grabbed my LibraryThing app and started scanning right left and center for books.

Anyway! I finished This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. Wow. Completely blown away from that one. That review is coming up on the blog. So let’s see what’s on the reading agenda for this week (clicking on images will take you to their Goodreads page):

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Really want to finish this one. I’m about..nearly halfway on it. It’s long and the pace is a bit slow but it’s not boring and I always go back to it when I can sneak in some reading. It’s pretty good and I like it. I’m still trying to figure out how everything from the past ties in with what’s going on currently.

 

 

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Not much progress was done with this one since I was caught up with This Savage Song and The Monster’s Daughter. I did get some reading done on it yesterday while I had some downtime. Progress was made. I’m almost done with this one so I’m going to try and wrap this one up soon.

 

 

 

 

 

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I received this by Bethany House to review last week!!! am so excited! I already a few chapters into it and I’m loving it so far. It kind of reminds me of a lighter comedy version of Peaky Blinders. I’m hoping to finish this one as soon as possible!

 

 

 

So those are my reads for the week! what are yours!? thanks for stopping by! have some blueberries~! 🙂

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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It’s always fun to see what other people are reading (and to make my wishlist grow to an even bigger list that I’ll probably never accomplish but it’s still fun!) anyway! I made some progress over my books over the weekend as I went with the family to a mini road trip to the Oregon caves and we stayed at a tiny little cabin and relaxed. There was no internet so it was the perfect time to disconnect and just read.

I think I bit more than I could chew (as usual.) I have started too many books and am nearly halfway on some, and started a few more here and there. Sighs. So. Let’s finish what we started then shall we?

What I’m currently reading this week (you can click on pictures to see more detail about them):

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What I usually do so I don’t get bored easily is read a different variety of books during the week. So it’s a blend of different genres. The Monster’s Daughter is set in South Africa and goes back and forth in time. I haven’t gone far enough to see how everything is put together but so far it’s caught my attention and there’s a murder mystery involved in it. It’s very different from what I usually read so it’s a good change!

 

 

 

 

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Ahhhh Book two!!! Adele and Gareth!!! squeeeeee!!! cats and vampires!!! I made the most progress with this book over the weekend. Love the fantasy/steampunk setting and the romance (even though I dislike romance) is sweet and not trashy. So much is happening here it was hard to put it down over the weekend. I’ll need to finish this one soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I started this one because I saw so much hype over the second book. It’s also one that I’m pretty much halfway on. It’s not bad, but I’m not gushing over it either like I am with The Rift Walker. I’d have to say though, Kate is one tough cookie. I rather like her but..she just tries too hard. I get why though. We’ll see where this one takes me.

 

 

 

 

 

These are my reads for the week! what are yours? let me know, maybe we’ll be able to add more to our lists.

Happy Reading this week all! 🙂

The Greyfriar by Susan and Clay Griffith

GreyfriarIn the year 1870, a horrible plague of vampires swept over the northern regions of the world. Millions of humans were killed outright. Millions more died of disease and famine due to the havoc that followed. Within two years, once-great cities were shrouded by the grey empire of the vampire clans. Human refugees fled south to the tropics because vampires could not tolerate the constant heat there. They brought technology and a feverish drive to re-establish their shattered societies of steam and iron amid the mosques of Alexandria, the torrid quietude of Panama, and the green temples of Malaya. It is now 2020 and a bloody reckoning is coming. Princess Adele is heir to the Empire of Equatoria, a remnant of the old tropical British Empire. She is quick-witted as well as with sword or gun. She is eager for an adventure before she settles into a life of duty and political marriage to a man she does not know. But her quest turns black when she becomes the target of a merciless vampire clan. Her only protector is the Greyfriar, a mysterious hero who fights the vampires from deep within their territory. Their dangerous relationship plays out against an approaching war to the death between humankind and the vampire clans. (From Amazon.ca)

I was very skeptical of this one. I wasn’t sure what to think of it. It’s got fantasy. With history and a bit of steampunk added. Which is a great combination, but it really all boils down to the story and its’ characters. It’s certainly got a nice blend of fantasy/history as well and I liked that. I was really expecting something cheesy with a romance in it that’ll make my stomach turn. Thankfully I was wrong!

I enjoyed this novel until the very last page. The action was well done, the world building was really good and well established, and the characters memorable. The blending of different genres also is nice you have a bit of steampunk, alternate history, fantasy, paranormal, and just a little bit of romance. It’s perfect.

Of course what adds to this awesome book is Gareth (one of the main characters) has a castle full of cats. No seriously. That is AWESOME. I reacted the same way I did when I saw Hellboy with his room full with cats. (I squeed and squeed until I couldn’t no more) so for me, that was a major added bonus. The chemistry between Adele and Gareth was good as well. Their characters seemed perfect for eachother I really enjoyed how they got along.

I haven’t gotten around to reading the second book yet, but I’m hoping it will be just as good as this one! I definitely recommend this book to fantasy lovers out there. It’s definitely worth a read through.

 

I give it 9/10