Book 1 in Vampire City series
Book provided by Edelweiss and Harper Collins
Release Date: May 29, 2012
[box color=grey]Synopsis from Goodreads: Vampires live only for lust and pleasure in the eternal twilight of Vamp City. But the city’s magic is dying. The only person who can restore it? A beautiful woman from the mortal world…one who knows nothing of the power she wields.
Quinn Lennox is searching for a missing friend when she stumbles into a dark otherworld that only she can see—and finds herself at the mercy of Arturo Mazza, a dangerously handsome vampire whose wicked kiss will save her, enslave her, bewitch her, and betray her.
What Arturo can’t do is forget about her—any more than Quinn can control her own feelings for him. Neither one can let desire get in the way of their mission—his to save his people, hers to save herself.
But there is no escape from desire in a city built for seduction, where passion flows hot and blood-red. Welcome to Vamp City…[/box]
AH’s Review – 4 Skulls – A
I wouldn’t want to meet the vampires from Pamela Palmer’s newest series. The vampires in A Blood Seduction are a bloodthirsty lot. These vampires are truly evil – they feed on emotions as well as blood. They are sadistic and revel in their “foods’” pain.
Vampires are not the only monsters in this world. There are huge, hungry werewolves, Rippers (vampires with no conscience), and Traders who sell wayward humans to vampires. This is a brutal world with no escape..
Quinn Lennox and her brother Zack get transported to this world. They are surprised to find themselves in an alternate universe of Washington, DC – Washington, VC (Vampire City). Vampire City was created by the sorcerer Blackstone in 1870. The magic holding this world together is deteriorating slowly. A sorcerer must be found to repair the damage. Little does she know it, but Quinn may have the magic…
Quinn and her brother are immediately attacked by vampires and separated. Quinn ends up in Arturo’s household. Arturo is fascinated by Quinn and tells her that her blood is like nectar to him.
I’m not too sure what to think of Arturo. Clearly, he is a powerful vampire, well placed on the vampire hierarchy. He comes across as smooth and debonair, but he is also selfish, deceitful, and evasive. Arturo seems to care about Quinn, but it always seems that he has another agenda in mind. Arturo releases Quinn into the custody of his master, the sadistic Cristoff.
I liked Quinn’s character. She seems to have some sort of immunity to vampires – they are unable to enthrall her. Quinn has some magical powers within her – those powers allowed her to see Vampire City from her home in our world. Her control of her magic is lacking however; she has not got a clue how to use it. I loved her sense of loyalty to her brother and to others around her.
The magic and sorcery were impressive. I loved how Grant and Quinn communicated using sorcerer’s writing. Ever cool. Quinn’s developing magic and the scope of her power was intriguing – I can’t wait to see what happens with her in the next novel.
The vampire hierarchy and structure into kovenas was fascinating. The politics of this world were convoluted. I also liked the addition of the Slavas, the humans made immortal from their exposure to vampire saliva.
“His smile darkened. I most certainly will bite you. But I will bring you pleasure when I do so, cara. I have no intention of hurting you.”
A Blood Seduction was an entertaining read. I’m really looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Thank you to Edelweiss and Harper Collins for a review copy of this book.
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