Category: Vampires

Blood Vow, by J.R. Ward

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Ward is at the top of her game with this, the second in the Black Dagger Legacy series, and there wasn’t a single one of her many storylines that I wanted to skip over. So in this novel we have in play Axe, a tough but wounded guy, and one of the trainees in the Brotherhood’s training classes for new soldiers. We also have Rhage and Mary, adjusting to new life adorably with their adopted teen, Bitty. And finally we have Elise, and member of the aristocracy, who is struggling to get out of her father’s restrictive traditionalism by earning her PhD.

I enjoyed spending time with all these folks, and we still had fights and romance galore. Excellent installment in the series from Ward. For 18 and up.

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Magic Binds, by Ilona Andrews

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Wow! The best one in this series for quite a while, though I have enjoyed them all. Atlanta mercenary Kate Daniels just wants to live her life: marry her boyfriend, get her PI agency going, fight the occasional monster. But she is the daughter of the greatest evil the planet has ever seen, and she will have to face him sooner rather than later. This novel just explodes across the pages, and it incorporates all the characters we’ve come to care about. A wonderful celebration of all that is great and good in the Kate Daniels novels: adventure, romance, negotiation, and assorted badassery. A fantastic read – 18 and up.

Sunshine, by Robin McKinley

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This is one of my favorite books ever, one I reread multiple times. Most recently, I’ve reread it along with Mark Reads on YouTube, and that has added joy to my own reactions on the book.

For the uninitiated, Sunshine focuses on Rae, also called Sunshine, who is a 20something coffee-house baker, and on what happens during and after her encounter with vampires. Sunshine’s narrative is first-person, and McKinley’s world-building, at least the glimpses that we see through Sunshine’s narrative, is exceptional.

I love living in Sunshine’s world. If you hate sparkly vampires, this book is for you. And if you are looking for a good stand-alone novel, this is also your book. Gorgeously written (as all of McKinley’s work is), Sunshine is an immersive page-turner. Highly recommended, for 18 and up.

Daylighters, by Rachel Caine

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The “for now” conclusion to the Morganville Vampires ties up many loose ends, but first it begins with Claire and friends returning to Morganville and arriving at a changed city. Things are painted and refurbished, and the Daylight Foundation is bringing joy and sunshine to the town, but only to the human parts of town. The vampires are basically in an internment camp, and that doesn’t sit right with Claire or her human friends. But isn’t it a good thing not to have the humans fearing for their lives and serving as second-class citizens. Claire asks all these questions and more on her way to resolving her greatest challenge yet. For 16 and up, though this one has more sex and violence than the rest of the series.

 

Fall of Night, by Rachel Caine

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Our heroine, Claire, is officially 18, and the books have taken a darker turn, and they are more open about the physical relationship between Claire and her boyfriend. But more has changed – Claire has left Morganville for the first time in two years, headed for MIT and everything is different. Or is it just Claire that is so different from everyone else, scarred by two years of looking over her shoulder? An interesting read for fans of the series, 16 and up.

Blood Kiss, by J. R. Ward

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A sensational debut to this next-generation spinoff series of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, this book has everything we love about the BDB: sophisticated fight scenes, sexytimes as part of a powerfully unstoppable romance, and the wonderful characters Ward has created that we love spending time with over and over again. In this one, we meet a new couple-in-waiting and we also spend time with Butch and Marissa (among others) as they try to right a wrong in the vampire community. Fantastic for BDB fans and a nice introduction for those starting a new series without having read the prior one. 18 and up.

Bitter Blood, by Rachel Caine

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Book 13 of this series continues the second wind its author has had for the last couple books. In this one, things seem back to normal, but a new normal is in effect for the humans of Morganville. In this one, vampires are given free reign over humans – perhaps even to hunt them for their blood. Can Claire and friends save the town from civil war and avoid the firestorm caused by a human/vampire marriage? For 16 and up.

Last Breath, by Rachel Caine

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Book 11 in The Morganville Vampires barely slows down for that last breath. Caine has her world and her characters firmly in her grip, and this novel feels like a breath of fresh air for the series. A new villain, a serious challenge to the roommates and lovers in the Glass House, and Claire’s toughest personal challenge yet. A terrific read, even for the uninitiated, 16 and up.