Hello and welcome to another May Monster Madness post. More vampires, but this post is a review of a great book of the supernatural community. Love monsters? Check it out. It’s not horror, but there are fangs! 🙂
Here’s the other two:
- MAY MONSTER MADNESS 2: TWO STAGES OF FEAR & WHY DO WE LOVE MONSTERS?
- MAY MONSTER MADNESS 1: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF FEAR (THE FIVE BASIC FEARS)
“If there is any book that you have to read this year, this book is it! Full of suspense, action, mystery, and the undercurrents of romance, the unique paranormal world that Ms. Krafton has created will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last sentence!” — Place of Reads
Check also “Bleeding Hearts”, the first instalment in the Demimonde series.
Blood Rush (Demimonde #2)
Sophie doesn’t believe in happily ever after. These days, she’d settle for alive after sunrise.
Advice columnist and newly-appointed oracle to the demivampire, Sophie Galen has more issues than a Cosmo collection: a new mentor with a mean streak, a werewolf stalker she can’t shake, and a relationship with her ex’s family that redefines the term complicated. And then there’s her ex himself, who is more interested in playing leader of the vampire pack than in his own salvation.
Becoming a better oracle is tough enough, but when Sophie encounters a deadly enemy – one she never dreamed of facing – it will take everything she’s ever learned in order to survive.
I’d give this 4/5 stars
This is a page-turner. On a side note, I love the cover designs. A refreshing change from the usual supernatural covers: beautiful women or men’s six-pacs. I should also point out that I received a copy of this for review from the authors tour organiser, and have not read the first in the series. I may have to remedy that now, of course. 🙂
Sophie is a sensitive character and she has a lot going on. She is an advice columnist and newly appointed oracle to the demivampire, but despite her many issues (loved one’s turning into vampires, she needs to seriously sort out her new mentor and hey, werewolves stalking you can never be a good thing. Can it?), she copes admirably.
Sophie struggles with the loss of her soul mate, Marek, so has to help him from changing into a full vampire for ever. His younger brother, Rodrian asks for help in finding his daughter, in return for a place to stay. It’s against the clock before she changes from a demivampire to a real vampire. She copes with all this, on top of dodging the vampires already hunting her down.
I liked how Sophie was both vulnerable and strong. I dislike intensely those heroines who are either all pathetic or all kick-ass. Sophie was much more believable. I also loved the werewolf. He was protective and cute and he’d suffered. Who doesn’t love a survivor?
I enjoyed Blood Rush, it maintained my (often wavering) interest, I enjoyed the characters, the plot was alive and kicking and overall, I’d recommend it to lovers of spec-fic everywhere. I do wish I’d read them in order, but I still managed to enjoy it. X
Bleeding Hearts (Book #1)
Sophie Galen is an advice columnist who is saving the world – one damned person at a time. Shy and sensitive Sophie has all but given up on love until she meets Marek, a mysterious stranger who seduces her with his striking good looks and his take-charge attitude. Yet the darkness she senses within him may be more than she is prepared to handle when Marek draws her into a world of vampires, werewolves, and treachery.
Forced to leave behind the comfortable routines and certainties of her past, Sophie makes unbearable sacrifices and uncovers hidden truths about herself and the world around her.
Ash Krafton writes from the heart…of the Pennsylvania coal region, that is. She is the author of the Books of the Demimonde (Pink Narcissus Press).
BLEEDING HEARTS (Demimonde #1) is a six-time RWA finalist and was voted “Reviewer Top Pick” by Gravetells.com. Ash continues the story of Sophie and her Demivampires in her latest release BLOOD RUSH (Demimonde #2).
She’s hard at work (when she isn’t watching Doctor Who) writing the third book, WOLF’S BANE. Fans of paranormal love stories can also look forward to STRANGER AT THE HELL GATE, which is forthcoming with the renown romance ebook publisher The Wild Rose Press.
Ash Krafton’s poetry and short fiction has appeared in several journals, including Niteblade, Bete Noire, Abandoned Towers, and Silver Blade. She’s a member of Pennwriters, RWA, and Maryland Writers Association. She lurks near her blog and contributes to the QueryTracker blog.
Ash lives with her family and their German Shepherd dog deep in the Pennsylvania wilds, awaiting the day the TARDIS appears in the driveway (the dog most likely keeps the Doctor away. What a beast.) Until then, she writes.
So, have you read book 1? Will you win book 2? What did you think of the covers? And hey, look. She has a German Shepherd too! All the best people do, you know 🙂