A Kiss of Blood by Pamela Palmer (Vamp City #2)
June 25, 2013
Reviewed by Mandi
Last year I read A Blood Seduction and had very mixed feelings. For one, I found the world to be a very violent, dark urban fantasy world. I liked the fact the author goes there with the violent creepiness. There were parts that made me uncomfortable and unsettled. I found Vamp City to be a well built world and I wanted to go back to it in the second book. My frustration arose with the hero Arturo. In book one he is an anti-hero, lying and deceiving the heroine relentlessly. He had reasons, and I would have gone with it had they not slept together. That part made no sense to me as I found no attractive qualities in him for the heroine to want to initiate a physical relationship with him. At the end of the book, I pretty much hated him.
A Kiss of Blood starts with Quinn our heroine back in regular Washington, DC with her very sick brother Zack. They have both escaped the evil vampires, but now Quinn worries that Zack has magic poisoning and they only way to cure him is to get him back to Vamp City. But that means she risks being captured again by the evil Cristoff. There is also that pesky little problem that she is a sorceress (surprise! Even to her) and the fate of Vamp City and basically the world rests on her shoulders. She needs to learn how to use her magic and fast. Off to Vamp City her and Zack go to try to cure him and save the innocent humans who have no idea this place even exists.
So the big question for me reading this book is if Arturo would be redeemed. The answer – maybe? I feel like this installment was much more a mainstream urban fantasy book which kind of bummed me out. The first book took so many chances and this one felt safer. Arturo is a better person in this one, but I think his transition happens too quickly. He acted so horribly in book one because he is under the control of Cristoff, the big baddie. He has loyalties or at least has to maintain the pretense of a loyalty to him to stay alive. In this book he seems to jump into Quinn’s life so easily. I wanted him to grovel or have a harder time getting away from Cristoff. They fell into ooey-gooey love and I’m just not sure how I feel about it yet.
The world is still a cool one but I was frustrated with the romance and I wish it had been an edgier book like the previous.