Title: Blood Rights
Author: Kristen Painter
Series: House of Comarré, #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit (Imprint of Hachette)
Date Published: September 27th, 2011
Source: eARC via Netgalley
Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle’s body bears the telltale marks of a comarré—a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world…and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.
Now Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.
First off, when I initially picked this book up (virtually, of course since I read it as an ebook), I thought it was a Young Adult book. I have no clue why. The only thing I can think of is that the cover threw me off. It’s a fantastic and very gorgeous cover, but for some reason it looks more like a Young Adult cover than an adult Urban Fantasy. I didn’t mind at all because I love Urban Fantasy (as well as Young Adult). But, I just thought I’d put that out there for people who only like to read Young Adult books. That being said, there isn’t any sex in this though, and in that sense it could be a Young Adult novel. But, I’m not sure how the future books will change when it comes to that.
I really enjoyed this book. I know I only gave it a 3.5, but my reasoning for that is because it tended to be slow and drawn-out at times. The other thing is that there were times when the visuals were a bit confusing and I had a hard time following. But other than those two things, I really enjoyed this. I loved Chrysabelle. She’s strong and sexy and sure of herself (without being cocky). Malkolm is still a bit of a mystery, which isn’t a bad thing, but the chemistry between him and Chrysabelle was definitely strong and I can’t wait to see how their relationship develops in the future books.
I think what I loved most about this book was just the world and the characters. Despite it being slow at times, I found myself getting lost in the world and sort of mentally jumping in there, which is why I think many of us read (including myself) so that’s always a good feeling to get with a book. The ending was also, not so much a cliffhanger, but a “to be continued”. We definitely ended up with a few twists and several surprises I didn’t expect, but it left it open to much bigger stories to come. In this case I loved it. I sometimes like to have the Urban Fantasy books I read just wrap up and the next one in the series start up with a new story altogether (with the same characters). But this time the “to be continued” feel was intriguing and it left me really craving the next book. Plus, the next one comes out in November, and the third in December so not too long of a wait!
Overall, this was really good. If not for it being a bit slow and too long at times, I would’ve given it four stars easily. The world is unique despite it being about vampires, the characters are really interesting and I can’t wait to see what happens with not only the world after this book, but with Chrysabelle and Malkolm especially!
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