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I’m very happy to have as guest today author Robin P. Waldrup. The second book in her young adult Blood Moon series is what we are focusing on today. As of this writing, I haven’t read the first book in the series yet, but plan to do so. You’ll understand why in just a bit. Also at the end of the post you will have a chance to collect entries in a contest to win free ebook copies of the first two books of Robin's Blood Moon series. Excited? Let's dive right in and enjoy! ~The Vixen
I received this copy of Shadow of the Blood Moon from the author for being part of her blog tour. I also agreed to post a review of the book here on Sassy Vixen as part of the post. I’ve not posted a review on any of my blogs before so this will be the first of what I hope will be many more to come.
Genevieve Labreck is back with a score to settle. Her mom has been kidnapped by Zane, hybrid and all-around monster. Rumors fly that Gen’s mom is holed away in Prague, a city recognized by humans for its serene beauty and intense culture, but Gen and Will know something humans don’t. Prague is haunted by dark, evil forces.
Can Gen and Will save her mom, or will they be too late?
Some will live, others will fall. At what price do you walk away from those you love?
My interest was piqued right from the start just with the blurb. Why was her mother kidnapped? Why Prague and who gets left behind in her mission to save her mother? Shadow of the Blood Moon starts right where the first book left off with Gen and Will traveling to Prague to investigate reports that her mother is being held there. As a new vampire-werewolf hybrid, Gen’s hunger for human blood gets her into trouble right from the start. Instead of heeding Will’s repeated warnings about the dangers for vampires in Prague, Gen gets into one bind after another. So much so, her escapades draw the attention of one of the oldest and most dangerous vampires in the world, Laszlo who is also known as the Almaric.
After yet another misunderstanding between her and Will, Gen sends out the call to her best friend Luna and Luna’s twin brother Joseph. Both soon join her in Prague and find themselves smack dab into a situation that ends up changing Joseph forever. I don’t want to give away any more specifics, but this change in Joseph makes him all the more interesting to the dark and yes very evil Almaric.
Gen is still coming to terms with her role as the Adlet princess and also with her abilities as a werewolf turned by a vampire. She’s incredibly strong and powerful and at times I get the feeling she doesn’t know her own strength. She’s constantly at odds with herself as to doing the right thing and rushing head on into situations where she can get herself and her friends killed. Going into a fight with one of the most powerful vampires ever and thinking she has a chance of winning is a bit over the top. This is where she really bugs me. For someone who is supposed to be the prophesied leader of a tribe of werewolves, she sure has a lot to learn about controlling her impulses and thinking about the bigger picture. It's more about the instant gratification for her and she ends up ignoring the advice of those around her. That being said, she is only 17 years old and this is exactly the kind of behavior that many expect from someone so young. It does make for an interesting and fast paced read. The action pulls you right along throughout the story.
My only complaint is that even though it is a bit different overall, there are too many similarities to the Twilight stories. I enjoyed those books and yes I was very entertained by Ms. Waldrup’s story as well, but I would have loved to see Gen act more like the Adlet princess and less like a teenager torn by her feelings for Will the Vampire and Joseph the Werewolf. Since I have not read the first book yet, I was a little lost at times with the back story. I have Ties to the Blood Moon on my Kindle Fire ready for me to dive into it. I think it is a must read in order to keep all the details of Gen’s story straight.
As with the first book, Shadow of the Blood Moon ends with a cliff-hanger and I look forward to the next book to find out what happens to Gen and the rest of her friends and loved ones. Will she make a good leader of the Adlets? We shall see!
Overall, I enjoyed this book and was immersed in the action from the first page. It definitely left me wanting to know more about all of the characters. The comparisons to Twilight will be there and many will notice them, but if you overlook that and let yourself get lost in Gen’s world, you won’t regret it.
I give this book 3 and 3/4 stars.
|Shadow of the Blood Moon September Blog Tour|
About the Author
Robin is a wife, mother, grandmother, business owner and author of YA/Urban Fantasy paranormal novels. Ties to the Blood Moon is the first book in her series and is available on all digital sites. It’s also available in print and audio formats. Shadow of the Blood Moon is her current release and the second book in her Blood Moon series.
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