Thursday, 31 May 2012

Review: A Blood Seduction

A Blood Seduction (Vamp City, #1)A Blood Seduction by Pamela Palmer
Publish Date: 29th May 2012 (1st June - Amazon UK)
Publisher: Avon Books
Page Count: 384
Synopsis: Vampires live only for lust and pleasure in the eternal twilight of Vamp City. But the city’s magic is dying. The only person who can restore it? A beautiful woman from the mortal who knows nothing of the power she wields.
Quinn Lennox is searching for a missing friend when she stumbles into a dark otherworld that only she can see—and finds herself at the mercy of Arturo Mazza, a dangerously handsome vampire whose wicked kiss will save her, enslave her, bewitch her, and betray her. 
What Arturo can’t do is forget about her—any more than Quinn can control her own feelings for him. Neither one can let desire get in the way of their mission—his to save his people, hers to save herself.

But there is no escape from desire in a city built for seduction, where passion flows hot and blood-red. Welcome to Vamp City...
Review: I received a signed advanced readers copy of this book through a giveaway on Goodreads and was dying to get my teeth sunk into at once, unfortunately life and various other books had different plans so it took longer than I thought to get to it. Whilst my love of vampires is a strong one causing me to almost instantly love anything vampire related (my Dad even tells his work friends that I don't want a job when I grow up because I'm going to become a vampire, hey I'm a kid at heart still) but this book left me with mixed feelings.

The book started of great, I was completely drawn into Quinn's odd and very unusual life of ever-changing-coloured-clothes and how Zack and Lily were somewhat like myself and my boyfriends which I spent a while giggling over and then read out to him, he also saw the similarities. 
At this point I wanted nothing more to adore this book with all my heart but it got little weird when Quinn and her brother fall into Vamp City in search of the Lily who has gone missing. I don't mean your regular kind of vampires running about left, right and centre weird, what I'm referring to is after Quinn and Zack fell through they were pounced on by some vampires, a different vampire came and "saved" Quinn for some unknown reason, fed of her and raped her and ta-da! Cause that is all it takes these days to send lovely women shaky at the knees with a constant desire to be with him. Any way my point is I don't understand the strong relationship that Arturo and Quinn end up having because he's a vampire and constantly lives up to his vampire tendencies - lying, deceiving and betrayal. I would also like to point out this is the first book I've read where there has been that much detail in the sexy scenes and it was a little odd to get used - I'm pretty sure I didn't get used to it because I'm really prude - but I wont turn down new genres just because I think I'm not suited to it. 
Even though this review so far has been a little negative I want to completely turn it on its head now because the truth is that I adored the story line, I loved Quinn's love for her brother and how desperate she was to do anything to find him and save him, I mean escaping three times is a pretty difficult thing to do from normal kidnappers never mind those that are super strong, super fast and have a great love of feeding on your pain or fear. The storyline is what made me keep reading to the end because I had to know how it ended, I had to know if the three of them (Quinn, Lily and Zack) would end up safe and sound at home and I had to know whether Quinn was the sorceress they needed to save Vamp City! I forgot to mention that didn't I? Basically the vampires are in need of a stronger sorcerer/sorceress to renew the magic of Vamp City to stop it from collapsing on itself, stop the sun breaking through their barrier and in turn save all their lives and the lives of the Slaves or Slavas living there too, oh and the werewolves. Yes we have werewolves too, they didn't really play much of a part in this book and were mentioned once or twice and walked past once and had one conversation with another character but I do think this small introduction to them could be foreshadowing that they may have a larger role in one of the sequels? Due to my dire need to know whether Quinn succeeded in saving Vamp City is what capture my attention (and I had to throw it aside a little when she got all lovey dovey with Arturo because it didn't make sense) and I am actually looking forward to reading Book 2, whether I continue beyond that lies entirely with how well Book 2 is written.
Recommend: I think this is one you need to make your own choice on, I'm so parted with my own thoughts.
3.5/5 stars
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  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, this is on my TBR deck for this weekend. I hope I'll like it

    Talk Supe

    1. I hope you do too, as I said the story itself is pretty decent! :)

  2. This is on my wishlist...i too am a little bit of a prude or as i prefer old-fashion. I do not mind set scenes but I prefer when the author takes a more implied approach..LOL Why Quinn liked the vamp who raped her is confusing, as I already dislike him..LOL Awesome review. I might make this a library read.

    1. Implied approaches are definitely what I prefer too, I believe this book even had the term "finger fucking" in it or something to that extent.
      I have no idea the reason why she liked him I can only assume its because we the readers see a side to him that she is completely unaware of at the moment or too stupid to realise so we're drawn to not like him but she was awake we he raped her so *shrugs*.

      Thank you.

  3. Ah, how I agree with you about pretty much everything. I'm not sure if I'll read the second book. Maybe if I get it for free and read some reviews before or so, but the characters.. Oh, the characters.

    Excellent review. I shall steal it. ;D

    1. I think I will, mostly so if you don't then I can let you know if it gets better/worse. I read on the authors site it'll take 5 books to tell Arturo/Quinns relationship which to me sounds like he is sticking around - i.e she wants him still.


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