Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost

23586994Night Price #4

What it’s about:

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now falling in love with Leila ha

s put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them…and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.

What I thought:

“Let’s get my part of this over with,” Vlad said shortly. “And if the name ‘Buffy’ comes out of my mouth, it will be the last word you ever hear.”

Ok so I’m going to start by saying that the reason I loved this book so much was more about Ian than Vlad and Leila. He completely stole the show for me! I was laughing every second and with all the

little teasers Frost added to introduce his book, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.

Having said that, I actually did enjoy the Vlad and Leila story. I liked seeing a more ruthless side to Leila and really enjoyed the violence in this book. (Wait! Does that make me sound like a psychopath? :P) I can’t say I feel the passion between Vlad and Leila but I still love their connection. There is something really amazing about the way Vlad sees Leila that makes you realise he’s not the big bad he pretends to be. I also found myself wanting to reread the series as I was reading this book so I definitely think I missed the characters. 🙂

The one thing that I was a bit disappointed about with this book was the ending. Frost said this is the last book in the series yet I felt like there was still a few things left unfinished. What’s going to happen with Gretchen? What are they going to do with Mircea? I’m hoping Vlad and Leila will pop up in Ian’s books so that we see some more of their story.

Right now I’m just counting down the days till I can read Ian’s story!

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The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

17158976Broken Destiny #1

What it’s about:

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse — her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

 

What I thought:

My Rating:5 Stars

“You’re the light I can never have…and I’m the darkness you’ll never succumb to.”

What a great start to a new series! Ivy is awesome and kick-ass and Adrian is mysterious and sexy… but then I wouldn’t expect anything less from Jeaniene Frost.

I loved this book from page one and found that I was sucked into the world of angels and demons, just like I was sucked into the world of vampires in the Night Huntress series. Frost is a fantastic story teller, the worlds she creates always captivate and she knows how to write an awesome heroine.

Even though the romance side was a little light (for a JF book that is) I still felt my body tingle when Ivy and Adrian had theirmoment. I enjoyed the way their story was built and the obstacles given to them. In fact, their story reminded me of Charlie and Reyes from the Charlie Davidson series, which is one of my favourites.

This story had everything I wanted from mystery to romance. I cannot wait for the series to continue and to see what I’m sure will be an epic adventure unfold.

Up from the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

The final instalment in the PNR series that made vampires amazing!

10357792What It’s About:

Vampire’s Cat and Bones have hand a blissfully quiet life for the last couple months and they’re enjoying being a normal couple. But when Cat’s uncle, Don, shows up raising questions about the whereabouts of Cat’s former team members, they find themselves flung back into chaos. And sometimes when you look for one thing, you find something you never expected. War is coming and it’s up to Cat and Bones to stop it, save their friends and find a way to live with what they discover.

 

 

What I thought:

At the end, all I see is a new beginning.

The end of this series is quite emotional for me as Halfway to the Grave was the very first PNR book I ever read, and the one that made me fall in love with the genre. Cat and Bones have been a part of my life for a long time and knowing that this is the end gives this book an extra level of emotion.

I really enjoyed this book. I think Frost has created a world worth falling in love with and she ended this series in a way I don’t think any of us saw coming. I thought Frost started this story off really well and I was captivated from the first page. The action started from page one and continued until the end. There were also great twists and every emotion from intense irritation to heart-breaking sorrow.

It was so great to see all the usual characters again but being back in the lives and loves of Cat and Bones was fantastic. I really loved seeing Cat kick ass again and I think she’s grow so much over the series that you can’t help but want to see more of her. Bones is fantastic as always. I couldn’t believe she tortured us again! I mean I knew it wasn’t going to end that way but the pain Cat feels is so tangible my heart broke into a million pieces. But I loved every minute of it. Frost has this amazing ability to make you feel everything her characters do and it makes her books that much more spectacular.

I have slowly fallen in love with Ian and I cross all my fingers and toes that Frost will give him his own spin off book. I think the woman who wins Ian’s heart will be spectacular. In this book we really get to see the nice side of him and I liked having him there to keep everyone on their humorous toes. It was great to see Denise, Spade, Tate, Vlad and everyone again. Reading about them made me desperate to pick up the spin off books again.

I loved the overall storyline and the way all the events played out. The ending was the only ify thing for me. Not because it wasn’t good, but because it was a brand new beginning. Frost could write a whole new series around the way it ended and knowing that’s not going to happen makes me really sad. This series will always be on my top 10 list and some day soon I’m definitely doing a marathon reread just so I can be back in this world.

How Real Vampire Novels Should Be!

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A couple of years ago I discovered an incredible series – The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost! It’s a series that revolves around a half human/half vampire kick ass heroin and her ridiculously sexy vampire lover. Cat and Bones dove into my life, sliver stakes blazing, and I was hooked. I read the first 4 books cover-to-cover in one go and then eagerly awaited the next book in the series, then I plowed through those and the 2 spin-off series that came with them. But this whole time I still felt that one character in the books needed his own story, VLAD, the sexy fire starter whose character was inspired by the most famous vampire in the world. Then last year (round about this time) the first book in the Night Prince series was released. You can just imagine how excited I was to hear that, not only was my favourite character (other than Cat and Bones of course) getting his own book, he was getting his own series! Book 2 in the series was released this year and I made sure to get my hands on it ASAP as I really loved book 1. 🙂

Once Burned

What it’s about:

Leila has been kidnapped by vampires who want to use her unusual ability to find the prince of darkness, Vlad Tepesh. But Leila has other plans, she teams up with Vlad and together they search for the vampire bent on killing him. Once Vlad meets Leila sparks fly… literally, but can a vampire with so many sins love?

My Review:

“I’m the only authentic Vlad. Everyone else is merely an envious imitation.”

From the first moment I read about Vlad Tepesh I have been waiting for this book. Vlad is my favourite character in the Night Huntress series and I am so very happy that he finally got his own book. Having said that I was a little worried that this book wouldn’t live up to my dreams of who Vlad is… I had nothing to worry about. Once Burned is a fantastic book full of adventure, passion and endless egomaniacal comments.

When you have a character like Vlad you know that the heroine needs to be someone strong and passionate, someone who will put him in his place and not be afraid of him… that woman’s name is Leila. I’m definitely putting Leila on my list of awesome heroines. She’s no Cat but she’s still strong and well written. The thing I loved the most about her character was that she has this special ability and it wasn’t something she was born with, there was no radioactive spider involved, it was simply an accident. One day Leila touched an exposed power line and wham! she becomes a walking power line. I really enjoyed her power, I think it’s super cool and the fact that Vlad is immune made it all that much more HOT. I also loved the way she talked back to Vlad and how she told him straight out that he is an egotistical bastard. It’s nice to have a strong heroine again.

The book is told from Leila’s POV and I think it worked really well. It was really funny reading her thoughts and knowing that Vlad could hear every word. He made me smile every time he opened his mouth and I couldn’t wait to hear what he thought of Leila’s musing. It did feel a bit like Cat and Bones at times but I think Leila and Vlad are different enough from them to separate the characters.

Vlad was everything I love about him, egotistical and HOT with that fire just making him that little bit more exciting. I love how whenever he gets mad Leila smelled smoke and that no matter what happened he stuck true to the man/ monster that he is. I am so truly in love with Vlad I can’t even find the words to describe him, once again Frost has managed to suck me in so much that I never wanted it to end! God I’d love to live in this world.

The ending was a bit mean though, I really expected there to be some resolution between Leila and Vlad but like the great author that she is, Frost has made it impossible to not read the next one in the series. I cannot WAIT for the next book!

Team Vlad all the way!!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Twice Tempted   

What it’s about:

Picking up where Once Burned left off, Twice Tempted has Leila working to win the love of a man who says he cannot love and Vlad showing his love in the way only a vampire could. But when they are seperated by that very problem, Leila finds herself the subject of someone’s rage and she’s not taking it lying down!

My Review:

“No one feels like you do, so every brush of your skin is a cruel reminder of what I’ve lost. I can barely stand the sight of you because you’re more beautiful than I’ve allowed myself to remember…”

Oh Vlad, how I’ve missed you!!

As expected from Miss Frost, from the second you pick up this book you’re sucked back into the world of the Night Huntress series, and anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE this world. In my opinion you’re not a real vampire if you’re not like these ones. And everyone know’s that Vlad is my all time favourite character so for me these books are always a good read.

I will say I enjoyed this one a little bit more than the first, Leila becomes an even more kick ass chick and seeing the side of Vlad that loves makes me love him even more! I really love Leila in this book, she was spunky and she has the most awesome power ever! I didn’t love the involvement of Maximus, for me there was always something a bit sketchy about him and let’s face it, he’s no Vlad. Having said that I think that is exactly the problem, we know this world and the characters so when Vlad does something we know what it means and sometimes you forget that the character doesn’t know him so well. I also found Leila’s family to be beyond annoying, I want to smack the tongue right out of her sisters mouth and tell her father to piss off. but other than them I enjoyed all the characters in the book.

Vlad was amazing as always (but really did you expect anything else?), he is his strong, cold self and yet we finally get to see the Vlad who talked Cat off a ledge, the man who can love and be passionate about the people who mean the most to him.

I must say I had a few “holy crap” moments in this book where I really didn’t see things coming. Frost has done another fantastic job bringing to life the world and characters we love. I cannot wait for the next one!

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Night Huntress Series

Eeek! The excitement is getting to me. 28 Jan 2014, that’s the date set for the release of the next book in my favourite vampire series – the Night Huntress series. Up From the Grave is book 7 in this awesome series. If you haven’t read the rest, do yourself a favour and get on it! There are no vamps who sparkle or whine because Buffy doesn’t love them, no this is pure, hot, sexy vampires who you can’t help but love. I really do miss this world, can she write faster please! 🙂

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