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Bleeding Hearts: Book One of the Demimonde

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    While I enjoy paranormal and urban fantasy, I am generally not

    While I enjoy paranormal and urban fantasy, I am generally not a big fan of paranormal romance. I point this out only to emphasize how good Bleeding Hearts had to be for me to give it 4 stars.

    The character of Sophie had me hooked from the very first page. She came alive immediately, and her voice sounded just like that of an old friend. Having become attached to Sophie instantaneously, I was fully invested in her relationship with Marek, so much so that I spent the last third of the book crying because I could feel Sophie's pain radiating off of the page.

    Bleeding Hearts succeeds for me, where other paranormal romances do not, because Sophie is not the usual kick-ass heroine. She is just as human as I am; while her Sophia gift is more extensive that normal human empathy, it bears enough similarity that I was able to identify with Sophie's emotions.

    While the Demimonde series, at least as represented by this first entry, may not have the action of many paranormal series, it more than makes up for that with its emotional depth. I will be reading and reviewing Blood Rush, the second in the series, within the next week, and I can't wait to see what happens.

    I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

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    For those readers who love paranormal romance but don't enjoy gr

    For those readers who love paranormal romance but don't enjoy graphic sex scenes, this is the book for you. The few references to physical romance are very chaste with absolutely no descriptive action whatsoever. While the romance of Sophie and Marek is the focus of this story, it is set against a backdrop of a political web of power-mongering between DV and vampires fighting for territory and manipulating humans.
    The really exciting action comes towards the end, when Sophie is kidnapped and Marek is taken.
    I really enjoyed the fast pace, the truly scary Master Vampire character, and the steadily increasing tension of Marek being forcibly evolved. I could not stop reading! I feel like Sophie really redeemed herself in this part of the book, and I ended up caring about her, enough so that I am really looking forward to BLOOD RUSH (Demimonde #2),

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

    Any book that can evoke more than one intense emotion is worth r

    Any book that can evoke more than one intense emotion is worth reading.  And I don’t mean a little giggle here, a little tug at your heart there.  I mean, full blown laughing out loud at one point, bringing tears to your eyes at another, edge of your seat curiosity and suspense at yet another point.  This novel provides that to the reader, and more.

    The history and mythology wound through and into this story is absolutely brilliant.  Not only is it wound seamlessly into the storyline, but it is also mythologically correct (before she runs with it, of course).  She takes Egyptian mythology and creates a phenomenally unique creation myth for both vampires and Weres.  The mythological accuracy of the beginnings of this creation myth make it all the more believable and help her create a world that you can actually visualise.

    The descriptive techniques that Krafton employs bring this world to life.  You can actually see each and every element of the town in which these people find themselves living their day to day lives.  It is a very dark world, but it is vivid all the same.  The characters are the same.  They are brought to life in a manner that is fitting to their dark outlooks on life.  They are also uniquely suited to their roles within the story as a whole.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story.  It was very well written.  There was a while through the middle where the novel just meandered along its storyline, but as a whole it was a very cohesive unit that left you wanting the sequel.  

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

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    Read from August 20 to 21, 2012 Book Synopsis Sophie

    Read from August 20 to 21, 2012

    Book Synopsis

    Sophie Galen is an advice columnist whose work leaves her neck-deep in other people’s problems. Thanks to her compassion, her gut instinct, and her magnetic charm, Sophie really knows how to attract little black clouds.

    Marek Thurzo is no little black cloud; he’s a maelstrom. Marek is Demivampire, a race with the potential to evolve into vampire. A warrior who’s taken his share of spiritual damage, he hovers dangerously close to destruction.

    He seeks salvation. She’s driven to save him. But what if he can’t be saved?

    Sympathy for his plight becomes true empathy as Sophie’s hidden nature is revealed. Marek suspects she may be one of the Sophia, oracle and redemption of the damned Demivampire. She alone can turn back the evolutionary clock.

    All she needs is the courage to face her fears. Can she save him from Falling?

    My Thoughts

    I have to say that the character of Sophie Galen is a refreshing blend of innocent and jaded, she has seen so much that life has left it's scars on her soul but at the same time she still has so much empathy and compassion for others that she wants to save as many of them from their pain that she possibly can. Sophie meets Marek for the first time on a street corner, she is giving change and a travel token to a beggar and Marek makes a comment about the fact that she is giving money to someone who will either use it for drugs or drink rather than the food she intended it for. Not a very auspicious start to their acquaintance.

    Later on Sophie again meets Marek in one of her favorite museum exhibits, this time he is suave and perfectly turned out the better to charm her into chatting and before the two know it they spend hours together.

    The relationship grows and the two become closer, one night though things change for Sophie when she and Marek are witnesses to a brutal killing by a "creature" that appears human but when he turns into the light Sophie realizes that he is actually not. Marek is left with no choice but to finally explain to her exactly what he is and exactly what he could become if follows the destiny that fate has laid out for him.

    This story has some familiar themes that the author has taken and made her own by introducing a different vampire mythology that has it's roots in Egyptian culture and folklore, not only does it freshen up the theory of where vampires originated but it also opens the reader up to thinking long and hard on what is the lesser of two evils.

    Marek has a younger brother Rodrian and together they have spent many years protecting the human population from wholesale slaughter by the dreaded vampires. In doing so they have also made a powerful enemy in the Master vampire who wishes to make Marek give in and embrace his darkness.

    Rodrian and his youngest daughter become very close to Sophie as her relationship with Marek deepens. Readers will enjoy their camaraderie together as it provides Sophie a taste of belonging to the family that she has never had.

    One of my favorite characters in the book though has to be Sophie's best friend and childhood sweetheart, Jared is now a priest but they remain close and he is her sounding board when she needs someone to help her when she is troubled.

    This is not a story about "sparkly vampires", it is a dark paranormal romance with heart and feeling and the themes of friends, family, honor, sacrifice and responsibility are firmly at the fore as one reads.

    The author has taken the best of the lore of vampire and used it in this tale to tantalize the reader into turning the pages, along with that she has added her own unique twist of mystical mythology that puts this book that one step it takes to make it stand out from the rest of the genres offerings. I enjoyed seeing how it all came together and think that others who like their vampires to be more than just a "pretty face" will also.

    [EArc from author in exchange for honest review]

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  • Posted May 12, 2012

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    I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

    When I first started reading this book, I wasn't all that enthused. It was incredibly slow and didn't draw me in as quickly as some books I've read, but I stuck with it because the premise of the book intrigued me greatly. Once I got a couple chapters in, I was hooked. I loved the way Marek and Sophie interacted. I loved the way the story developed. I absolutely loved how the vampires were integrated into the story.

    Sophie is an advice columnist who can't help but try to fix everyone she meets. When she meets Marek, her entire life changes and that's not necessarily a bad thing. The story is a boy meets girl romance with a twist of vampire lore. It's got the action you'd expect when dealing with vampires but it's not overwhelming and in your face.

    The only thing that bothers me about the story - IT MADE ME CRY. Books don't do that to me often. I'm now looking forward to the next book. I want more.

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