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Posted June 10, 2014
I have been a fan of the Blud series even BEFORE reading the fir
I have been a fan of the Blud series even BEFORE reading the first book, Wicked As They Come. I was hooked when I saw the cover and read the blurb. Sometimes when that happens, I am disappointed when I actually read the books in a series, but I am being totally honest when I say these books exceeded my expectations. That is rare, and appreciated.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I adore the world of Sang, even though it is not necessarily a wonderful place. BUT I have fallen in love with several of the characters in the series. Criminy Stain. *sigh* Leticia is a lucky lady, and I wish them happiness.
Wicked After Midnight had more of the quirky characters, fierce blud animals (blud poodles - yikes!), and clockworks that make the world Delilah S Dawson has created so interesting and addictive. At times, Demi was a bit too hung up on fighting for her freedom, causing herself and others some trouble that could have been avoided. She also seemed a bit reluctant to listen to others advice, and had a rather large chip on her shoulder. She had some very human failings - a bit odd since she is a Bludman, but she started out as human. Those imperfections are something I can relate to, even though at times I wanted her to figure it out quicker, if for no other reason so she could have more smexy times with Vale.
Speaking of Vale, he is another fantastic character in this series. Ms. Dawson has created some of the most fantastic, swoonworthy male characters. I am looking at you Criminy Stain. *sigh* Vale is easily my second favorite in this series, he was a fantastic match for Demi. I really enjoyed this book, it was an incredible journey through a world I crave like an addict craves absinthe.
I am extremely sad that this book most likely ends the Blud series. If the Book Gods decide to take pity on us humans, and somehow this series gets to continue, I will be buying them. Because Sang, and Bludbunnies, and Leticia, and clockworks, and the Caravan, and Criminy Stain. *sigh*
Posted February 8, 2014
4.5 Stars ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Cover
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~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
Sometimes, a reader just needs to trust an author. I was a little upset when I found out this wasn’t a Criminy book, but I was excited to go back to Sang and seemed like a glimpse of caravan life again. I shouldn’t have worried. If there is one thing I know with certainty right before I crack open a Blud book, is that it’ll take me on a wild ride, stimulate my imagination and make me want to transport into Sang myself. WICKED AFTER MIDNIGHT delivers that and more!
Demi is not the conventional heroine I’m used to seeing in this series. She’s a young human college girl who ends up in Sang many years ago and is now a Bludman. She was turned by Criminy to save her life and given a job with his caravan. Trained to be a contortionist. But, again, she’s young. A bit immature and bratty, and she wants to see what else is out there in this world. She has dreams of being a cabaret star, seeing her name on billboards and having much success. So she enlists her contortionist partner Cherie and off they head for Paris.
They’re attacked and Cherie is taken and she quickly realizes that what she aspired to be, thinking she was untouchable because she’s a Bludman, is not the way she had imagined.
This book is a story of growth for Demi. I really enjoyed seeing that because, quite frankly, I was getting pissy at the beginning with her rebellious attitude. She makes mistake after mistake, but she learns from them (mostly) and comes out on the other side with her spirit intact and the future she envisioned.
Then there’s the hero. Part thief, part nomad, and all kinds of sexy. I love a man that’s a bit of a rogue in the real sense of the word and there’s the bonus of his sexy accent. Vale is protective and loyal to a fault. Going against what she should do for his people, he stays in Paris to watch out over Demi and help her find Cherie. I would’ve liked to see him make his move and swoop in before he did, but the pacing of their romance was great and always full of sparks.
This was an action packed episode! I loved the cabaret theme, the Moulin Rouge feel, and the parallels that Demi found between the human world and Sang and the things she could introduce there that weren’t known yet (like can-can and the Phantom of the Opera). Another thing I always enjoy in this series is that the “final battles” are never rushed. Ms. Dawson does an amazing job at dealing with the enemy in a way that, even though sometimes doesn’t have to drag on for 10 pages, it leaves you completely satisfied of the resolution.
I can’t say enough how much I enjoy this series and every aspect of this world that we get to see. Looking forward to much more!
*ARC provided by publisher
Posted February 2, 2014
I love her books. The heroine was selfish and immature. She just rubbed me the wrong way sometimes. She was tough and the setting was awesome. I wanted more of the hero, he was sexy as hell. He was great for the heroine. Over all I loved it. Always fun, such an awesome world, can't wait for more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.