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Posted August 17, 2013
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So in book one, Descended By Blood, where I thought there were some somewhat cheesy scenes – that was a completely foreign concept in Enemy Within. So what do we know? We know Brooke is part Pijawika, she’s falling for uber hot Mirko, and her best friend means everything in the world to her. In Descended by Blood Brooke has done something that makes her feel that her father, Zladislov, is now on the hunt for her. So right away Enemy Within starts on a high level of excitement. And that level doesn’t drop off, the whole book through.
Right away Brooke falls into a spavati, which is basically like a coma for Pijawika. And that allows us to see something so completely awesome – Mirko’s point of view. And we get to see it throughout the whole book! Ok, so I totally fell for Mirko in Descended By Blood. I thought he was all things wonderful, I couldn’t find anything wrong with him. So now that we get the opportunity to see how his hot brain (oh he is, see my left sidebar??) works. And it’s beautiful how it works. You get to see exactly how much he feels for Brooke, and how far he is willing to go for her.
These two are really building a romantic tale that is more than any reader could hope for. They have sexual tension that is so thick you can cut it with a knife. Then add in that their relationship is pretty much against the Pijawikan rules. But through it all, we get to see what each of them are thinking, and I couldn’t get enough.
This book was totally packed with exciting action scenes. Angeline Kace does a fantastic job of making you wonder who you can trust, and who you can’t, and then she rips the rug out from under you time and again. Brooke feels her humanity is slipping away, and begins to act and react more on instinct than on logic. And her character grows in leaps and bounds. In the beginning of Descended By Blood she was this regular high school kid, ready to do normal high school kid things with her awesome new boyfriend. Now she is this vampire, descended from vampire royalty pretty much. She is developing powers, and who knows how many she will have. She is proving herself a formidable opponent to those who are against her. She begins to change, she becomes more confident, more brazen. And I love every damn minute.
So many things happen in this book. We meet many more Pijawikans and Zao Duhs, and no one is safe in this book. Anything can happen – and oh-my-god, it freaking does. One chapter I would be cheering and whooping it up, and then the next I would be depressed and ready to cry, and then the next I’d be curling my toes reading some super hot scenes between Brooke and Mirko. (Ok, seriously, that Zao Duh can freaking KISS!)
This book takes you on a rollercoaster, and there are so many hairpin turns I know you will enjoy the ride. But it makes writing a review so incredibly hard, because I don’t want to give anything away! Just know that Angelince Kace has completely grabbed the bull by the horns in this book, and she does not let up. You get the urban fantasy, the paranormal romance, the mystery and intrigue, the romance, duplicity and secrets – it’s all there. Read this book, and then let me know what you think. I’m pretty sure you will love it as much as I did. And then you will hate Angeline Kace as much as I do.
Posted July 20, 2013
Well, I thought I loved the first one, but wow, this was awesome!! With the way the last book ended I had been dying for this book. I easily fell right back into the world. I thought the first book was full of surprises and action, but this one steps it up. The stakes are higher, and things are very personal. It makes for a really great journey and I was sucked right in.
Brooke has to really discover herself in this. She has to decide between two boys who both have her heart, protect herself, try to figure out who to trust, and deal with her best friends illness. She goes through a lot in this book, but she really deals with it quite well. I always liked Brooke, but she really does grow a lot in this one. She starts to think more about the people around her and what they are all risking too. She had been so caught up in her little bubble, that it was refreshing to see her realize there is so much more going on than just her issues.
Oh the boys!! Okay, so I am going to be vague here, but there was a love triangle in the first book. If you've read it you already know that, but if you haven't, rest assured that it's not a love triangle just for the sake of having one. It does make sense and I loved where it went in this. Yes, she does choose between them and I think that she did well at making the decision that was best for her. I love how protective both of them are for her, and she does care about them both, but she can only be with one.
So, I know that this is a really short review, but I want to keep this spoiler free. Just know that this was amazing and it really continued the story well. There was a lot of tension, and things get pretty tough. There are a few twists and trust is tested as well as relationships between Brooke and the others. I have a lot of love for this series and I thought this sequel was really great! I love it when I love a second book better than the first and this sure did that. I will read anything that Angeline Kace writes. She is fantastic at sucking into the story and holding you there.
*An advanced copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.
Posted July 18, 2013
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Angeline Kace scores again with Enemy Within, the second installment of her Vampire Born Trilogy. Kace continues to build her unique world of vampires and expand on her multiple story lines to create another action-packed novel. The author tells this story through both Brooke’s and Mirko’s points of view.
Picking up where the first story ended, Brooke discovers her connection to the most powerful vampire is—he’s her father. Brooke’s existence threatens the stability of the vampire world. Therefore, threats from all parts of the vampire world descend upon her. All the while, Brooke knows that she needs to decide between Mirko and Jaren, realizing her choice will hurt the one she doesn’t choose. As Brooke grows into her powers, her relationships with those closest to her become strained. Brooke is a strong character as she tries to balance her intensifying relationship with Mirko and the threats laid against her from her father and from the Commission. When Brooke finally appears in front of the Commission, her bravery shines as she defends herself against their questions. I couldn’t help myself from cheering out loud as Brooke uses her power to convince the Commission to hear her evidence.
With the perfect balance of the pulse-pounding action and suspense, Enemy Within is a captivating paranormal romance that I could barely put down before reaching the jaw-dropping cliffhanger that I didn’t see coming.
I received an eBook copy of the book for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Posted May 23, 2013
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A review copy was provided for an honest review. Having read Descended by Blood, the first book in the series; I had expected an equally good sequel. What's delivered is a nice follow-up but I didn't love it as I did the first. At the heart of it all I think I built up impossible expectations. Reflecting on it I guess the story didn't go in the direction I thought it would which took me by surprise. Despite that I thought the world that's built was intriguing and greatly detailed especially with the different classes of vampires. This series distinguishes itself amongst the many vampire novels and continues to bring a refreshing story. It's imperative that you read the first book to grasp what's going on in this one. It picks up immediately after the first left off so you're instantly pulled in. I had a hard time remembering some of the details of the previous book because I read it nearly a year ago but that didn't matter much once I began. The beginning of the story is slow and it increases the pace halfway through to deliver some crazy action scenes and unexpected plot twists. The viewpoints shift between Brooke and Mirko throughout and give interesting insight into both their thoughts. I would have preferred if Brooke's viewpoint alone was shone because Mirko's perspective made me dislike him which seems in opposition with why his POV was included. Mirko still has this mysterious edge about him and protective quality towards Brooke as well as intense feelings for her. Brooke - the leading heroine is loyal, and hardened since she's been thrown into the vampire world but at the same time she is afraid for the safety of her friends. I was frustrated with her behavior at times but she pulled her act together by the end and redeemed my faith in her maturity and ability to own up to her mistakes. As for the romance I thought it was a bit overdone and too dramatic for my tastes but it worked well for the story.
Brooke Keller has finally accepted her Pijawikan (vampire) side and is content to move forward but others see her as a threat. As it's forbidden for such an creature to exist—a melez—who has the powers and strength of a higher breed of vampire but is still human. After Brooke kills Jelena in self-defense after being kidnapped she now faces the consequences of what that action brings. Mirko and Brooke face a bigger danger when Brooke's father—the most powerful vampire in existence—is looking for her. She soon discovers that not everything is how it seems and her enemies aren't who she thinks they are. As she starts putting together the bigger picture she comes to the realization that she has something worse to fear—losing Mirko. As things start to look particularly bad Brooke has to make decisions that will effect the people closest to her in order to prevail.
It seemed like the first half of the book was just unmemorable while the remaining half was teeming with action. In the second half it noticeably changes into an adult-like read more suitable for 16-year-olds+ as it contains swearing, violence, and suggested sexual content. The beginning of the story felt inconsistent with the rest and frankly odd but I enjoyed it more than what it started up as. I also really liked Brooke's best friend Kaitlynn because she's a strong character that holds it together even though she gets tossed some pretty huge obstacles. Jaren isn't a major part of this novel and he was forgotten the moment he no longer appeared. Which leaves me to question what happened to him and what will become of him in future books? Either way I felt like his character wasn't significantly important. Furthermore Angeline Kace is wonderful at building up stories and creating intense endings that will leave you craving more! Admittedly I really loved Descended by Blood and Enemy Within had a lot of potential to be just as great. It was a good read but it took awhile to finally get invested in the story to appreciate it. It is written well, draws you further into the Pijawikan world, extends Brooke's enthralling story and leaves you with an exciting cliffhanger! All in all I'd recommend it for those who have already read Descended by Blood.
I am always very hesitant when a sequel comes out of a book I loved, something always feels off. In this case, though, the author got it perfectly!
ENEMY WITHIN opens up right where DESCENDED BY BLOOD let off. The entire book was filled with twists and turns I didn't see coming! Some of which has me really wondering about the future for the characters.
Brooke's the sort of heroine I just love. She's opinionated, strong, and so much fun. While I'm completely 100% all for Mirko, I really hope we see a bit more of Jaren. Let's face it though, Mirko is just yummy!
Like with DESCENDED BY BLOOD, ENEMY WITHIN ends with a painful cliffhanger that I need to know the answer to. I can't wait for book 3!
Posted July 7, 2013
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