House of Comarré #1 Uskyldigt Blod
Title: Blood Rights
Series: House of Comarré #1
Author: Kristen Painter
Published in English: 2011
Dansk titel: Uskyldigt Blod
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2016
Finished Reading: April 2020
Genre: YA & Fantasy
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
Rebellion has a price.
The lacy gold mapped her entire body. A finely wrought filigree of stars, vines, flowers, butterflies, ancient symbols and words ran from her feet, up her legs, over her narrow waist, spanned her chest and finished down her arms to the tips of her fingers.
Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle’s body bears the telltale marks of a comarré—a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world…and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.
Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.
This book, like so many I’ve read this month, have had the premises of being freaking awesome, but like the rest of them, this one failed miserably. I’m not sure what is happening lately, but the streak of bad books just keeps coming. I think the problem in here lies with the author. Maybe she was afraid of pushing the story away from the ridiculous romance into the next level, since she spend a great effort on making this book with an amazing world. The whole concept is very intriguing and the cast system of vampires and comarrés has a nice base. However, she doesn’t really use it. Instead, the author went beyond copying something that been done on multiple occasions. I saw many The Vampire Diaries references in some of the stuff that happened here.
The biggest issue with this book isn’t that it feels like a cheap version of some of Anne Rice’s work or L. J. Smith, but the fact that there are so many tellers in this story. There are too many Point of Views in this novel. The antagonist in this story was just plain bad and I wanted to skip those chapters so much, if only she had taken those out it might have been bearable.
I was super bored for the most part of the book, and I just didn’t care for any of the characters really, not just the antagonist but the rest of the crew. Mal was not my cup of tea. frankly, I hated him. Chrysabelle was boring; she wasn’t a character that stood out. The idea was good and some people will without a doubt end up loving this, but it just wasn’t for me. The book didn’t suck me in you might say. I didn’t feel engaged in the plot, the characters or the development of the story.
The cover is one of the prettiest I’ve seen in a long time. My God, it’s freaking gorgeous. Despite the fact that it didn’t make an impact on me, I wouldn’t say that it’s completely bad, at least I don’t feel like I’ve wasted my time on this. I would have been nice with fewer characters to try to get to know, without actually succeeding.