Friday, August 4, 2017

2 stars-- Once Burned (Night Prince #1) by Jeaniene Frost

*flails of reader girl sadness* Pretty much everyone else loves this spin off series. But, yall. I was so disappointed.

I was all over the Night Huntress series and all about Vlad when he'd show up there so him having his own series? Oh. My. Gosh. I was so damn tickled and excited. But, Once Burned, left me wondering what the hell had happened to Vlad and if I'd read a different book than everyone else. Bummer.

This was just not the Vlad I've come to love and adore. He's still arrogant as hell. He's definitely rocking the scary. But he's got absolutely NO sense of humor. At. All. As a secondary character he's had me laughing so hard I was nearly in tears and has always brought a charmingly wicked humor to the story. There was just none of that here. Vlad went super serious and grim. I think I would have enjoyed it as a whole more had it just been a different character and not played off of the previous series. Just a fresh start with a fresh character.

Things did get better as they went along, thankfully, and I enjoyed the action which was exciting. As well as getting to know Leila who is a human with some shocking "talents" that leave her kind of suped up on electricity and able to read objects. She's got an incredible will to survive and I just liked her in the end.

Romance/heat-wise I never really felt that spark/chemistry between Lelia and Vlad. No witty banter, the sex scenes were just average. Nothing bad but nothing all that steamy and memorable.

Overall this one didn't work for me. At 300+ pages nothing is resolved. Lots of death and violence, gore, etc happening but relationship-wise, villain-wise, it's all still just out there and open. I know it's a series but I really prefer to have some sort of closure at the end of a book. Maybe my expectations were just too high. I don't know. It just wasn't a satisfying read for me or one that really gave me the urge to carry on with the series. Maybe one day but eh. Probably not. So much sadness, yall. So much sadness.

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude...until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire...

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all—but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula. Vlad's ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

Amazon | Goodreads | Frost on HCBS
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