A Kiss of Blood by Pamela Palmer
Narrator: Rebecca Estrella
Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
Date Read: August 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Only one woman can save Vamp City...
One of the few humans who managed to escape the deadly twilight world of Vamp City, Quinn Lennox vows to never return. But the vampires want her back, for only she has the power to renew the magic of their crumbling world and free the vampires trapped within.
When the dangerous and all-too-seductive Arturo Mazza comes for her, Quinn knows she can never trust him after the betrayal she suffered at his hands. But with her beloved brother's fate hanging in the balance, and her own power beginning to emerge, she chooses to risk all on yet another perilous journey back to Vamp City. And though she tries to deny it, her heart begins to hold hope that even a ruthless vampire can learn the meaning of true love.
Series: Vamp City #2
Also by this author: A Blood Seduction br> br>
Also in this series: A Blood Seduction
Listened for Review (Tantor)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: A Kiss of Blood by Pamela Palmer managed to make really get invested in the characters & world but the abrupt ending left me wanting.
Overall Thoughts: So I have to admit that part of me really loved (like a strong 4.5 kind of thing) A Kiss of Blood. I got really invested in the characters, the story, and the pacing was fantastic. I thought the methodical beginning leading to the intense center of the story worked really well. It was the last 1/3 of the book that kind of took me from that to it was a good read. LET ME BE CLEAR: That means I liked the book, would recommend the book, but just didn’t like it as much at the end as I did in the middle. I am not a fan of abrupt endings and this had one heck of one. I get that it is UF but it also made this book feel incomplete.
That being said:
1: The writing was spectacular and the story flowed.
2: The characters finally made me care. Seriously I was rooting for Quinn and her brother. Arturo even somewhat grew on me though I still think he is a bit of an ass. The new characters broke my heart but also made me cheer (curse of listening to an audiobook–I am not even going to try to spell/list their names correctly). I felt this book was just very much more character driven and that worked so very well.
3: I really want to know what happens next. As much as I didn’t like the abrupt ending, it did make me hungry for more.
This was slightly less dark than the first entry but not by much. So, if like me, you are a fan of dark UF then I think this series will work for you.
Narrated By Rebecca Estrella / Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
Rebecca is really spot on for Quinn! I thought her voice showed the growth that Quinn had experienced from the first time in Vamp City. I liked the slight change in tone that really sold the performance. Arturo’s voice and character grew on me this time so I am sure now that is more how I feel about the character than her narration of him that shapes how I hear him. She does a solid job with the male voices and I really hope that the 3rd book comes out on audio.