Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa De La Cruz Book Review

Title: Vampires of Manhattan
Author: Melissa De La Cruz
Publisher: Hachette Books
Pages: 240
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Format: Kindle/Paperback/Audible/Hardcover

From the bestselling author of Blue Bloods and Witches of East End comes a new novel that explores the battle between good and evil, in the city that never sleeps...Vampires of Manhattan: The New Blue Bloods Coven.

 You'll devour Melissa de la Cruz's hot new adult novel, in which her Blue Bloods immortals have matured and are now exposed to new challenges, new loves, new threats, and a haute, hot hipster lifestyle.

 It is ten years after the great War with Lucifer, and the Coven has rebuilt. Leader of the Fallen, Oliver Hazard-Perry, plans to celebrate this prosperity by throwing a 400 Year Ball-and all Blue Blood society will be there.

My Review

I have had a fascination with vampires for as long as I can remember. So, when I saw this book available on Netgalley I jumped at the chance to read it. I will admit, my TBR pile is unbelievably huge and I have some of the Blue Blood books on it. And I'm wondering if I would have related to the story a little more if I had read them.

This story takes place after Lucifer has been killed. There are the venators, trained to kill all evil that still exists - vampires in their own right. There is the Coven, led by Oliver, a mortal chosen to be immortal and lead as Regent. And there are the Nephilim - the evil that still exists, Lucifers backers and the ones the venators are out to eliminate.

There are a lot of characters and storylines to follow with this one. And it could get confusing at times. I think the most confusing for me was how it started in the present and then went to the past and back to the present, without any real warning. I LOVED Kingsley and Mimi and would love to read more about them. Their love and bond just seemed so real, even if Kingsley wasn't ready to admit it.

I also really liked Oliver. The love he had for Finn and the betrayal she displays at the end of the book broke my heart for him. I know he never looked at her the way she felt although I could understand it.

The biggest issue I had? I just didn't really care for Ara and I'm not sure why. Maybe if I get to know her as Minty and see how she changed and turned into Ara I might feel differently. I certainly am willing to give it a shot.

I found the story to be engaging, and outside of the things I listed above I thought it was a fairly solid book. I will be grabbing some of the others off my shelf to see what they are like.

3 1/2 stars

***I received this book via Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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