Title: Kiss of Blood (Vamp City #2)
Author: Pamela Palmer
Publication Date: June 25, 2013
Page Count: 384
Where I got: Edelweiss
Format I read it in: Kindle
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.
My Review:4 Stars
Kiss of Blood, the second in the Vamp City series by Pamela Palmer, starts off not long after A Blood Seduction ended. Quinn is preparing herself to go back into Washington, VC. Zach is starting to suffer from some magical sickness that only seemed to start after he had briefly left DC to go to PA to be with his parents for a little while. Even though he returned to DC, he seems to be getting worse by the day. Quinn has made friends with a guy across the hall, Mike, who is a writer. He keeps her company and doesn’t seem to be looking for anything more than someone to pass the time with.
When Traders suddenly show up at her door, Quinn freaks. It turns out that her “freedom” wasn’t quite as free as she believed. Arturo has had someone watching her the whole time, and he himself has been keeping tabs on her as well. He needs her to return to VC to help renew the magic that would mean the survival of VC and its inhabitants, despite the fact that she has already failed at this task once. Due to Zack’s illness, she feels in order to save him, she must return to VC so he can either get better, or they can find out what is causing his illness and start treating it.
This book is pretty good. It follows the storyline well, and gives us more insight into the characters and why they act the way they do. We start to see redeeming qualities in Arturo and as easy as it is to hate him for betraying Quinn the way he did, I can understand why he did it at least to some degree. Palmer gives us more of an understanding of the depravity of some of VC’s inhabitants as well. It gives the characters hope that with the renewal of Vamp City’s magic, some of the madness that vampires such as Cristoff suffer from can be lifted and they can potentially go back to being the not-so-nasty vampires they were before the magic started to fail. Supposedly many of them were much easier to get along with and had better morals in the past. We really start to see the extent of the madness that Cristoff is going through in several brutal scenes while looking for information on Quinn’s whereabouts. Arturo’s loyalty is really going to be tested. He can’t keep up the charade forever, especially when Cristoff is becoming increasingly paranoid. It’s going to be pretty ugly when that happens.
We are introduced to some new characters, which helps to fill out the story and give the reader more of a personal investment in the story. It also helps to convince Quinn to do everything she can to renew the magic, and not just for the sake of her brother. She has to learn to trust in those who are trying to help her, but I can understand why it would be hard for her. As hot as Arturo sounds, after everything he has done to Quinn, I don’t think I could trust him either. The other characters we are introduced to have done nothing to break her trust and truly want to help. They gave me a reason to believe that there are “good” vampires and other inhabitants in Vamp City despite what some of the other Vampires and Traders are up to.
My main complaint is this, I really did not like the way it ended. I felt there should have been a little bit of something more, but that is the nature of a cliffhanger I suppose. It seemed like the story just stopped. Like you should have been able to turn the page and continue reading that scene, or just more of the story. I didn’t feel like there was any sort of conclusion to that part of the story.
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About the Author
Pamela Palmer is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Feral Warriors shape-shifter series, the Esri Series, and (coming in 2012) the Vamp City series. Raised in an Air Force family, Pamela lived in eleven different houses by the time she was fourteen. The two constants in her life—her family and her imagination. When her initial career goal of captaining starships didn’t pan out, she turned to engineering, satisfying her desire for adventure with books and daydreams until finally succumbing to the need to create worlds of her own. Pamela now calls the suburbs of Washington, D.C.
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