5 Fang Review: House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter

House of the Rising Sun

By: Kristen Painter
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, urban fantasy
Pages: 448
Series: Crescent City #1
Publisher: Orbit
Published on: May 13th 2014
5 Fang Review: House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter

Every vampire has heard rumor of the mythical place where their kind can daywalk. But what no vampire knows is that this City of Eternal Night actually exists.And its name is New Orleans.For centuries, the fae have protected the city from vampire infestation. But when the bloodsuckers return, the fragile peace in New Orleans begins to crumble.Carefree playboy Augustine, and Harlow, a woman searching for answers about her absent father, are dragged into the war. The fate of the city rests on them --- and their fae blood that can no longer be denied.Book one in the brand new, action-packed urban fantasy Crescent City series, from award winning, House of Comarre author Kristen Painter!

Also by this author: Dead Man's Hand, Queen of Hearts, City of Eternal Night

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Melanie’s Review


House of the Rising Sun easily became one of my favorite books of 2014. Kristen Painter’s ability to take a city like New Orleans and add to it while keeping it fundamentally the same is part of what makes her books so enjoyable. Her characters, like the ones in the Sin City Collectors Novellas, are paranormal but not typical. Even her typical characters have a little bit of something extra that makes them stand out from every other creature of the same species.


I seriously couldn’t stand Harlow. I wanted to punch her in the face every time she opened her unappreciative mouth. Harlow is a selfish, know it all, Bitch. She shows up unannounced expecting money from her mother, with whom she doesn’t have a relationship with over the fact that her mom doesn’t want her to know how awful her father is, so she won’t give Harlow his name. When the worst happens to her mother, Harlow automatically assumes she is entitled to her mother’s house, belongings, and finances. She intends to kick out the people who have been there for her mother while she was not! Without even asking if they have anywhere else to go! Who does that? I really wanted to like her, but I just couldn’t. Every time I almost liked her, she would do something else to piss me off.


Augustine, AKA “Auggie”, was a great character, as was Dulcinea. I really want to know more about Dulcinea. She sounds like a really interesting person. Augustine sounds like someone who has a heart of gold and would do anything for you if you needed him. He is obviously hurt by his own mother’s rejection, so it is no surprise that he and Olivia share the bond that they do. There is an annoying amount of sexual tension  between Augustine and Harlow, but it’s only annoying to me because I can’t stand Harlow.


I am also interested in reading about more of Lally’s background. It almost sounded like she couldn’t leave the house, but I may have just imagined that. She sounded tied to it in more of just an emotional way of having lived there for so long. We don’t learn much about her background other than that she has been with Olivia for a really long time.


This was a great book. I enjoyed reading every minute of it and could hardly put it down. This is the kind of book where you run out of pages before you finish reading. This is the first book in Painter’s new series and I can’t wait to read the rest of what her characters are going to do. I would recommend this book to everyone who likes supernatural and paranormal books that have a different twist on traditional types of characters.


5 fangs
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion or review.



Check out Kristen’s other books! 


House of Comarre series

Blood Rights


Sin City Collectors Series

Queen of Hearts
Dead Man’s Hand
Double or Nothing


Crescent City Series:

House of the Rising Sun
City of Eternal Night



About Kristen Painter

When the characters in Kristen Painter’s head started to take over, she decided to put them on paper and share them with the world. She writes paranormal romance and the gothic fantasy vampire series, House of Comarre, for Orbit Books. She has also been published in non-fiction, poetry and short stories. The former college English teacher can often be found online at Romance Divas, the award-winning writers’ forum she co-founded. She’s represented by Elaine Spencer of The Knight Agency.

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