Sunday, September 18, 2011

Blood Rights: By Kristen Painter



Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle's body bears the telltale marks of a comarré -- a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world...and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.

Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.


I know that vampires have been done a lot. Doesn’t matter.

I know sex in vampire novels has been done a lot. Doesn’t matter.

I also know balancing that line between romance and urban fantasy is an incredibly hard position to be put in. Doesn’t matter.

All of this doesn’t matter because Painter does such a fantastic job crafting Blood Rights. The characters are interesting, the plot engaging, and the writing fast paced. But even more than that Painter does such a great job balancing that line between romance and urban fantasy that she is sure to engage and entertain both sets of readers.

Of course besides balancing that line, I truly enjoyed the side characters. I mean what’s not to like about a cursed werecat, who can only turn into a house cat. Or a ghost who is supposed to haunt a vampire for all eternity, who instead makes pleasant conversation and dates said werecat. I liked both of these characters and wished they could have been involved in the story more.

I was also shocked by some of the decisions Painter makes in this first installment in the series. While trying not to get into the thick of details Painter makes some decisions that will shock readers as well as keep them glued to their seats. It’s because of theses decisions, the characters, both major and minor, and the engaging speed of the plot that I’d fully recommend this book to someone wanting to try an urban fantasy/romance combo.

8 out of 10


Publisher: Orbit

Published: September 27, 2011

Price: $7.99