Hi everyone! This is Julia of The Broke and the Bookish, formerly blogging on my own at The Competitive Bibliomaniac.
I read mostly historical romance, but can often be found reviewing paranormal romance, young adult books (mostly distopian/fantasy), fantasy/sci-fi, classics, and the occasional non-fiction book about languages.
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You know, for having read and reviewed this back in 2010 when this whole bit below was published on GR, I remember this book. I remember that I read it, I vaguely remember liking it, and I remember I wanted to give book two a shot. I think that says a lot about this, though my review may have been a bit harsh.
Original: I really wanted to like this more than I did. I mean the Tudors + Vampires. What a great premise! And then that cover! It just draws you in.
I wish I could say the same about the writing. Just something about the story didn't click for me. The characters were rounded, there was a plot, things progressed... it just didn't click.
I didn't believe the love triangle at all (the love quadrangle even less). Too much time was spent on its petty banality, when we could have been fighting vampires!
I wish there was more vampire fighting. It seemed that they were not really taking things seriously at times. Also certain things to me seemed to be too modern of thought, like she could just waltz around doing whatever she wanted? It just seemed strange.
Also the vampires themselves were kind of weird to me.
I didn't really like the ending at all.
And you know, these things just didn't click with me. They may with others. This leave the unfortunate truth that my favorite part of this book was the cover.
Third: See the comments.
Author: 'ouch' LOL
Me: huh. I saw this comment and went back and read what I wrote. It is interesting because I literally put the book down, and typed this up. I digested it (slightly) longer and wrote the other review.
But the more I think on it, the more I think I really didn't like it because I was expecting something else. I read it in two days, which says a lot for my engagement in the story. I believed all of the characters. The plot didn't drag.
So the logical conclusion that I come to is that I was expecting something else. Maybe more Tudor interaction ... I don't even know.
Upon reflection and digesting this book properly, I'm probably going to bump this up a star. And you know what, I don't think i'd rule out reading the next one, because I was intrigued by Elias.