Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Flesh and Blood by Kristen Painter

Title:  Flesh and Blood
Author: Kristen Painter
My Rating: A

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: House of Comarre #2
Main Characters: Chrysabelle & Malkolm & Creek
Release Date: November 2011
Publisher: Orbit
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Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
With the ring of sorrows still missing, and the covenant between othernaturals and mortals broken, Chrysabelle and Malkolm's problems are just beginning. Chrysabelle still owes Malkolm for his help, but fulfilling that debt means returning to Corvinestri, the hidden vampire city neither of them is welcome in.
The discovery that Chrysabelle has a brother could mean reneging on her promise to Malkolm, something that might make him angry enough to loose the beast living inside him. And fulfilling her vow could prove devastating for Chrysabelle —- especially when you throw in power hungry witches, dead fringe vampires, and the Kubai Mata.

My Review:
hmmm, book #2 in this wonderful series was....just as freaking good as book #1. If not even better because there was an intro to a yummy new character, a human Kubai Mata member, Creek. The Kubai Mata are a legendary group set out to defend humans from the vampires. Most people don't even think that they actually exist, but with the fall of the covenant (book #1,) they are re-establishing their place in this war. Creek's job is to protect Chrysabelle and locate the ring of sorrows. This is definitely setting up a love triangle to the series, but what I like about this triangle is the relationship that is developing between Mal & Creek. I really like these two guys together and although they don't trust each other, they respect the fact that they are both trying to keep Chrysabelle safe. It really added an interesting twist to the whole feel of the book.

This book was full of the same intrigue and adventure from the first book. There is an amazing group of characters. Many that you love, many that you love to hate and a few that you just hate, but there is tons of action that keeps the book moving at an astounding pace. There were some twists at the end that I can't wait to see how they play out in the coming book/s. I love how Chrysabelle is continuing to grow as she learns to live outside the Comarre society. She has always been a kick-ass chick, but as she comes into her own and is realizing how to live her life, she is becoming even more so and you can't help but to cheer her on.

I continue to absolutely adore Mal. He is such a tortured hero, that my heart simply bleeds for him...and even better, he adores Chrysabelle with all of his being. He simply won't give into that passion though, because he knows that she deserves better. This is a character who thinks that he's beyond redemption, but he cares so deeply for those around him....Doc, Fi, and Chrysabelle. Even with Creek, whom he hates because of the connection between him and Chrysabelle, he treats with total and complete fairness that most guys with jealousy issues would never be able to pull off.

I am LOVING this series...the world, the characters, the intrigue. It is all so good and so well-written!! The world is so complete and has so many levels. I cannot wait for book #3, Bad Blood, coming out at the end of the month. Yippee!


Julie said...

I wrote this one too and I look forward to your review of the next book. And, by the way, I am loving seeing you so excited over an UF series. ;)

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

Totally agree! I am digging this series and I am not usually a UF fan (though I think I might read a few more than you do LOL)