Monday 6 August 2012

Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

Publisher: Avon
Published: 26th July 2012
Pages: 346
She's a mortal with dark powers...
After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude...until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire...

He's the Prince of Night...
Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all—but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula. Vlad's ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

I literally could not wait to get my hands on this bad boy - lost count of all the giveaway's I entered for an ARC but it was not to be. Luckily, I managed to get my book before I went out of the country! I had heard amazing things about this book and unsurprising really; Jeaniene Frost is up there in my favourite authors. This new instalment of Vlad's story was incredible. It had the action, the mystery and the romance that I automatically expect from Frost's writing.

I thought the main plot would be over quickly, especially as Leila was rescued in like chapter 5. But as always, Frost does not disappoint; it was always interesting and fun to read, whether it be another clue to into Vlad's mysterious enemy or Leila taking another risky step into her relationship with Vlad.

Leila was a very intriguing character; her mysterious condition wasn't skated over but it wasn't overly technical either. Frost nicely explained it in little chunks, not so much at once but so the reader did understand the whats and whys quickly enough. She also reminded me of Cat: strong-willed and stubborn but also vulnerable and kind of cute. Leila's initial interactions with Vlad were absolutely hilarious: Dracula obsession, indeed!

Ah, Vlad. How do I even describe how much I love him! He should be such a jackass - and he completely is sometimes - but he is secretly adorable. Not to mention very protective. As a character, we have not seen all that much of him/his past in previous Night Huntress novels. All that we really know about him is that he is mean to people who deserve it, has a wicked sense of humour and is sexy as hell. And, you know, he fights well and is pyro-kinetic and stuff, but really, the 'hot as hell' bit is the most important part, wouldn't you agree?

All in all, a simply amazing book. Nothing less than I would expect from Ms Frost. And of course Vlad! Cannot wait to see what happens to our incredible hero and heroine next!

1 comment:

  1. With the amount you rave about Jeaniene Frost, I really ought to give her a shot :p