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Dissension by K.A.Salidas

91yn2LGniLL._SL1500_Title:  Dissension       

Series:  Book #1 in the Chronicles of the Uprising Series

Author:  K.A. Salidas

Rating:  B-

The great cataclysm wiped almost all life from the face of planet Earth, but tiny pockets of survivors crawled from the ashes, with only one thought: survival, at any cost.
But not all survivors were human.  In the dark, militant society that has risen in the aftermath, vampires, once thought to be mythical, have been assimilated and enslaved. Used for blood sport their lives are allowed to continue only for the entertainment of the masses. Reviled as savages, they are destined to serve out their immortal lives in the arena, as gladiators.
And there is no greater gladiator than Mira: undefeated, uncompromising…and seemingly unbreakable. When an escape attempt leads Mira into the path of Lucian Stavros, the city’s Regent, her destiny is changed forever.  Lucian, raised in a culture which both reviles and celebrates the savagery and inhumanity of vampires, finds Mira as intriguing as she is brash. An impulsive decision – to become Mira’s patron – changes more than just Lucian’s perception about vampire kind. The course of his life is altered in ways he could never have predicted – a life that is suddenly as expendable as hers.  Can Mira prove to Lucian that all is not as it seems? Can Lucian escape centuries of lies, bloodshed, and propaganda to see the truth? Or will the supreme power of the human overlords destroy them both? 

Review:  This novel was definitely an interesting take on vampires and the paranormal genre.  Basically, it’s a dark, dystopian tale about a world in which humans have subjugated vampires, forcing them to life in prisons and engage in life or death battles in a gladiator arena for their own perverted amusements.  Mira is tough chick – spending day in and day out fighting against her circumstances and those of her people.  Lucien, on the other hand, I felt as if we barely got to know before the ending of the book.  Which brings me to my main point of contention with this book – the ending.  There’s a cliffhanger, and then there is just those dump-you-right-in-the-middle-of-a-scene endings that totally rub me the wrong way – leaving you unfulfilled and just thoroughly ticked off.  This one is the latter.  Sure, I’m confident the next book picks right up where this one leaves up, but there is nothing I hate more than an unfulfilled ending to a book.  And the end of this one was enough to almost ruin the whole book for me.  To be honest, I would have rated it higher if not for the ending – so just be forewarned about that before starting it!

 

Serafina and the Silent Vampire by Marie Treanor

cover38028-mediumTitle:  Serafina and the Silent Vampire

Series:  Serafina Series Book #1

Author:  Marie Treanor

Rating:  D

Silence has never been so sinful…Welcome to Edinburgh’s unique psychic investigation agency, Serafina’s.  Serafina MacBride is psychic – but not strictly honest. While staging a hilarious vampire attack at a client’s party, Sera is stunned to encounter a real vampire – annoying, gorgeous and inaudible to everyone but her. When her client’s son is found dead with puncture wounds in his neck, she tracks the silent vampire to his lair.  But the amoral and seductive Blair is also on a mission – to find and kill a nest of young vampires who’ve invaded his territory. Soon Sera is drawn into the bizarre world of the undead, where danger lurks in the shadows along with forbidden sensual delights – and a murderous conspiracy to flood the world with financially astute vampires who talk.  Supported and hindered by Blair’s eccentric, undead friends, and by her own motley crew from Serafina’s, Sera and Blair uncover surprising truths about each other and about the mysterious Founder from whom all vampires are descended.  In the end, Sera draws on powers she never knew she had in a frantic fight to defeat the forces of evil and preserve the strange, complicated being she’s trying so hard not to love.

Review:  This book was not quite what I was expecting.  It’s one of those that had me going back and re-reading the blurb, wondering if I misread something!  I was almost immediately turned off to the story by Serafina herself.  To say that she was ‘not strictly honest’ is a bit of an understatement.  She spends the majority of her time as a charlatan, conning people out of their money.  Not only does she con them, but her and her ’employees’ stage events in order to do so.  The way the story was told regarding that left you with no sympathy for her or her friends whatsoever.

Loving books on vampires, I thought for sure this one would be great – however, even the vampire aspect of it didn’t really mesh with me.  I didn’t really think that the ‘inaudible’ part would actually mean that he talks without ever moving his lips!  I assumed that he would be invisible to everyone but Serafina, and that she would be the only one who could hear him.  That it would be somewhat of a twist on vampire lore and he would be somewhat like a ghost (rather it be a permanent thing or simply temporary).  Instead, he’s visible to everyone, no one else notices anything weird about it, and to Serafina he doesn’t move his lips.  The idea of this in my head just weirded me out on the whole storyline, and it just didn’t get any better for me after that.

Perhaps it’s just me, but I just didn’t connect with this book at all.  It started off on the wrong foot with me, and it just never clicked into place.  I usually like something a little different from the standard, particularly when the author can pull it off and make me believe that it could be possible.  But I just didn’t feel that with this book.  So much so that I had a hard time reading it.

Apparently, I am in the minority though….after writing this review I checked it out on Amazon.  At the time it had 31 reviews – 12 of them were 5 star ratings, and 13 of them were 4 stars, so keep that in mind if you’re thinking about picking it up.

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