Before I get into the review and all that, I just wanted to rant for a moment about something. Before I began blogging, I wrote about 3 months worth of blog posts because I read so much about blogger burnout and wanted to avoid all that. A couple of days ago, I accidentally deleted all of the files (along with some homework assignments that I hadn’t yet turned in) and was unable to recover them. Because of this, I’ve missed a couple posts last week as I tried to find time to write a couple posts to put up. But anyway, I’m back on track and still as excited as ever! Enjoy my review and don’t forget to comment and/or like if you want to ! 🙂
FULL TITLE: The Immortals After Dark Series #16 – Sweet Ruin By, Kresley Cole
PUBLICATION: Gallery Books (2015)
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
MY RATING: FIVE (5) stars
SOURCE: Personal E-book
A FOUNDLING RAISED IN A WORLD OF HUMANS
Growing up, orphaned Josephine didn’t know who or what she was – just that she was “bad,” an outcast with strange powers. Her baby brother Thaddeus was as perfect as she was flawed; protecting him became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo’s transition from angry girl. . . to would-be superhero. . . to enchanting, ruthless villain.
A LETHALLY SENSUAL ENFORCER ON A MISSION
A threat to the Morior has brought archer Rune the Baneblood to the mortal realm to slay the oldest living Valkyrie. Whether by bow or in bed, he never fails to eliminate his target. Yet before he can strike, he encounters a vampiric creature whose beauty conceals a black heart. With one bite, she pierces him with aching pleasure, taking his forbidden blood – and jeopardizing the secrets of his brethren.
A BOUNDLESS PASSION THAT WILL LEAD TO SWEET RUIN. . .
Could this exquisite female be a spy sent by the very Valkyrie he hunts? Rune knows he must now trust Josephine, yet he’s unable to turn her away. Despite his millennia of sexual conquests, he can’t ignore the unfamiliar longing she arouses deep within him. When Jo betrays the identity of the one man she will die to protect, she and Rune become unlocked in a treacherous battle of wills that pits ultimate loyalty against unbridled lust.
Another review of a book written by my favorite author – Kresley Cole! (Yes, I am going to keep bringing her up… You might as well go check her out! 🙂 ).
When I first heard who the main characters of this book would be, I was like who? These were brand new characters that hadn’t been mentioned before in the series and I was real irritated. I mean, I had been waiting (and still am) on so many of my favorite characters to get their own books and Kresley Cole decides ‘Oh, I’m just gonna write an entire book about characters that we’ve never heard of before.’ *fumes.
After I read the book, however, I was real excited. I really enjoyed Josephine and Rune’s story for a variety of different reasons. One reason was that it was really unique compared to a lot of the other stories in the series. I mean, they’re all unique and interesting, but this one had a little something extra special, you know? First of all, the species of both characters were new. It wasn’t the regular old Lykae, Valkyrie, or vampire story. 🙂 I won’t spoil it for ya’ll, but 🙂 yeah.
*MINOR SPOILERS IN THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH!
Another plotline that was pretty unique to this story was how Josephine and Rune first met and the way Rune spent the whole book acting like his mating with Josephine wouldn’t change his job. Josephine first met Rune as he was screwing a bunch of nymphs… This doesn’t really sound like the best beginning to a story about matehood, but I think that the book was pretty good because of this. His main tool as a member of the Morior was his ability to glean all kinds of information from the nymphs by screwing them… He tries to convince Josephine (and himself) that he will continue doing so despite their matehood… 😛 That’s what I think of that!
Another reason I really enjoyed this story was because we finally got a lot of information that had been hinted at through the series. We learn more about the Morior/the Bringers of Doom that have been mentioned throughout the series. We get more information and background on Thaddeus (who is one of the characters that I’ve been waiting on his book… I know, I know. He’s only 17, but give the boy a love!). The best part of the book, for me, was that we finally start moving ahead in the overarching plotline that ties all of the books together: the Accession.
Any horror stories about blogging ya’ll wanna share? Maybe something like mine that I mentioned before the review? If not, have you ever read Sweet Ruin by, Kresley Cole? YOU SHOULD! 🙂 Let me know in the comments!