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Windy City writer Elizabeth Marx brings cosmopolitan flair to her fiction, which is a blend of romance and fast-paced Chicago living with a sprinkle of magical realism. In her past incarnation she was an interior designer--not a decorator--which basically means she has a piece of paper to prove that she knows how to match and measure things and can miraculously make mundane pieces of furniture appear to be masterpieces. Elizabeth says being an interior designer is one part shrink, one part marriage counselor and one part artist, skills eerily similar to those employed in writing.
Elizabeth grew up in Illinois and has also lived in Texas and Florida. If she’s not pounding her head against the wall trying to get the words just right, you can find her at a softball field out in the boonies or sitting in the bleachers by a basketball court. Elizabeth resides with her husband, girls, and two cats who’ve spelled everyone into believing they’re really dogs.
Elizabeth has traveled extensively, but still says there’s no town like Chi-Town.
You can contact the author at email@example.com or visit her website www.elizabethmarxbooks.com
Mallory Heart Reviews
on March 26, 2013 :
Review of Ascent of Blood by Elizabeth Marx
The Red Veil Series #1
In contemporary society, with a world population of humans in the billions, vampires can’t really afford to be discovered, for discovery would mean going to war against humans, and who then would lose? Sebastian Pearce has been a vampire for centuries, and for six of those he has searched for a breeder, a human female capable of bearing vampire offspring, such as his mother. Those are few and rare, and his House of Imperials is terribly in need of expansion. When he encounters a young American woman in London, searching for the Book of Descent, Sebastian is at first amazed and infuriated, then enraptured and obsessed. But Sebastian is not the only one of this pair holding secrets close to his chest; Everleigh is too.
If you’ve not yet read the prequel to this series, “Descent of Blood,” you can still read and very much enjoy this story, but why not pick up both and have the double pleasure?
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on March 17, 2013 :
Ascent of Blood follows the story of vampire named Sebastian Pearce. He is one of the last vampires of his line. He has been on the search for the longest time to find the only human female that can breed his children. But his search may be over when he is trapped with the female, Everleigh, he was meant for by his enemies. Even though she is one of the few that can breed with vampires and they have an incredible attraction to each other, something is getting in the way...Everleigh's pregnancy. She has been impregnated and it seems that is was out of revenge against Sebastian. Everleigh and Sebastian fight their attraction tooth and nail. But they know big things are at play when Everleigh is special for a reason and they have been used as pawns in a game centuries in the making.
Oh this is absolutely going on the favorites' list. I am putting Marx on my must buy list. This woman really knows how to put a story together. I couldn't put this down even if I wanted to. I loved the characters in this book. Everleigh was a great lead in this book. Man, does this woman have a lot guts. It takes a special woman to stand up to a room full of vampires older than time. I loved her attitude and spunk. Not to mention her humor. I loved her independence and her sass. I loved Sebastian as well. He is quite mean and volatile at times, but he has his reasons. He is the prince of the House (there are different houses for every type of vampire) and expects things to run his way. But this doesn't sit well with Everleigh. She defies him at every turn. She hates that her freewill has been taken from her and doesn't want to breed with Sebastian even though she is attracted to him. She wants to choose her own vampire to breed with. This makes tensions between them even greater. I love the connection between Sebastian and Everleigh. They hated each other, but they wanted each other. They are both as stubborn as mules. They were like Mr. and Mrs. Smith, they wanted each other, but would kill each other. I love the push-and-pull between them. They had me laughing very hard in this book.
I love all the secondary characters in this book as well. Gillian, Sebastian's sister, cracked me up in this book. I loved her relationship with Everleigh. They were like sisters. Then there was Cain. He is Sebastian's right hand man and I loved his relationship with Everleigh as well. This, of course, has Sebastian seeing red in this book. I loved all the connections made in this book. The characters were just so much fun.
Something about this book sort of reminded me of Tessa Dawn's Blood Curse series. I love Marx take on the vampire world and the idea of different levels of vampires. I like the idea of the Nosferatu being the villain. They were quite vile in this book, but they were just a part of the scheme. I love all the things that are uncovered. What is so different about the human women that can breed immortal children compared to other human women? Everleigh is a researcher and she is given the chance to research her family's history. She discovers some terrible things about her family and herself. She also finds out that Sebastian has a bigger connection to her as well.
I absolutely loved this book. The only complaint I have is there are a few editing issues in the book, but that are minor. It could be just my copy, but still letting you guys know. Nonetheless, I just dived into this book. I didn't even start the prequel, Descent of Blood. I am definitely going to check that out as well. I am glad to have stumbled on Marx's work. She has herself a new fan. The characters were great. The dialogue between them is one of my favorite things about the book. I love the mystery and the chemistry between Sebastian and Everleigh. The worldbuilding is complex and downright right amazing. Highly recommended.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on March 08, 2013 :
So, after completely loving the first book in this series, I was more than a bit curious to see where Elizabeth Marx would take the series, and I was not disappointed. Fast forward 600 or so years and we are in a more modern Wales of 1990. Severin’s son Sebastian is the focus of this story, also narrated with the care and quiet precision of Philabe.
Sebastian is far less empathetic a character in this story, although we are working with the darker style of vampire, his arrogance was often off-putting but provided a great source of humor in highlighting the differences between he and Everleigh. Since Sebastian is rather older and European, his style clashes with the brasher and more modern American Everleigh, resulting in clever insets of humor into the story. While the two are destined to butt heads (sometimes near literally) the need to protect and avenge add several twists to the plot that kept the action flowing forward. With clever insets that provide background, and several recurring characters, some answers are provided while more questions are asked. Most importantly – when is book three in this series due for release?
Another winner from the mind of Elizabeth Marx, this story combines some sexy scenes with characters that despite their appearance as being unlovable become people you care about and need to know what will happen to them next. A perfect addition to the Red Veil series, it is certainly a series to watch for the upcoming installments.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for a blog tour with Full Moon Bites. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Dec. 28, 2012 :
(reviewed within a month of purchase)