Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Cassandra Lawson first discovered her love of writing at a young age. A few early typing classes in middle school planted the seeds of a young author, who enjoyed learning to type through her exploration of storytelling. Head over heels for a good happily ever after, she has dedicated her career to creating dynamic, entertaining, and spicy, romance novels. Ranging from the paranormal to contemporary settings, Cassandra Lawson breathes life into the many different ways people experience love. A hard-working mom, she spends her days writing and homeschooling her children. A lover of music, good food, and a great book, Cassandra remains a resident of the Bay Area, basking in the culture and all the inspiration it affords.
on Sep. 10, 2014 :
This is the fourth book I've read from this author, and I'm looking forward to read more.
Closely related to zombie stories, this vampire book could also be classified as post-apocalyptic. Raven's blood starts with the events that led to the creation of vampires. After greedy, selfish humans decided that the poor and the sick were a nuisance that leeched out of society, they plotted a way to eliminate them while staying under the radar. From this stupid mistake two kinds of vampires emerged: turned and born ones. The first are savage killers, the others (and a few exceptions of the first kind) sought the help of humans; yet, both were hated equally. (I'll stop at this in fear of revealing spoilers.)
From the wood nymph, Raven to the born vampire, Connor and everything in between, we learn of their story. What happened between now and a hundred year earlier after the world changed drastically. Reading about how life was altered after the events, how low people fell and what they did kept me turning the pages. Sure, the story itself is about those two protagonists and the first part is just a tiny part, but everything, back story included was so well depicted that I felt I was there with them. The introduction was so well done that I hurt with them, and even cried with them. This was not just 'another' vampire story for me. It was so different from the usual PNR. Sure, there was romance. Nymphs are in fact all about sex, they need it as much as they need to breathe, yet, there was so much more to Raven's Blood than that.
I'd recommend this book to both lovers of vampires and post-apocalypse/dystopian genre alike.
(reviewed 84 days after purchase)
on March 25, 2014 :
I absolutely love this Cassandra's paranormal writing! Raven's Blood has once again taken folklore and spun it with a fresh and entertaining perspective. The story line and literary personalities are so superb, you won't be able to put it down. I can't wait for her to expand on other characters and look forward to more work from Ms. Lawson.
(reviewed the day of purchase)