Hmm, so much to say about myself. I work 2 jobs, one as a secretary and the other as a dispatcher, so I pretty much work, read, sleep and eat (though not always in that order). I love to write my own scribblings, though I think no one will ever be allowed to read them, they are good for my own soul.
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Smashwords book reviews by Cana Elene
- Blood and Guitars
on Aug. 23, 2011
Technically, this book should score a 3.5, but wonderful Smashword doesn't believe in halfsies!
So meet Aurora, a vampire who is an artist- a painter to be exact- who is a bit rebellious. She one night is looking for her next meal (i.e., blood), when she meets Trey - A rock star-, and instead of making him dinner, she starts dating him. In the process of trying to hide this from the other vamps and trying to keep her vamp secret from Trey, you get to see how secrets can lead to trouble... Sometimes more than you can bite.
When I started reading it, I was instantly draw to Aurora... I mean, who doesn't love a painting vampire (giving a point to show they have a soul). I like how Ms. Jensen creates her own type of vampire. They can go into the sun (No they do not sparkle!), garlic isn't a problem, and yes they have special talents (but those are only available when the moon is out at night). Trey is a down to earth rock star (that seems a bit unbelievable compared to the vampires :P), and he instantly falls for Aurora. For him it was love at first sight, though they both didn't really know it. Thankfully, it wasn't made as an easy romance, but it gave a lot of great potential for what was coming towards the end.
The movement of the first half of the book is like a quick dance, you are constantly trying to follow the music, the movement of the book. It is from to POV, which alternates depending on what is going on.
As a whole, this book was very good. Unfortunately for me it either needed to end when she revealed her vampirism or it need to have a clean conclusion. It kind of left me hanging, and I hate books that leave me hanging. It is a good book, and I think if you like music, vampires, and painting, this book might be right up your alley.
- La Luxure: Discover Your Blood Lust
on Aug. 23, 2011
As the first book in the Human Vampire series, it will help to educate you in the ways of live human vampires. When you first meet Julia Brown, you meet an understated engineer who is in desperate need to change her life, make it exciting or at least something to make her humdrum less humdrum. After a fortune teller and a bad "date", she goes to a La Luxure, a underground bar that seems to serve goths. There she meets Armand Laroque, and there is an instant connection. Then a death occurs and she feels that he is somehow connected to it. Through it all, you wonder will they be able to be together, or will their differences keep them apart?
When I first started reading this book, I was pretty sure I knew who was what and what was who. I will say that I was pleasantly surprised through this book as I learned about Live Human Vampires, some blood fetishes, and the beauty of New Orleans. There are some great twists, and you learn to love the characters quickly -- Julia's sister Claire reminds me too much of a friend I had in college!--
I can't wait to read the next book, and am looking forward to more from Ms. Hussey.
- Descent of Blood, The Red Veil Series, The Prequel
on Nov. 01, 2012
Holy Sweet Mother of the Great Cow Daisy…. This book was great! It had romance, it had intrigue, it had a mystical mystery about the red veil and Cain, it had adventure, and a bit of murder. Add in the old English, and the War of the Roses in the background, and you have the makings of an amazing book!
Meridian is one of those strong, innocent, and absolutely amazing women that you hope that you would be like in those situations that she finds herself in. I liked her first thing after she was handling the crossbow that was pointed at Serverain. Nothing like a strong willed woman who is willing to defend herself.
Serverian is that sexy knight in shining armour that would strip you naked, have his way with you and then marry you… In that order :P. And then he would protect you and your honor by killing, maiming, and many other manly things that would just make you want to keep him around… Yep, definitely loved him as a character.
Arrian… I don’t know what to say about him, but he is definitely something else. As a forerunner to the story, he already knows the secret of the red veil.
Philabe was a great minor character who seems to be everywhere, even when he wasn’t. Think of this book as kind of like his diary of the events. I kind of like that.
I do love the type of vampires that were in this book. There were enough to where I kind of lost track. But learning who was what, and what skills the vampires have was pretty cool.
I will admit that there was some slow going at the beginning of the book. It took me getting through to the 2nd chapter before I was learned that I loved this book.
The only thing I had a hard time with that disappointed me in this book was what I call the Twilight Cliché. I knew as soon as they got together what was going to happen. But since that was the only disappointment I had, I think we are ahead of the game.
Overall, this is a great book! Highly recommend and I am looking forward to the next book.