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Monday, June 11, 2012

Review: Blue-Blooded Vamp by Jaye Wells


Title: Blue-Blooded Vamp
Author: Jaye Wells
Series: Sabina Kane, book 5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“The epic conclusion to the amazing Sabina Kane urban fantasy series. 
Sabina Kane is on the hunt. Her prey: Cain, the father of the vampire race and the one who murdered her family and her friends. Unfortunately, Cain is hunting Sabina, too.

The one man who holds the key to defeating Cain is, of course, Abel. A mage with secrets to spare and, hopefully, the power to match it. Unfortunately, for Sabina, he's in Rome and may not want to be found.  
Sabina sets out for Italy with her friends, Giguhl and Adam Lazarus, to track down the only man who can get her the revenge she hungers for. But will he help her or oppose her? And just who is Abel, really? Worst of all, when Sabina figures out the goddess Lilith has a plan for her-she realizes this trip is getting deadlier by the minute. 
As they say: when in Rome-SURVIVE.”
Blue-Blooded Vamp is the fifth and last installment in the Sabina Kane series by Jaye Wells.

Blue-Blooded Vamp starts right after the events in Silver Tongued Devil. Sabina wants revenge from Cain after what he did and nothing will stop her until she gets it, doesn’t matter the consequences.
Sabina, Adam and Giguhl have just arrived to New Orleans in look for the recreant mage Erron Zorn. They need to find Abel and Erron knows how to find him. Abel was the mage who imprisoned Cain and he is the only one who knows how to defeat him.
Abel’s search takes Sabina, Adam, Erron and Giguhl to Italy where many more surprises await them. Not only Cain is search of Sabina and getting closer by the minute, but Asclepius, the god Sabina owns two favors wants to collect her debt, forcing her to accept his terms and putting a dent in Sabina’s plans and if that wasn’t enough Abel’s identity brings many conflicts to an already turbulent situation.

I read Blue-Blooded Vamp with mixed emotions, I was sad to see one of my favorite series come to an end but at the same time I was happy Mrs. Wells was ending the series in a high note rather than extending it until there was nothing new left to be said as many other series tend to do.

From the first time I met Sabina in Red-Headed Stepchild I have loved her and cheer for her and seeing her become the person she is in Blue-Blooded Vamp was not only refreshing but also inspiring. She has come a long way, she started as an unscrupulous assassin who didn’t have or care for anybody in her life, and now, the Sabina in Blue-Blooded Vamp not only has a conscience but cares for others to the point of having her own little loving/dysfunctional family. She has learned to love herself and love others; in grand part this is thanks to Adam. His love for her has done wonders to both of them, it has taught her she is worthy and deserving of good things.
Adam is as dreamy in this installment as he has been in previous ones. He has come to terms to what Sabina is and needs and has been next to her every step of the way, providing her not only with love but with anything she requires.
They balance and complement each other perfectly and it’s easy to see they have a happy future ahead of them.

As always Giguhl brought the humor to the pages, he knew how to light the moment when was needed. He has become an important person in Sabina’s life and she in his. In this installment he also gets some unexpected surprises and seeing him trying to deal with this new events was not only endearing but funny as hell.

The world building Mrs. Wells created in this series hit a higher note on this installment with the introduction of Irkalla and its many sections. The setting changed drastically page after page, bringing new and unexpected things including new and old characters we didn’t hope to see again.

Blue-Blooded Vamp also gives us the chance to say goodbye to all the characters we learned to love in the course of this series and to see where they are at and where they are going with their lives.

Blue-Blooded Vamp has good amount of action and surprises. The plot is well developed and nicely paced. The only two complaints I have is that I was expecting a big more of the last confrontation with Cain, after the whole build up I wanted a bit more of drama/action. And my second and last complaint, it may sound funny to you and it may not be a problem to many of you, but… the end was Too Perfect. I know, I know, we all want a big nice HEA as an end to a series, especially, if it’s regarding our favorite characters; but in my opinion Mrs. Wells took the Happily Ever After a bit to the extreme, it almost felt (to me) a bit fairy tale-ish. I would have liked to see more drama and call me bloodthirsty but maybe I needed a death that wasn’t one with a happy ending, I don’t make sense? You will see what I’m talking about when you read this book, and you are going to read it, why? Because if you are a fan of this series this book is a Must and if you haven’t read this series, what are you waiting for? This series ROCK! And don’t forget, these books should be read in order.

My Verdict: 4 Paws


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4 comments:

  1. AAAH I can't wait to start this one, so jealous to know the end of the series and in the same time it's so sad. I love Giguhl and I'm so curious to see him here. thanks for this great review darling, I'll try to read it soon!

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    1. Let me know what you think after you read it.

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  2. *bangs head against the wall* I must read book 1!

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    1. Yes, you must but without violence ;)

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