Willow’s Review of Blood Jewel by Georgia Cates
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Date Published: May 31st 2012
Series: The Vampire Agápe
With the mystery of Chansey Leclaire and Curry Brennan’s connection solved, they are free to explore their newfound love for one another. Or so they thought…
When Marsala uses a witch and black magic to discover Curry’s whereabouts, he and Chansey are left with no choice. The newly engaged couple is forced to relocate away from their families at the new compound in Savannah, which causes some major changes in the plans for their upcoming wedding.
Relocating to Savannah might have saved Curry and Chansey from being discovered by Marsala, but it doesn’t stop her attempts to reach Curry or her efforts to harm Chansey through the use of black magic. As Marsala closes in, Curry faces the decision he never wanted to make. Will he keep Chansey human or condemn her to eternity as the thing he hates most?
As Curry waits for his hand to be forced, a newly turned vampire arrives at the Savannah compound in need of help. Not only is she a fledgeling in transition, she brings reports of escaping from a vampire cult still in possession of her sister, a human. Any attempt to save the captive human from a cult of vampires puts everyone in jeopardy. Can they risk entering a large cult to save one human being? And is so, how could they possibly do it successfully?
Love will grow. New mysteries will arise. A battle will ensue. A Blood Jewel will be found.
I was hoping that I would like this book more than I did the first one in the series, but sadly, this was another “meh” book for me. Try as I might, I just couldn’t get into the story. I’m not saying I didn’t like it, but I didn’t get that “wow” feeling that comes from a great book either. Having said that, I feel that there are some elements that readers will enjoy and find interesting. And like I did with book one, I’m going to break this review down into its strengths and weaknesses, for the sake of consistency.
All of Cates’ characters are likable and engaging. Yes, I got a bit exasperated with a few of them at times, but I couldn’t really find a lot of fault with them. There was a lot more growth on the part of the secondary characters this time around which was nice to see, though I would have enjoyed seeing more in Curry and Chansey as well. Solomon took a bigger role, Gia and Lairah also showed up more much to my pleasure, and there were a series of new characters to be introduced to which was fun.
There are new twists and surprises in this book. Cates delves further into the vampiric world she has created and explains how the vampires in Curry’s “family” get their blood and train fledglings. It’s rather fascinating and if you want to learn more about this, I’d suggest you read the book for yourself because I don’t want to spoil part of the plot by going into detail. We also learn more about Chansey’s family, though again I’m not going to spoil things here by explaining what is learned.
This is still a sweet romance story. Even when Curry and Chansey finally consummate their relationship, it’s not in your face, heavy on the sex. I actually liked that this carried over from the previous book because I rather enjoy a subtle, easy romance story every once in a while.
Like the first book of the series, this was also a fast read.
Once again, I loved the cover for this book. Whomever it is that Cates has as a cover designer, really does spectacular work. =^.^=
I was hoping that this book would be a bit edgier, especially given the prologue by Marsala, but sadly the action and suspense just wasn’t there for me. I think I’m spoiled when it comes to fight scenes these days…either that, or I expect way too much. Sigh
Just like with the first book, I had difficulty getting into Cates’ writing style. While I didn’t get as much of the telling rather than showing vibe this time around, I still felt like her writing was stiff.
While some questions are answered in this book, I was still disappointed with how things ended because there are no satisfactory answers given to the questions brought up in this novel. Case in point, though we are introduced to the concept of a “Blood Jewel” in this story, we never actually find out what that is! So, while the concept is there lurking in the background of our minds, we are going to have to wait until book three for answers. Much like we had to wait for this book for the resolution between Curry and Marsala. Events clearly are meant to carry over in the series, and while I like books that build on top of each other, I dislike those that make it so obvious.
Overall, I’m rather hesitant to continue this series. While I think there are some elements that make for a fun read, I’m disappointed in how simple the series actually is. There isn’t anything that makes me want to stay away from it, but there’s nothing that really draws me either, other than the need for answers. ~shrugs~