Thursday, October 15, 2015

Book Review: Immortal Kiss by Laura Daleo

Continuing the Halloween books for adults theme...

 Immortal Kiss  cover


Synopsis:

Centuries ago ten powerful vampire gods first walked the earth; their blood thirst knew no boundaries. The destruction of mankind was inevitable. Recognizing their weakness, they selected twelve wise human beings to transform with their godly blood. These twelve, known as The Old Ones and The Council, govern The Ten. A blood lottery appeasing The Ten’s hunger was set forth into the human world and passed down every fifth generation, continuing into the present day. 

All of Beth Ryan’s life a mysterious mist watched over her, a mist she believed to be a vampire. On a cold winter night, she comes face to face with Philippe Delon, a 700 year old vampire with a human soul. Beth is certain Philippe is the vampire behind the mist. She is drawn to him, accepting his immortality without question or fear. Beth and Philippe cannot deny their love for each other, nor do they try to fight it. Within days of their encounter, Beth accepts Philippe’s invitation to move into his mansion. The mansion unlocks the door to the vampire world and exposes secrets from Beth’s past. Within its walls, she learns the true identity of the mist, her link to the blood lottery, and betrayal of her loved ones. Surrounded by lies, Beth stands before The Council begging for resolution.
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Review:

Ah the Vampire genre....

It's literally been done to death (pun intended), so when I read the synopsis for this book, I thought 'hmm, this sounds a bit different' and opted to buy the ebook. This is book 1 of the planned 8 book (!!) series, and the cliffhanger ending may leave the reader screaming "Noooooo!", LOL. It is an interesting read, with the change in genre of Beth becoming a vampire initially not by dying but intermingling of blood. Because it is a debut novel that was planned to be a series, there are some things that aren't explained enough that may leave you wanting more information, which I'm sure will be in the subsequent books. It's a page turner though and I finished it in 2 sittings/ If you are looking for something different, give this take on the Vampire legend a try.


About the Author

Born and raised in Sunny San Diego, California, a creative writing class in junior high sparked Laura's desire to tell stories and Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles was her true inspiration to sit down a write a novel.  In 1996,she completed and copyrighted Immortal Kiss. It sat patiently on a shelf for 14 years. In 2010,until  while she was packing to move, she stumbled upon it tucked away in a closet. She sat down, re-read it and fell in love with her written story.all over again. 3 years later, Immortal Kiss was updated and modernized, and sent off to the publishers and agents. In 2014, it found a home with World Castle Publishing, and this it was released. 

Laura is working on modernizing and reviving the second book in the series, Bound By Blood. Other completed works in the queue to be modernized are The Vampire Within, A City of Vampires, and The Soul Collector. Future works in the series include The Ten, The Old Ones, and Vampire Amon
When  not writing, Laura likes to hang out with her 5 Basset Hounds (Edie, Lucy, Stuart, Morgan, and Dexter). She loves pizza and shoes, and can't live without either.

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