Ria is a vampire with special powers. She is learning to live in a world new to her and training to fight for it. Surrounded by those who want her and those who want to hurt her, what can she trust? This is a third book in a series and I had not read the previous books. This created a problem for me trying to follow the story and understand what was happening. Ria seems to be a powerful vampire who is only starting to accept her immortality. She also seems to be on her 7th reincarnation and able to magically recall memories of her past lives, as well as other peoples memories.
The author writes an interesting story in a vivid world that could be easy to immerse yourself in. Not having read the previous books, I know I am missing a lot of the necessary information. However, this story intrigued me enough to put those previous books on my TBR list. There were a few things about this book that bothered me. Ria claims to love a specific character in the beginning, then 20 pages in she is sleeping with another character she claims to love and not too much further in she is sleeping with another person. For a book that claims to be a romance, it didn’t come off very romantic to me. The rest of the story was enough for me to overlook the things that bothered me.
3.5 out of 5 stars.
Urban Fantasy with satirical, horror, and romantic elements
With an old war raging between vampires and shifters, Ria must learn to refocus her life if she’s going to survive.
Her renegade fight was just the beginning. The queen is recruiting new soldiers. Ria’s going on vicious missions with her battle buddy. And her explosive abilities are malfunctioning at inopportune moments.
So now, Ria must forgo her selfish desires to compartmentalize her life, but what’s she to do when she can’t save everyone she wants to? One girl may not be capable of taking down an empire. Good thing Ria’s got help.
About the Author
Alisha Costanzo is from a Syracuse suburb. She earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Central Oklahoma, where she currently teaches English. She’s the author of BLOOD PHOENIX: REBIRTH, BLOOD PHOENIX: CLAIMED, BLOOD PHOENIX: IMPRINTED, and LOVING RED, and co-editor of DISTORTED. UNDERWATER, and AFTER THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER. She’s currently editing her new 2017 fire-themed anthology, writing about Ria’s father, and crafting her new YA novel for its 2018 release. In the meantime, she will continue to corrupt young minds, rant about the government, and daydream about her all around nasty creatures.
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