Publication Date: October 1, 2011
Short Synopsis (Goodreads): The lacy gold mapped her entire body. A finely-wrought filigree of stars, vines, flowers, butterflies, ancient symbols and words ran from her feet, up her legs, over her narrow waist, spanned her chest and finished down her arms to the tips of her fingers.
Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle’s body bears the telltale marks of a comarré—a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world…and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.
Now Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.
My Review: I wasn't too sure what to expect when I started this book. The concept sounded interesting, but like some of you, I've been getting a little tired of vampires.
I am pleased, however, to report, that this book took me for a spin that I wasn't entirely expecting. Ms. Painter's creation of the comarre was something new and interesting that spiced up the regular world of vampires.
What really kept my attention throughout the book was the tension between Chyrsabelle and Mal. I can't go into how they meet, etc. without giving things away but there are sparks between these two that I hope hope hope reach some sort of climax soon....as in the next book....because it has been chanting in my head for them to just put aside their inhibitions and go for it! *gah*
That being said, this book was not perfect. It was highly readable, but there were some things that detracted from it and brought the rating down to only 4 stars ('brought the rating down'? 4 stars is still pretty dang good!)
The world building fell a little flat for me in this book. Supposedly it's slightly futuristic and obviously there are some additions to how the vampires are organized, but I felt it could have been executed a little more fully. While it didn't really detract from the reading experience, it certainly could have enhanced it. However, this is only the first book in a series (the second coming out in Nov. the third in Dec. THANK YOU Ms. Painter for not making us wait so long!!!! I believe the author is working on the fourth book as we speak as well) so filling out of the world will probably come more with time.
Also, it took me a little while to get into my reading stride with this book. We are thrown into the middle of things and it takes a while (until the end of the book, actually) to figure out most of the picture of what is going on. While that helps to keep a story going sometimes, I felt a few steps behind in the beginning and would have preferred more information.
Another little pet peeve of mine was Chrysabelle. She was kind of hot and cold for me in that one second she's all righteously indignant and ready to kick some butt and then she makes a stupid decision and doesn't know how to get herself out of it. Yeah...that happens to all of us sometimes, but I feel that with all of her training she should better understand what having her blood dripping around a overly hungry vampire would do (and the answer is not just distract him a little as she was hoping).
Overall this was a fun read that has me uber glad this series is coming out so close to each other. Comarre are an interesting addition to the general vampire myth and I am excited to see what secrets are revealed next. I'm also anxious to see what happens between Chrysabelle and Mal (insert fan girl squeal)!