Book 1 in a 4(?) book series
Published: October 1, 2011 by Orbit
copy received from publisher
genre: Adult, Urban Paranormal Fantasy
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.
First things first, the cover… isn’t is the most awesome thing you’ve ever seen? The cover is what drew me in, what made me aware of this incredible story behind this cover… But also, reading the synopsis I was pretty sure this is so my cup of tea…
World building per excellence!
Blood Rights is the first in a series and basically builds up the world for us. And… it does it perfectly!! We slowly but surely learn in which world we find ourselves here. It’s in the future – think dystopian – and there are Vampires and of course other creatures. But most intriguing there is this race of human that a breed to feed Vampires – their blood is especially powerful and delicious. Also, they get marked with gold tattoos all over their body! How damn sexy!
Mrs Painter introduced this world, laid down the basics and rules so that we can then focus on the characters she created…
Chrysabelle – Oh my kick ass Girly!
Ok calling her girly is most definitely wrong but… Chrysabelle is one of the most pure Comarré and was sold to serve a high ranking Vampire. You would imagine such kind of girl to be quite and submissive. But, she will prove you wrong! When the plot unfolds you will see that this girl in fact is kick ass and a backbone is full of determination and stubbornness! At the same time she has some sort of vulnerability surrounding her, which made her even more 3 dimensional. She’s in fact awesome and I really loved and connected with Chrysabelle!
Men, where are the men!
Give my bad boy kick ass hero!
Of course, what would a story like this be without a kick ass hero? Nothing! Which is why we get to know Malkom a cursed Vampire who has to kill anyone he’s drinking from… and it tortures him and makes him hard and detached. And there you have the perfect love interest – dark, kick ass and tortured! The perfect addition to Chrysabelle!
Murder, Mystery and the big bad Villain!
The story starts with a murder which Chrysabelle is accused of so that she has to run off , hide and find the real murder. This is in fact how she meets Malkom! Together they have to find out what is going on, because behind this murder is of course much more and we are just at the tip of the iceberg in this story! The big Villain here is .. well bad, cruel and full of bad intentions and motives our heros have to stop!
Oh and the story ended with a big gasping moment and surprise…
This is an incredible start into a new series – a series every lover of Urban Paranormal Fantasy can’t miss! Vampires, Desires, immense World Building deep characters you want to get to know even better and a plot that just begun….
Random Notes and Additional Info:
Awesome enough we don’t have to wait long for the next update in this series. Flesh and Blood
comes out November and Bad Blood
comes out December! I LOVE when they do this kind of thing and publish the books fast! I myself can’t freaking wait!
We met Kristen Painter at BEA in May and got this copy signed for you guys…
P.S.: I realized this is the 3rd 5 star review in a row from me… But.. sometimes it’s just like that – one awesome book after the other..!