Blood Rose (Blood Books Trilogy #1)
by Danielle Rose
Genre: Urban fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Release date: June 21, 2017
Publisher: OfTomes Publishing
Cover art by Gwenn Danae of Upon A Day Dreamer
Disclaimer: I was given an early review copy by Oftomes Publishing and Danielle Rose, in exchange for an honest review.
Published by Oftomes Publishing, the Blood Books trilogy follows the harrowing journey of Avah Taylor, a mortal witch in the midst of a centuries old war against the immortal vampire species. Avah’s intense journey is fuelled by blood, jealousy, betrayal, revenge and murder.
There’s no wrath like that of a witch scorned
As one of the only spirit users in her coven, Avah has been chosen to wield The Power, the ultimate weapon against the immortal vampire species witches have been at war with for centuries.
But on the night of night of her birth rite, Avah’s coven is attached. Forced to seek refuge amongst the very beings she’s sworn to kill, Avah vows revenge on those who took her former life from her.
As Avah slowly transitions into a life of blood and war, she realizes everything she’s been told is a lie.
Blood Rose is the first book of an exciting urban fantasy trilogy written by Danielle Rose. The story fuses together a delicious mix of vampire and witch rivalry with a steamy forbidden romance.
The narrative is told from the perspective of Avah, a witch and the chosen one of her coven. As the chosen one, Avah had sworn to protect witches from their enemy, vampires. Avah is a bad-ass, selfless protagonist who puts her duty and purpose before herself. She is first introduced to readers as a tough yet conflicted woman, however Avah begins to develop along with the narrative. She begins to morph into a woman who is not afraid to embrace whatever life has thrown at her. As a determined and ambitious character, Avah is not afraid to take risks. She has an admirably ability to not let fear get in the way of her goal, and her duty.
Danielle Rose places the reader in the protagonists shoes, we share Avah’s beliefs, and her emotions. However, as she begins to get closer to them, we realise that the vampire world is not what it appears to be. Like Avah, we begin to question everything we have been spoon fed by witches. This interestingly echoes real life, either we believe whatever we are fed or we question it.
We begin to learn that there are some similarities between the two enemies. As a reader, a connection with Avah is established as she feel conflicted between her responsibilities towards her coven and her new life. In Blood Rose, Avah is finding out her identity, her purpose, her capabilities, and where she fits in. This is a phase which is relatable to most of us.
The pace of the narrative was just right as it contained a certain amount of fast paced action. Most of the vampire activities and battles matched their speed. Danielle Rose sustains a balance between the fast paced action, and the slightly slower romance and self-discovery moments in the story.
Avah’s forbidden relationship with the seductive and sexy rouge vampire hunter, Jasik, was quite predictable considering the attraction and sexual tension was growing between them. Blood Rose contains some detailed sex scenes. However, this did little to take the spotlight off Avah’s journey and her revenge on those who had taken her life from her.
Although the narrative seems predictable, Danielle Rose keeps the juicier stuff a secret. She constantly teases the reader; when you think you have predicted something happening, the complete opposite happens. My predictions and expectations was crushed by the author, but in a good way.
It is endearing how Danielle combines spirituality with witches by combining chakras and the third eye with witchcraft. This fused so well with Paganism and women’s connection to nature. Avah’s connection to the natural elements and the earth was underlined throughout the narrative. Danielle created a rich history surrounding the enmity between vampires and witches which kept me hooked throughout. It is clever how Danielle included the Salem witch trials, which made the history between vampires and witches slightly believable.
Overall, Blood Rose, is a highly compelling novel that had me hooked throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed Avah’s journey and I cannot wait to read what happens next
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