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Paranormal Romance Review: Blood Shadows by Lindsay J. Pryor

Blood Shadows by Lindsay J. Pryor (Blackthorn #1)


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Synopsis from Goodreads
For vengeance - would you trust a vampire?

For justice - could you betray your family?

For love - are you ready to question everything you believe in?

Gifted with the ability to read the shadows of ‘third species’ beings, Caitlin Parish is the Vampire Control Unit’s most powerful agent. Despite that, her mission to hunt down Kane Malloy – a master vampire – comes with a death wish. Many have tried, but few have survived.

For Caitlin, tracking Kane is about more than just professional reputation. With her parents both mysteriously killed 7 years apart to the day, Caitlin knows that without Kane’s help she is next.

She has four days to make a deal with the wicked, the irresistible, the treacherous Kane Malloy. The vampire who despises everything she stands for.

Or die.


Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US($4.99)/UK(£2.99) | The Book Depository US/UK | Fishpond

8.5/10

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Blood Shadows being a paranormal romance took me completely by surprise. Judging by synopsis I was expecting an urban fantasy... Well, sometimes it pays to be wrong.

This book was deliciously dark and scorching hot. 



There is not much happening beyond some psychological games, terse conversations and a whole lot of intense sex, but whatever I could see of the world beyond that was really good, and the secondary characters were pretty intriguing as well.

Kane is a baddy, and he does it really well. He doesn't have a sadistic streak per se, more of a predatory streak, but what's important - he plays on it to build a certain reputation. He is clever, sleek and enigmatic. You can't be quite sure of his agenda throughout the whole book.

Caitlin is a bit more mainstream and really not as ruthless and tough as we are led to believe, but in this she reminds me of young Cat from Jeaniene Frost books - full of herself and sure that she is right, so when the betrayal hits she is forced to reassess her values really fast.

As a couple they feel real and powerful, there is a whole lot of insane attraction that leaps off the page. Kane pretty much gets into Caitlin's head and quickly starts figuring out what she really wants  even if she doesn't realise it herself.

There is not much drama, but the only drawback of this book is way too much angsty reflection. You know? She is thinking (internal monologue on 2 pages), than he is thinking (another long internal monologue)... It's not bad, but it's repetitive, slows down the pacing and distracts the reader. So if/when they think, they should think faster! Good editing will take care of that. *wink* 

Overall, it is simply too good to pass as a series. The author tries to avoid paranormal cliches, so there is no usual mess of soul mates and primitive possession while the female just rolls over and takes it. Instead it's fresh, heady and full of promise. Very much recommended.

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Кровавые Тени, если автор не напортачит, как серия может стать такой же популярной как и первые книги Ночной Охотницы Жанин Фрост.

Я набрела на эту книгу британской писательницы только благодаря паре хороших рецензий, так как особо издатель за неё блоггеров не агитирует. Что сразу меня привлекло - это натура Кейна.

Он прекрасно играет самоуверенного, опасного и загадочного вампира. Настолько хорошо, что о нём хочется читать всё больше и больше. В зоне, где держат Третий Вид - паранормальных существ, его репутация как монстра хорошо известна, он тонко на ней играет, и его все боятся.

Кэйтлин - молодой, упрямый и уверенный в своей правоте, агент отряда, следящего за порядком в Блакторне - зоне всего паранормального, и она вот уже 4 года охотится на Кейна.

Она не только верит в то, что понимает его натуру и сможет прочитать его преступления через его тень (она - чтец теней), но и в то, что он знает, что убило её родителей и скоро придёт за ней.

Когда эта парочка встречается и начинает противостояние - искры между ними, напряжение... ого-го. Читать их диалоги, их попытки разгадать и сломать оборону друг друга, их захватывающий дух секс  сплошное удовольствие. Как пара написаны они мастерски.

У обоих есть свои причины для того, чтобы эмоционально сломать друг друга и совсем немного времени на игру в кошки-мышки и попытку завоевать доверие друг друга. Предугадать как тот или иной будет действовать в важный момент довольно сложно, и сам автор держится как можно дальше от паранормальных клише, за что ей большое человеческое спасибо!

Единственный недостаток книги на данный момент - это большое количество мучительных мыслей со стороны обоих. То Кейтлин ударяется в две страницы внутреннего монолога, то Кейн, и это сбивает читателя с ритма и раздражает. Я думаю, что хороший редактор эту ситуацию исправил бы очень легко, и от этого качество повествования только бы возросло.

В общем, прекрасное начало серии, и я с удовольствием куплю продолжение. Советую даже очень.


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