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Steampunk Romance Early Review: Wicked As She Wants by Delilah S. Dawson

Wicked As She Wants by Delilah S. Dawson (Blud #2)


Egalley thanks to Pocket Books

Synopsis from Goodreads
The second book in the darkly tempting Blud series, featuring a vampire princess who embarks upon a dangerous journey to claim what is rightfully hers.

When Blud princess Ahnastasia wakes up, drained and starving in a suitcase, she’s not sure which calls to her more: the sound of music or the scent of blood. The source of both sensations is a handsome and mysterious man named Casper Sterling. Once the most celebrated musician in London, Sangland, he’s fallen on hard times. Now, much to Ahna’s frustration, the debauched and reckless human is her only ticket back home to the snow-rimmed and magical land of Freesia.

Together with Casper’s prickly charge, a scrappy orphan named Keen, they seek passage to Ahna’s homeland, where a power-hungry sorceress named Ravenna holds the royal family in thrall. Traveling from the back alleys of London to the sparkling minarets of Muscovy, Ahna discovers that Freesia holds new perils and dangerous foes. Back in her country, she is forced to choose between the heart she never knew she had and the land that she was born to rule. But with Casper’s help, Ahna may find a way to have it all…


Release Date: April 30th 2013.

Amazon  US/UK(£4.74) | Amazon kindle US | The Book Depository US/UK

9/10

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 Wicked As She Wants is absolutely fabulous, my dear readers! Swashbuckling, steampunkish, fangy adventure with a lost princess who needs to exact vengeance on her family murderers, and a brooding man who has nothing left to lose and needs redemption.

I loved it from the bloody beginning to its dark end. 



The book starts when Casper whom we know from Wicked As They Come finds Ahnastasia stuffed in an old trunk and drained to the brink of death. Yes, she is a princess from cold northern Freesia (the equivalent of Romanov Russia), a country where a witch instigated a coup and now rules as a regent for a young and very unstable Blud prince Alexander.

Ahnastasia and Casper make an unholy alliance. He'll help her to get back to Freesia, and Ahna will make him a court musician.

Of course, nothing as simple as it seems. Ahnastasia is an arrogant, spoiled girl who thinks of humans as slaves and who plans to kill Casper and his young ward, Keen as soon as she gets what she wants, and Casper... Well, that man has a death wish for reasons I won't mention.

Slowly through their mad, exciting adventures their perception of each other as individuals and as species change, and they constantly evolve as characters.

Ahna is a fantastic heroine. She is unpredictable, volatile and ever so alive. You can feel all her emotions. She reminds me of mercury as a chemical element - dangerous, but contained and always moving.

Casper is not only edgy, hot and charming, he is disarmingly truthful to her and himself. He doesn't do angst and he is very practical, and at the same time he is not some sort of carbon copy of a hero, he is flawed, he is relatable. 

Keen - his teenage delinquent helper/ward, is an awesome addition to this book. She is super snarky, street smart and a pure delight to read about.

Overall, I think that Miss Dawson grew as a writer a lot with her second book. This was a really fantastic read with just enough adventure and romance to appeal to all.  Bravo! Highly recommended.

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Превосходная книга! По существу, она читается гораздо органичнее, чем Wicked As They Come, она ярче и жёстче, и сами характеры отходят от ожидаемой формулы паранормального романа, и превращают её во что-то более глубокое.

Благодаря удачному сочетанию приключений, красивому построению мира, хорошим элементам стимпанка, шарму главных героев и романтике классического мифа о принцессе Анастасии, книга читается на одном дыхании и импонирует поклонникам различных жанров.

Ана просыпается в чемодане, в который её запихнули четыре года назад, на грани смерти от жажды крови, услышав звуки игры на фортепиано. Она находит Каспера, музыканта, разбудившего её и пытается его убить. Но она настолько слаба, что ей не удаётся выпить его кровь.

Парочка авантюристов заключает странный альянс - Каспер поможет Ане вернуться во Фризию (вариант Романовской России), в которой произошла революция, и где злая ведьма, убившая родителей Аны, правит Бладменами в качестве регента сумасшедшего принца Александра, а в свою очередь Ана назначит его придворным музыкантом и присмотрит за подростком, которого он взялся опекать, - Кин.

Естестественно, Ана, будучи горделивой, высокомерной принцессой, привыкшей получать то, что захочет благодаря самой природе вампиров во Фризии, где они правят всем и берут людей в крепостные, планирует Каспера убить как только тот ей поможет.

Сам Каспер... Раскрывать ничего не буду, но он уж точно играет со смертью и желает этот матч ей проиграть, что борется с его желанием присмотреть за девочкой, которую он подобрал на улицах Лондона - Кин.

Нечего и говорить, что за время их постоянных, бурных приключений среди летающих борделей, ассассинов шведского короля и демонов, и Каспер и Ана постепенно меняются как характеры и под конец пересматривают свои взгляды на мир и на самих себя.

Вот, вроде ничего не выдала *смеясь* и надеюсь, что вызвала у вас любопытство. Читайте, очень рекомендую!
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