Review: Bloodlust

Posted July 20, 2011 by Jen in 4 stars, Rating A, Urban Fantasy Tags: , ,

Author: Michelle Rowen 
Release Date: July 5, 2011
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Nightshade Series #2
ISBN: #978-0425242131
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format(s): Paperback (#295 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
For those who feast on blood, Jillian Conrad is a fatal attraction. After being injected with a serum that made her blood both irresistible and deadly to vampires, she was used as a pawn to assassinate the vampire king. Now, the vampires want her eliminated.
Hunted and unable to return to her old life, Jillian desperately seeks to prevent the poison in her veins from killing her. And she must find a way to help her dhampyr protector, Declan, whose exposure to the serum has split his personality into one part uncontrolled desire, and one part stone cold killer.
But an even greater danger is rising. The Amarantos – a secret society of vampires – is seeking the infant daughter of the slain king to complete their quest for true immortality. And if they succeed, no one, living or undead, will escape the darkness.
What G & U are talking about:
Bloodlust is the second novel in the Nightshade series.  Gikany was able to read the first novel, Nightshade while Una was not.  After some discussion, we would highly recommend that you start this series from the beginning.  There is much that occurs in the first book and unless you have your own Gikany to fill you in… you’ll need to read it.  
Nightshade covers Jillian being infected, meeting Declan (a dhampyr and Jillian’s protector) and Matthias (the vampire king in hiding), and finding herself in this world. It also gives background information about the vampires and vampire hunters along with finding out that the Nightshade formula she had been injected with not only is deadly to vampires, it is killing her.  Again, we highly recommend you read this book prior to Bloodlust.
Bloodlust picks up with Jillian waiting to meet an ally who may be able to stop the Nightshade formula from killing her.  While there, she meets someone she never expected to and the wild ride begins.  This book is a quick and gripping read.  Una and Gikany enjoyed the world, the premise, and even the vampire politics that seem to be the main focus of this novel.  
Our main character is someone who truly is an innocent forced into a world she should never have been party to.  It is interesting to watch how she battles the fact that she is sometimes a hindrance to plans they set forth.  Even though her blood is poisonous to vampires, the scent of it reminds me of the term “La Tua Cantante” from the Twilight series.  Her blood does indeed sing to the other vampires and unless they suspect she is the rumored one, one bite is all it takes to turn them to ash.  However, if she does get close and they suspect who she is, it would take no effort at all for them to just outright kill her.  
The novel is fairly fast paced, but I did find the extreme “on and off” of Declan and Jill’s relationship to be a bit much.  How many times can someone tell you they don’t want you before you believe it?  How many times can you do something that completely goes against a person’s belief and still have them stay with you?  Jill and Declan do have a very passionate relationship fraught with issues, but sometimes it just seemed a little too much drama.  Gikany and Una are not much for “drama queens” and although this is not the case, the overwhelming drama can be a bit much.  However, it did not detract from our enjoyment of the novel.
Bloodlust is an interesting and enjoyable read.  We do recommend you read the first book prior to starting this series.  There is a novella in the Primal anthology.  The author does characterize it as Nightshade #1.5, however, neither Gikany nor Una read it and it did not seem to be a detriment to reading Bloodlust.  
Their Rating:
Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)

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