Review: Eventide

Posted March 14, 2012 by Vampbard in 3.5 stars, Rating B, Reviews, Romance, Urban Fantasy Tags: , , ,

Author: Elle Jasper   
Release Date: March 6, 2012
Publisher: Signet
The Dark Ink Chronicles Book #3
ISBN: 978-0451236258
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance
Format(s): Paperback (336 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher

About the book:

      Newly-bitten tattoo artist Riley Poe feels herself changing in unimaginable ways. She can no longer hide behind her normal life at the Inksomnia tattoo parlor after a recent rash of vampire attacks in Savannah has her questioning her sanity – and fearing she may have had something to do with them.
      Eli Dupre, her vampire lover, has seen the change in her.  He tells her they must meet the patriarch of the vampire cult that attacked her if they want to prevent a total vampiric conversion. 
      In the vampire cult’s fortress in Romania, Riley will face her worst fears – and the dark powers threatening to destroy her. And she’ll have to do the one thing she’s been determined not to do-put her trust in Eli.

What VampBards talking about:

      Twimom hit-the-nail-on-the-head by selecting this book for me to read for March reviews!  As an ink aficionado, I completely understand all the tattoo stuff presented in Eventide. Heck, if I had the time, I’d apprentice as a tat artist and open my own shop!  I think I’m going to have to pick up the first two titles in The Dark Ink Chronicles series, Afterlight and Everdark.  Ms. Jasper is concise and presents back-story so the reader doesn’t feel lost jumping in without the other two titles on the ‘read’ shelf, but I think I’d enjoy them.  What better reason to buy a book?
      The plot of Eventide just kept moving!  Had I been able to carve out several hours to simply read, I’m positive I could have read this title in one sitting.  There was the perfect balance of action-adventure, romance and paranormal elements.  Ms. Jasper was creative in her use of traditional lore surrounding paranormal entities, and judicious with the violence.  One of the best pieces of writing in the novel is a preface of sorts to a chapter.  This one is brought to you by our hero, Eli:
      “I think Riley’s tendencies have surpassed my own abilities.  Doesn’t bother me.  I like how strong she is.  The control she’s learned in the short time we’ve been back from Romania blows my mind.  It takes everything I have not to interfere.  Her reflexes are scary fast.  And the mind manipulation she exerts?  No one is unaffected.  Not even me.  Especially that bastard Arcos.  It’ll be interesting to see if Riley can keep from killing him.  For the sake of all of us, I hope she can.  A war between the Cupres and Arcoses wouldn’t be pretty.  And I’m not willing to risk losing Riley.  Without her, my existence is meaningless.”  – Eli Dupre  (p. 291)
      Let’s start with Eli Dupre.  He’s a typical, brooding vampire.  He’s head-over-heels in love with Riley Poe.  Eli & Riley have an interesting dynamic.  He’s highly protective of her, and she really doesn’t want to be ‘hovered’ over.  Eli is great with planning, and ensuring Riley, and all his loved ones, are safe.  I think safety is his primary concern.  Yes.  He’s a hottie.  Intimate scenes are rife with his touching emotions as well as his gentle nature.
      Riley Poe, four-times bitten by vampires by the end of the novel, has extraordinary powers.  Ms. Jasper calls these ‘powers’ tendencies.  As we begin the book, Riley is taking care of business at her tattoo shop, Inksomnia.  She lives upstairs.  As the plot progresses, we see Riley going through a transition toward vampirism.  Good stuff.  She’s all kinds of ticked off and irritable about minor things.  I thought that it was especially interesting when she was tattooing a guy and all she could think about was the blood welling up in the tat tracks.  Excellent writing and research!  Riley, additionally, is wrapped in dragon tattoos.  That could have been an awesome side story line, as she moved from human to ‘more than human’.
      While there are several important supporting characters in this title, we see the primary antagonist as Valarian.  With an interesting obsession with Riley, he creates an army of newborn vamps that set the stage for the awesome conflict Ms. Jasper weaves throughout the story.
      Even though I really liked Eventide, I’m not sure I’d put it above some other titles I’ve really enjoyed.  It’s a great book – well-written, and well-developed.  I don’t think that I’d put it above some of my other favorites, however.  It’s a great time-killer, moves well, and leaves the reader feeling satisfied that there IS an end.

VampBards Rating:

Liked it a lot – recommend (B+)
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