Saturday, October 20, 2007

'Rises the Night'

by Colleen Gleason

Fiction/Paranormal Romance, 2007
Signet Eclipse (Penguin) mm pb, 333 p.
The Gardella Vampire Chronicles- Book #2
(#45 for 2007, R.I.P. II Challenge- #4, 2nds Challenge- #1)
Lady Victoria Gardella Grantworth de Lacy has been a vampire slayer for just over a year, balancing her life as a peer of Society with the dangerous role that takes her out on moonlit streets, stake in hand.
Now, in Italy, a powerful vampire is amassing the power to control the souls of the dead. As Victoria races across Europe to stop what could be the most deadly army the Gardellas have ever faced, her unlikely companion is Sebastian Vioget, a man as tempting as he is untrustworthy. But when Victoria discovers that she has been betrayed by one of her most trusted allies, the truth will challenge all her powers as a Venator – and as a woman …
The ‘poofing and slicing’ continues in this 2nd instalment! I enjoyed getting to know our heroine a bit more, as she continues to grow into her role as a Venator. And of course the naughty, sexy Sebastian! With lots more suspense, action, and romance, it was another engaging page-turner! Sometimes a little escapist fiction is just the thing! I’ll definitely read the next book when it comes out early next year to see what’s in store for Victoria and all the other characters. The fact that I’m getting hooked on a vampire romance series when I’d previously avoided all things relating to vampires or books labelled romance (I have read my share of chicklit but I never usually even visit the romance section of the bookstore) is not lost on me! Well done Ms. Gleason!

My Rating: 4/5

10 comments:

  1. mmm, I adore Sebastian! Now that you've read a vampire book...try Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Series...they are the best I've read, for modern stores. Like Colleen, not really romance, but with a tinge of it!

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  2. I am glad to hear you enjoyed this one, Tanabata. I've read the first one so far and hope to get to this one eventually. maybe before the next book comes out. :-)

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  3. I've been in the mood for some nice escapist fiction lately. I really should look for this series.

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  4. "The fact that I’m getting hooked on a vampire romance series when I’d previously avoided all things relating to vampires or books labelled romance (I have read my share of chicklit but I never usually even visit the romance section of the bookstore) is not lost on me!"

    HA! That's me, too. Maybe it's just that there's never been interesting vampire romances out there before? Glad you liked these books, though.

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  5. To tell you how good this series is, I'm a guy and I'M hooked on a romance series..LOL. It really is an amazing series though, isn't it? It transcends the genre that it's been labeled in my opinion. I've been enjoying it and I'm looking forward to the third book. Love your header for the Halloween season, by the way...I've been meaning to tell you that!

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  6. Janet- I've heard Charlaine Harris mentioned a few times now. I'll definitely have to check out her series. Thanks.

    Wendy- If you liked the first one I think you'll definitely enjoy the 2nd one. :)

    Nymeth- They are certainly fun reads. I hope you like them if you read them.

    Melissa- LOL! Nice to know I'm not the only one! :)

    Chris- Thanks for the header comment! I thought it was something fun for the season.
    About Colleen's books, I think strictly speaking they are paranormal romance as labeled, but they're just very well done. :P

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  7. Like you, I have been a fan of neither romance nor vampires. However, this book was far more compelling than the first in the chronicles to me. (One thing I took objection to was the idea that Judas, betrayer of Jesus in the New Testament, was the first vampire. Did you find that a little odd, or was it just me?)

    I can't wait until our new computer is up and running, after crashing the old one, because I'm dying to post on Tales of Moonlight and Rain. You exposed me to a whole new and famous work, for which I want to give you all kinds of credit! Soon, I promise...

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  8. Bellezza- The first one was good but I agree that this one was better! I have to admit that I'm not very religious so calling Judas the first vampire didn't bother me.

    I'm so glad you enjoyed Tales of Moonlight and Rain. I got sidetracked with these vampire books so haven't read it yet but plan to next month when I get back from Canada. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it.

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  9. I'm just now finishing up The Rest Falls Away!! And I LOVE it so far. I'm going to try to get Rises the Night in before Halloween!

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  10. Stephanie- If you've enjoyed The Rest Falls Away, you'll definitely like Rises the Night! Enjoy! :)

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