Ms. Elliot, I am even more impressed with this second book than I was with the first in the Black Ice Series!
1. This is SUCH an original world and story in general. I said this in my review of the first book and I'll say it again here: the vampire genre is so overdone and many of the stories seem to have been built off one another. Not so with this series! It is completely original and I LOVE IT because I totally cannot predict anything that happens.
2. THIS IS A CLEAN READ! Somewhere between Twilight and now, paranormal/fantasy books (ESPECIALLY VAMPIRES) are like reading soft porn. That's the status quo. It is refreshing to read something that still has enough in the romance department to satisfy that part of a reader's curiosity, but keeps it clean enough that I can share this series with my niece and know that it's appropriate for her as well.
3. Neva is a total rogue. I love that the heroine is not always all-knowing or instinctively, magically right about every decision she makes. There is a learning curve for her as she navigates new powers with old memories and attempts to put them all to good use.
Those items being addressed, there is a new element in this book that I can't wait to see play out....HELSING. There are a couple clues dropped that make me think the dynamic between Thedryk and Neva as star-crossed lovers may be changing to include a love triangle. And who doesn't love those?!? Will they or won't they? Hmmm...
Well done once again Ms. Eliot! Thank you for sharing your talents with us!
**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review**
The writing is much stronger in this book. I was skeptical of how the first half of the book was written pertaining to the past but it actually worked really well. It was so enjoyable I didn't notice just how long the book was this time around. So perfectly dark and atmospheric.👹👌🏻 I can't wait to see what happens next.
I loved how this book is not for just mature readers. i also enjoyed that it was not a totally sappy book. It was a refreshing take on the vampire genre. I really enjoyed the wonderful world and its characters that the author has created. Can not wait to read more from this author.
What a rush! I had the pleasure of Beta Reading this novel and I cannot praise it enough! I am so in love with the world that Mikayla has built to encompass her characters. As this tale delves deeper into the mysteries of the vampires, it captures attention by being adventurous and addicting. I had such a hard time putting it down. Enjoy a rich world fraught with secrets and incredible twists! I was in awe.
What would you do to save your niece? What demons would you be willing to encounter? Neva is facing this dilemma and it's a race against the clock to learn all she needs to become the force she was meant to be! But to move forward, one must learn to understand the past.
One amazing things that was accomplished in this book is the fact that it's 2 complete stories in one. I remember reading through and being almost caught off guard at the continuation of the original story only because I was so immersed in the world of the past! Oh, to be so drawn in was such a delight!
The maps were an excellent touch. ;-)
*I received a Beta copy from Mikayla and have voluntarily left this review.*
World Building: A+
Girl Power: A+
For you clean-readers: this book does not have mature content.