Sunday, September 14, 2014

Vampire Secrets (Blood & Snow Season 2, Vol 2) by RaShelle Workman - Ashley's Review

*I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Vampire Secrets (Blood & Snow Season 2, Vol 2)
Author: RaShelle Workman
Publication Date: September 14, 2014

My Vampire Lies Review
My Blood & Snow Vol. 1 Review
My A Beauty So Beastly Review

Synopsis: A dream is a wish your heart makes...

It's been a month since Jasmine agreed to the wish that would keep Laeddin safe. By all accounts she should be happy. She's attending high school, hanging out with friends, and spending time with Laeddin. But she isn't. Ever since the sorceress ripped away a part of her, she hasn't felt like herself.

To make matters worse, the man with red eyes, the one that haunted her dreams, is appearing in real life. And demonic creatures keep showing up in Salem. The question on both counts is why?

Jasmine must figure out who the man is and what the creatures want. Thankfully, she isn't alone. Laeddin, Peter, Zoe, and some friends from the mansion next door will help.

And then there's the sorceress. she's using what she took from Jasmine to inflict havoc on the human realm as well as other realms.


Review: Ok, first of all, I absolutely love this cover. I think it's my favorite of the Blood and Snow books. I just love how Jasmine's dress is white and there are black feathers everywhere, especially after the loss of her wings. I also really like all of the small details, like the genie lamp in the title. I cannot wait to have this gorgeous book on my shelves. 

Although this book picks up a month after the end of Vampire Lies, it doesn't feel like that much time has passed... and yet, it also feels like an eternity. Jasmine has moved on, but everything is so different. Jasmine is no longer dependent on blood, her wings are gone, and she's miserable despite having everything she wished for. I really felt for her, and I really just kept hoping that things were going to pick up. Oh, she's also got these crazy visions and a creepy visitor. 

I really enjoyed seeing Troy again in this book. I first met him in A Beauty So Beastly, but it's interesting to see how these stories all run parallel to each other and affect characters across the country. He's still upset over the events in A Beauty So Beastly, and I thought it was really nice that he and Jasmine can find comfort for their individual problems in each other. I enjoyed watching their friendship blossom and grow in to something more, and I was so happy for Jasmine that she had finally found a healthy relationship. 

I do wish we had seen more of Laeddin, Zoe, and Peter - they're around, but they pop off to go take care of things in other realms and it's a little frustrating to not know what's going on. I mean, we get the basics, but I wanted to know more! Hopefully there will be more in later books, and although it didn't lessen my enjoyment of Jasmine's story, I found myself with more questions than answers. 

Vampire Secrets is, overall, a really fantastic continuation of the Blood and Snow world. We get to meet new characters, see familiar ones, and witness the consequences of Jasmine's wish. And then there's that ending! I cannot wait to find out what the consequences will be, although I'm pretty sure I'm going to not really like the outcome.... especially since the consequences have not been favorable so far. I will definitely be on the look-out for the next book, and would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has read Vampire Lies. Also, I would recommend the series to any fans of fractured fairy tales! 4/5!


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