Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Tour: 3 Book Reviews: The Vampire Chronicles by Jodie Pierce

My overall review of this series is that I'm glad I've gotten to read it. It's interesting to have a heroine who loved and lusted over others. I don't think she's really capable of actual love. It's not a happily ever after type of story.  If you like short vampire stories to escape into you  might want to give this one a shot. There are some lusty scenes which I feel are mostly in the first book but nothing I don't think steamy readers can't handle. You do have a F/F and a M/F relationship but neither of them are graphic. My favorite will always be the first book and my least favorite the last. I still think even the last book is worth picking up just to how it ends.

1. The Vampire Queen by Jodie Pierce

 Stars: 4
Flames: 2

I really like this book. She wakes up not knowing who she is and her inner character still stands out. There are twists I wasn't really expecting. It's really fast paced and drew me in. Towards the middle there were some things about the characters I didn't like. But I feel like as a reader they are traits you're not supposed to like. It's not really a hot read but it's definitely got some steamy parts with Kendra. Not so much with the Count though. I didn't find the Count to be enough for the Queen at all. But I did like him.  And I LOVED the ending! Definitely my favorite of all the books in the series.

A young woman awakes to find out not only is she an important Countess but she is also the very first or 'Ancient One' as she is called by her subjects. Her memories of being a vampire or anyone are gone so she must relearn everything (from spells to flying) from the people around her, but can they be trusted? She also learns her main objective as the old Countess was purifying the vampire race and wishes to continue with that work. The 'Others', powerful and evil vampires, attempt to use her memory loss to their advantage. They had been trying to entice her to their side for centuries. Struggling to remember her past, battling the 'Others' and coping with her new life keep the Countess busy throughout this spellbinding and thrilling novel. Will she succeed in her goals or will the 'Others' win her over to their side this time around?

 2. The Vampire Chronicles by Jodie Pierce
Flames: 2
 This one has a couple interesting twists. After leaving her precious Count she returns for her lover to find her an absolute wreck. Love really can make us utterly stupid. Kendra takes her back without much of a fight. The Queen definitely feels like a person who could fit in our world. She certainly has some extreme relationship issues. Don't most of us? *snickers* I bet most would pale in comparison to the Queen. At least for the sake of love I sure hope they do. I still feel Kendra and Queen make the hottest match for a couple out of the whole series. It's still fast paced as we learn a little more about the Queen's comes to learn more about who she was before becoming a vampire and how she became one. I really don't think the Queen is capable more then lust.
The Countess returns to her mansion to find the inside in shambles and her lover delusional and in rags. She cleans her up, snaps her out of it and tells her of her plan to go to Venice. There was a small group needing a coven leader and she wants the position. Once there it was brought to the attention of the Countess that a young Japanese lady vampire had made most of them and was not following the rules of creation. The Countess and her coven decided she needed to be stopped. They went to Japan and a huge battle ensued. The Countess of course won but was later kidnapped. While in jail, her powers did not work. Once there, she was granted a meeting with Samuru, the Japanese Emperor who belaid her entire heritage. Afterwards, he allowed her to go with no resistance to her coven when they invaded to rescue her. The Countess and the voice that she had fallen in love with was a vampire too so he returned with her to Venice to live out their days. Her previous lover gave up and left the Countess. There 
 are many other wonderful smaller characters in here. 

3. Demise of the Vampire Queen by Jodie Pierce
Stars:2 = just not for me
There was just something about this one that just wasn't for me. It's still well written but maybe it's because they felt like completely different characters to me right off the bat. Okay, that's not exactly a negative because we are dealing with vampires over a long span of time of course they are to change. But for me I couldn't get into it and I think that is the reason why. If you read the first two I still recommend you read it and make your own decision on it.
The Queen is once again ruling her subjects only this time it is a school for the ‘different’ children in Scotland. A school full of vampires, witches, warlocks, elves and fairies, one that is feared and hated by all who attend. A new group of witches and warlocks show up to her gates and cause all kinds of havoc within the school. Vampires and witches are at odds and only a few can see the survival of the school. An ancient lover and the Queen are reunited but at what costs? A new, as well as an old lover unite to attempt to take the Queen off her throne. Will it work? Will the Queen maintain her horrendous rule over the students? Can the spells woven work and change history? All will be told in the end.

Author Bio:
Jodie Pierce is thirty-seven years old and lives with her hubby, John in Cleveland, Ohio along with four beautiful step-children. She has had a fascination with vampires since they were introduced to her as a child and has had a long history with them. It wasn't until she started reading the Anne Rice vampire books that she was truly inspired. She was an exchange student in Brasil in high school so you can find some of her experiences from there in her stories. Many of her stories have historical or researched facts as she also enjoys research and learning about new places. She has published five short novels(Eternal Press), a short story in "Midnight Thirst 2", an anthology(Melange Books), has two self-published books and has several short stories that she still works on. She's always busy with the next great vampire story as her mind is non-stop and even plagues her dreams.
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for having me and your great reviews! I'm so glad you liked the first two books and even recommend the last though you weren't crazy about it. Funny thing is, Books 1 & 2 were originally one book but was divided and edited for publishing. Book 3 was written a few years later and I guess it shows. Thanks for your honesty and time! You're great!


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