Published: July 19, 2011
** Acquired through NetGalley
Series: Blood Wings #1
Available: Barnes & Noble / Amazon
In a world where humans and paranormal creatures share an uneasy coexistence, Valerie Tate has a secret. Not only is she one of the last surviving vampires, she is also the Dracula of legend, having lived her life in disguise and eventually reverting to her natural, female form after going into exile during World War II.
On the eve of a historic paranormal summit in Portland, Valerie has come to the city with one sole goal: to kill her brother, vampire Radu Tepes. Radu is about to announce his candidacy for the office of President, but he has secret, sinister motives for his desire to become the first vampire president of the United States.
At the same time former Army chaplain Lance Soliel has opened the doors of his struggling homeless shelter to both humans and paranormals, a controversial move that attracts the scrutiny of the media and the ire of Radu. Targeted for death, Lance is rescued by Valerie. Despite their smoldering attraction Valerie does not want to be distracted from her goal, but when she realizes Lance can lead her to Radu she becomes his bodyguard. But not all is as it seems, for Lance is no ordinary human. He is actually a Fallen Angel with paranormal abilities of his own, abilities that he will have to rediscover in time to save both his life and Valerie's.
What I Think
First I like to say that I liked the base of this book, which Dracula..Vlad the Impaler is actually born a girl, but raised as a man because her parents wanted a boy & not a girl.
Valerie/Vlad has killed all of the vampires she sired and now she only has on more to kill and that is her brother (which I took a instant dislike to..seriously you want to kill someone because they stole your spotlight?). Anyway on the night she plans her hit, she comes across Father Lance who she feels an instant attraction to.
Now..what could have been great story now seems kinda of okay. There isA LOT within these pages and I think thats where I loss interest. Too much information provided in some areas and then not enough explanation in other areas. Hell I know what Valerie/Vlad is, but what the heck is Lance? it's taken too long to find it out and I just don't like that in any book. It's very frustrating to me.
I'm not going rate this book because I don't think it would be fair since I didn't finish it. Maybe I'll pick it back up later when I'm in the vamp mood again. I was kinda of disappointed though..I mean a new and refreshing take on the vampire world is something I'm always excited to read about.