ARC Review: As Wicked As She Wants by Delilah S. Dawson

Expected Publication: April 30, 2013
Series: Blud #2
Format: eBook (ARC)
Pages: 384
*provided by publisher through Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review

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When Blud princess Ahnastasia wakes up, drained and starving in a suitcase, she’s not sure which calls to her more: the sound of music or the scent of blood. The source of both sensations is a handsome and mysterious man named Casper Sterling. Once the most celebrated musician in London, Sangland, he’s fallen on hard times. Now, much to Ahna’s frustration, the debauched and reckless human is her only ticket back home to the snow-rimmed and magical land of Freesia.

Together with Casper’s prickly charge, a scrappy orphan named Keen, they seek passage to Ahna’s homeland, where a power-hungry sorceress named Ravenna holds the royal family in thrall. Traveling from the back alleys of London to the sparkling minarets of Muscovy, Ahna discovers that Freesia holds new perils and dangerous foes. Back in her country, she is forced to choose between the heart she never knew she had and the land that she was born to rule. But with Casper’s help, Ahna may find a way to have it all…

I absolutely love the characters in this alternate world that author Delilah Dawson has created. The 2nd book in The Blud series is just as mind-blowing as the first.

Here we have tortured musician Casper Sterling. He’s in a deep ass funk and can’t seem to come out of it until he comes across a little bluddie who wants to kill him. Ahnastasia Feodor is the princess on Muscovy (which is equivalent to Moscow) has just woken from a very long slumber and attacks the closest pinky she can get her now weak hands on. After her scuffle with Casper, she finds out that she has been declared a murdereress and traitor to her country. After making a deal to help Ahna reclaim her throne, Casper sets out with her to Muscovy along with their very ruff around the edges companion Keen, who we find out is from our world.

This is Casper Sterling’s story…remember him from Wicked As They Come? He is down on his luck and doing not so well, but he’s surviving. I liked Casper in this story as we discovered much more about him and why he has that “smell” that is so off, so different than the other Pinkys. Oh my goodness, he was so dark and devishly animalistic here. I felt like Ahna where I just inexplicably drawn to him.

"Casper was intoxicating."

I also liked the heroine in this story. Ahnastasia was a princess through and through…she was selfish and spoiled. BUT, being a princess can be pretty tough when you’re wanted…dead and not alive. I liked Ahna so much because Delilah I think made her redeemable, she was hard because she could not show weakness, but we also got to see her vulnerable and scared. Her growth throughout the story was something short of amazing. By the end of this book, there was no longer the spoiled princess of Freesia, but a Queen more than ready to rule.

"Liking him was the worse kind of rebellion. I grinned to myself. I'd always like rebellion."

The sexual tension between these two was thick as the London fog and there were many times they tried to alleviate that tension, but there were always these “timely” interruptions; especially by their companion Keen. They were however able to take care of that tension and oh boy did they.

Loved the story and we even got to enjoy a little of Criminy and Tish.

The world building alone was beautifully done, but the descriptions of it and it characters are so real, you almost thought you were right there in Sang and Fressia. This is how deeply Ms. Dawson is able to draw you into her world, it was all very well done.

Welcome back to the world of Sang…an alternate world of ours. The places are nearly the same, it's all steampunky....we just don’t have Blud men & women, Pinkys and of course…the blud animals, which I could probably deal with except the blood rats (ewwww!). This world can be very harsh and cruel if you don’t know how to survive it and this is what our characters in this story are trying to do and they did eventually…they did it excellently.

Grab yourself a copy when it's available, eh?

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