Author: Delilah S. Dawson Series: Blud Format: Mass Market Paperback, 395 pages w/excerpt Publisher: Pocket Books (March 27, 2012) Price: $7.99 Language: English Genre: Paranormal Romance, Steampunk, Fantasy ISBN: 9781451657883 Review Copy: ARC provided by publisher
Have you ever heard of a Bludman? They’re rather like you and me—only more fabulous, immortal, and mostly indestructible. (They’re also very good kissers.)
Delilah S. Dawson’s darkly tempting debut drops her unsuspecting heroine into a strange faraway land for a romantic adventure that’s part paranormal, part steampunk . . . and completely irresistible.
When Tish Everett forces open the ruby locket she finds at an estate sale, she has no idea that a deliciously rakish Bludman has cast a spell just for her. She wakes up in a surreal world, where Criminy Stain, the dashing proprietor of a magical traveling circus, curiously awaits. At Criminy’s electric touch, Tish glimpses a tantalizing future, but she also foresees her ultimate doom. Before she can decide whether to risk her fate with the charming daredevil, the locket disappears, and with it, her only chance to return home. Tish and Criminy battle roaring sea monsters and thundering bludmares, vengeful ghosts and crooked Coppers in a treacherous race to recover the necklace from the evil Blud-hating Magistrate. But if they succeed, will Tish forsake her fanged suitor and return to her normal life, or will she take a chance on an unpredictable but dangerous destiny with the Bludman she’s coming to love?
Review~ Wonderfully crafted world of steampunk, paranormal romance, and adventure.
First, I'm going to share my favorite quote from this book with you.
"I would burn down the world for you", he whispered fiercly.
"Your world or my own. I would rip down this entire city with my bare hands without a second thought. I don't need to taste anything else, I don't need a comparison"...
Loved that quote and I really loved this different take, in the paranormal romance genre.
This book had a Alice In Wonderland feel to it, as far as the author's ability to transport you into another world full of strange, unique, magical, creatures.
Our main character, Tish finds a locket in an estate sale and is quickly drawn into the man's picture inside this locket. After falling asleep with the locket around her neck, she falls into a deep dream, or so she thought. Instead, she is transported into a world filled with magical, dangerous creatures, and comes face to face with the man in her locket.
Criminy Stain, magician, bludman, rescues her right from the start and tells her she is his, his love from the magical locket. Of course, Tish finds this all to hard to believe, but excepts what is going on only because she figures she can wake up anytime she wants from this strange dream, but can she? As the story unfolds we learn there is more to this locket, and to the characters in the different dimension, that is called Sang, and how it ties into Tish's everyday life. Criminy's love for Tish is not reciprocated, but Criminy is self assured and knows that what has happened is meant to be. Tish has a hard time with relationships in general after being in a bad relationship, she is insecure at first, but slowly learns she is much stronger than she anticipated. When the locket is stolen the adventure begins to retrieve it, before Tish's former life is gone forever...
You will be transported into a wonderfully crafted "other" dimension within the pages of this book, filled with magical creatures, adventure, mystery, and romance. A paranormal romance like no other, that will have you falling in love with Criminy and his wickedly delicious aura.
Delilah S. Dawson's debut novel is well written, with a fantastic storyline, that will have you drawn into her magical world within the first few pages. Miss Dawson has an ability to draw expansive images in your mind and will have you enjoying the world and creatures she has created. Must read 2012. I am looking forward to her second book "Wicked As She Wants" in the Blud series. Coming in 2013.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. In no way has this influenced my decision for rating this book.