Blue-Blooded Vamp by Jaye Wells
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
This ARC was given to me by Orbit in exchange for an honest review. BLUE-BLOODED VAMP is the fifth and final book in the Sabina Kane series written by Jaye Wells.
Sabina Kane, former assassin for the vampire race, is out for vengeance. Sabina, her demon Giguhl, her boyfriend, Adam and a Recreant mage, Erron, go to Italy to find Abel. Abel is the only person --- er, uhm, mage who may know how to truly defeat Cain --- father of all vampires --- before he is able to kidnap Lilith from Irkalla to reign evil upon earth. Sabina has also been charged by Asclepius, a god she owes two favors, to find a vampire named Nyx and kill her. In addition to the issues already expressed, Sabina must also find how to stop Cain without killing him. For Cain has a spell cast on him that whoever kills him will be killed as well as six others who are closest to them. Shortly after reaching Italy, Sabina is knocked for a loop once she discovers a well kept secret.
***MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*** I read the first four books in the Sabina Kane series back in December. Although the books were interesting as a whole (I gave them all 3 stars), there was something missing. I couldn't quite put my finger on it. I still can't. As with BLUE-BLOODED VAMP, the writing was solid, the imagery was present, but they didn't have that "Ohemgee! I have to stay up all night and finish this" quality. I liked Sabina. I liked that she is flawed. I liked watching her mature and develop into a pretty well rounded... Magepire (Giguhl's favorite nomenclature for Sabina). BLUE-BLOODED VAMP was a little on the slow side for the first half of the book. It took me a few days to get into it, but once I hit about 50%, I had to force myself to put it down to get some sleep (evil day job). The last half was action packed and I spent a lot of time with Sabina on an emotional roller coaster. I think I cried the last 30% of the book. I was glad everyone around was in bed asleep. The tear streaked face was not attractive. I struggled with how to rate BLUE-BLOODED VAMP, so I ruminated on it for a few days. It wasn't amazing, it wasn't great, but it was better than good; hence, the 3.5 rating. Maybe even 3.75. I may come back later and change it.
Again, the Sabina Kane series is a good solid Urban Fantasy series, you wouldn't be wasting your money on the purchase. Also, it is a completed series with a good story arc. I look forward to seeing future books from Jaye Wells.
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