Saturday, March 5, 2011

Drinking Death

Title: Drinking Death
Author: Mara Lee
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
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ISBN: 978-1-59578-802-3
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Vampire
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

And out of the darkness one will rise. One will breed true. One will rule.
Annaleigh Savage wants a life of her own choosing. It’s made her run far and fast to stay ahead of those trying to force her back into a world her hates…yet still they come after her. As the last Blood Princess, it’s her duty to take the throne, but what happens when the princess doesn’t want to have anything to do with the throne, court, or its advisors? All she wants is to just be herself and have friends like any other person, but it’s not to be and a battle of wills ensues. Annaleigh has to decide what’s more important; getting what she wants or keeping her friends alive. While doing so, her enemies learn the princess they thought was a pushover is anything but so they’d better watch out.

Drinking Death is book one in the Blood Princess Chronicles by Mara Lee and the first release by this author I’ve read. It has a unique and interesting premise on the life of the last pure vampire princess and it brings in a nice twist that her closest friend is a human female.

Annaleigh is herself a spunky kick-ass kind of woman -- she’s had to be to survive and the description of her life and what’s she’s been through, while given in bits and pieces, is nicely done. I enjoyed her odd and open relationship with her girlfriend, Sharon, who’s an interesting personality in her own right. Her boyfriend Zane, on the other hand, I didn’t get. I just didn’t feel their connection or their passion or why he’d be willing to die to be with her.
The descriptions of the court, the various supporting characters and the monsters used to try to rein Annaleigh in were nicely detailed and the action scenes well constructed. Yet there were portions of the book, especially in the beginning, that didn’t flow well, due to the short scene lengths, pulling the reader out of the story. I admit that I liked the last half of the book the best. These sections are where Annaleigh really came into her own -- and with the addition of the powerful vampire Nicolas to her inner group -- let’s just say that things got a whole lot more interesting.

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