Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Review: Blood Shadows ( Blackthorn #1 ) by Lindsay J. Pryor

Blood Shadows by Lindsay J. Pryor

For vengeance - would you trust a vampire?

For justice - could you betray your family?

For love - are you ready to question everything you believe in?

Gifted with the ability to read the shadows of ‘third species’ beings, Caitlin Parish is the Vampire Control Unit’s most powerful agent. Despite that, her mission to hunt down Kane Malloy – a master vampire – comes with a death wish. Many have tried, but few have survived.

For Caitlin, tracking Kane is about more than just professional reputation. With her parents both mysteriously killed 7 years apart to the day, Caitlin knows that without Kane’s help she is next.
She has four days to make a deal with the wicked, the irresistible, the treacherous Kane Malloy. The vampire who despises everything she stands for.

Or die.


Urban Fantasy


I'm really liking this book 1 of Blackthorn series. I think I got myself a new badass vampire to lust after. This book was choked full with sexual tension, convoluted plot, government conspiracy, bad guys that might not be bad and good guys that might not be good. 

Caitlin was a shadow reader (someone who can mind read a vampire at close distant) and a VCU (vampire control unit) agent who had been obsessing in tracking down the infamous master vampire, Kane Malloy in order to get him to help her with solving her parents murder and save her own life. Everyone around her including her stepfather, Max and ex-lover, Rob thought her parents murder was just an unfortunate incident and they have trying to keep her away from her deadly obsession.

Kane Malloy was Blackthorn most influential master vampire who was on a mission to avenge his sister's brutal death 14 years ago. We knew he had a grand plan, but what it is exactly I'm not entirely sure until the very end. All we knew was that he wanted Caitlin's soul and in order to get it he needed to win her heart.

So how does Kane win over the heart of someone who truly despise him and think he was a cruel, sadistic bastard and a master manipulator?

From the moment Kane make his intention known to Caitlin and captured her, I'm bewildered and wondering how the hell is he going to achieve this 'mission impossible'! He pretty much admitted that 'I am going to take your soul, get my revenge, bring down your agency, and you might just have to die in the end'. Way to assure a girl. 

I might just be a tad biased towards the hero because whenever Caitlin talked about human laws and being all self righteous, I just wanted to wring her neck. Kane was a 400 years old vampire, they have their own laws, which didn't conform to the current human believes and this was pretty much what they have been arguing all over the book. Do you kill the criminal or imprison them? They both were so stubborn and stand strong in their own opinion. 

In regards to the romance department, I didn't think there were much flowers or roses moment due to the situation they were in. But definitely filled with strong sexual tension. Their attraction to each other was apparent, but both tried to fight it to preserve their own heart. Kane kept reminding himself that Caitlin is a means to an end. There were times they wanted to fuck each other brains out and other time wanted to kill each other. So much conflict!

The only negative comment I have on this book was the long internal dilemma from the dual POV. Both Caitlin and Kane have so much inner conflict going on in their head all the time and I felt that the issues they facing were the same since the beginning and they usually tend to end at an impasse. Although I did felt these parts draggy, rather than putting it off, I just read them really fast to reach to the good parts. I'm always dying to find out what's going to happen next. 

The ending didn't seemed to offer us a resolution or a definitely ending. Is like an 'okay for now' scenario. We knew that something large was at stake here. Though I'm glad Caitlin and Kane were finally together despite all the impossibility, I wonder how their future holds. They have so much challenges ahead and I'm rather disappointed to know that the next book will be featuring a new couple. I felt that Kane and Caitlin's story have so much more to offer.

Rating 4/5