“It was good but i had a hard time getting into the story .
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“A dark and twisted vampire Alice in Wonderland!
Quinn Lennox has always known she a little different but nothing could prepare her for the world she encounters when a friend goes missing. One wrong move thrusts Quinn and her brother Zack into an alternate world run by vampires and magic known as Vamp City. Trapped in a dangerous world where humans are used as slaves and food, Quinn is held captive as by the charming Arturo, a vampire who insists he's her master and she his slave. To find her brother and get back to her world, Quinn will risk everything and soon finds herself trusting the man she should fear.
The dark and cruel paranormal world depicted in A Blood Seduction is in my opinion the star of the book. These are not the handsome and sensual vampire heroes we love in paranormal romance, these vampires are blood thirsty, vicious and heartless...feeding off of blood, fear and even pain. This world is protected by a magical veil that has been pierced and can only be repaired by a powerful sorcerer or in this case, sorceress. When word that Quinn possesses this magic gets around Vamp City, she becomes a valuable asset and her goal of escaping becomes almost impossible.
Quinn is not your usual kick butt heroine but you have to admire her devotion to her younger brother Zack. While I can understand her loyalty it was hard for me to connect with her, as much as I wanted to. That being said, I think her heart is in the right place and she has potential to be a great heroine as the series develops. The relationship between Quinn and Arturo would definitely be labeled "it's complicated" on Facebook...LOL There's plenty of sexual tension between them but you're never sure where Arturo's loyalties lie which makes trusting him difficult. Artuto is far from a hero and while I'm still not sure if he truly is a bad guy, his charm is undeniable. I look forward to what the author has in store for them in the future.
The story ends abruptly, with plenty of unanswered questions that I'm hoping will be addressed in the next installment. While this book may be a little violent and lacking in the romance department, the world building is strong enough to keep you interested. If you like to venture into the dark side of vampires or looking for a change in urban fantasy, A Blood Seduction is sure to deliver.
Originally posted on Romancing the Dark Side:
“This review was originally posted at Northern Plunder.
I received a signed advanced readers copy of this book through a giveaway on Goodreads and was dying to get my teeth sunk into at once, unfortunately life and various other books had different plans so it took longer than I thought to get to it. Whilst my love of vampires is a strong one causing me to almost instantly love anything vampire related (my Dad even tells his work friends that I don't want a job when I grow up because I'm going to become a vampire, hey I'm a kid at heart still) but this book left me with mixed feelings.
The book started of great, I was completely drawn into Quinn's odd and very unusual life of ever-changing-coloured-clothes and how Zack and Lily were somewhat like myself and my boyfriends which I spent a while giggling over and then read out to him, he also saw the similarities.
At this point I wanted nothing more to adore this book with all my heart but it got little weird when Quinn and her brother fall into Vamp City in search of the Lily who has gone missing. I don't mean your regular kind of vampires running about left, right and centre weird, what I'm referring to is after Quinn and Zack fell through they were pounced on by some vampires, a different vampire came and "saved" Quinn for some unknown reason, fed of her and raped her and ta-da! Cause that is all it takes these days to send lovely women shaky at the knees with a constant desire to be with him. Any way my point is I don't understand the strong relationship that Arturo and Quinn end up having because he's a vampire and constantly lives up to his vampire tendencies - lying, deceiving and betrayal. I would also like to point out this is the first book I've read where there has been that much detail in the sexy scenes and it was a little odd to get used - I'm pretty sure I didn't get used to it because I'm really prude - but I wont turn down new genres just because I think I'm not suited to it.
Even though this review so far has been a little negative I want to completely turn it on its head now because the truth is that I adored the story line, I loved Quinn's love for her brother and how desperate she was to do anything to find him and save him, I mean escaping three times is a pretty difficult thing to do from normal kidnappers never mind those that are super strong, super fast and have a great love of feeding on your pain or fear. The storyline is what made me keep reading to the end because I had to know how it ended, I had to know if the three of them (Quinn, Lily and Zack) would end up safe and sound at home and I had to know whether Quinn was the sorceress they needed to save Vamp City! I forgot to mention that didn't I? Basically the vampires are in need of a stronger sorcerer/sorceress to renew the magic of Vamp City to stop it from collapsing on itself, stop the sun breaking through their barrier and in turn save all their lives and the lives of the Slaves or Slavas living there too, oh and the werewolves. Yes we have werewolves too, they didn't really play much of a part in this book and were mentioned once or twice and walked past once and had one conversation with another character but I do think this small introduction to them could be foreshadowing that they may have a larger role in one of the sequels? Due to my dire need to know whether Quinn succeeded in saving Vamp City is what capture my attention (and I had to throw it aside a little when she got all lovey dovey with Arturo because it didn't make sense) and I am actually looking forward to reading Book 2, whether I continue beyond that lies entirely with how well Book 2 is written.
Recommend? I think this is one you need to make your own choice on, I'm so parted with my own thoughts.”
“It was good but i had a hard time getting into the story .
I liked Quinn ,she seems cool,i liked that no mattter what she would not give up on saving her borther, i like her and Arturo together, but for the most part i had a hard time likeing Arturo at all ,i mean the way the vampires treat people in this series is just awful ,and Arturo was one of the nicer ones in this book ,i'm not sure if i like where the series is headed but i do plan on reading the next book to see how is goes in the next one.”
“Since I love Pamela Palmer’s Feral Warriors series I just knew I would love her newest series. Pamela Palmer has a way of capturing you and holding you so you don’t want to put down her books.
That is what happened here. Even though I did not like the plot at all I still could not put it down. The story was just way too dark for me. It was more Urban Fantasy/Horror than Paranormal Romance. The hero, Arturo, is the worst hero I have ever read. I found nothing redeeming about him. I like Quinn and understood her determination to find her brother but what I don’t understand is how she was even remotely attracted to Arturo.
Will I read book two in the series? No. This was way too dark, gruesome and not enough romance for me. ”
“A Blood Seduction is the first book in the Vamp City series by Pamela Palmer and an Avon Fiction.
Take Me Down To Vampire City...
Vampires live only for lust and pleasure in the eternal twilight of Vamp City. But the city’s magic is dying. The only person who can restore it? A beautiful woman from the mortal world...one who knows nothing of the power she wields.
Quinn Lennox is searching for a missing friend when she stumbles into a dark otherworld what only she can see - and finds herself at the mercy of Arturo Mazza, a dangerously handsome vampire whose wicked kiss will save her, enslave her, bewitch her, and betray her.
What Arturo can’t do is forget about her - any more than Quinn can control her own feelings for him. Neither one can let desire get in the way of their mission - his to save his people, hers to save herself. But there is no escape from desire in a city build for seduction, where passion flows hot and blood-red...
For some time now Quinn Lennox has experienced things that no one else seems to know exists. All over town she feels and then sees the air shimmer - when she goes through the shimmer, things change. Often she feels the hair on her arms raise and she knows she’s about to see a vision - a vision of a different time, a different place - superimposed on the world she lives in...
People all over town are going missing and when Quinn and her brother are looking for a missing friend, they are hurled into that world that Quinn has seen in her visions. Only this place is real - and Quinn and Zack find out all to quickly that they are at the bottom of the food chain.
Arturo Mazza is a vampire living in Washington, VC - a crumbling version of Washington, DC circa 1840. Vampire City was created by great magic - and that magic is failing. If the vampires can’t figure out a way to restore the magic - they will all die.
Arturo thinks Quinn has that magic - and he has no plans to let her go...
A Blood Seduction was an okay read. I love the concept - but think I would have liked it better if Vamp City was more like 60's Vegas instead of 1840's Washington.
I give A Blood Seduction 3 out of 5 stars.
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon (May 29, 2012)
“3 stars for this first book in the Vamp City series. Definitely an interesting premise and original and well done world building and concept.
The problem I had with this book was our 'heroine' was that her fear and terror at her situation could be so easily overcome by a 'kind' vampire. I found this just too much of a stretch to come at with our heroine many times wavering from fear to lust within minutes of being or feeling terrorised. I'm sure the author has some tricks up her sleeve in regard to the why of this, but I still felt a sense of "oh seriously" the first time it happened in the book, and plenty of incredulous eye-raising through the rest of the book.
So Arturo is often kind to her, creating a confusing sense of lust (yada, yada, sorry this was my reaction each time this happened), just wanting to give 'her pleasure', and yet every opportunity he betrayed her trust.
I found the reactions of our heroine so far removed from real that the whole premise of the book kept teetering from okay interesting storyline, to 'oh for heaven's sake - seriously!'.
So I've given it 3 stars as, given the ending of the book (prepared for the book to just stop like a recording put on pause!), yep the author will guarantee I'll at least dip my feet in the waters of book 2 to see what revelations appear, but it will definitely be a make or break book for me.
Overall my reaction was, well I finished it, I was mildly entertained, sometimes a tad negatively as I raised one cynical eyebrow, but perhaps this reader is somewhat jaded from the plethora of PNR out there.
I'll be reading the reviews of my fellow bibliophiles with interest to see whether my reaction to this book marries the norm, or it was just all about me LOL!”
“It's was more like 2.5 stars, I was going to give it a 2 star review but since I did like it to a point, I pushed it up the scale.
I don't know if I like how this series started. While the book was indeed interesting and the world she created with the vampires was different. I found a lot of it to be just 'wishy-washy'. Then when I read the last 3 pages of the book, I was all "what the f**k is going on?"
I was confused by the end of the book it was a dual confusion too, on one hand, I was confused in an irritating way because I did not understand what was going on with Arturo. On the flip side of that, I was confused in the way that will make me read the other book when it's published, just to see what happens.”
“A Blood Seduction is a terrific start to a new series. Palmer weaves together two separate worlds, our world and the world of Vamp City, flawlessly. Be warned that this book is extremely dark. It is not for the faint of heart or those who have weak stomachs. There are some very intense, graphic, and disturbing torture scenes. The vampires in this novel are extremely evil and pretty much soulless. There are a few exceptions, but none of them are actually good. However, if you can stand the torture scenes and sheer darkness of the book, the story is amazing. It's full of mystery, action, romance, intrigue, and well-developed characters. I can't wait to see what happens next in Vamp City.
A Blood Seduction is told from various limited third person POVs. Somehow, Palmer manages to do this and still maintain an air of mystery around Arturo and his true intentions. There's a sense of urgency throughout the entire story because you don't know if Quinn's going to live from one minute to the next, and she's a likable character. Also, you don't know if Arturo is going to screw her over or be a knight in shining armor. The whole thing leads to a lot of frustration, but also the inability to put the book down. I read this all in one setting because I had to know what was going to happen. To me, that's the mark of a good book.
All of the characters are well-developed, although extremely flawed. It's easy to tell who the narrator is following because of the very distinct personality traits of the characters. Also, the narrator's voice changes with each character change. It's almost like free indirect discourse, but a little more defined than that. I'm so torn over how I feel about Arturo. I can't decide if I like him yet or not. On the one hand, he's a very compelling character who obviously has some good in him, but on the other hand, he's such a freaking snake that I can't trust that he's actually going to do anything good in the long run. I almost like him because of my conflicting emotions about him. I would like to see more of his good side in the future, though. Quinn is likable and easy to relate to. She has unwavering loyalty, but a few self esteem issues and a bad temper. I like when characters are flawed. It makes them more realistic. The story follows Quinn the most, but slips into Zack's and Arturo's POV sometimes as well.
The world Palmer created within Vamp City is intriguing and fascinating. The rules are clearly defined, but because no one is ever honest, it's hard to know which rules are actually true and which ones were made up to give people a false sense of security. An idea of an alternate universe that's stuck in the past and exists over our world is an interesting concept. The fact that some people can pass in between the two worlds and that people go missing because they are getting kidnapped and brought into the other world is even more fascinating. Palmer puts in some nice details about the landscaping, too, such as only dead trees can grow in Vamp City. And it's either dusk or night time... never full daylight. Also, even though Vamp City was created in 1870, it seems to be a mash-up of various time periods. Events like the Games and the banquets that are held and everything are throw backs to earlier times.
The pacing for the story is spot-on, and there is never a dull moment within the plot. The entire plot is filled with action, adventure, suspense, and/or romance. The ending wraps things up nicely for this novel but leaves room for a sequel. It's not a cliffhanger, though, thankfully. However, the closing phrase has made me impatient for the second book, which is ridiculous because this one isn't even in stores yet. I have a long wait ahead of me!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I can't wait for the sequel. I'd recommend this book to fans of Patricia Briggs, Kelley Armstrong, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Kim Harrison. It's a bit darker than most of Briggs', Armstrong's and Harrison's work. However, if you can handle the torture scenes and really really evil bad guys, then you'll love this book!”