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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Book Tour & Review: City of the Fallen by Diana Bocco


NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of City of the Fallen in return for my honest review. This does not in any way reflect upon my review. All thoughts/opinions of this novel are 100% my own.

Five years ago, vampires came out of hiding and took over the world. It was meant to be a quick enslavement but it turned into a bloody battle that brought humanity to the brink of extinction.

Isabelle Bryant is one of the “lucky” survivors, now living in hiding, scavenging for food through deserted towns. 

And she’s tired of it. 

So she’s devised a plan: find the king of the vampires and drive a stake through his heart.

Except that wickedly sensual king Marcus is nothing like the monster she expected. And while landing on his bed was part of the plan all along, discovering that he might hold the key to humanity’s survival certainly wasn’t. The catch? Saving humanity also means ensuring vampire survival. It means giving up hope for a return to a human-ruled world. 

As sparks fly and hate becomes heat, Isabelle must pick a side -- before the darkness devours them all.

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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

My Review:  This book had a lot of good points, and a lot of things I wish more attention had been paid to.

 Overall, it is an engaging read; the author has a unique writing style that draws the reader in, and makes the time reading pass quickly. Also, the characters have their own flaws and secrets which were very human. 

That being said, I wish there had been a few changes: 
• More backstory to Belle. Including more about the first days/weeks/years after humanity seemed to fall apart.
• More build-up to the relationship. It was a little off setting to think that after years of thinking of vampires a certain way, she would so quickly change her mind.
• More individual time, focused on Belle in the lab, and what Marcus was up to when he wasn't with her.  
• A bit more detail given about the "rabids", how long they have been that way, how long they live, etc. 

Taking all things into consideration (including the cliffhanger of an ending) I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and cannot wait to read the rest of this series!

You can Purchase your very own copy of City of  the Fallen from: Amazon

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About the Author:
I've been a fan of all kinds of dark creatures since I was a kid (even before I discovered Stephen King at the age of 10). If it crawls in the night and tugs at your covers while you're sleeping, chances are I've written about it. It's probably no surprise that I'm a big fan of old buildings, urban exploring and things that go bump in the night. Oh, and Halloween, of course -- but that should go without saying. 

Growing up, I wanted to be Indiana Jones. I ended up not pursuing a degree in Archaeology (although I toyed with the idea for a while) but I did become a huge lover of travel and history. Aside from traveling to all corners of the world, I've also lived in five countries in three continents -- including three years in Siberia and two in Vietnam. I'm currently living in Thailand. 

I have a soft spot for animals (which is why you can be sure that in my stories, the dog will always make it) and right now have three wonderful -- but slightly crazy -- dogs in my life. And yes, they move with me from country to country. Too bad dogs can't accumulate frequent flyer miles!

In my other life, I also write nonfiction: articles, books, and even quizzes for the Discovery Channel website. I really can't help it -- I'm a nerd at heart and love research and discovering new things. Could be the Indiana Jones in me pushing me along. 
When it comes to life, I'm pretty fearless. I figure life is too short to live it too safely -- so I take risks and I try to have fun, whether that means snowshoeing in the middle of Siberia or going ghost-hunting in an abandoned asylum. And yes, I've done both.

 Want to learn more? You can find out via: The Author's Website or GoodReads


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