Review: Blood Jewel by Georgia Cates

Blood Jewel (The Vampire Agápe #2)

By Georgia Cates
Editions: ebook
Published May 31st 2012 by Georgia Cates
Genre: YA PNR
Source: review copy
With the mystery of Chansey Leclaire and Curry Brennan’s connection solved, they are free to explore their newfound love for one another. Or so they thought…

When Marsala uses a witch and black magic to discover Curry’s whereabouts, he and Chansey are left with no choice. The newly engaged couple is forced to relocate away from their families at the new compound in Savannah, which causes some major changes in the plans for their upcoming wedding.

Relocating to Savannah might have saved Curry and Chansey from being discovered by Marsala, but it doesn’t stop her attempts to reach Curry or her efforts to harm Chansey through the use of black magic. As Marsala closes in, Curry faces the decision he never wanted to make. Will he keep Chansey human or condemn her to eternity as the thing he hates most?

As Curry waits for his hand to be forced, a newly turned vampire arrives at the Savannah compound in need of help. Not only is she a fledgeling in transition, she brings reports of escaping from a vampire cult still in possession of her sister, a human. Any attempt to save the captive human from a cult of vampires puts everyone in jeopardy. Can they risk entering a large cult to save one human being? And is so, how could they possibly do it successfully?

Love will grow. New mysteries will arise. A battle will ensue. A Blood Jewel will be found.
Goodreads Blurb

The world of this series is interesting, I enjoyed the concept of the Agápe and the whole mechanism of it was fun. As a personal note, I enjoyed more the first book, it felt tenser to me, and you guys know I’m a sucker for intensity in things. The Blood Jewel side of things was also very interesting, so the world building was cool because the author thought up interesting building blocks for it and weaved them together nicely.

The characters were fun, Chansey and Curry and the whole crew were fun to watch. I found Marsala to be quite interesting, I liked her as an antagonist. Sadly, I can say I liked Marsala more as a character then the main couple, she was more charismatic, interesting, intriguing. This might have to do with the fact that the chemistry between the main couple didn’t really feel convincing to me. They had the whole love-vibe going there, but relationships I like to read about are constantly tense and more edgy then lovey-dovey so for me those two just weren’t tortured enough. Sorry, I know it sounds evil, but it’s how I feel. 🙂

The story was ok, but I can’t say I was riveted. The whole marriage and etc after that didn’t strike me as a new approach or twist in the relationship arc, so the main engine of such stories wasn’t really putting things in motion for me. I was curious to see what would happen, but I’d honestly have to say it relied more on the dynamics of the relationship from the first book then on this one alone. I liked that the relationship evolved and became what a relationship naturally becomes, that felt like a dose of realism in the relationship arc and I very much so approved.
If you’re the type of romantic who likes the HEA (happily ever after) type of relationships that just seem to magically work from a point onward, I think most of the plot will work for you better then it did for me. For me, these sorts of relationships don’t strike me as very believable, so as far as the love story goes it was win some, lose some overall.

The writing was approachable and flew well, but it had a wee bit of an epic tint for me, I don’t know how to properly explain that. It just read a bit like an epic story, something about the tone maybe, the way the words came together, I’m not sure. It was very…proper, as opposed to playful, you know what I mean? I’m that sort of reader that rather likes playful instead of proper, but I’m sure there are many others that like it better the other way around.

Overall, I find this was a cool sequel to book one of the series, it could have been more exciting and it could have been worse. It was a cool read, if you read the first book you should read this one as well, I think.

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Winner: Kenia


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