Friday, September 6, 2013

City of the Fallen (Dark Tides #1)

By Diana Bocco

About City of the Fallen:
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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Review:
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to read this book as soon as I found out about it with the release day blitz back in June. I thought, what if vampires were real? What if they decided to come out of hiding? How would humans and vampires coexist? I have seen True Blood, but what are other scenarios? Diana Bocco pulls readers into this scenario in her story City of the Fallen.

The story starts off quickly with Isabelle leaving her home in search of the Vampire king, Marcus. She wants to kill him (and I would want to too if I were in her position).  She quickly finds him and soon/easily becomes close with him because she isn't scared of him. Bocco creates a fast pace story, but I would love some background info on Isabelle's family and friends she lived with before the story took place.  Maybe Bocco can write a prequel to go along with this book.  I would definitely like to read that.

I like how the Marcus cared for Belle and wanted to pull her into his world.  Belle was the missing piece that made him try to hold on to his humanity. There was also the nice revelation that the king was trying to help the humans and didn't want to fight them. He wanted to protect them. After all, you never want you food supply to go extinct!

I thought Marcus put his trust in a human too quickly without really getting to knowing her. I would expect the king to be more guarded (especially since Isabelle came there to kill him), but since humans are "pets" then I guess that is okay.

The story was told through multiple points of view. I loved getting inside Belle's head and Marcus'. The chemistry between the two is heated, and learning how they really felt about each other really added to their characters.

This story is definitely geared to adults. Since this is a paranormal romance, then of course there are bedroom scenes. Some are a bit steamy, but they are tastefully written. There aren't too many that distract from the story, but help move the plot line forward.

I like how Marcus cared for Belle and wanted to pull her into his world.  Belle was the missing piece that made him try to hold on to his humanity. There was also the nice revelation that the king was trying to help the humans and didn't want to fight them. He wanted to protect them. After all, you never want you food supply to go extinct!

Readers who love vampire stories should definitely check this one out!

About author Diana Bocco:
Diana Bocco is a full-time writer and author. She's been a fan of all kinds of dark creatures since she was a kid. If it crawls in the night and tugs at your covers while you're sleeping, chances are she's written about it. It's probably no surprise that she's a big fan of old buildings, urban exploring and things that go bump in the night.

In her other life, Diana also writes nonfiction: articles, books, and even quizzes for markets such as the Discovery Channel, Yahoo! and Marie Claire magazine.

Visit www.dianaboccobooks.com for more info on Diana's work. Or join Diana's mailing list and be the first one to know about new releases, signings, and giveaways: http://eepurl.com/ugbm5

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