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Revenant: A Dark Paranormal Romance For Adults (The War of Blood and Roses Book 1) Kindle Edition
Revenant is a haunting, intensely sexy, and passionate paranormal romance.
When Abby Rose meets Ethan Sterling, the vampire leader, she's unsure what to think. She's never met a vampire before and has only heard bad things about them. But she's helpless against the dangerously sexy male, and his touch ignites a new hunger that threatens to consume them both.
After meeting Abby, Ethan is forced to make a hard decision. He wants nothing more than to keep her safe, but his secrets are piling up. As events unfold, a new enemy threatens to destroy everything he's worked so hard to protect her from.
What happens when Abby finds out that everything she believed about her life is a lie—and that Ethan knew all along...
If you're looking for a thrilling story to sink your teeth into, then this is the book for you! Filled with sexy heroes and villains, strong women, and bad guys, it's the perfect blend of action, adventure, and romance. The War of Blood and Roses is a sexy, addictive, and action-packed unique fantasy perfect for fans of J.R. Ward and Jennifer L. Armentrout!
The War of Blood and Roses is a dark romance fantasy series. This series contains adult themes for readers comfortable with violence, gore, explicit language, and detailed intimate scenes. This book series is a DARK ROMANCE with DARKER THEMES and TROPES that may not be suited for some readers. Caution is recommended. This series is not recommended for readers under eighteen or anyone who isn’t comfortable with darker themes, or those mentioned or listed.
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Revenant is book one in The War of Blood and Roses paranormal fantasy series.
- ASIN : B07DBDZSKJ
- Publisher : Night Vision Publishing; 1st edition (25 May 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 2979 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 390 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #497,468 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #16,391 in Fantasy, Futuristic & Ghost Romance
- #17,781 in Fantasy Romance (Books)
- #39,949 in Crime, Thriller & Mystery (Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on 12 March 2023
I don't do spoilers normally but because I rarely give a one-star for a book, (can't remember the last time I did) I feel I should explain why. This should have been a fabulous book - it had the plot/idea to be one, vampire romance, post-apocalypse, ZOMBIES. And Trigger warnings that should have curled your toes! But no and here's why: (major spoilers)
Excerpt: The population grew to an alarming rate, and as a result, the human populace forced the world into rapid climate change; compelling the planet to turn on itself. Weather and natural disasters killed off humans faster than they could get rid of each other. Coastlines grew, while islands disappeared. Earthquakes and tsunamis took out entire countries, leaving extreme temperatures to take care of the weak and frail; starvation, dehydration and heat exhaustion were major players for team earth.
Excerpt: The town itself is powered with the energy from old solar, wind and water power plants left over from PEI, the Pure Energy Initiative enacted to combat climate change.
Excerpt: The world differs greatly from how it used to be. One thing we don’t miss is the money. Currency, mostly, is null and void. We don’t get paychecks, have banks or savings accounts or credit cards; we all just work in kind. We exchange in trade or barter and do what we can to help each other out and provide a service in exchange for services provided.
Excerpt: So, we use and take what we need and have no desire to compete with each other.
Excerpt: Neckers was one of the slang terms for the vampires that people use. Hendricks has a strong dislike for them, too. “I’m sure they’re just passing through.” I crossed my arms and leaned against the counter. I didn’t like when he used derogatory terms like that, and he knew it.
Excerpt: Hendricks blamed all vampires for our situation, stating that it was their fault we had to protect ourselves from the dead and if it wasn’t for the ‘I-M’ vaccine we wouldn’t be living this way. I didn’t agree with him, after all it was our human need and want to survive that is half to blame.
Excerpt: If we had taken better care of the planet to begin with, there wouldn’t have been a need for an eternal vaccine to save the human race in the first place.
Excerpt: On the plus side, and after my initial shock and reluctance to even be in the operating room, we delivered a healthy baby boy and have added another member to our growing community. On the downside, we added another member to our growing community.
Excerpt: The farm itself is located furthest from the main part of town, with the biggest designated part of open land. The farm has a slew of animals, a couple of cows, chickens, pigs, turkeys, ducks, goats, rabbits, sheep, and several more that are kept for fertilizer for the farm, pest control and their byproduct. The farm grows a lot of food for the town and houses the animals, but it’s not a place of slaughter. Since we’re a mostly plant-based species these days, the animals are kept alive and only if they die; they are used for food and leather. We don’t waste resources to feed them just to kill them for taste.
Excerpt: During the day he made Ethanol and Biodiesel for the trucks and cars to run on for the ones that used it, instead of electric, or in addition to electric.
***Literally this was in the overly long, drawn out first chapter (which took up about 10% of the book). It was about climate change, anti-bank, population control, etc. - to the point where it was ridiculous! It was like the author was driving a political agenda. The author has no concept of farming techniques, the land needs it would take to provide what she was describing. And Strangely, the author was very stereotypical of gay-men - to the point where it was really insulting! She literally went half the book describing one of the gay characters one way and then all of the sudden they were all 'queer eye for the straight guy'. Totally offensive!
Also, the reader will have a hard time figuring out who is speaking because there are no new paragraph indents and little direction during dialogue. Much of it looks like it is a continuation of the same character speaking. Until you go, what? Reread it, then go. Okay. This must be this person speaking.
Its totally frustrating.
Here are some of my notes every time I almost decided to DNF -
Ok, 8% in. I want vampire romance, sex, and zombies! Enough with the climate change, vegan agenda, lack of research on: energy and utility requirements, especially what it takes for piped water, farming techniques and capabilities in the state of Montana, (especially the land requirements that it would take for all of that) and the total lack of knowledge on the nutritional requirements needed to keep a huge man at the muscle mass that was described in that condition. The internet is a great research tool, the author needs to use it. You promised to tell me a dark, sexy, story not push a BS agenda. Get to the point and give me what your marketing promised!
33% in: excerpt: The meat industry was a major contributor to the demise of the planet. It wasn’t sustainable then, so we don’t duplicate the offense now. We’re trying to rebuild and learn from our mistakes as a species, not repeat history. Everything we need nutritionally, we get from plants and any meat we consume is for various reasons. The fish we eat is to help keep the population down where we are. When we are out in the morgue, we’ve had to hunt for food, and in town, we use everything as not to be wasteful. So, if an animal dies and we notice soon enough, it’s butchered and used. We use the eggs from chickens because they were bred to lay beyond what is normal and if we don’t use them, they rot and stink ...
My note: Your character wouldn't know any of this - all of the calamities happened before she was born! Ffs, this is first person, tell your story and get past your agenda!
Here is a great example of a paragraph of dialog exactly as it is in the Kindle Edition which is why it was so hard to read:
“Then you better take a couple of days and rethink your whole style.” He cocked up an eyebrow and looked her up and down. Sometimes Malik got a little sassy. “Now play nice girls.” Sylis mocked. “She started it.” Malik snaked his head back and forth at Charlie. “You’re just jealous…”
This is my note: After all of the detailed character descriptions, I in no way imagined the Malik character to behave this way. Not all gay men are bottoms/subs or snap, snap in your face - especially since he hasn't been portrayed this way before.
52% In this was my final note:
I am feeling really ripped off about this book. It is supposed to be really dark and instead it has been nothing but preaching about political BS. It's actually mind-numbingly boring.
The sex after all of the garbage to get there might as well have been fade to black, it was neither hot, dark, nor explicit, and ended in a conversation about how consent was so important. The whole thing with the baby zombie and birth control...because why would you bring a child into a world so horrible, because you know earth bad, people bad, ...after the author just described a luxury scene of a lake lodge with speed boats, four-wheelers, etc., etc.
So, far this book has been nothing but political drivel, and on top of that is kind of homophobic, judgmental. It's a hodge-podge of garbage, which FAILS at all its trigger warnings. The writing is juvenile like it's YA, but wants to be New Age.
The MFL is so preachy, judgmental, entitled, and annoying she gives you a headache.
The MML, Ethan, is so very Edward Cullen Vanilla, except he nails her, well, in a very unexciting way.
This book is long, and so overblown with all of the drivel.
The plot in the imagination with another writer, who understands what DARK means, it would have been a masterpiece. I think this is what makes me so incensed over this - I wasted 12 hours of my life (in addition to the cost of the book) and It actually had so much potential, if the writer hadn't been so adolescent.
I did return to at least finish it, cause hey I am not a quitter!
But recommend it? No way, it is the worst book I have read all year (and I read more than 100 books per year), the writing is juvenile, the main female lead is totally whiny and unlikable, and to top it off after all of the above? IT IS NOT A ROMANCE! It neither ends in a HEA, or a HFN - it ends with the heroine giving everyone that ever loved her the finger because they 'lied' to her to protect her - and this was 5 weeks later in the Epilogue. 5 weeks in the middle of the apocalypse - where if you wait to get past your hurt you may never get the opportunity. For a supposedly adult woman who was born and grew up after the destruction of the earth, and has only lived in the apocalypse of this vampire-zombie infested world - she was the whiniest person in existence and escaped any semblance or reality at all.
This was a long drawn out paragraph of school like education on who is who ( and promptly forgotten ) and what is what ,down to the vehicles type brand and storage . This is a idealistic view of normalcy in a world gone to death .
We have sentences describing uniforms ,clothes ,buildings,vehicles ,towns and all the way to vampire feeding vacation pads with 4 wheelers ,bouncing pond pads, cabins and bon fires at night ........... ...in a zombie apocalypse.
This would have been an ok read if not for the over disruption of ...well ..EVERYTHING!
So many names and describing how they kill on and on. They do not matter to the actual story plot and took away from it .The romance was blah and not very interesting. .
Basically the writer killed this book and It wouldn't surprise me if they had a board with post it notes to keep track of all the information ,descriptions and who everyone was just to keep it straight in their own mind .
Ima gonna leave the eye bleeding to those that love everything from gas to chicken eggs described to them 👾