I would like to thank The Cover Contessa and E.B. Hood for granting me the opportunity to read e-book in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way influenced my review. I would actually rate this book 4.5 stars, based on the ending alone, but then the sheer volume of grammatical errors drops it to 3.5 stars, leaving me at an even 4 stars (though the grammatical issues are so frequent it is still irritating me long after finishing the book).
WARNING - if you've not yet read <em>Melabeth The Vampire</em> yet, stop reading now. For the love of books turn back while you still can! Read book one and then return and carry on. . . otherwise not only will you be lost as far as the storyline, many of the mysteries in book one will be revealed.
Picking up just days after book one ends, E.B. Hood keeps the story cruising along at a solid clip. Given how things went down, everyone has bolted for Vegas, a city of the dead. Time to regroup and make some new plans.
In the midst of all the action Melabeth finds herself drawing closer and closer to her vampire family, and more and more distant from David. Of course it's just because of what David has gone through, and the fact that he's spending all his time with the other Necromancers in the city learning all he can about his abilities, not too mention training so that he can do as much damage to The Order as possible. Maybe even as much as Melabeth. But with David gone all the time Melabeth ends up spending more time with the truly delectable Michael, all the while against her attraction to him.
Alice brings Melabeth out on a job with Michael and herself; their task is to retrieve a very valuable and dangerous magical book that has been stolen. All they know is that an unknown Wizard accompanied by two vampire bodyguards have the book, and they are aboard a cruise liner about to depart from Miami. While on the job Melabeth discovers the wizard is one of her targets for her revenge, however she doesn't tell Michael or Alice this, as she knows they'll tell her the job comes first. By putting her revenge first everything ends up blowing up in her face, literally. She ends up face to face with the Wizard, who recognizes her. However he tells her he doesn't have time to play with her and sics the female vampire on her, while he and the male vampire walk away. Though she manages to dispatch the female vampire she is outclassed when she goes head-to-head with the male, Peter the Lionheart. The two clash time and again, and she learns that Peter fought in the Crusades before being turned. Strangely the 800-year-old vampire does an about face from wanting to obliterate her to declaring his undying love for her.
She finally manages to evade Peter and makes it back to Vegas to learn that both Alice and Michael survived the job, much to her relief. She finally admits to herself, and Carrie, that she wants Michael. But she doesn't want to hurt David, and needs him for her revenge. Her decision is made for her, but it doesn't change her course of action. Even though her new family will support her they don't necessarily agree that her revenge will make her feel any better. Nor does her second father, Nicks. Each time they meet in his library to talk he warns her that she has a fork coming up in her path and she must choose carefully or it may be her last choice.
Throughout the book Melabeth struggles with her desire for revenge and how tired of it she's become. It has changed her, changed David, and she wonders if it will really change anything when she's found and killed them all. But each time she begins to back away something happens to fan the flames of her hatred, sending her charging right back down the path of revenge. She also grows much closer to Alice, and the two become friends. It is nice to see what is quite possibly Alice's true 'face' through her actions toward Melabeth as well as their private conversations. Alice grows into a more multidimensional character in this book, something that is enjoyable to witness, even while questioning the truth of the glimpses into Alice's true nature that we're given.
There were two things that really touched me about this book - one positive and the other negative. The negative may not bother some people, but the gross grammatical errors drove me crazy. They were bad enough that had the story itself not been as engaging I doubt I would have finished it. I can only hope that these errors are only in the ebook version and not in any of the print versions. On the positive side what really made this book for me was the ending. There are numerous engaging scenes throughout with many great twists and turns, but the ending is just so utterly unexpected that it boggles the mind. It is something I don't think I would have thought of in a million years. Not only is it creatively brilliant, it is also a wicked cliffhanger, guaranteeing that readers will be clamoring for the release of the next installment in the series as quickly as possible. . .
I got married when I was 18, had two boys – Tyler in 1993, and Cory in 1996 – as a young father, I worked at Pizza Hut, until 1997; the same year my first wife and I were divorced.
I had the opportunity to help start a satellite plant in North Carolina for a micro connectors company, so I moved across the country to Salisbury. A year later I was offered a chance to become a tool and die apprentice, and worked as a tool and die maker for nearly nine years.
During these transitions I met the love of my life, Betsy, who is a school teacher. We were married 2003. We welcomed a baby girl, Sonja in 2007. I was unexpectedly laid off while my wife was pregnant. I then began working at a plastic company as a CNC programmer. Once again, after another lay-off in 2009, I decided to be a stay-at-home dad, and also started a computer repair business from home.
Another reason I didn’t return to work when I was laid off in 2009, was to help my parents with my brother, Nick, who was dying of a brain tumor. Nick was my baby brother, three years younger, and my best friend. It was always Nick’s dream to become a writer. I came up with a book idea for my brother to write years ago, but he became too sick, and the story was never written.
There have been a lot of changes in my life in the past five years – jobs, the loss of my brother, the birth of my daughter, and watching my sons grow up so, here I am trying to live out my brother’s dream, and it is to Nick whom I dedicate my first book. I do not consider myself to be a writer. I am, and always will be, a story teller. I have always made up stories in my head, and this is my first one that I wish to share with the world.
I am new to writing, but so far I love it and it has captured my attention completely. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have enjoyed writing them.