Review: Queen of Blood

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

queenofbloodTitle: Queen of Blood

Author: Jill Myles

Published: June 30,2015 by Alloy Entertainment

Pages: 287(give or take)

Source: eARC

For one hundred years, Seri’s people have lived under the thumb of the Blood, the cruel and mysterious rulers of Athon. Seri wants nothing more than to put food on the table and marry the hotheaded but handsome Rilen come spring. But when a noblewoman asks Seri to be her handmaiden, Rilen insists she move to the enemy’s castle . . . and spy on the newly arrived prince.

After a century, Prince Graeme has grown weary of his family’s curse. The Blood are powerful, but doomed to live in the shadows, flitting from lover to lover, always in search of the mythic Eterna—the one woman who will sate their hunger. Now his father has sent him to the outskirts of the empire to stamp out a rebellious Vidari faction. But when a wild and alluring Vidari girl shows up at court, he finds himself torn between following his father’s orders and following his heart . . .

A war is brewing between Athonite and Vidari, between Blood and man. As uprisings sweep through the land, Seri and Graeme find themselves at the center of a storm with only one choice: betray each other, or betray their people.


What a interesting read. Saw this while flipping through Netgalley and I didn’t even need to be approved! LOVE IT!

This story follows Seri, a Vidari girl whose people have been conquered by the Athonites 100 years ago. A new Athonite Prince has moved into the run down castle and skirmished have put everybody on edge. All Seri cares about though is marrying her childhood sweetheart, Rilen and taking care of her sick father and blind sister. While trying to sell wares at the Night Market one of the Athonite high class lady wanted Seri as her wild and savage handmaiden to use to impress the Prince. Seri says yes because of the money but that is only when her troubles began. Meeting the prince, Seri never thought much beyond getting her money but when a white light surrounds her everything begins to change.

Things I liked:

  • Seri was a great character. She started out as naive and maybe just a tad bit too much but she had spunk and a temper that I connected with really well. I was so in tuned to what she was going to say next and how she was going to act. (don’t know if that’s because it was predictable or because I just really connected with her)
  • The pacing was great. No slow parts and I liked how it switched POVs when the time was right. It wasn’t throughout the whole novel where one was alternatively speaking, it was just when it was needed and I really liked that a lot.
  • The backstory was really interesting and a new take on the whole vampire thing and it didn’t take away from the story. It was more of an afterthought and though I wish for more history of the Prince, it was a good start.
  • The steamy scenes were awesome! 😉 *wink*

Things I didn’t like:

  • I wish for more of a world setting. The descriptions were great but I wanted more about the whole world and its inhabitants.
  • I felt like this could have been so much more in the sense that it felt a little rushed at the end. A second book would have been nice.

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Stacking the Shelves(21)

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A weekly meme hosted by Tynga Review where I discuss what books I bought, borrowed or will be reviewing! Also I talk about what’s been going on in my life, what you missed and what is upcoming! It was another slow week…Guide training was exhausting and so I really didn’t have time to read much…kinda in a funk. Maybe because I read sooo much last week that I needed a break but ugh..I have so many eARCs to read!!

Review(via Netgalley)

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My Life:

Been crazy this past week..like I said I had Guide training where I’m training around fifteen 11-15 year olds for the summer to do tours in the museum. It went well but it was exhausting having to deal with those teenagers. So glad to come home at the end of the day and just relax. Of course I got NO reading done this week minus some in Tangled Webs which I was hoping to finish before Saturday…but nope. :/

Still in the process of job searching. Applied to two more jobs this past week and haven’t heard back from any. I’m not expecting anything until the middle of July (I hope). I can’t believe June is almost over!! Two more months until my service in AmeriCorps is done and I’m a little sad to say goodbye in August. I’ve done so much and I have met so many amazing people that I will miss everyone!

What you missed this past week:

  • Top Ten Tuesday: in honor of The Broke and Bookish 5 year anniversary of this meme they had us pick our top ten topics. There were some really fun ones but I look forward to new ones this year!!

Coming up this week:

  • Review: Queen of Blood
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Read so Far in 2015
  • Review: Letters to Zell
  • Review: Tangled Webs

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Top Ten Tuesday(21)…a little late

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A weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where we are given a topic and we discuss it! This is a little late. I’ve been soo busy with guide training that when I come home I just want to relax. Since I just started it a couple of months ago I just picked ones that I think looked interesting.

My Top Ten Favorite Topics (in honor of its 5th anniversary)

  • Favorite Covers: I am a cover snob and I just LOVE a nice cover that showcases the story in a beautiful way!!!

  • Most Unfortunate Character Names: I loathe some names that I have read and doesn’t work with the story.

  • Characters That I’d Name My Children After: So…here’s a little secret..when I was in middle school I kept a list of book character names that I loved and wanted to name my children after. No idea where that list went but yeah….

  • Top Ten Sequels I’m Dying to Read: I feel like I’m always waiting for the sequel to come out and then it takes forever and I forget what the first book was all about. Such a circle!

  • Top Ten Most Vivid Book Settings/Worlds: I just LOVE falling in love with a new world that just sucks me in!

  • Top Ten Words/Topics that Will Make Me Buy/Read a Book: I feel like I am geared towards certain words/topics that I have to buy!

  • Top Ten Books I was “Forced” to Read: mostly high school books that I had to read!

  • Top Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read: Don’t think I can count 10 but I have read some unique ones!

  • Top Ten Book Crushes: soooo many crushes!!!!

  • Top Ten Most Frustrating Characters EVER: sooo many of them that I wanted to throttle!!!

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