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August 13, 2011

Blood Destiny by Tessa Dawn

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Series: Blood Curse 1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: December 1, 2010
Purchase Link: Amazon
He is a lethal vampire, bound by an ancient curse.

She is an agent of Homeland Security, investigating a dangerous cult.

Theirs is a Blood Destiny about to unfold...

Descended from the progeny of Celestial Gods and humans, Nathaniel Silivasi is handsome, seductive, and powerful beyond measure: a lethal vampire. Belonging to an ancient civilization that sacrificed its females to the verge of extinction, he is also cursed. Like all the sons of Jadon, he is incapable of producing female offspring and required to sacrifice a first born son as atonement for the sins of his forefathers. He belongs to a modern civilization, yet he is bound by primeval law.

When Jocelyn Levi stumbles upon Nathaniel's pristine mountain valley, she is not prepared for the collision of worlds she is about to encounter. As an agent of the homeland security department, ICE, the beautiful, defiant female has an agenda of her own: to stop the ritualistic slaughter of innocent young women by a human trafficking ring. Little does she know that the evil she seeks is unlike anything she has ever witnessed. She has entered a world of warriors, code, and mystery—where the predators are divided only by degrees of light and shadow, and the dark, handsome stranger who has come to her aid is the most dangerous of all.
A teaser of Blood Destiny was one of our first pieces in this blog posted by my sissy Cimmaron. I must admit, after that and some more research I was really curious about this. Plus the fact that it's not available everywhere added to it's allure. It felt like one of those delicious forbidden thing that only a select few had the fortune of tasting.

Well I'm glad that Talk Supe is now part of that circle. But we're generous and we will try our best to initiate you and hopefully encourage you to get your own copy, I promise it'll be worth every penny.

To start off, the raves in the reviews did not lie, there are a lot of Vampire books out there but Blood Destiny will certainly carve it's own niche in its genre, it's original and I guarantee that you've never read anything like it.

Myth
The twin Princes Jadon and Jaegar Demir was so consumed by blood lust that they started sacrificing their females until none was left. The Blood of their victims cursed them and their line to an immortal life of blood drinking, isolation and darkness. They will be deprived of female companion and offspring and will only breed sets of male twins of darkness, the eldest to be sacrificed as payment for the Blood debt they owed. But Jadon was repentant and was granted reprieve: his descendants can daywalk; will not be forced to kill innocents; they will be given a mate, a female fated to be theirs; and the male twins born to his line will be one of light and one of darkness and his blood sacrifice will be the latter.

I am very particular about the myth every author creates or uses because it holds the premise of the entire story, this is where the magic of the story is woven from and makes it distinct from the rest of its contemporaries. The Blood Curse is one of the best vampire myths I've ever come across with because it's logical and I love the fact that they are not humans but Celestial beings and they are not dead like most of the Vampires traipsing around the big and small screen, gracing hundreds of pages of books.

The Vampyrs of this series are familiar because they follow the archetype to a degree, they are nocturnal beings, bloodsuckers, Eastern European, tall, dark and tantalizing. Tessa Dawn reminds us that though Vampires have been romanticized endlessly by pop culture, turning them into docile creatures, they are predators by nature and should not be dealt with lightly. When Nathaniel went on a bloodlust raid in the prison, I can just imagine how terrifying he must have looked like to those inmates before he killed them:  enormous blue-black wings and hair, elongated fangs, claws and murder in his eyes. I got goosebumps after I read this part.

And where there are Vampires, Werewolves are not far behind. Even the Weres are savage, they are true lycans, more animal than man and as a wolf they are 10 feet tall of pure muscle and power. On the part where the Silivasi brothers fought off Werewolves, I can imagine the carnage that these two forces created, mercy isn't part of their vocabulary and when they fight, the do it to kill.


Characters
 Nathaniel Silivasi
The whole time I've been reading the book, I kept on imagining these tall, raven haired gods with impossibly sexy names and accents. But because they are ancient, they are patriarchal by nature and the animal in them dictates that they be territorial even with their mates. I've said this before and I'll say it again, there is just something so primal about being claimed by these creatures.

"This is all mine." His voice sounded husky. Sure of himself. "Your heart... your mind... your body. Mine to touch. Mine to love. Mine to worship. All my territory. You belong to me." (Ch21,Pg289)

When I read this scene, I just about melted into a pool on the floor.

Anyway, on the first half of the book I didn't really feel the chemistry between Nathaniel and Jocelyn Levi. Although I would imagine that if I were Jocelyn I would be wary too especially after witnessing something horrific as Valentine Nistor's Blood sacrifice. I wouldn't trust these creatures even if they're nice and drop dead gorgeous. But there is something something about life threatening situations, adrenaline rush and the excitement of combat that can really shake your perspective. When Jocelyn finally came to her senses and decided to accept her fate of being Nathaniel's mate and embrace their Blood Destiny, everything just went magical for them moving forward. Too bad it happened towards the last few pages and I'm left wanting more from these two.

These creatures are so compelling and the fact that they command the elements is another added allure to their magic. The fight inside the cave between the Silivasi and the Nistor brothers made my heart race. I almost felt bad that Napolean Mondragon interfered and made them cease their fighting because their powers are causing havoc on the human countryside, causing more innocent people to die. I'd love to read how that fight would've turned out.


Writing Style
I had a menagerie of emotions throughout the entire book. I wasn't sure if I should hold back, chew every word slowly or just let go and be swept away by the story. It's one of those things that's so good you don't want to end. I can tell that Tessa Dawn was so inspired that she just let the words wash her completely and left her fingers to do the talking. Her characters are beautiful and exotic I know they will be hazardous to my health because I'm pretty sure that I'll end up worshipping these men by the time I'm done with her series.

Tessa Dawn
The pace is good and she can really make you feel "in the moment" in the book highlights. Like the conversation that Jocelyn and Collete was awkward as was apparent in their dialogue and you'll feel the hysteria that Jocelyn is fighting due information overload and the fact that her life was just turned upside down. Or the rape scene with Joelle Parker and Marquis Silivasi who turned out to be Valentine Nistor, you'd really hate Marquis because you'd think that he'd be capable of committing rape based on his encounters with Jocelyn and his brothers.

One thing that I wasn't a fan of was, in my opinion, the excessive use of italicized words. There were parts that I ended up screaming or stressing every other sentence or word in my head, sounding off the dialogue that's happening in the book. But other than this everything is just marvelous.

There is so much more that I want to say, dissect and share but I'll let you read the book instead and wait what you have to say about it. I'll see you again after Blood Awakening, I'm sure it'll even be better than this one.


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5 comments:

  1. What a review hon. I am with you, this book puts you through a lot. So many ups and downs, it was insane. But I loved it. I could talk about this all day too, but you pretty much hit on the head hon. Great review, thank you so much :)

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  2. I got the book! I'll read it after Torment! Super thanks!

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  3. Gah! I can't believe you rad the book before I did but I'll be waiting for it. Wee....love finding new and refreshing stories.

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  4. @Braine - So welcome hon. Hope you love it too :)

    @Cimarron - Man I can't believe you haven't started this yet. It truly is brilliant and very refreshing. Get a move on it woman LOL!

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  5. I meant Cimmaron. Man I have been having typos all day. Too tired LOL!

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