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February 8, 2014

Like It: Wicked As She Wants by Delilah S. Dawson

Series: Blud 2
Format: ARC
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Steampunk
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The second book in the darkly tempting Blud series, featuring a vampire princess who embarks upon a dangerous journey to claim what is rightfully hers.

When Blud princess Ahnastasia wakes up, drained and starving in a suitcase, she’s not sure which calls to her more: the sound of music or the scent of blood. The source of both sensations is a handsome and mysterious man named Casper Sterling. Once the most celebrated musician in London, Sangland, he’s fallen on hard times. Now, much to Ahna’s frustration, the debauched and reckless human is her only ticket back home to the snow-rimmed and magical land of Freesia.

Together with Casper’s prickly charge, a scrappy orphan named Keen, they seek passage to Ahna’s homeland, where a power-hungry sorceress named Ravenna holds the royal family in thrall. Traveling from the back alleys of London to the sparkling minarets of Muscovy, Ahna discovers that Freesia holds new perils and dangerous foes. Back in her country, she is forced to choose between the heart she never knew she had and the land that she was born to rule. But with Casper’s help, Ahna may find a way to have it all.




I've been binge reading Blud as much as my blog schedule permits with all the tour and review stops. I can't get enough of this world that Delilah S. Dawson created. It's so vivid, brilliant, sexy, alluring and quite inventive. I was so captivated with Wicked As They Come and though the novellas are wonderful, a full length book is still incomparable.

Casper Sterling, master piano player. Smooth, sleek, showman, arrogant, popular with the women, vain and a trainwreck. We first meet Casper in Blud 1 then saw him again on The Peculiar Pets of Miss Pleasance (Blud 1.6) and instantly I knew he is in serious need of redemption/HEA. Naturally when I saw that WICKED AS SHE WANTS is his novel, I was doubly excited to read it because DSDawson paired him up with a Princess?! Can't get better than that right?

Well not exactly. 

Princess Ahnastasia Feodor grated on my nerves since Casper found her almost drained to death in a valise. She's entitled, disillusioned, vain and has an ego bigger than Freesia (Russia)! She annoyed me for most of the novel because of her bratty ways and she has a serious disconnect with her current state. I mean Princess, obviously someone is after you, you probably shouldn't put on airs because you need help more than supplicants at this point right?!

Anyway, the character development for these two was a little shallow and even the conflict resolution felt weak for me. I find it hard to believe that 2.5 people (with a bit of outside help) can scheme, execute and topple a vicious treasonous villain in one fell swoop. It just felt so easy especially when you compare it to what Tish and Crimminy went through in Wicked As They Come and they were only after a Magistrate. I mean we're talking about a great monarchy here and even if Princess Ahnastasia is the rightful ruler and heir, her nemesis, Ravenna, is sly and cunning. My only consolation is the romance, at least that was burning and Casper is VERY wicked with his fingers *waggles eyebrows*.

Still WICKED AS SHE WANTS didn't damper my enthusiasm for the series. I'm still geared up to read Wicked After Midnight, and I think I will rebound to reading more Steampunk after I'm done with my binge. I can feel book withdrawal symptoms on the horizon and you know those can get ugly.











26 comments:

  1. Sorry this wasn't up to par with the other novels, and sometimes a bratty, shallow character can knock the awesome right out of a book. Let's hope the next book rocks!

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    1. Or that could also be the case when the first one is too good it's hard to top... Book 3 is shaping up great so far

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  2. "...and Casper is VERY wicked with his fingers *waggles eyebrows* WIN!

    Sorry the heroine didn't really work for you, but I'm glad you liked the story overall. Great review!

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    1. Thanks Andrea, magic fingers are always good

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  3. Hm....yeah I just do not know, must see what you think about the next book

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    1. I'm currently reading it now and it's shaping up real well!

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  4. oh gosh say no to bratty characters, I think I am in the same boat that would drive me nuts but at the same time there is something about this series that appeals to me so I hope to read it.

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    1. It's always subjective, for all we know you'll end up loving this! Be fearless, try it!

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  5. Anastasia did take some getting use to, didn't she? They were times when I wanted to choke her...lols. Great review Braine..this really is a great series and the world D. Dawson created is nothing short of amazing.

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  6. Casper the friendly Ghost! LOL or Vampire, my bad. I started laughing when I read that the chick wakes up in a suitcase! That's a bitch ain't it? Don't look like my thing but I'm glad you kinda sorta maybe not really liked it ;)

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  7. Sounds like this one had a few things that were unbelievable or unrealistic, but at least you still enjoyed the series overall. Lovely review!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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  8. I liked this one because I love Casper but it didn't have the whimsy of the first one. I actually liked Anastasia more in the beginning. It bought she was a different kind of heroine.

    The romance didn't always work but I still like the series.

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    1. I never warmed up to the brat but the series is very very good!

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  9. Ahna was a bit of a pain and she was pretty self-absorbed. I preferred seeing Casper grow out of his funk and I was really into all the new amazing sites along their journey.

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    1. True, her version of Russia is really pretty and very Romanov

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  10. I'm glad your enthusiasm for the series wasn't diminished despite this installment not being everything you'd hoped, Braine. I'm gonna check this series out some day. :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Brandee. It's a series with binge reading

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  11. I've been looking for a new steampunk series to start. Sorry this book wasn't AS good as the others, but it still sounds like it has potential. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  12. You had me busy with Chuck Wendig..LOL I really enjoyed them! Anyhow, I haven't had a chance to sit down and read the first in this series, I'm glad to hear the following entry still is good.

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    1. I'm so happy you're enjoying Chuck! Try the novellas first, that should whet your appetite

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  13. I hate it when a main character spoils things for me. Anastasia sounds like a brat, but it sounds like the book was ok. I'm going to give this series a look. Great review :)

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