Release Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Pocket Books
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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.