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February 5, 2014

Love It: Blud novellas by Delilah S. Dawson






It was last week that I went down Delilah S. Dawson's Sang and since then, her world has haunted me. I next binged on the Blud novellas and totally loved it! It's short but full of great adventures, romance and fantasy. Even at novella length each one is a complete and independent story so for all you new to the series or are a little apprehensive about picking it up, you can read any one of the novellas as stand-alone. It's a great taste test of DSDawson's writing and the her Blud world. And though the personalities featured are related to the main characters of the series, each story is their own so you don't have to worry about inconsistencies or being mid-way through a continuous tale. What's even more promising is there is no insta-love people! Which is a wonderful surprise given the length of the novellas but DSDawson managed to write slow-burning romances that developed into these wonderful side stories that enhanced the series and the world of Blud.



THE MYSTERIOUS MADAM MORPHO
Blud 1.5 | Oct. 2, 2012 | Pocket Books
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I am invested in this novella because Madam Imogen Morpho is a book geek like me (and most of us) and the Blud's version of a librarian! In fact she reminds me a bit of Mary Poppins... There's more to her story but the gist of it is a famous professor sicced the Coppers (that's the police for you) on her because he wants an artifact Madam Morpho has that lends her necromancy skills. Don't worry, it's not that dark and serious except towards the end when she and the professor finally had their confrontation and let's just say, said professor didn't stand a chance. 

What I find cute is she's paired up with a fellow geek like herself, Mister Vilhelm Murdoch, the gadget/automaton maker in Crimminy Stain's caravan. Two nerds in love! Isn't it cute?! It's quite lovely how these two got together and it's their mutual love for nerdy stuff that had them bonding. But don't be quick to judge, Mr. Murdoch's got a lot of tricks up his sleeves (and in his pants!) and it's quite impressive how a seemingly non-threatening individual would sic feral things if someone makes the mistake of going after his lady. THE MYSTERIOUS MADAM MORPHO is my favorite novella among the three.



THE PECULIAR PETS OF MISS PLEASANCE
Blud 1.6 | April 1, 2013 | Pocket Books
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This novella is possibly the sweetest and most wholesome of the three. Frannie Pleasance is a pet shop owner and a compassionate one at that. One day she chanced upon a stranger who resembles a lot like her dead brother. This instantly endeared said stranger to her which happened to be a infamous pianist, Casper Sterling. Soon after, a few accidents befell Frannie, one of which is an attempted arson, and this is how she met the dashing and ruggedly handsome Scottish fireman Thom Maccallan. 

These two had an instant connection and Frannie's slew of accidents made Thom very protective of her. Turns out that the assassination attempt was intended for someone else! The mystery was exciting and the attempts inventive what with harmless kittens turned blud suckers or Frannie turning into an archery target. Nevertheless, this fortified her bond with Thom and their love story is quite sweet actually. Both have a tragic past in love which makes THE PECULIAR PETS OF MISS PLEASANCE some sort of a second-chance-in-love kind of story.

My only regret is Casper Sterling. I first met him in Wicked As They Come and I never realized how messed up this boy is. I'm hoping he'll get his HEA soon because this dude is in serious need of redemption!



THE DAMSEL AND THE DAGGERMAN
Blud 2.5 | Jan. 6, 2014 | Pocket Books
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This is the most exciting novella of the three and the longest. Jacinda Harville is a journalist writing a book about Crimminy's caravan. Aside from this endeavor, Jacinda is really curious about Daggerman, Marco Taresque, whom she suspects killed his last assistant because nobody has heard or seen her since in a long time. Whilst in the process of interviews, Jacinda and Marco develops this flirtatious and sexually tense relationship. I guess being a target or playing assistant to Marco was some sort of foreplay for these two because it was certainly intense when they finally did the ugly.

As for the mystery about the missing assistant? Let's just say it would be better if she remained missing.







30 comments:

  1. love D. Dawson's books. I have the Damsel & the Daggeman to read...think I have M. Morpho too. You got me too dang on excited to read these now.

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  2. This is author for me. Novellas are hit or miss for me, but these sound great. Full stories, no insta love and you were satisfied. Love that.

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    1. I love her & I know you read fantasy too so I'm sure you'll enjoy this series as well

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  3. No insta-love in a novella? Say what?! Hehe... these sound pretty awesome, Braine. I'm especially intrigued with the premise of The Mysterious Madam Morpho. I need to get into these books soon! Glad you're enjoying them so much. =)

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    1. I read a review last week for a boom I also read and while I didn't consider it insta love, that reader thought so.

      So to answer your question, I guess it's relative? I didn't see it as such because there was build up before the deed

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  4. Gotta admit, those covers kind of turn me off but you make them sound good. I have read many novellas that are actually great, so I don't mind them.

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    1. I love novellas, they're great in between full length novel reads

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  5. Yay!! I loved these as well, though I think I still need to read MMorpho's one. :)

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    1. That's the first novella and you skipped it?! LOL well it's unrelated to the series so I guess it doesn't really matter that much

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  6. I read first and second book of Blud series and loved them. I need to read Wicked After Midnight. I wasn't so sure about reading the novellas but now I'm sure going to read them.

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    1. Give one of these a try, you can always skip them if it's not to your liking since it's independent from the series plot

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  7. Woot for the surprise and the world taking you by storm. I like the sound of them, and should add to wishlist

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    1. I think this is the first time you added a book I've read to your wish list... Wait there was Traffik! Never mind it then... Yeah add and read!

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  8. I loved the lastone but I confess I haven't read the others. I know I really need to! THey sound good and it's so interesting to learn more about the characters and theworld each time.

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    1. The last one is the longest so I guess it's the most fleshed out of the three

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  9. I really want to try this series...alas, one day

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  10. Yay! I loved all the novellas too. I read them in order of where they fit into the series. I promise you will love Casper's story so don't despair on him just yet.

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    1. If not for the bratty Princess I think I would've enjoyed Casper's story better

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  11. Nice, and I love when a series or in this case novellas cause you to binge read. I added them to my wish list :)

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  12. I have not read Delilah Dawson before, Braine. But since you're such a fan :) I'll give her a try. I'm excited that she could develop her characters and build a romance that impresses you...in a novella! Lovely review!!

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  13. I've read the first two novellas but not the third. I really enjoy this series. It's wacky but dark.

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  14. never read this series yet eap, but it sounds like the novellas win in this one. Always been scared of them and how they get so much info into those tiny books!

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    1. True, sometimes I tend to micro analyze things because some people can write really good novellas with a sense of completion but others fail to so that. I guess Dawson is truly inspired

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  15. Turns out I actually own the Damsel and the Daggerman! geez I need to keep up with my purchases better. I love when I go on a reading binge, I hope I have the same response :)

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