October 25, 2014

REVIEW: One Bite (Blood Prince #2) By, Jennifer Blackstream

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Irina is determined to continue her fight for freedom. Freedom for her from her evil sorceress stepmother, and freedom for every faction in the kingdom of Dacia. Unfortunately, her stepmother isn’t about to let that happen and she’s got a poisoned apple and a glass coffin with Irina’s name on them…

Kirill is a vampire prince determined to be a vampire king. Unfortunately, his vampiric father has no intentions of vacating the throne anytime soon and the prophecy Kirill found hinting at a “Great New Kingdom” is proving tricky to translate. It doesn’t help that the beautiful woman he found unconscious in the woods seems determined to undermine his authority at every turn. He’d kill her himself if she didn’t have the strangest gift for soothing his bloodthirsty spirit.

Even an undead mastermind can’t foresee everything. Seven dwarves. A poison apple. A glass coffin. It’s a strange and terrifying world when events can take a turn for the better or worse with just…One Bite.

In the first book, Before Midnight, we got an amazing and fresh retelling of Cinderella. There were so many great things about that story and Jennifer was able to do the same thing with this book. This book focus’ on Snow White. There is a poison apple, evil stepmother, and a glass coffin but Jennifer gives us so much more with her story.

We have Irina who is running from a stepmother that is trying to kill her. While she is running she is trying to band the different territories together to rid them of the royal family. Irina is a rebel, crusader, whatever you want to call her. She is brave and courageous. She believes in truth, justice, and equality for everyone in the kingdom. She is not a weak heroine that is going to wait to meet the prince to try and get what she wants. She seeks him and doesn’t roll over when he tells her to. She stands up to him and doesn’t show her fear when she goes toe to toe with a vampire.

Kirill finds a woman injured in the snow. When he drops her off with the dwarves he never expects to see her again. But when she shows up in his chambers he sees how useful she can be in Kirill taking the throne from his father. One thing Jennifer does so well, is she roughs up her Princes. There is no Prince Charming who is perfect. So far both leading men have rough spots with the occasional dent. Kirill in no different. He is so focused on taking the kingdom he doesn’t know how to trust anyone else. Until Irina. To save Irina from the coffin Kirill is going to learn how to ask for help, share information, let someone else rule, and trust someone other than himself.

There are so many different elements that make this story interesting. There is Russian influence and I love the royal family’s background. They didn’t turn into vampires the old fashioned way. They had been drinking blood and when their subjects killed them they rose again as vampires. I love how each book is basically a stand-alone but the prologue and the epilogue really bring all of the stories together. To understand the bigger plot you really have to read all of the books. I can’t wait to read the next one!

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♥ My review for Before Midnight can be found here 

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