Tuesday, August 31, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: All Hallows Blood ~ a very sexy vampire yarn!

All Hallows Blood by Raven Corinn Carluk

Keila O’Broin is not your average young woman. Raised by two psychically powerful parents who trained her to battle evil in its worst forms, Keila is a heroine a reader can get behind. At the opening of our story, she is suffering depression at the one-year anniversary of her mother’s death (her father having died previously). She feels responsible, and the guilt eats away at her happiness like a cancer.

Amidst her self-pity-party, she runs into some teenage ghosts who lead her to a horrible monster who has been kidnapping and murdering children. Keila battles the creature, only to discover that it is a vampire—the first one she’s ever seen. When the dust settles, the vampire underling is dead, but she is terribly weakened. Thankfully (for us as well as for her!), she is rescued by the extremely handsome, alluring, and immortal Varick Eitenhauer. Forging a partnership with the 800-year-old vampire begins immediately; and while they massage out their personality quirks and temper their mutual attraction, they work side-by-side to rid Portland of the menace that so enjoys killing innocents.

Built like a beautiful, raven-haired Amazon, Keila isn’t your typical petite, blonde-haired, blue-eyed vampire bait. She is a warrior, and this is the very thing Varick (and the reader) finds irresistible about her. Our heroine’s character arc will take her from her self-pity and self-loathing to a surge in her self-esteem and a closer relationship with her adopted family members, Chris and Simy. These changes can only take place through trials; such as grueling warfare with creatures trying to kill her, and finding herself in the vampire she comes to love.

Author Raven Corinn Carluk has woven a vampire yarn that explodes with action, and strikes the reader to the core. The tale is told in superb, shall I say flawless, first person; you will *become* Keila O’Broin, Psionicist and Psychic Extraordinaire. You will know what it feels like to love, to hate, to battle and to adore as Carluk allows us to hitch a ride into her character’s mind. This is the type of book you read in one sitting because you can’t bear to stop, each chapter moving you to the next at a delightfully feverish pace.

Note to young or sensitive readers: “All Hallows Blood” is sexually explicit, but not sexually gratuitous.

Ellen C Maze
Author of Curiously Spiritual Vampire Tales

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