Tuesday, September 3, 2013

City of the Fallen (Dark Tides #1)

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City of the Fallen (Dark Tides, #1)
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Five years ago, vampires came out of hiding and took over the world. It was meant to be a quick enslavement but it turned into a bloody battle that brought humanity to the brink of extinction.
Isabelle Bryant is one of the “lucky” survivors, now living in hiding, scavenging for food through deserted towns.
And she’s tired of it.
So she’s devised a plan: find the king of the vampires and drive a stake through his heart.
Except that wickedly sensual king Marcus is nothing like the monster she expected. And while landing on his bed was part of the plan all along, discovering that he might hold the key to humanity’s survival certainly wasn’t. The catch? Saving humanity also means ensuring vampire survival. It means giving up hope for a return to a human-ruled world.
As sparks fly and hate becomes heat, Isabelle must pick a side -- before the darkness devours them all.


****This book was part of a blog tour I was given copy for my honest review****
The world isn't what it used to be. Five years ago the vampires that the world had long since dismissed as folklore and legends took over the world and caused the human race to almost become extinct, along with what remains to scatter to shelters and scavenge for food and supplies. Isabelle is determined to do something about it. Watching family friends and the general human population starve, die off from illness, or worse get attacked and drained by vampires has her taking action. She comes up with a goal, to surrender to the king, become his pet, and kill him to send chaos into the ranks long enough for the humans to do something. However, things aren't always what they seem and the king may not be the monster she planned on.
This book was so hard to rate for me, I almost want to give it two different ratings. The first half was a 2-2 1/2 stars and I was really thinking this may be a dreaded DNF. However, once we got rolling in to the second half it became a 3 1/2 star and I was completely ready to dive into the next one had it been available. I think there are some repetitive phrasing and facts in the first half that bothered me, as well as the fact that there are quite a few Twilight similarities. While I understand this was NOT the intention of the author, as someone who has read the book, I couldn't help make the connection whether I truly wanted to or not. Thankfully these calmed down as the book got going and it took a life of it's own. The concept and synopsis had me itching for it so I'm very happy it started to deliver. I realize the first book in a series can be the hardest with the world building and character development, but I have a feeling as this series progresses this is going to be a great set of books. The characters really helped with that. Diana Bocco has created strong characters that stick with you, display strength as well as a "human side, and a great plot that keeps you guessing.   
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