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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Book Review: Blood Awakening (The Blood Curse #2) by Tessa Dawn

Author: Tessa Dawn
Series: The Blood Curse
Number in Series: 2
Format: Ebook (Kindle)
Release Date: July 5, 2011
Publisher: Ghost Pines Publishing
Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy/Horror/Paranormal Romance

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Synopsis from Goodreads

A dangerous game of life, blood, and survival... Marquis Silivasi is a loner, an ancient vampire known to be merciless, harsh, and unforgiving. He has lived to see his dark twin sacrificed, his parents hunted, and the one soul he was sworn to protect destroyed by his enemy. When a mysterious female with a secret past shows up in Dark Moon Vale, her presence sets off a strange set of events: It is as if she has awakened the sleeping soul of the valley...and the Curse of Marquis's birth.Bound to each other by primeval law, the two must forge their way through an ever growing maze of danger, deception, and destiny. They must find salvation in a world without mercy, where survival demands a chilling BLOOD AWAKENING.

     My favorite of the brothers, Marquis, gets a story. He is…difficult. Intense and maybe a little cruel, but being alone for about 1500 years, losing his twin and sister-in-law in such devastating ways and witnessing the death of his parents would do that to anyone.  In Blood Awakening though, that all will change or so we think. Still in mourning for his dead brother, Shelby, his anguish causes a little catastrophe. But it also brings life to a woman named Ciopori that has been buried alive under the brothers’ very noses. Apparently, she is part goddess and is the long-lost sister of the original vampire, Jadon. She is now awake and it is apparent she and Marquis are destined to be together. Thing is, destiny might have other plans for Marquis and he is beginning to think he is meant to live in turmoil forever.     

    Wow, I mean WOOOOW! How Tessa Dawn comes up with this genius is a mystery to me. I was so excited for Marquis’s story because he is a favorite and this confirmed it. His aggression is actually heartbreaking. I know that sounds weird, but once you get into his story, it will make sense (I hope). We know of how he feels about losing those he loves and I was actually on the verge of crying sometimes because of all he has endured. Him finding Ciopori has truly been a godsend. But we get a curveball, a big curveball. I won’t spoil it, but I was hurling curses. Not a bad thing necessarily, but given the sort of woman Marquis deserves, you feel for him even more when things go into play.

    Besides Marquis, we get more of the other brothers, specifically their lord, Napoleon. In Blood Destiny, I thought he was as a lord should be, cold and standoffish. But when Ciopori wakes, we find that she was buried along with her sister, Vanya, and Napoloeon has fallen hard for her, literally. Seeing a 2000 year old vampire lord with powers too unbelievable to comprehend, trip and stutter over a woman like a teenage boy was priceless. He was actually less scary that way, but don’t let that fool you, he is still plenty scary. We also meet more villains who pretty much top every monster list I can think of. Valentine’s brother Salvatore wants revenge for his brother because he knows he is dead and he knows Marquis did it. So he goes out of his way to really grab Marquis’s attention.  

    We get a little of all the brothers and even another favorite, Braden. Braden is a newly turned vampire (the first male to go from human to vampire) and he is a teenager, so things are…interesting. Braden seems to be going through a bad (well, worse) Kevin Federline meets The Situation phase. It is bad, but I couldn’t stop laughing. But despite Braden’s confusion, we find out that he is quite brilliant. I won’t say much, but because of Braden, he indirectly saves Marquis’s life. Ciopori was a great lead female. She is exactly who I imagined Marquis to be with; regal and ladylike. We don’t necessarily find out how is it that they seem to know each other through their dreams or why, but it worked. But things that happen with Kristina, however, were just ridiculous. She was tough and defensive. She has lots of growing up to do. She was the kind of female you would find on Maury, I know there will be more of her and I can’t wait. I love where things ended with her and I think there is a possibility she might be Nachari’s mate (so damn lucky!)

     The plot was amazing. I couldn’t predict how any of this was going to go. I loved the good vs. evil standoff. After Salvatore makes the mistake of messing with Marquis and what’s his. The stuff that Marquis and his brothers’ pull off were amazing. The fact that they are vampires and can do the things they do will astound you.  But I believe given what Nachari has done might play a big role in his story. He has stolen a book from Salvatore, not just any book, the book full of the black magic that makes Salvatore an even bigger monster than he is. Again, there are things in this book that will make people uncomfortable.  There are bad guys, than there are these guys. There aren’t really enough words in the dictionary to describe just how nasty and ruthless they are. There are likable villains and these are not it. 

    Buy this book! I can’t say it enough; Tessa Dawn is a force to be reckoned with. The ending of this book was quite the shocker. Since we know what is at stake for the brothers when they don’t make their sacrifices, what Marquis did brought me to tears. We feel his frustration, his hatred and he is very justified because he doesn’t understand why they are still being punished. Just like Blood Destiny, Blood Awakening will keep you on the edge of your seat. This was such an incredible sequel and this is one of my absolutely favorite series. Man I can talk about this all freaking day.


*This book belongs to the following challenges*
BCC's Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge 2011
Parajunkee's View Vampire Challenge 2011


  1. 5 +1! Wow. Amazing sounding. And sounds like many new takes here too. Thanks for the amazing review. :)

  2. Oh it is amazing. I gave book 1 the same rating. I love this series sooooo much. Glad you liked the review hon. Thank you for the comment hon :)

  3. Dang that fight scene in the catacombs is something and the way they birth their sons is just plain beautiful. Thanks for lending me the book Diana!

  4. @Braine - I know, I loved that scene especially with what Napoleon did. I knew he was powerful, but wow, that was epic! I agree, I love the way the boys are born, what happens afterward is a totally different story though LOL! You are welcome for the book. I am happy it was lendable, lots of books aren't. Thank you so much for the comment hon :)

  5. I soooooo agree with u Diana, I'm in love with this series and Tessa Dawn can't wait for book 3 is an understatment Really!!!

  6. @DeAnna - I know how much you love it too. I might reread books 1 & 2 while waiting for 3. I can't wait for Napoleon's story. Maybe we can get a possible ARC? *fingers crossed* You are right, the anticipation for book 3 is too much for us LOL! Thank you for the comment hon :)

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