Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Is Book 2 Better than the First?? You Bet!!


Although my original intent was to finish reading Rises the Night by Colleen Gleason (352 pgs, Signet) for Carl's RIP Challenge, I missed the mark by about a week!! There just aren't enough hours in the day anymore! But as with the first, I am certainly glad I decided to pick up this book!

One year after the battle with Lilith, Queen of the Vampires, Victoria is finally getting her life as a Venator back to normal. Or as normal as a Ventator's life can be. But when Lilith left London, it seems that she took all the vampires with her. But Victoria still keeps up her patrols. It was the only thing that kept her feeling alive. One night, she decided to go see the remnants of the Silver Chalice. And ran smack dab into a vampire AND a demon. After the dust clears on the ensuing battle, Victoria finds a small pendant with a strange design.

After some research, it is discovered the design is the new insignia for the Tutela, a group of mortals that protect vampires. Victoria also learns that Max has been missing for almost 8 months! And now, Nedes, Lilith's son, has in his position an ancient object that can wake the dead. If he succeeds in activating it, all hell will break loose....literally! So, it is up to Victoria to infiltrate the Tutela, find Max, and save the world...again!

From London to Italy, this book is almost non-stop action. We learn more about the shady, but extremely sexy Sebastian. In fact, we learn more about most of the main characters in this book. Colleen Gleason has taken it up a notch with the darkness of this book, and gives us a wild ride! There are more twists and unexpected turns than in Book 1, and by the end, I was blown away! This book is truly original, exciting, and deeply sexy. I for one, can not wait until the release of Book 3!! 4.5/5

13 comments:

Nicola said...

Fabulous, wasn't it! I, also, can't wait for Book 3 and some more sexy Sebastian.

Amy said...

I skipped your review because this is going to be my next read. But I am glad to read that you liked it!

Stephanie said...

Nicola - I'm not much for blondes (I'm thinking with Max's dark looks, I'd be better off with him), but Sebastian is pretty darn sexy!!

Amy - I tried really hard not to let out any spoilers. It's a GREAT book!! And the end, as with the first, was a shocker!!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I'm with you and Nicola -- bring on book three!! I'm hooked -- and Colleen's COOL.

MyUtopia said...

It sounds really cool. Thanks for sharing.

Colleen Gleason said...

Stephanie, thanks for such a fabulous review!

I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. You made my day!

Rhinoa said...

I am really looking forward to reading this series. I have both of them waiting in line. I don't think I have read a bad review by anyone of either book so far.

Stephanie said...

Susan - I'm on pins and needles already, waiting for The Bleeding Dusk!!

myutopia - It was a great read!! You should try it!!

Rhinoa - Fantastic series!! Definitely pick them up!

Stephanie said...

Colleen - Any time!! It was a fantasic book!! You should be proud!

Andi said...

I have an ARC of the next book--The Bleeding Dusk--in the passenger seat of my car AS WE SPEAK! I'm sending it out for review, but I simply must hurry my butt up and get on with this series!

Literary Feline said...

Good news! Thank you so much for your review, Stephanie. I am looking forward to reading this one.

Carl V. said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I got ahold of an ARC for Bleeding Dusk and my wife is tearing through it right now and loving it.

Erin said...

Whoah this sounds tempting tooo!!! Bring on the vamps!