Review: Blood Rights

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Title: Blood Rights
Author: Kristen Painter
Series: House of Comarre #1
Publisher: Orbit
Release Date: October 1, 2011




The lacy gold mapped her entire body. A finely-wrought filigree of stars, vines, flowers, butterflies, ancient symbols and words ran from her feet, up her legs, over her narrow waist, spanned her chest and finished down her arms to the tips of her fingers. Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle’s body bears the telltale marks of a comarré—a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world…and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks. Now Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.

She blocked his path. “Not until you kiss me.” She licked her bottom lip. “You owe me!” 

His eyes stayed on that bottom lip, studied the deep crimson that evidenced the richness of her blood. Would she taste the way she smelled? Would her lips be as soft as they looked? He’d not kissed a woman in many years. She notched her head back, lightly rapping it against the door behind her, shaking him from his thoughts. Without realizing it, he’d backed her into the door, pinning her with his arms. Her pulse jumped beneath her skin. He growled softly, making her jerk. 

“Just get it over with.” She lifted her chin and closed her eyes.

Kristen Painter vividly displays a unique and fascinating world of vampires and creatures alike. The first 100 or so pages I was overwhelmed and confused with the foreign terms used in this book. I was interested enough in the story to keep reading and luckily I discovered in the end of the book holds a glossary of terms that became this books savior!Upon discovering this helpful glossary I was instantly engrossed in this original, imaginative, gritty underground world of Fantasy creatures. On that note, be sure to familiarize yourself with the glossary terms while reading.

Blood Rights revolves around a woman named Chrysabelle and her journey to discover truth and sacrifices made along the way. Meet Chrysabelle she’s a Fearless, Feisty, Beautiful, and Compassinate woman that secretly posseses Bad-Ass skills at conquering anyone and anything that stands in her way. As a Comarr’e Chrysabelle is a human hybrid species specially breed to serve the blood needs of the noble vampire race. Knowing that her pure blood is most superior quality amongst the other Comarr’e/Comarr her blood was sold for an obscene amount of money one hundred years ago by her Patronus a noble vampire who purchases a Comarr’e Blood Rights.

Shortly after Chrysabelle discovers that her Patronus has been murdered, she escapes and is desperate to find a way to prove her innocence, because not only does she not have an alibi she also has an extraordinary motive for wanting him dead. Kristen Painter sends us readers on a journey with Chrysabelle as she uncovers secrets of her heritage, discovers the meaning friendship, encourages loyalty, and flirts with new love while solving a mysterious murder.

Anathema is a noble vampire who has been cast out of noble society for some reason. Malkolm is a Deliciously Dangerous vampire suffering from a brutally debilitating curse, is also Anathema. His curse makes it impossible for him not drink a human to death upon first drink.

“Bite Me, Drink Me, Swallow Me Whole.” 

He reluctantly becomes Chrysabelle’s ally, friend, support and sole owner of her Blood Rights. He’s gorgeous, guarded, loyal and lives a secluded life on the fringe of society with his two misfit friends Fi and Don. Since his curse has caused him to live as a recluse he’s not eager to team up with Chrysabelle, but she’s forceful persuasive in her goal of clearing her name as well as rescue a kidnapped loved one from the hands of an evil noble vampire. Fi is a Snarky, fun, and spunky ghost. She lives with Malkolm as one of the consequences of his curse she is the first and last person he has ever drank to death. Both of them are cursed with the disability of never being able to live apart from eachother. Luckily they are compatible friends. Don is the other roomate of Malkolm and Fi, and he’s also Fi’s protective boyfriend. Described as a Varcolai Don emerges with his own handicap that makes him a disgruntled shifter.

“Do you have any idea how much a vampire bite hurts? How razor fine fangs are?”  “Actually you dumb cow, I do! Do you know how much a Varcolai bite hurts? You’re going to because my boyfriend’s teeth are way bigger than yours!!”

I look forward to reading the next two installments in this trilogy. I would recommend this to fans of UF looking for a new and original version of Vampires, Fae, Comarr’e, Varcolai, Mystery, and a bit of romance to come.

Arc provided by Netgalley

Miss Vain

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9 Responses to Review: Blood Rights

  1. Okay, I didn’t even read the review yet, I just had to say that this cover is AWESOME. I don’t even care what the book is about, I want to read it NOW!!

  2. Okay read the whole thing. This sounds so interesting. And the quotes are freakin’ awesome. I love when books have a glossary because I have read a few that really needed it and I just couldn’t get into the book without it. Great review!

    • MissVain says:

      I also love books with a glossary, one of the easiest books to read with a glossary is BDB. However, this one I didn’t even realize it had a glossary until 1/4 the way through because it was in the back…but it was great. Thank you Jennifer :)

  3. Becky says:

    OMG!! This cover looks amazing!!! I sooo want to read this!! :-)

  4. melliane says:

    So glad you enjoyed this one! You’re right the cover is just amazing! I have it since its released but haven’t read it yet, now I think I really need to get into it!!! The world and the characters sound quite intriguing, can’t wait to learn more about it. Great review.

  5. Alexa says:

    Oh I have this one on my shelf and I can’t wait to read it. I think it sounds confusing in the beginning but so was BDB when everyone first started that. Sometimes there is a learning curve with heavier books of this nature and I think it will go smoothly once you start to figure out what everything means.

    I admit that beginning quote just had me melting and now I must read this one.

    Thanks for the great review.

  6. Elizabeth (BookAttict) says:

    I read Blood Rights a couple of weeks ago and LOVED it!

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