Thursday, March 17, 2016

Book Review: Dissension

Title - Dissension
Author - Adrienne Monson
Series - The Blood Inheritance Trilogy #1
Genre - Urban Fantasy
Published - February 23rd 2013
Publisher - Jolly Fish Press
Format - Paperback Review Copy
Fists are pumping, bodies gyrating, sweat dripping—booming music drowns out all other noise in the dark club. Leisha, dressed in skimpy, revealing clothes, eyes her victim. As soon as he sets eyes on her, she knows he's hers. He becomes excited as despicable thoughts of murder run through his mind, all readable by Leisha's abnormal senses. After a bit of small talk, they are soon both out the door, Leisha pushed against the wall. The man pulls out a knife, ready to cut up this beautiful woman. Leisha smiles as she deflects the knife and bites into his neck, sucking every ounce of life from this abominable man.

It wasn't always this way.

Leisha was once a loving mother with an ideal family. Though this was over two thousand years ago, Leisha still holds that time dear to her heart. But for now, she must focus on trying to escape the eternal and bloody war between her kind—the Vampires—and the Immortals, an undying race sworn to destroy her people. Soon, Leisha finds herself captured by the government only to be saved by a young and mysterious human girl. What entails is the beginning of a long and torturous journey as Leisha and her newfound friend run for their lives while searching for the one thing that can end it all—the prophecy child. 
I received Dissension in return for an honest review from the author. Leisha is one of the oldest vampires at just over 2000 years old but it wasn’t her first choice to become one. Forced into becoming a vampire to save her daughter she’s been forced to live a life rejected by the man she loves and with the her maker determined to bring her back to the fold. With a looming battle between the vampires and immortals Ptah has forced her to come home to fight. Leisha has a few loose ends to tie up but finds herself attacked by military men who know how to take a vampire down. 

Samantha’s mother died leaving her at the hands of the father she’s not known since she was little and things are awkward between them. Yet Samantha is hiding a secret from her father that she has the gift of premonition and when she finds out that he is torturing a blonde woman she does everything in her power to sneak in and save her. Little did she know at the time that she was saving a vampire from being tortured. Together the duo race across the world in hopes of getting away from the humans hunting them pulling Samantha deeper into the supernatural world. Will Leisha be able to get her out? What about the mission that Ptah has planned for her? 

I like Leisha a lot as a character she’s a vampire but unlike the immortal’s believe she has her soul which makes her care what happens to the humans. I like the innocent relationship with Samantha it’s very sisterly giving both girls what they needed right now in life as they both deal with loss of loved ones. I wasn’t sure about Tafari at first because I didn’t like the way that he was treating Leisha but he does redeem himself in the book. I love Samantha she’s just a sweet heart and may just happen to be the bridge that fixes Leisha’s relationship with Tafari. I kind of liked Nik’s way of treating Samantha even though he’s a vampire maybe things will work out. 

I hate to admit this one has been sitting on the shelf for a few weeks but at last I finally had the chance to dive in. Right from the start we are drawn into Leisha’s world while she’s a vampire she isn’t your typical vampire because she has a soul and only feeds to survive. I really felt that I was able to connect with both her and Samantha as both voice share an equal part of the story. I love the unique spin on vampires that have a super human rival the immortals as well as the human government playing a key role. I enjoyed every moment of dissension the story is brilliantly done capturing the heart as well as the imagination. I love the authors story telling she’s done a beautiful job creating a story that draws the reader in till the very last page. I know I had a hard time putting it down because I had to know what would happen next for the girls. I also loved that our hero is a vampire who doesn’t sparkle but is gritty and real she just stuck me as what I would expect vampires to be if they are real Dissension is the first installment of an exciting new series that brings a new voice to the urban fantasy world. I highly recommend if you like vampires that you check it out. 

1 comment:

  1. This looks fun. I love ancient vampires. Great review, thanks!
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