Blood Rush by Ash Krafton
Book Two of the Demimonde
Publisher: Pink Narcissus Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (353 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Daisy
Sophie doesn’t believe in happily ever after. These days, she’d settle for alive after sunrise.
Advice columnist and newly-appointed oracle to the demivampire, Sophie Galen has more issues than a Cosmo collection: a new mentor with a mean streak, a werewolf stalker she can’t shake, and a relationship with her ex’s family that redefines the term complicated. And then there’s her ex himself, who is more interested in playing leader of the vampire pack than in his own salvation.
Becoming a better oracle is tough enough, but when Sophie encounters a deadly enemy – one she never dreamed of facing – it will take everything she’s ever learned in order to survive.
Agony aunts make great reading; we, as humans, like to read and speculate on others’ issues and a lot of us like to weigh in with our opinion. The drama is exciting and, with this book’s protagonist, Sophie, being an agony aunt/therapist to the demivampire race, this excitement reaches new heights; now, they are in danger of turning into monsters, too. It is an original concept but it makes sense: we all need reassurance sometimes.
Sophie is on the ignored end of an epic romance and this book describes the angst and anguish in a way which doesn’t grate. The hurt is realistic and the advice which comes from that hurt feels wise. Therefore Sophie herself is realistic – she has faults and positives and she isn’t the best at her job. In fact, there are no all good characters here – the world is grey and good for it.
There are next to no downsides to picking up this book. The major issue for me, having not read the previous book in the series, is that the introduction does not have too much back-story; for instance, “DV” is used as an acronym but not explained to be ‘demivamp’ until later.
There is also a tendency in the first few pages towards subordinate clauses as sentence starters; ‘I sank into an empty seat,’, ‘Reaching into by bag,’, ‘At the corner,’ and ‘Ironically,’. However, in some places this complements the fast plot pace and there is also very good use of sentence structure early on. The short sentence is used brilliantly – ‘I don’t believe in happily ever after. These days, I’d settle for alive until sunrise’.
In addition, there are very few typo problems; there’s a ‘save told him’ instead of ‘have’, ‘for learning for’ instead of ‘for learning…’, a ‘pass’ instead of ‘past’ and a ‘here’ instead of a ‘her’.
All in all, there is very little wrong with this book and no catastrophic issues at all. In fact, Ash Krafton has created credible characters with their own logic and back-stories and managed to bring them all together in an urban fantasy environment that never feels forced or too incredible. She has done what very few authors have done for me to date: made all her books something I put on my urgent to-read pile.