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Review: Out for Blood by Kristen Painter

Title: Out for Blood

Author: Kristen Painter

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: House of Comarre (Book 4)

Publication Date: October 30, 2012

Format: Paperback, 480 Pages

ISBN-10: 0316200174 (Orbit)

ISBN-13: 978-0316200172 (Orbit)

Reviewed by: Candy

Synopsis:

After nearly dying at the hands of the Aurelian, Chrysabelle finds new determination to move beyond life as a comarré. That is until the Kubai Mata bring a new task to her doorstep: rescue the child Tatiana has kidnapped, or Mal becomes enemy number one.

Quick & Dirty: This is a book about the supernatural, from vampires and shape shifters to fae and everything in between.  The main story is about Chrysabelle who is a comarre and her vampire lover, Mal.

Opening Sentence: Deep in sleep, Chrysabelle curled against a cold, steely form that paralleled her own.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

This book is great for those who love anything supernatural. It talks about creatures that most stories do not cover. Such as basilisks, dragons, a soulless woman made out of ravens, and many others. It also talks about the creatures we all know such as shape shifters, ghosts, and vampires. This story was good but it was the forth book in the series so it was a bit confusing to follow and understand at first. If you are interested in this series, I recommend starting with the first book. This story was told in many viewpoints and moved around a lot.

The two main characters included Mal, a vampire, and his comarre, Chrysabelle. A comarre is a human who is sold to a vampire for their blood. A true Comarre gains abilities from their patrons drinking their blood. The other viewpoints included Fiona, a ghost, and her jaguar shifting boyfriend Doc; the mayor who starts out human and becomes more; Thomas Creek who works for the KM, an organization that protects the humans from monsters: and Mal’s ex-wife Tatiana, who is extremely evil.

Mal and Chrysabelle are tasked by the KM to find and rescue a child who was kidnapped by Tatiana and return the child to the KM. This baby is no regular baby though. Lilith is the first baby actually born a vampire. She had a human mother and a vampire father. As Mal and Chrysabelle are trying to rescue the child, her grandmother, the mayor of New Florida is trying to find her own way of finding her grandchild. She goes so far as to lose her humanity. This is just the main story. There is also the side story of Fiona and Doc and how they fight to save their relationship and how Thomas tries to protect his family and others from something very sinister.

I really liked how the author portrayed the characters. Tatiana was evil and you couldn’t help dislike her from the beginning but at times feel bad for her at the same time once you got a glimpse at her past.  I really liked Chrysabelle and Mal and I wanted their relationship to work out and for them to be happy. Also I wanted them to succeed in saving the child. Fiona and Doc were a great couple but it is interesting to think of a ghost and a shape shifter together so I was intrigued to see if they would last or not. This story would be hard for some people because there were so many different things going on in the story but they all come together so as not to be confusing or random. I was very confused in the beginning but as I got farther into the book I really started to enjoy the story. I have not read the first three stories but I now think I will go back and read them. I am also looking forward to the release of the fifth book, Last Blood, to come out so I can see what happens next. I recommend giving this series a try if you like the supernatural.

Notable Scene:

The Sun kissed his boots, snaking up his legs.

Wisps of Smoke rose from his body. “No,” she begged the sun, but nothing would stop it now. She reached for his hand. “Mal, please, try harder.”

Harsh rays swallowed his lower half. The sedan screeched to a stop inches away. The sun glared off it in bright flashes as it breached the horizon and enveloped Mal in its light. With a last guttural cry, he disintegrated into smoke.

House of Comarre Series:

0.5 Forbidden Blood

1. Blood Rights

2. Flesh and Blood

3. Bad Blood

4. Out for Blood

5. Last Blood (July 30, 2013)

FTC Advisory: Orbit provided me with a copy of Out for Blood. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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