Author: Elle Jasper
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: The Dark Ink Chronicles (Book 3)
Publication Date: March 6, 2012
Format: Paperback, 336 Pages
ISBN-10: 0451236254 (Penguin/Signet)
ISBN-13: 978-0451236258 (Penguin/Signet)
Reviewed by: Kiwi
Tattoo artist Riley Poe is in trouble. After surviving the bite of a powerful vampire, she feels herself changing in unimaginable ways. She can no longer hide behind her normal life at the Inksomnia tattoo parlor after a recent rash of vampire attacks in Savannah has her questioning her sanity–and fearing she may have had something to do with them.
Eli Dupré , her vampire lover, has seen the change in her. He tells her they must meet the patriarch of the vampire cult that attacked her if they want to prevent a total vampiric converstion.
In the vampire cult’s fortress in Romania, Riley will face her worst fears–and the dark powers threatening to destroy her. And she’ll have to do the one thing she’s been determined not to do–put her trust in Eli.
Quick & Dirty: Wild ride.
Opening Sentence: I can still hear the human screams inside my head.
I guess it could be said that I did like this book. Jasper’s imagery and settings are well written, and she does have an innate ability to put your mind right where she wants it, geographically. Her characters are sexy, their thoughts and actions exactly what you would expect of them, and you can practically hear their voices, with those awesome accents, right in your head. But as for the rest…well let’s just say I found it lacking.
I spent a bunch of my time reading this book and scratching my head, going “I don’t get it” (insert head tilt and gum smacking here) and I still kind of don’t. I felt like I was being tossed all over the place, the story going here, doing this, then going there, doing that. I admit to being somewhat lost. Ok, so don’t get me wrong. The story line itself is fine, but it almost seems like the individual elements could have been drawn out longer, into more descriptive segments, or at least somewhat more cohesively run together. I understand the main character is experiencing life in this sort of jumbled mess at this point, but I don’t know that reading it that way is conducive to the readers understanding of the where’s, when’s, how’s or why’s. In fact, I reread a crap load of passages assuming I missed something. Nope, still confused, still not getting it.
Riley continues progressing into the madness that is Valerian, even losing large chunks of time and possibly attacking people, even her neighbor. Eli, his father, another local vamp and an agent all escort Riley to the home of the crazy vamp’s father, in the hopes to defeat the bond that has its hold on Riley. Riley, now sporting two more sets of vampy DNA, is an extraordinary mostly human, who now understands new foreign languages, can see your life events by merely touching you, and has strange feelings for even more men. Eli is still her one and only, Seth is still her baby brother with tendencies. The crazy person ruling Riley’s innermost nightmares is then captured and returned to his homeland to receive his punishment. A paranormal CIA-type agent wants Riley, her brother and Eli to join his mixed species group of associates to fight supernaturally criminal bad guys, and they agree. I think that sort of sums it up.
Though none of this should stop you guys from reading it, especially if you liked the previous books, like I did.
With one hand, Eli palms the back of my head, bringing our mouths a whisper apart. He stares, the firelight licking his skin, and he kisses me deeply, then brushes whispered words against my ear from a language I don’t know, words I had no understanding of. I didn’t dare ask their meaning.
Suddenly they register.
I will love you forever.
Slowly, I wrap my arms around Eli and press my body as close to his as I can. I feel every inch of him against me, and there’s not an ounce of flesh not claimed by him. Grasping his jaw with my fingers, I pull his head close, my lips to his ear.
“I love you forever, too,” I whisper back.
When Eli pulls away and looks at me, surprise first fills his cerulean blue eyes. It’s quickly followed by more love than I’d ever hoped to find. One corner of his mouth lifts in the sexiest grin I’ve ever seen.
Then, he kisses me. I feel every ounce of love in that kiss.
If nothing else stays with me for all of my days, I hope this moment in time does. This kiss. The look in Eli’s eyes. God almighty, I pray it does.
For the first time in…Jesus, I can’t even remember, I fall asleep in Eli’s arms.
The Dark Ink Chronicles Series:
4. Black Fallen
FTC Advisory: Penguin/Signet provided me with a copy of Eventide. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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