Title: Wicked As She Wants
Author: Delilah S. Dawson
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Steampunk
Series: Blud (Book 2)
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Format: Paperback, 384 Pages
ISBN-10: 1451657900 (Pocket After Dark)
ISBN-13: 978-4151657906 (Pocket After Dark)
Reviewed by: Candy
The second book in the darkly tempting Blud series, featuring a vampire princess who embarks upon a dangerous journey to claim what is rightfully hers.
When Blud princess Ahnastasia wakes up, drained and starving in a suitcase, she’s not sure which calls to her more: the sound of music or the scent of blood. The source of both sensations is a handsome and mysterious man named Casper Sterling. Once the most celebrated musician in London, Sangland, he’s fallen on hard times. Now, much to Ahna’s frustration, the debauched and reckless human is her only ticket back home to the snow-rimmed and magical land of Freesia.
Together with Casper’s prickly charge, a scrappy orphan named Keen, they seek passage to Ahna’s homeland, where a power-hungry sorceress named Ravenna holds the royal family in thrall. Traveling from the back alleys of London to the sparkling minarets of Muscovy, Ahna discovers that Freesia holds new perils and dangerous foes. Back in her country, she is forced to choose between the heart she never knew she had and the land that she was born to rule. But with Casper’s help, Ahna may find a way to have it all…
Quick & Dirty: This book has it all. It has vampires, romance, murder, revenge, steampunk and a special secret. To find out what that secret is you must read this amazing book.
Opening Sentence: I don’t know which called to me more, his music or his blood.
This story took me by surprise on many levels. I was not sure I was going to like this story at first, but I got so into this story that I could not put it down. I finished reading this book at 2:30 in the morning. This story is about the vampire Princess Ahnastasia. She wakes up almost drained to death and in a suitcase, to the sound of a man singing. Somehow even almost dead she tries to attack the man and fails. This is a good thing because the man — Casper, is her only hope of figuring out who put her in the trunk and getting home to save her country.
Ahna is your typical princess, except she is a vampire. She is prissy, overconfident, and thinks she is above everyone, especially Pinkies, which is what vampires or Bludmen, call humans. She is unlike the rest of her family in that her hair is almost the color of butter and she has ice blue eyes that she must hide so no one recognizes her. In the beginning of the book it was hard to like Ahna because she is so superior, but at the same time you have to feel for her. Someone has tried to kill her and has succeeded in destroying almost all of her family. As the story progresses I really started to like Ahna. She stopped being so haughty and was actually a good person. She was tough, smart and actually kind. She also started to realize that everything she was taught was not how things really should be and she wanted to be able to change her world, as long as she stayed alive long enough to do so.
Casper was also wonderful. He is a drunken musician, who went from having everything to playing his harpsichord in a bar. Something in his past has made him reckless and very depressed. In the beginning he was even a little suicidal. Casper was such a good guy. Even though Ahna tried to kill him when she first came out of her suitcase he still decides to help her get home and save her country. Casper is your typical hero in looks, blond, golden skin, brooding, charming, and mysterious. Casper is keeping secrets though, beyond anything you can imagine. If nothing else than to learn Casper’s secrets it is worth reading this story.
The last major character is Keen. Keen is a ruffian, orphan girl who Casper has taken under his wing to protect. He does this because she too shares the same secret. Keen is probably my favorite character. She is your typical teenage girl in some ways and in other ways she is so much more. When things do not go her way she throws a tantrum and sulks, but even when things get tough she does not give up. She is so brave and knows how to take care of herself. Unfortunately, she is also a trouble maker. She was living on the streets before meeting Casper so she has become very adept at pick pocketing which has the tendency to get her into trouble.
I truly enjoyed this book and part of what made this book was the steampunk. There were a lot of different clockwork creatures throughout the story such as a bee that circled a woman’s head, a fox with wings that walked around, and a turtle that uncurled from a ball with a push of a button. Also the clothes they wore were symbolic of steampunk, such as top hats and goggles. Another part that made this book a good read was the mention of many mythical creatures such as unicorns and krakens. My favorite part is the secret that Keen and Casper share. It is something that once I figured it out, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen it before. I suggest every adult read this book especially if you enjoy vampires and steampunk because what goes together better than vampire, romance and steampunk?
Body Parts, shiny skulls, deformed fetuses floating in large jars, a stuffed child covered in lizard scales, and a woman’s head mounted on a plaque. Keen kept walking, but I stopped to stare. That woman- I knew her. Correction: had known.
She wasn’t labeled. And I could tell that the eyes were made of glass, because the color was a little off. But the hair was real and arranged with care, and the earbobs dangling from her ears had surely been borrowed from my mother’s boudoir without permission.
“See something you need?” Keen shivered and turned to the next shop.
I put a glove to the ice-cold glass. “Olgha,” I said stiffly.
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FTC Advisory: Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster provided me with a copy of Wicked As She Wants. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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