Synopsis: There's no wrath like that of a witch scorned. Avah Taylor has been given a death sentence: as one of the only spirit users in her coven, Avah has been chosen to wield The Power, the ultimate weapon against the immortal vampire species witches have been at war with for centuries. The Power, given by the gods to one witch of each generation, is considered a great honor, but every witch before has died trying to master this all-too-powerful gift, one that the shell of a mortal can’t contain for long. On the night of her birth rite, Avah’s coven is attacked, and Avah is left for dead. Confronted with a terrible choice, Avah must decide to either die or save herself by becoming like her enemies. Forced to seek refuge among the very beings she has sworn to kill, Avah vows revenge on those who took her former life from her. As Avah slowly transitions into a life of blood and war and battles her own feelings for a man she is supposed to hate, she realizes everything she’s been told is a lie.
Blood Rose did not read like a debut to me, not even as a first book in a series. The book was FULL of action and hairpin turns. I felt like I was battling alongside Avah and wanted to be as kickass as she is. The breakneck pace kept me engaged but I felt like Rose expected a bit more than usual from the reader. Knowledge of Pagan rituals and vampire lore were glossed over and it felt like a missed opportunity to showcase Rose’s talent to paint a vivid picture and build up Avah’s world. There were times when I wished for a slower pace to soak up Rose’s words and appreciate the story unfolding. At only 230 pages, I felt like an editor had hacked away any possible drama and I wanted more pages! Wanting more is definitely a sign that I enjoyed the book and was able to get my hands additional information about Blood Books via Rose’s blog: http://danielles-destinations.com/I’m looking forward to the sequel, Blood Bound, which is set to be released December 2015.