Friday, April 25, 2014

Kristen Strassel The Night Songs Collection Spotlight By Dee

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Sex, Blood, and Rock n' Roll.

Immortal Dilemma is the hottest band in the Las Vegas vampire rock scene. They draw insatiable fans from around the globe, thanks to a supernatural attraction called Bloodlust. Tristan craved such an opportunity to fill his empty mortal life, and now he has eternity to earn his place along the legends of rock n roll debauchery.

Callie always feared that Tristan’s excesses would get him into trouble, but she never thought they’d lead him to immortality. To reconnect with him, she must weave her way through a world not only she had no idea existed, but does not welcome her.

Blade turned down a spot in Immortal Dilemma after learning what he must sacrifice for that lifestyle. He finds Callie a refreshing change from the girls in the vampire rock scene. When Callie drags Blade back into the world of Immortal Dilemma, his resistance drives her into the waiting arms of Tristan, who shows her the true meaning of Bloodlust.

But the very things that Callie fights so hard to save are the very things that fight to destroy her

Because I'm the worst blogger ever, kidding, it took me way longer to read this than expected. Because life got in the way or blog tours. Finally I'm reading it. Totally not expecting to sit up all night reading this with an ending that leaves me saying HOLY SHIT. I did NOT see that one coming. None of it really. I have been totally thrown a curve ball here and just can not believe it. I mean I expected to like it, but I freaking loved this story. My heart breaks for Lennon. My brain tore in two trying to pick Tristan or Blake. Back and forth back and forth. And when I thought he just left her at the show, I'm like okay homeboy pulled a fast one and had me fooled, totes thought he was a good guy. Surprise! Gah! There was so much going on in this book. Love stories, turf wars, vampire politics, finding freedom, finding yourself, pain and suffering, heartbreak. Ok you get it. Kristen does an amazing amazing job of pulling it together!

I struggled a little getting Into this book. For some reason I kept getting irritated with Callie I don't know why. If it was just Callie and Tristan I was irritated or put off. But when Kristen adds the drama... It's perfect. I couldn't walk away or put it down!

I give this 4.5 hearts

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We bonded in darkness, over darkness.

Melanie Vaughn’s job ruined everything. Her social life, nonexistent. Her relationship with her boyfriend, a hostile roommate situation. She resolves to fix everything one snowy afternoon, but instead comes home to discover her boyfriend is already exploring other options. Blonder, bustier options. Rage drives Melanie to do the unthinkable.

When Soul Divider was on the top of the world, so was Ryder Maddox. When the band faded into obscurity, Ryder’s luck plummeted with it. In a last ditch effort to rekindle the band’s heyday, Soul Divider teams up with powerful vampire clan leader, Talis de Rancourt. In return for her services, the band pays the ultimate price for never ending fame.

Now on the run, Melanie meets Ryder in a middle of nowhere hotel. She never expected her teenage rock star crush to be as lost and as in need of a companion as she is. Their connection is all consuming, even before they find they share another kinship: murder.

The newly turned vampires in Soul Divider still have a lot to learn. The police and public begin to connect the girls that go missing or die in sync with the band’s tour schedule. Back at home, clues are also adding up against Melanie as well. Between constant media coverage and unrelenting attention from the authorities, Melanie and Ryder find themselves in uncharted territory

Kristen is killing me with these cliffhangers and I think she likes it. I'm over here dying and she's following one cliffy up with another. I like how in this book my hatred of Talis has just grown substantially. And I felt like Melanie and I were the only ones. drake was another one I felt like Ryder wasn't seeing clearly on. I mean come on the guy was an asshole to everyone around, especially The band and Erin . And no one stood up to him. Erin was just too far gone and I was just waiting for Mel to see that. She sure had blinders on. Though I can understand Mels need to have Erin around it was clear she was dead weight. And I'm so confused by what Ryder did. I was seriously surprised. I expected Mel to pull some back handed shit but not Ryder. I am still surprised. I really like their relationship - Ryder and Mel. Though it feels like it's missing something to me. I don't know what it was but you could feel the space building between them two. You could sense it. It just didn't seem like it went away. And the end. The cliffy. When will we find out how this all ties together. When!?!? Gah! Ultimately I liked the book, I liked the first one better. But this one was good too.
 I give it 3.5 hearts 

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Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross. She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are. She's worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world's worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and author. Kristen is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg of Foreword Literary.

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