Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Review: Cranberry Blood by Elizabeth Morgan

Title: Cranberry Blood
Author: Elizabeth Morgan
Source: Author Request
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: Novel
Release Date : July 15, 2012
Reviewer: Jasmyn

Killing Vampires? Easy. Tracking someone? Simple. Helping, and protecting a Vampire slayer . . . . Bloody hard work!
Thirteen years ago, Brendan Daniels made a deal with a psychic. In exchange for information on the whereabouts of a Rogue Werewolf, he promised to help and protect Sofia's granddaughter. Unfortunately, he had no idea what he was letting himself, or his Pack, in for.

Nothing about Heather is simple, from her weird dietary needs to her life’s mission. The girl can handle herself, but the promise to protect her soon becomes a need, and one that he can't fully understand.

Vampire Slayer. Born Infected. Blood addict . . . but not by choice.
Heather Ryan is the current Slayer in a long family line. Like all before her, she has spent her life searching for her ancestor, Marko Pavel, the Vampire her family has sworn to kill. If that isn't complicated enough, Heather is also a born "Infected" and to keep her from becoming insane or giving in to her darker side, she is on a very strict diet.

Now that her Grandmother Sofia has passed, it is up to Heather to take the family legacy into her own hands; Or at least, it would have been, if her Grandmother hadn't sent a Werewolf to help her.
What is the irritating Brendan supposed to help her with? Sofia never told either of them. Luckily, it doesn't take long for Heather and Brendan to find out that the Vampires have big plans, and that the Vamps have waited a long time for them both.

Heather is on a mission to destroy an ancient vampire named Marco Pavel and she isn't too happy when Brendan - a werewolf - shows up in her house trying to watch her back.  He says he has to because he promised her grandmother.  While Heather would agree that Brendan is pretty hot, she doesn't appreciate the fact that he just won't go away.  As Heather - and Brendan by default - track down vampires related to Marco they find that they work quite well together.  I love their verbal sparring matches and the way the fight scenes were written to hightlight each of their strengths and show how they covered each other's weaknesses.

But when they find themselves captured and experimented on by the same vampires they are trying to hunt down, things take an interesting turn.  Heather learns more about her past and what she really is, she learns she has to trust people to take care of things sometimes, and that what she is doesn't have to define who she is.  I'm looking forward to more in this series to see what Heather's hunt for Marco takes her and to see how her relationship with Brendan evolves.

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