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Life of Death (Blood of My World Novella Three): A Paranormal Romance Paperback – Apr 22 2011
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By A.P. Fuchs
I'm not the biggest fan of paranormal romance, especially with the release of books such as THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and the TWILIGHT series (which I do not consider horror). However I was intrigued by a YA novella trilogy by A.P. Fuchs who is perhaps best known for writing about zombies.
BLOOD OF MY WORLD consists of three novellas--DISCOVERY OF DEATH, MEMORIES OF DEATH, and LIFE OF DEATH--that tell the story of high school sweethearts Zach and Rose. Zach has unexpectedly disappeared, leaving Rose in a state of confusion and worry. Zach has become a vampire and has no memory of his former life, including Rose. One fateful night Zach is taken out to feed by his vampire mother Mira and kills Rose's mother. Experiencing his victim's memories, Zach is confused by the people he sees and what his connection to them may be. In the meantime, in the wake of her mother's death, Rose discovers that she comes from a long line of vampire slayers.
While dealing with the funeral and her training Rose sees Zach and knows what he has become. Rose's father Marcus also knows what Zach has become and instructs his daughter to stay away from the cemetery. Marcus explains that vampires have no feelings or emotions for anyone in their former lives, which is what makes them such effective killers. Zach tries to understand what is happening to him and what Rose meant to him. Zach's vampire family seems ready to accept Rose, even though she's a human. Ultimately Zach will be forced to choose between his vampire family and Rose, and truths will come out that help Zach determine where his loyalties lie.
Fuchs has written a very good story in BLOOD OF MY WORLD. The characters are well-developed and his vampires' characteristics are quite interesting. I enjoyed the Shakespeare-esque story of the young lovers from different and clashing worlds--vampire and slayer. What I also liked about this trilogy is that it doesn't have the creepiness that most other vampire romances targeting young girls have. Zach is only a vampire for a few weeks when he and Rose meet again, he's not a hundred-plus year old vampire "in love" with a teen girl. In other words, Zach isn't a dirty old man, he's still just a kid. The horror elements are really good, too. The vampires have ulterior motives that ultimately drive the story--they aren't an afterthought. The romance aspect is a bit intense at times, so if paranormal romance isn't your thing, then this is not the trilogy for you. Overall BLOOD OF MY WORLD is a really good read for its target audience.
A.P. Fuchs' Life of Death is the third book in the Blood of my World series and it was very interesting indeed!
It was another well paced read where things seem to fly by, but it is not meant to sound negative! Rose and Zach are on the run from their families, for Zach's vampire family wants something from Rose and will do anything to get to it.
There was quite a shocking revelation announced right away and it was mind-blowing to say the least! The tension is just thick in this novella for Zach and Rose are literally on the run and hiding out when they can.
Life of Death is also a bit more bloodthirsty than the last two. Zach is really getting into the swing of things of being a vampire and that includes bloodlust. Although the term isn't used. It just seems that way from my perspective as I read. We see a lot more of him feeding.
Hand in hand with that, we also see a bit more romantic bonding between Zach and Rose that it still gives the novella some heart. It's not all bloodthirsty. Zach and Rose have a real loving relationship growing between them that stems from their relationship they had when Zach was human.
The ending was quite shocking and equally fast paced. I was eager to finish it all since I had already devoured the first 2 novellas. And what an ending it was! I'm still baffled!
Overall rating 5/5 stars!
In Discovery of Death, Zach Mohansen wakes up as a vampire and is engulfed in love from his "family" which includes his mom Mira (Morticia description), dad Rain, brother Wil and a sister named Cassandra aka Cassie. Because he is newly transformed he doesn't remember his human life right away. We are also introduced to Rose Jordan, Zach's love, who is the daughter of vampire slayers. Rose is emotionally torn with the disappearance of her love (think Twilight) but knows life must go one. At this time she doesn't know about the secret world of vampires and slayers.
Memories of Death continues Zach's journey as he starts to remember all that he has lost. He remembers Rose and seeks her out. Rose has been introduced to the slayers life and now must take up the tradition. When the two meet again there is no denying what they had. Now they are torn between their two families. We also learn that Mira has a more sinister reason for turning Zach.
Life of Death is the conclusion to this roller coaster of emotions. Zach has been betrayed by the family he thought loved him and Rose has lost everyone that she has loved except for Zach. Will their love see them through?
Blood of My World compiles lots of aspects that I love in paranormal romance. It has the bloody fight scenes, the mushy love scenes and the shocking betrayals that we have grown to love of this genre. Fun quick read. I was able to finish all three stories in an afternoon.
I enjoyed the pace of this trilogy of 3 novellas. One of the things I especially liked was the opening of each novella, which features cool, lyrical poetry that sets the tone for each installment!
The content focuses on the love story between the characters (which isn't necessarily the same as trashy romance and/or romantic fluff, that's often heavily influenced by the aspect of lust and "how hot/desirable" the two guys involved in the formulaic love triangle are). I GREATLY appreciated that the vampires here did not sparkle, and were not "emo caricatures." The POV (point of view) is third-person, allowing us to view the characters' thoughts and motivations in an unbiased manner.
The balanced combination of contemporary romance with a more traditional take (depiction of the vampires, the hint of old-school dramatic romantic elements) is maintained throughout all 3 novellas. The end was beautifully written (emotive without being sappy). It's vampires in the "paranormal romance" genre done right.
Discovery of Death (Blood of my World Novella One): A Paranormal Romance
Memories of Death (Blood of my World Novella Two): A Paranormal Romance
Life of Death (Blood of my World Novella Three): A Paranormal Romance