Monday, August 25, 2014

Read This F@!%ing Book 21

Welcome to a feature I'm going to post on Mondays called:
Read This F@!%ing Book!

This is a feature for me to push my favorite reads that just aren't getting enough attention! 

I'm also opening it up to anyone who would like to guest post. Do you have a book that you just LURVED but feel like its not getting the play it deserves? Email me to let me know and I'd be THRILLED to have you post about it here! Especially if it's something I haven't reviewed yet - that's even better (but not necessary)! If you're interested email me:

This week's post comes from our very own: 

Read This F@!%ing Book Post 21: The Blud Series by Delilah S. Dawson
(Click book cover to go to Goodreads page)

Why I Love It:
Delilah S. Dawson calls her style “dark whimsy” which pretty much explains what I love about it. The Blud series has a traveling circus, derigible pirates, vampire bunnies, killer unicorns, and a giant mechanical elephant, just to name a few of the wonderful whimsical elements. It’s also got romance, steampunk and magic. And if that’s not enough, it takes place in an alternate reality, kind of like Wonderland, that you could find yourself in completely by accident. Each of the three novels takes place in a different part of this world called Sang. Each country is recognizable as the one from our world - the Eiffel Tower is still in Paris – but it’s a little twisted and populated by bludmen (vampires) and daimons and other fantastical creatures.
There are no real rabbits left, munching on carrots and flowers. But there are bludrats and bluddeer and bludhogs. Pretty much all the wild animals are blood drinkers. -Wicked as They Come
The other thing I really love about this series is the way all of the novels and novellas are tied together by little details. For example, The Mysterious Madame Morpho opens with Criminy Stain, the hero of Wicked as They Come, reading a newspaper article about the missing Freesian princess, who then becomes the heroine of Wicked as She Wants. And Vale, the hero from Wicked After Midnight, may have transported the princess to her location at the beginning of the book. Everyone is intertwined in such subtle ways that you don’t need to read the previous book to follow the story, but if you have read them you’ll pick up a lot of little details. It's like my own little Easter egg hunt each time and I'm always proud of myself when I find them.
Why I'm Pushing It:
This series has a little something for everyone. It has steampunk elements, like clockwork creations in every shape imaginable from service animals to burlesque dancers, but it’s not your typical steampunk series. It has sci-fi style time travel and alternate worlds. It’s a paranormal romance that also talks about art, music and literature from the real world. It has fun, action-packed adventures. And it has a really unique take on vampires.
I was really disappointed that the publisher didn’t pick up any more novels after the original trilogy, but with digital publishing that doesn’t have to be the end of the series. Dawson recently announced plans for Blud #4 Wicked Ever After to be released in 2015. There’s so much more of the world to be explored if readers are interested. I really want to see Almanica (the Blud version of America) – I think I heard something about bludbuffalo?
 [T]his rogue in a cravat was right up my alley, like an extra-naughty Mr. Darcy. -Wicked as They Come
Criminy Stain!
It's either the most brilliant character name you've ever heard or the most ridiculous. I actually wasn't a fan until after I read the first book. Now I couldn't imagine calling him anything else. Criminy is the proprietor of the Clockwork Caravan, travelling circus and home to freaks and misfits from throughout Sang (and even a few from other worlds entirely.) He's the romantic lead, the ringmaster, the father figure, or maybe even the villain, depending on which member of the Caravan you ask. He's a vampire, a magician and a rogue. He's also dead sexy. And he makes an appearance in every book. One of my favorite Alphas!
Check out Goldilox’s reviews of the first two books in the Blud series.
Have you read this book?
Did we persuade you to add it to your TBR mountain?
Let us know in the comments below!




  1. I've read book 1 and really liked it. I need to read the others.

  2. This series has been on my TBR list for a long time. I have no idea why I've never read it. There are just so many great books out there, that some just fall through the cracks I guess. I have moved this back up the list. Great post.

  3. Sigh I'm always drawn in by the alpha males that I can't resist. It is a good thing I already own the first book in this series that way I can dive into this series.
    Thanks for pushing this book!

  4. I love love love this series. My heart belongs to Criminy!!!


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