Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Release Day Review: Blood Veil by Megan Erickson


Blood Veil
(Mission #2)
Megan Erickson
Release: April 3, 2018
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ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley
In the midst of supernatural chaos, worlds and hearts collide.

Celia: Having never known my parents, I’ve always felt like an orphan. All I want is a normal life. But after I’m attacked in my bedroom by one vampire—and rescued by another—it’s about time to give up on “normal” once and for all. Idris, the second in command of the Gregorie vampire clan, has come to my aid, but his motives for saving me are unclear. And what surprises me most is my attraction to his heated gaze. . . .
Idris: Terror. Curiosity. Arousal. These are the natural impulses of a human female, not the spawn of the ruthless Valarian king. Is it possible that Celia is unaware of her bloodline—and the power coursing through her veins? As the daughter of my archenemy, she was supposed to be my ransom. But how quickly the heat of desire changes everything. Now the family Celia has always craved is trying to kill her, and it’s up to me to save her again—when all I really want to do is make her mine.
Blood Veil takes place shortly after book one, Blood Guard, and the stories are very similar. Both have heroines who don't know their heritage, get kidnapped by vampires, and join their side when the hero explains the situation. Celia's not the subject of a prophesy like the heroine of the previous book, but the mythology surrounding her isn't revealed until the end.

The mythology in this series is so interesting and it doesn't get enough page time. Can I maybe get a book about a vampire librarian who spouts obscure facts? I want to know everything!

I really want to love this series. The world is interesting and did I mention I love the mythology? But I've had issues with the execution in both books, this one even more than the first. Celia meets her father but never does find out why she was in foster care or what happened to her mother. Then the villain mentions something that should have caused a major POV shift for Idris but he doesn't even seem to notice. In fact, the series storyline seems largely forgotten even though potentially major things happen. Too many plot points just aren't followed up.

I liked seeing a different side of Idris after meeting him in Blood Guard and the romance is fine, though it could have been more original. But I was really disappointed with Blood Veil. It had so much potential that it just didn't live up to. Fortunately, it was a fast read so I didn't have too long to be frustrated with it.

If there's another book in the Mission series, I'll probably give it another chance because I want so badly for it to work. But so far it's really not.

2 1/2  stars

My reviews of other books in this series:
Blood Guard

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