Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Review: Jabril (Vampires in America #2) by D.B. Reynolds

Synopsis: Houston, Texas-Cowboy boots, baseball and journeys to the stars . . . right? Wrong. Because Houston is also home to Jabril Karim, one of the eight powerful Vampire Lords who control all of North America. And as Private Investigator Cynthia Leighton will soon discover, not all Vampire Lords are created equal. For Jabril is the face of evil in the new world, a vampire who values no life but his own, who enslaves those he desires, steals whatever he covets and destroys anyone who stands in his way. Running from L.A. and its seductive Vampire Lord, Raphael, Cyn sees the Houston job as a welcome refuge, a place to get away and heal her broken heart. But Texas will be no vacation. For in Jabril Karim, Cyn will confront a true enemy, one who will go to any lengths to satisfy his lusts, enrich his coffers and expand his power. Fighting for the lives of two young sisters, Cyn's journey will take her through the streets of Houston and back to L.A., where the human police are determined to bring Raphael down for the murder of one of their own. But the danger doesn't end there. For Jabril has set his sights on Cyn, and he will stop at nothing to have her. Source

Plot: I was really eager to read this after the ending to Raphael. The last one left me wanting more of Raphael and Cyn. I was hesistant when I heard about a new vampire lord and a new character involved. The Cyn and Raphael romance did not falter and most of their scenes were...spicy! Along with the continuing romance, I did love the new vampire lord. He was so evil and tactless that I couldn't help but hate Jabril. His every step was only thought out for his benefit, even when it came to "friends". I wasn't too happy with some of the small characters.They seemed unnecessary to me and only used for the certain situation they were introduced in. Other than that, I loved the plot and thought it was a nice continuation on the characters and their lives.

Characters: Cyn - Cyn is a great heroine. She is able to carry herself, but she is trying to make up her mind about Raphael. I did like how she did think about Raphael and was heartbroken, but it didn't consume her thoughts. She had a job to do and she put her all into it.

Raphael - I couldn't get enough of him! He is so protective of Cyn, but yet is gentle and kind towards her. I loved when he would make up the dreams and hold her. I'm glad that he was in here, even when he physically wasn't.

Cover: I liked how it did have Jabril and Mirabelle were on the front. We've seen Cyn and Raphael, so it was nice to get a visual of the newcomers.

Overall Rating: I give this book a three out of four. I loved the book and the continuation on Raphael and Cyn, but there were some elements I could have done without. After reading the ending, I know the relationship status of Raphael and Cyn. However, I would still love more and see if they can still work with one another.
Peace and Fangs,

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