Title: The Breaking of Bonds
Series: Bad Blood, Book Two
Author: Alina Popescu
Genre: paranormal, supernatural, paranormal romance, vampire
SynopsisA human sacrifice throws vampires of two worlds, trueborn and baseborn, into an escalating conflict. One side pushes for revenge, the other for freedom. The trueborns stubbornly hunt for Anthony and Louis, pushed by Hesrah’s desire to avenge her human best friend, Alexa. The baseborns are divided between rallying with those challenging the rule of Ankhsis and obeying the trueborns.
What emerges from the portal between Earth and Ankhsis in the middle of the turmoil rocking both worlds is more dead than alive. Neither human, nor baseborn, and certainly not trueborn. This new being will either damn them all or be their race’s most powerful weapon. Will they trust it not to destroy them, or will Ankhsis decide putting it down is the only solution?
In the end, who is guilty? Who will pay? Will anyone survive its wrath?
When I woke up, the sun was just setting over the forest. I turned to find Hesrah sleeping next to me, over the covers. The moment I realized there was another being next to me, the hunger made its way back into my mind. This was going to be awful! How do you get used to constant hunger, to always craving more blood?Hesrah opened her eyes, sensing my moves. She gave me a huge smile that warmed my heart.“I’m sorry for attacking your brother,” I mumbled, looking anywhere but into her eyes.“I’m sorry for turning you into a vampire,” Hesrah replied. “I just wasn’t ready to see you die.”“What am I now?”“Something else. You definitely are something else,” she said smiling, and reached out to play with a strand of my hair. “I need to take a long shower. And some clothes would be nice.”“Oh, I’ve heard everything about that stunt! Magnus was very detailed in explaining how you got Seth completely dumbfounded and unable to say anything.”“I had no idea that was such an accomplishment.” I chuckled softly and snuggled closer to her, careful not to touch. I was terrified I’d also attack her. “Oh, judging by your speed and amount of words you two spew out, plus the always handy comebacks and side comments, I’d say he’s your brother, not mine.”She laughed, slowly shaking her head, and I joined in. Hearing our laughter echoing in the room made everything seem almost normal. It took me back to when we’d met. Back when she was the unstable vampire who did not know how to deal with that terrible hunger. Back when I was human.The pain came over suddenly and irrevocably, forcing me to mourn my long lost humanity. A common, feeble nature, yet one I missed terribly. The tears started rushing out like an angry, rain-swollen river after a sudden storm, and I knew there was no way to stop them. So did Hesrah, so she just held me through it, allowing me time to let it drain out. The room was pitch black when I eventually stopped. Hesrah left the room and returned with a couple of candles which she lit. She passed one to me, then took my free hand and nudged me gently. I followed quietly as she took me down the hallway to a dimly lit bathroom. The candles we were carrying made it a little brighter, but not enough to chase away the shadows. There was a big bath right in the center, filled with steaming water and wafting exotic scents. “This will help you relax. I ran it with extracts of local herbs and flowers, all soothing,” Hesrah explained. “Just enjoy it and I’ll be back with fresh clothes when you’re done.”‘Thank you,” I said hurriedly and slid into the hot water. I smiled and closed my eyes, succumbing to the sensation of the oily substance floating above the water as it touched my skin, clinging to it. It smelled of lavender and roses and other familiar scents. One in particular reminded me of some white flowers my grandma had in her garden. They had an intoxicating aroma and would only flourish at night. They would close up and seemed withered during the day only to bloom again the next evening. Queen of the Night it was called…My review
Arc review by Tracey's Vampy and Racey Bookblog
I've been waiting for this book for ages, so as soon as it landed on my kindle I dived straight in, I just love a vampire book.
So book 2 starts off where book 1 ends, wondering what will become of Alexa....
When Alexa arrives on the other side she's not alone Hesrah is there for her along with her extended family, which adds lots of interest especially with Hesrah's brother, Seth.
Alexa has a journey to go on, learning to control her new nature and find out why and how she's where she is! I thought Alexa was seriously kickass in this book, she has everyone scared, the only one who seems to calm her is Seth. Now Seth I loved him, he didn't try to be anything big and bold, he stayed real.
I was desperate to find out what happened with Loius and that dastardly Anthony, there was a little wait for that but it didn't matter as the story kept me hooked.
Alexa is a little mixed up and is not sure of her feelings and I'm with her there as I can't decide if I'm team Seth or team Louis.
If you love a book chock full of vamps with good writing and a story that will grab you, look no further, start with book 1 though.
I have no qualms giving this five stars. I'm now in need of book 3.......
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Make sure you read book one of the series before enjoying book two!
The Edge of Hope – Bad Blood Trilogy, Book 1Everyone she loved betrayed her. She felt lost and broken. Getting away from the pain and embracing a new path, Alexa decided to leave her old life behind and chase a long forgotten dream in Malta. There she met a gorgeous man, bearing the scent of fresh love. He led her to a new city to explore, Amsterdam. Is the tall, dark, and delicious man a dream come true or just a risky gamble?
Alexa chose hope and new beginnings over fear and warning signs only to be brutally dragged into a world she never really thought existed. Vampires, their feuds, and her future held tightly in their hands.
Trapped in a mysterious world, Alexa gives love chance after chance. Following her quest of self-discovery in a blood bound world, will she survive the journey?
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About the authorWriter, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and even won awards in local competitions. She has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm, which explains her deep love for vampires and is also to blame for this trilogy.
Site & Blog: http://alina-popescu.com