Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ARC Review: Chained by Night (MoonBound Clan Vampires #2) by Larissa Ione @LarissaIone @SimonSchuster @Pocket_Books

Chained by Night
MoonBound Clan Vampires #2
by Larissa Ione
Adult PNR
Expected Publication September 30, 2015
by Pocket Books

*ARC provided directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Leader of the vampire clan MoonBound, Hunter will do what he must to save his people from extinction—or worse, a torturous eternity as vampire slaves and subjects of human experimentation.To keep his enemies at bay, he has agreed to mate a rival clan leader’s daughter in return for peace between the clans and an ally in the looming war with the humans.

But survival comes at a price. First, Hunter must break an ancient curse by successfully negotiating three deadly tests. Then he must resist the searing passions of the gorgeous vampire warrior he despises but is bound to mate. Will Hunter stay true to his word? Or will he risk everything for the woman he really loves: the vampire seductress’s identical twin sister?

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Larissa Ione penned her first novel at the age of 13 and hasn't stopped writing since. She has been a U.S. Air Force meteorologist, an EMT, and a professional dog trainer, and you never know when one of those interests will pop into her novels.

She lives a nomadic existence with her U.S. Coast Guard husband and son, so her writing career has been a blessing -- a job that moves easily.

She writes dark paranormal romance for Grand Central Publishing (formerly Warner Books,) and contemporary romance for Red Sage and Samhain. Under the pen name Sydney Croft, she writes erotic action adventure romance with partner Stephanie Tyler.

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Larissa Ione does not disappoint with this second installment in the MoonBound Clan Vampire series! It was everything I had hoped it would be plus more! If you missed my review of the first book of the series, you can find it here

When I first read the synopsis to this installment, I was stoked. I really couldn't wait to get my hands on more of Hunter. I wanted to learn more about him & see more insight into his life as Clan Chief. I definitely wasn't disappointed. Ione continues this novel within the world she built revolving around the Vampire Clans, who have stories of their origination as vampires. Again, the Native American spin on the original vampires is one of my favorite things about this novel. It's a different, more specific spin on vampires. 

The characters! Oh my gracious, I love these characters. Even the bad guys - they're GREAT antagonists. They're pure evil and you love to hate them. Ailyn... I loved her in the first novel and I really, really loved her in this novel. She is such a strong, brave woman. From her very birth, she's been slighted because she was born with a malformed leg. The only thing that has saved her from being drown... she was a twin and the order of their birth was a traditional aspect of their life. She lived in hell. There's no other way for me to put it. Pure hell. But she still held her head high, her back strong, played the role she was handed when she had to, and held onto her dreams of one day being free. 

Her sister... not so much. She was the perfect daughter. The one who grew up and agreed with everything her father told her to. Grrrrr.... I wanted to smack her so many times that I eventually just stopped counting. I felt horrible for Hunter because he was supposed to mate that wench! 

We do see Nicole & Riker more in this novel, along with the others from book 1. I'm so glad that Ione is continuing on with this world & set of characters. I find myself wondering what's going to happen next & who will be the stars in the next novel. I have an idea that it'll be Myne. I'm crossing my fingers! I can't wait to dive more into him! 

The demon realm which Hunter & Ailyn traveled into was amazingly crafted. Every aspect of that quest had me flipping pages as fast as possible. They grew closer & we really saw how much determination Ailyn possessed. She was amazing! 

Overall, this was an amazing second installment into a wonderfully crafted series by Ione - it continued to prove why she's, by far, one of my favorite authors. It was everything I had hoped for and more! I can't wait to see where Ione takes this story next!

Overall rating: 5 Huge Stars
Cover: 5 Stars
Characters: 5 Stars
Plot: 5 Stars
Climax: 5 Stars! The twist on Ailyn's power was brilliant! 
Ending: 5 Stars

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