Monday, May 8, 2017
The White Rose of Nightfall by Carla Peele
What Rose Hennessy had longed for her entire existence was unattainable freedom, first from her oppressive father, then her vampire husband, Vickram; but Rose would not find that freedom until she fell into Connor’s arms…
In 1800s Ireland, Rose Hennessy was on her way to a convent when her human life was ended—and her true life began: as a vampire… Vickram, head of the Clan of Kandor, sired her as a vampire, and she thought herself free of all societal conventions and her father’s stern rule. However, she soon learned that her “freedom” came with a price, and that Vickram’s God complex was stifling, almost as stifling as being forced to endure his icy, dead touch… However, she soon established herself formidable, and rebelled, choosing for herself a mate, Connor Kelly… In his anger, Vickram forces the young lovers to do something drastic— and in so doing unearth one of Vickram’s best-kept secrets, the daughters of Caine himself who sired him, that he had locked away in his greed and lust for power. They become Connor and Rose’s greatest protectors and allies, who always return when truly needed…
Through them they learn that the supernatural world is on the constant lookout for the seven “artifacts of Caine”, items made with his magical staff and given to seven people throughout history, including Vlad the Impaler, Elizabeth Bathory and Sun Tzu, all of whom left their marks upon them. Though they have no desire to search for them, the items continually show up around them, including one that has made a vampire “mortal” again! When they help Mark, the re-mortalized vampire, save his wife Miranda, a wiccan, she is so grateful she gives them a potion that allows them to conceive two children: Violet and Aaron, who later develop powers of their own…
(Synopsis from Goodreads).
When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with vampire books, as I think a lot of us were. They were everywhere, and I tried to get my hands on every single one I could, and read them all. I probably read at least one hundred of them. I have to admit, as an adult, books about vampires are still a guilty pleasure from time to time, even though I'm not as obsessed with them anymore. When I read the synopsis of The White Rose of Nightfall, I knew I had to read it. It sounded fascinating. After I finished the book, I thought it was okay.
I did love the plot of The White Rose of Nightfall. I thought it was intriguing, and it kept me turning pages wondering what was going to happen to Rose and Connor. They got into some nasty situations that I wasn't sure they were going to survive. I liked seeing how they fought their way out of it, and how they adapted throughout the years. I especially liked the point in the plot where they were in Baton Rogue, Louisiana. Not only was it a turning point in the book, but Mark and Miranda quickly became my favorite characters.
That being said, I did have a couple of problems with the book, even though I did enjoy it. The author's writing needs a bit of a maturing. At times, I felt like there was things that didn't exactly make sense due to plot holes. The book did drag at times as well. Also, I don't know if it's because the book was short, but the ending felt rushed. It seems like everything wrapped up nice and quick within a couple pages, when there was more that could have been added.
On Goodreads, it says this book is the first book in a series. However, the book ended in a way where it could be a standalone. The book was published in 2011, and as of May 2017 there is no sequel. However, I really hope that the author does write a sequel. It would be interesting to see if her writing has matured since then, which I'm sure it has. I would love to hear more about the kids, and what's been happening in their lives since the ending of The White Rose of Nightfall.
I give The White Rose of Nightfall: 3/5.
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I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.