Monday, October 31, 2016

Review: Blood and Gold by Anne Rice


5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★★


Blood and Gold is book #8 in The Vampire Chronicles series written by Anne Rice.

  In Blood and Gold the story begins by introducing a new  vampire by the name of Thorne. Thorne has after many many years of living and slumbering in the northern ice lands decides to leave to seek the company of another Blood Drinker who can give him words and describe the visions in which he has seen in his long slumber away from the modern world. The closest Blood Drinker he comes across is Marius, the 2,000+ year old Roman vampire.

After a quick introduction to one another Marius takes his newly acquainted friend, Thorne, to his home nearby where he then begins to tell the curious new friend the story of his life.

    Blood and Gold gives an in depth look into the life of Marius De Romanus during which we get more complete details from the previous stories given by Lestat, Pandora, and Armand who all have told about their relationships with Marius throughout The Vampire Chronicles series.

I really enjoyed Blood and Gold! It was so informative about him and others that he's encountered in his 2,000+ years of living. In the book he goes through the relationships/friendships he's had with new and old characters, thus introducing us to several new characters which I enjoyed seeing and getting to know!

Through his telling of his life he skims over events that has been vaguely told throughout the series by such as Lestat, Pandora, and Armand which often left us with wanting to know more of what happened and in Blood and Gold Anne fufills all our wants and more.

The story does have some parts that are about politics which some may find a little dry depending on the person reading but I would say stick it through because it's definitely one of the books you don't want to skip!

When reading the book there were many emotions it brought out of me. I was sad at times, then angry at times, and happy at other times. Then the ending, wow, the ending talk about a surprise/shocker! My mouth was left open for about 30 mins after finishing the book trying to pick myself together.

As I near the series I am feeling a little sad because I really don't want it to end even though I know that the series will most likely be continuing even after the newest (Nov. 2016) release, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis, but then again who really knows how many more there will be! On the other hand... I am so anxious to find out what is to come I can't stop myself from reading them back to back!!!

P.S. Don't forget to pre-order book #12 in The Vampire Chronicles series:

Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis!

*Also feel free to check out the links below for my book reviews #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, & #7 in The Vampire Chronicles series*

Review: Interview with the Vampire

Review: The Vampire Lestat

Review: The Queen of the Damned

Review: The Tale of the Body Thief

Review: Memnoch the Devil

Review: The Vampire Armand

Review: Merrick


+ Review: Pandora


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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Review: Merrick by Anne Rice




5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★★



Witches and vampires oh my~

Merrick is book #7 in The Vampire Chronicles series written by Anne Rice.

   In the next installment of The Vampire Chronicles series, Merrick , we resume after The Vampire Armand after Lestat has awoken from his slumber however, it was only temporary and again returned to his convent to slumber aimlessly without word or movement.

After feeling abandoned from Lestat, his fledgling, Louis becomes somewhat lost and desperate to seek solace somehow. He decides to go to David Talbot with the idea of resurrecting his long lost vampire child Claudia's spirit back to see if it is at rest, after Armand and Jesse claim to have been visited by Claudia's ghost/spirit. David reluctant at first decides to seek out old friend and fellow Talamasca member Merrick Mayfair who is also a power witch. One problem is that David hasn't spoken to her since he switched bodies with the Body Thief or since he's been given the Dark Gift.

After a meeting in a café, reminiscing on old times, Merrick decides to give the request thought. Meanwhile, David gives Louis flashbacks detailing his and Merrick's adventures from the past in hopes of letting him know how powerful she is and what he is getting himself into.


     In the continuance of my #YearofAnneRice I had to make a decision if I wanted to read the Lives of the Mayfair Witches trilogy before reading Merrick or not, although I knew it wasn't "required" I did know that there are some cross overs from the Mayfair Witches trilogy with The Vampire Chronicles series.. However, due to my slow reading skills and the size of the Mayfair Witches series there would be no time for me to reach my deadline to finish the rest of The Vampire Chronicles books. After reading Merrick I definitely agree with others that it's not needed to continue The Vampire Chromicles but if I had more time I would've read the Mayfair Witches trilogy before Merrick just so I was more briefed on the Mayfair Witches.

Like with all of Anne's book I go in trying to know the least I can, I don't even read the back, so once I learned there was going to be witch elements/witch cross over I was excited to see what Anne does with it. Like everything else with Anne Rice's so far, I was impressed!

I really enjoyed this book. I loved learning about David and Merrick's history together. I also really liked hearing from Louis again even though he isn't my favorite character it's been awhile so I kind of missed him.

After reading Merrick I am definitely excited and looking forward to reading more about the Mayfair Witches!

*Also feel free to check out the links below for my book reviews #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 & #6 in The Vampire Chronicles series*

Review: Interview with the Vampire

Review: The Vampire Lestat

Review: The Queen of the Damned

Review: The Tale of the Body Thief

Review: Memnoch the Devil

Review: The Vampire Armand


+ Review: Pandora


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Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Vampire Armand by Anne Rice


5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★★



A great look into the life of Armand~

The Vampire Armand is book #6 in The Vampire Chronicles series written by Anne Rice.

   In the novel The Vampire Armand we follow the life of the young 500 year old, auburn haired, vampire Armand. Also known in his previous life as Amadeo/Andrei. Armand plays a big role throughout The Vampire Chronicles series, we've learned about him since the beginning of the series, but in The Vampire Armand we dive deeper into the 500 year olds past starting from childhood to present day. It takes place some time after book #5 Memnoch the Devil.

After Armand bares witness upon Veronica's Veil, which is brought back by Lestat after his journey in Memnoch the Devil, he tries going into the sun to destroy and redeem himself only to find out he can't be destroyed.

The story begins after the English gentleman vampire David finds out that Armand lived through his sun suicide and hopes to use his charm to persuade Armand to allow him to write the story of his 500 year old life, after some work Armand agrees to let him write his story as he dictates it.

     Since the first book in the series, Interview with the Vampire, I developed a special feeling towards the character Armand and have since wanted to learn more about him so needless to say I was excited to learn that like Pandora, we would be learning about his life in a whole book basically dedicated to his life!

Previously, I didn't really care for Armand making Daniel Molloy a vampire, that may be because I found him bratty and annoying, but I still was eager to learn about Armand himself.. Which by the way I was glad to see that Daniel wasn't really part of this book!

Armand's life was definitely interesting to read about. A struggle the majority of the time but he seems to always come back on top stronger and with his head held high.. Maybe that is one reason why I like his character so much. In The Vampire Armand we learn more on how he became the fledgling of the ancient Marius and how their relationship developed. Which brings me to one point, I really enjoyed the relationship that Armand and Marius had together. Though it may be controversial to some of the more sensitive readers I really felt that the connection they had between them was genuine.

I feel like Armand and Marius is a better pair opposed to Marius and Pandora. Pandora and Marius developed a more love & hate relationship after he made her into a vampire and I didn't feel it at all. So if I had to choose a "OTP"so far, as the people say now a days, it would probably be Armand and Marius, and I look forward to seeing what happens between the two of them in the future books.

I also loved the fatherly relationship that Armand had between his newly found mortal children Sybelle & Benji. I felt like the idea that a vampire could be a fatherly figure to mortals was different and worked with Armand well... and then Marius... What Marius did, I didn't really agree with but I suppose I can excuse it as long as the family like bond between Armand, Sybelle & Benji still exists afterwards than I'm okay with it.

I'm really enjoying this #YearofAnneRice reading marathon, and definitely seeing that most of the books so far has been 4.5-5 stars and I can't wait to continue to see what happens in the series!

*Also feel free to check out the links below for my book reviews #1, #2, #3, #4 & #5 in The Vampire Chronicles series*

Review: Interview with the Vampire

Review: The Vampire Lestat

Review: The Queen of the Damned

Review: The Tale of the Body Thief

Review: Memnoch the Devil

+ Review: Pandora 


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