Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Review: Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis by Anne Rice


4.5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ (½)


Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis is book #12 in The Vampire Chronicles series written by Anne Rice.

  Best selling author Anne Rice has written over 35 books and has sold almost nearly 100 million copies. Two years since her triumph return to The Vampire Chronicles series with Prince Lestat Rice is back once again with a sequel and this time she is exploring the mythology of Atlantis and of course many of her famous vampires are back. She has been an openly avid fan of the mythology of Atlantis worked on the novel for some time with it originally being title 'Born for Atlantis' and then 'Blood Paradise' but once she saw a way to include her beloved Prince Lestat and the other vampires from The Vampire Chronicles everything fell into place thus giving birth to Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis.


After the catastrophe that occurred in Prince Lestat the Brat Prince Lestat de Lioncourt, beloved main character and (anti)hero of The Vampire Chronicles, had to step up and become the Prince/leader of the tribe of the Undead to bring all the vampires together to unite changing the Vampire Chronicles series as we know it.

Now Prince Lestat is back once again with more challenges that begins with a simple dream of seeing a city falling into the sea in flames and hearing thousands of people crying:

"In my dreams, I saw a city fall into the sea. I heard the cries of thousands. I saw flames that outshone the lamps of heaven. And all the world was shaken..."

Some of the other vampires start having similar dreams but blow it off.. That is until a strange entity is captured by Armand after trying to seek out Benjamin Mahmoud and talk to him about a mutual 'person' they both know. The entity in question is unlike anything they have ever seen even baffling the famous vampire doctor Fareed. The entity has the appearance of a human, can walk in the sun, but has the 10x the strength of a normal human being.

Before the Prince Lestat and the Vampire Court is able to examine the creature any further the unexplained creature causes a scene putting others in danger and is released to go free in exchange to leave without harming anyone. After seeing what the mysterious entity is capable of it causes a panic around the world among the Blood Drinkers raising many questions:

What is he? Where did he come from? Why was he seeking them out? And most importantly... Are there more like him?

Meanwhile, across the world Lestat's old foe Rhoshamandes takes another creature named Derek, who appears to be kin of the one found by Armand, from his friend Roland who has been keeping him hostage for 10 years in basically a dungeon. Rosh's is planning to keep the mysterious creature, Derek, hostage until Prince Lestat accepts him back and demands that the other vampires who keep harassing him for his previous crimes be called off. But his hatred for Lestat holds him back and his plans fail once Derek escapes and goes off  in search for his kin and going as far as to attempt to get in contact with the Prince to explain who they are, what they are, and where they are from more importantly.. what their purpose is, in exchange for not harming him or his kin and to protect them against Rosh and his rebels.


      Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis is terrific change to The Vampire Chronicles. The vampires in this book are forced to have to confront the unknown and the mysterious that was once seen as only fiction by the philosopher Plato, Atlantis, The Lost City of Atlantis.


When people hear of Atlantis most people relate it to swimming and mermaids.. I may or may not have been secretly hoping for mermaids 😉, this isn't your typical Atlantis. This Atlantis built by Anne Rice is more of a futuristic version called Atalantaya which is a utopia where the Atalantayans live in peace away from the rest of the world in a domed island with unimaginable technology and medical advancements to those who live outside of the Atalantaya. Rice takes the stories of Atlantis and explores why, how, and what could have caused the fall of a city so great as Atlantis.

Like all of Anne's work she explores the meaning of life. The good and evil in the world, love and hate, compassion and forgiveness written in her lyrical and sensuously detailed writing style that we have all came to love over the years.

This novel contains more elements of science which may seem intimidating to some who are not familiar with sci-fi, which I wasn't so it did intimidate me in the beginning, but the way Anne writes and describes everything really makes everything understandable as well as making you believe that the impossible could be possible and logical to any audiences even people like me who are sci-fi noobies.

By Anne creating  all the new creatures/entities/beings and expanding the Realms she is making the possibilities for future books endless. One thing that I love about The Vampire Chronicles is that the books all flow perfectly and correspond to one another, it is almost as if she planned them all then released them, which we know isn't the case but it just shows what a talented author she really is.

When the Realms of Atlantis' chapter sample was released most fans was of course excited but there was some that was apprehensive about the new entity concept which if I could talk to them I would say don't be and give the book a chance. If you have been following The Vampire Chronicles which has a wide variety of different supernatural creatures, beings, and entities why can't there be more?

The way Realms of Atlantis ends leads to so many possibilities and I can only hope that more books are on the way! If not I am grateful for all the art that she has put down in words for us all the years she has been writing.

I also want to thank the publishers at Knopf for providing me an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review that I could publish on the release day.

P.S. I do plan on rereading the finished version once my pre-ordered book arrives in the mail so my rating and review is subject to change~

PRINCE LESTAT IS BACK TODAY!



*Also feel free to check out the links below for my book reviews #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10 & #11 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: Blood and Gold

Review: Blackwood Farm

Review: Blood Canticle

Review: Prince Lestat 

+ Review: Pandora


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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Review: Prince Lestat by Anne Rice



5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★★


Prince Lestat is book #11 in The Vampire Chronicles series written by Anne Rice.

In Prince Lestat we return to Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles after almost a decade since the last novel Blood Canticle was released.

After nearly 30 years after the events that occurred in The Queen of the Damned, the vampires of the world finds themselves in similar chaos.. The vampires from far and wide are causing havoc to each other by mass burnings. Once much investaging they see a pattern in which the older/ancient vampires appear to be killing younger vampires, the cause? The cause of the crisis seems to be coming from a Voice that gets into their minds, inevitably possessing them, encouraging them to gain power by purging other weaker vampires by Great Burnings that seem to be popping up throughout the world.

In order to find the source of the problem and to prevent further damage vampires around the world, young vampires in fear look to the strong ones to come together, come together putting all differences behind to join forces to conquer the problem before anything worse happens. Unfortunately, it's easier said than done since vampires can only stand to be around each other for so long until they seek company elsewhere.

Soon all the vampires look to one vampire in particular to save them, Lestat de Lioncourt, the antihero that has been only been alive for approximately 300 years or less, but has literally been to Hell and back, survived a Body Thief, and more.. Lestat however, don't understand why people look to him for guidance when there is so many other older and more powerful vampires who are capable of the job. The ones in which are don't want or accept the position either, feeling Lestat is more of a qualified candidate.


     I have finally caught up with all the current published books in the Vampire Chronicles series!

Blood Canticle was suppose to be the last book in the series until Lestat came back to Anne gave her more material to write about, which I'm glad for! Blood Canticle in my opinion didn't feel like a closure for me, Prince Lestat could have been a end to the series but then Anne announced that there will be more to follow!

When Prince Lestat was released I had never read any of her books but was a fan of the film Interview with the Vampire and so I followed her on her Facebook which she is heavily active on. Unfortunately, before I could even begin the series I was spoiled by one part of Prince Lestat which had to pertain to "Viktor" although I didn't know gender or name it still was a bit of a spoiler. Luckily, I didn't let the spoilers stop me from continuing on with what came to be a great series.

Prince Lestat has been said to be somewhat of a sequel to The Queen of the Damned and so many people told me that I could read Prince Lestat after I read book #3 and that it isn't necessary to read the rest of the series to get to Prince Lestat, which I could see why they say that but there are some info that pops up from Tale of the Body Thief and Memnoch of the Devil that I would not want to know unless I've read the whole series so I'm glad that I did.

Prince Lestat was a great installment to the series for many reasons:

1.) They new characters (or old characters brought more into light of the series, no pun intended) introduced. The amount of books she could write about the new characters and their relations to the other vampires are endless.

2.) Lestat's maturity. He really grows as a character since the previous book(s).

3.) The plot was good. The writing was great.

4.) There could be closure if ever decided.

5.) We get to see how the vampires re act and fit in with the moder technological world.

Now onto what I didn't care for, which isn't much:

1.) Character dumping. There was A LOT of new characters introduced and sometimes it got a bit difficult to remember who is who and come from where and made by who and made who. However, it really wasn't that much of a problem because Anne put a character glossary in the back of the book! Brilliant! If a author is going to be introducing a lot of characters at least make a little glossary to explain the characters, many should follow Anne's footsteps.

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2.) They didn't really explain who Rose was fully. I have many questions to this moment about who she exactly is and why what's the relationship really between her and Lestat.

Overall the book was very enjoyable like all the books in The Vampire Chronicles and I can't wait to read the upcoming book in the series:


Which I know some are hesitant for whatever reasons and believe it should have ended with book #10 or #11

I disagree and trust the author, Anne Rice's, creativeness and going to go in with an open mind as always and hopefully enjoy it as much as all the previous books in the series!



*Also feel free to check out the links below for my book reviews #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, & #10 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: Blood and Gold

Review: Blackwood Farm

Review: Blood Canticle

+ Review: Pandora


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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Review: Blood Canticle by Anne Rice


5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★★


Blood Canticle is book #10 in The Vampire Chronicles series written by Anne Rice.

The novel Blood Canticle is the continuation of where Blackwood Farm ends. However, instead of Quinn Blackwood being the narrator Lestat steps in to take over and narrate the story.

In Blackwood Farm, the book ends with Quinn, Lestat, & Quinn's mortal love Mona Mayfair who escaped the hospital to Blackwood Manor with the hope of dying with him by her side. He is unable to endure her dying, and being a Blood Drinker, is thinking about attempting to give her the Dark Gift.

In Blood Canticle it picks back up with Lestat dreaming of becoming a saint.. Once he snaps back to the current situation where Blackwood Farm ended and Lestat (minor spoiler) decides he will be the one to make Mona a vampire in fear that Quinn couldn't do it with him being a fledgling and Mona being basically dead Quinn wouldn't be able to finish the process if he started.

After Lestat gives Mona the Dark Gift he begins being taunted by the ghost of her family member, Oncle Julien Mayfair, who warned Quinn once to not make her a Blood Drinker. Meanwhile, Rowan Mayfair & Micheal Curry her aunt and uncle becomes more and more insistent on wanting to meet with Mona to see how she is doing after still being alive after being on her deathbed for so long.

Mona wants to meet with her aunt and uncle in hope she can have a relationship with them like Quinn  and his family at the Blackwood Farm (not knowing he is a vampire & visiting when the day is over) and cover the truth from them.. But first Mona and her aunt & uncle have secrets that they've been keeping and can't move on until they address them.


    Blood Canticle, was an interesting book and not at all what I thought it was going to be. I thought it was going to conclude where we left off in Blackwood Farm then we will finally be able to hear what happened to Lestat after Memnoch the Devil, what he expierenced when in his long slumber... well it wasn't. Blood Canticle continued the Blackwood Farm story and then crossed into a bit of the Lives of the Mayfair Witches series. Which I enjoyed!!

Now once the book started I wasn't sure what was going on and Lestat was acting a bit.. different. But  apparently it was just the prologue of the book and once the story starts back up he comes back to normal. Then there was Mona Mayfair... in Blackwood Farm she wasn't too bad of a character but in Blood Canticle she really showed herself! She was jealous and acted like a baby always throwing a fit, and the insults she would throw at Lestat, I was ready for him to set her ass on fire! I mean I get to some extent why she acted the way she did but my gosh she drove me insane at times.

Also there is another thing I'd like to address. That is the writing style in the book. It's different, not a bad different, not a huge difference but after reading 10+ of Anne Rice's books I can tell tell there was some sort of change.. So after I read the book, rating it 5 stars, and wanting to see what others thought of the book on Goodreads and I was astounded by the response that people gave Blood Canticle! I seen so many 1-2 stars and I thought "Did we just read the same book" I mean even with what I've said about the book it still wasn't a bad book by any means. The writing though it had a different change of writing style from previous books, was still very much Anne Rice, and beautifully  done. If this book is considered Anne Rice's "worse" then I must say that even her "worse" is superior to most of the other authors!


Overall like all of The Vampire Chronicles, or Anne's books in general, I really enjoyed the book!

Blood Canticle also got me very excited to read her Lives of the Mayfair Witches series later when I've finished this series.


*Also feel free to check out the links below for my book reviews #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8 & 9 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: Blood and Gold

Review: Blackwood Farm

+ Review: Pandora


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Monday, November 7, 2016

Review: Blackwood Farm by Anne Rice


5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★★


Blackwood Farm is book #9 in The Vampire Chronicles series written by Anne Rice.

In Blackwood Farm we follow the main character Tarquin "Quinn" Blackwood which is a relative of the Blackwood family who are a old and well known family in New Orleans. Quinn is out to seek help from the powerful Lestat because after 20+ years of being haunted by his doppleganger spirit, Goblin, whom recently started becoming stronger after Quinn was given the Dark Gift going as far as to drinking from Quinn's own blood whenever he feeds off the evil doer.

After embarking on the risky quest to enlist the help from the vampire Lestat he decides to hear out his story. Thus the novel develops by Tarquin recounting to Lestat the tales and history of all he knows including his family history, Blackwood Farm's history, his own personal relationships with this mysterious spirit who he has known since a young child, and his becoming of a vampire story.

    The story revolves mainly around members of the Blackwood Farm and their history but also crossovers with a little about the Mayfair family later on in the book. I still think if I had read the Lives of the Mayfair Witches trilogy after The Vampire Armand I would be more familiar with the Mayfair family, but it isn't necessary to read The Vampire Chronicles.

I definitely enjoyed Blackwood Farm. It was full of new characters, old characters, surprises, mysteries, ghosts, spirits, you name it. There was at times that I felt that Quinn acted very childish and overreacting but it eventually blows over and he grows as a character.

The book ends leaving us a cliffhanger that I'm guessing we'll continue in book #10 Blood Canticle. Which I plan on picking up and continuing because I can't wait to find out what happens after Blackwood Farm ended!

Blackwood Farm, in my opinion is much more than a story about ghosts and spirits.. Blackwood Farm is a story about family. A blended family of many colors and nationalities, of all ages who have lived on Blackwood Farm. The relationships between Quinn and the members he's grown up with at Blackwood Manor are what many family strives to have, wether the good the bad and the ugly parts.

I specifically had a soft spot for the relationship Quinn had with his Aunt Queen because there were many similar aspects that remind me of the relationship I had with my grandmother so that added a little something to the story to enjoy.


*Also feel free to check out the links below for my book reviews #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7 & #8 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: Blood and Gold

+ Review: Pandora


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