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She's on the trail of some Vamps and the loyal group who protect them called the Tutela. A trail that leads her, her beloved Aunt- ex venator Eustacia-, her servants and, of all people, Sebastian- the ambiguous man who once seduced Victoria in a carriage only to promptly ditch her when she needed him most, straight to the foot of Rome where prophecy has it, the golden age of the Venators will end.
But first, they discover the Tutela are up to something. It seems Lilith's son, Nedas, is after an object, an object that would create a zombie-like army that he can control. Once in Rome, Victoria finds she must place herself in the heart of the dark Tutela to get close to Nedas so that she can stop him. But she quickly learns the danger is far greater than she assumed- for both her and her loved ones- and that someone she once trusted is there, already in the middle of them.
In Gleason's world, the Vamps are not the sexy heroes. They are the bad guys, as well they should be! Spawned by Judas the betrayer, they are dark, malicious, twisted and not the least bit of a turn on. I like this. I like when I can hate a bad guy because they're, well, bad. I don't like having to admire a bad guy's certain qualities because there's something charming about him. I can hate them. And I do indeed loathe the vamps in Rises the Night. Max, my sexy, venator-by-choice, Max! The book really didn't start for me until he showed up.
And the ending?? What a nail-biter!
Series: Victoria Gardella
Max, it would seem, can't decide which side he's on, much like Sebastian, but one of them is not what he seems and other is exactly who his character has proven him to be- at least to us, the readers, if not to Victoria! View 1 comment. I talk about the love interests and romance portions of the book in the spoiler below. The plot stuff is your average plot stuff.
Pretty good, but I have no complaints or urgent thoughts about it. Whatever, he was so charming and sexy and just ever-so-slightly untrustworthy. Well, he and Victoria finally have sex, and their sex scene made me uncomfortable. It made Victoria uncomfortable too, which she voiced to Sebastian, and he ignored. I would have been okay with everything that followed if not for him dismissing her concerns—namely, her bodice came off in such a way that it trapped her arms, and she didn't like it.
But he just assured her it was fine and kept going. Not cool, Sebastian. I spent the same half of the book hating Max, even though I was pretty sure he was playing a role the entire time.
But damn, that dude plays his cards close to his chest. He had my sympathy again in the end, as did Sebastian, but I'm curious to see what Gleason is going to pull out of her hat for this trio in the third book.
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I probably would have given this book a full four stars if not for the view spoiler [sex scene thing hide spoiler ] I mentioned in the above spoiler, so this gets 3. View all 7 comments. Jun 08, Sana Zameer rated it liked it Shelves: challenge , series , fantasy , paranormal , reading-shelf , vampires , historical. A bit better than the first book. This series could have been more likable if Victoria wasn't portrayed as naive and immature.
She is the weakest character in the series. The romance part was just meh. I do not see her as The Gardella , she's more as hormone driven brat who thinks very highly for herself. The side characters were much more interesting and intriguing; Max and Sebastian are two main leads that could end up with Victoria though there are countless other admirers and I'm sure there A bit better than the first book. The side characters were much more interesting and intriguing; Max and Sebastian are two main leads that could end up with Victoria though there are countless other admirers and I'm sure there will be in the later books, which is off putting.
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I like Colleen Gleason writing and the plot and setting is interesting enough. I wish she had given Victoria a bit maturity and a backbone. I have a fondness for bad boys but whatever it is between Victoria and Sebastian, and I wouldn't call it romance, it's unappealing and at times offensive. This has not influenced my review. Instead, I ended up on this rollercoaster of deceit, lies, subterfuge, and betrayal Seriously, if ever there were a book that perfectly compares to a rollercoaster, it's this one.
Rises The Night
Right from the beginning I was hooked, then everything kept building up and my 4. Right from the beginning I was hooked, then everything kept building up and my anticipation built right up with it, and then suddenly there were all these twists and turns and loops as betrayals popped up everywhere until I didn't know who to trust or which way was up. I don't even know how to organize my review or explain why I loved it so muchit was just so good! I think, however, that this book had three main things going for it There was still that underlying pain from the events of Book 1, and those events were not forgotten or overlooked, something I appreciated, but this book was also filled with romance and suitors and sexual tension and all the head games Sebastian played.
I know we live vicariously through every character we read about, but it felt like more with Victoria because the romantic aspects were the kinds of things you would sit around talking about with your girlfriends. One relationship in particular I'm using the term loosely was so realistic and well-written that I swear I could feel the tension myself. But not in an obvious way. It was my favorite kind of humor, the kind that built up as things continually got worse and more absurd and crazier until finally there was just kind of chaos and the character herself even reached that moment of, "If I don't laugh, I'll cry," because of course he would show up here and of course that particular thing would happen and of course it would happen at the worst time possible because that's just how life has been going.
But Victoria also got more and more sarcastic in this book, apparently the events of the first book made her more jaded and less naive, and I loved her more with each thought and remark. I think I felt a bit distanced from her in Book 1, but this time she was so relatable. It was like every character was playing on the same board, but they were all playing a different game.
And I couldn't figure out who was on the same team, but it didn't matter since they were all too busy keeping secrets and lying to work together anyway. Just when I thought I could trust someone, he'd turn around and prove me wrong, or vice versa. There was also still some emotion in the book, though it wasn't heart-squeezing in the way the last one was. I felt for Victoria and her pain, but for me, a lot of the emotion actually came from putting myself into another character's head. I even figured he might not have wanted to do what he did but that Eustacia told him to. And in keeping that faith, I kept imagining how terrible it must've been for him to spend so many months being so deep in cover and so alone, pretending to be someone and something he HATED, having to pretend to betray everyone he cared about, and having to do what he did.
Yes, it was slow-paced, but it was deliciously slow-paced, the kind that sucks you in and wraps you up in it. As I mentioned already, I was hooked from the very start.
And the historical-flavored writing has grown on me. I loved the writing style and the amazing way with words that Colleen Gleason has, especially when it comes to portraying emotions and sexual tension. Wow, ok, I didn't mean for my review to get this long, but there were just a lot of great things about this book. So I'll just wrap this up by saying I loved the twists and turns, I loved the characters, I loved the writing, and I look forward to seeing what will happen next! Anyone who likes historical fantasy with lots of emotion, lots of twists and turns, and a kickass female protagonist.
Rises The Night by Colleen Gleason
Original Review Metaphors and Moonlight I really couldn't help it. As soon as I finished The Rest Falls Away, I immediately began reading book 2, and literally could not put it down-as in, I read it until 6 am. I am so happy I found this series. If you haven't read the first book, there is going to be a big spoiler coming up. Just a heads up. It's a year later, and Victoria's mourning is officially over as far as the ton high society is concerned.
Now she is a very rich widow, and can pretty much do as she pleases. And what pleases he I really couldn't help it. And what pleases her, is hunting vampires on the streets of early 's London. As a Venator, otherwise known as a vampire hunter, she has much more strength then a normal woman. As before, she puts herself into all kinds of dangerous situations, involving evil humans, vampires, and even a demon.
Lilith's son, Nedas, is plotting to raise the dead in order to massacre as many human's as he can, just because he is the embodiment of evil. With his mother being the ancient queen of the vampires dating back to biblical times , how could he not be evil?
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