Author: Delilah S. Dawson
Series: Blud #1
Genre: Paranormal/Steampunk Romance
Release Date: 03/27/12
Reviewed by: Sara
But the Book:
Have you ever heard of a Bludman? They’re rather like you and me—only more fabulous, immortal, and mostly indestructible. (They’re also very good kissers.)
Delilah S. Dawson’s darkly tempting debut drops her unsuspecting heroine into a strange faraway land for a romantic adventure that’s part paranormal, part steampunk... and completely irresistible.
When Tish Everett forces open the ruby locket she finds at an estate sale, she has no idea that a deliciously rakish Bludman has cast a spell just for her. She wakes up in a surreal world, where Criminy Stain, the dashing proprietor of a magical traveling circus, curiously awaits. At Criminy’s electric touch, Tish glimpses a tantalizing future, but she also foresees her ultimate doom. Before she can decide whether to risk her fate with the charming daredevil, the locket disappears, and with it, her only chance to return home. Tish and Criminy battle roaring sea monsters and thundering bludmares, vengeful ghosts and crooked Coppers in a treacherous race to recover the necklace from the evil Blud-hating Magistrate. But if they succeed, will Tish forsake her fanged suitor and return to her normal life, or will she take a chance on an unpredictable but dangerous destiny with the Bludman she’s coming to love?
Mini-Review: There is one word to sum up the awesomeness of this novel: bludbunnies! Little blood-sucking bunnies! After falling into this strange new dimension of Bludmen and clockwork devices, it wasn't long before Tish was punting the little bludbunnies away like a natural. I really loved how Tish fell into this new world while asleep. And the alternate dimension she fell into was a creepy and crazy world that was a touch dystopian, a big part steampunk, with a fresh take on vampires known as Bludmen. I really loved all of the circus performers, and hope we will see more from them in the next book. Criminy Stain was a very interesting character. He was mysterious, humorous, dangerous, and definitely a performer. He accompanies Tish on her quest to find the missing locket, and this journey brings them all over this new world. There were twists and turns I never saw coming, and all sorts of new places along the way. The cover itself is a gorgeous blue. I loved the hints of blood and gears, and the cover model's outfit is perfect.
Plot: 4.5 Stars
Pace: 4.5 Stars
Characters: 5 Stars
Cover: 4 Stars
Overall: 4.5 Stars
Disclosure: I bought a copy of this novel for my own reading pleasure.