This weeks featured book is Jeaniene Frost’s, Once Burned: A Night Prince Novel
As a child Leila dreamed of being a gymnast. That is until she was involved in a tragic accident involving a downed power line. As her body recovered she gained terrifying powers that let her channel electricity, learn a person's darkest secrets through a single touch and track their location. Unable to touch anything for fear of shorting out even the simplest devise she is doomed to a life of solitude as a circus performer...until vampires learn about her and kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with her abilities to track down their biggest enemy. But it turns out that their biggest enemy has wicked powers of his own and is immediately aware that she is tracking him. She is forced to pick sides and chooses to use her link to send out a telepathic distress call to her captors enemy - the world's most infamous vampire...
Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all--but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula. Vlad's ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies think they have found a new weapon against him - a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. But when Vlad rescues Leila the tables turn and now with her help he is on the hunt to try to find out who his illusive enemy is. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.
We first met Vlad in the Cat and Bones series. I have to say I have been very anxious for this book to come out. Having said that I’m very torn about this book. I think I was hoping for something more in the lines of Spades and Manchere’s books that are also spin off’s of the Cat and Bones Series. This book does not have the closure that the two other spin off’s do. This will obviously be another series. Having said that it is a good and bad thing. Good because – yeah lot’s more Vlad to come. Bad because this is a big cliff hanger. I don’t want to give more away but if you are looking for Vlad to get his happily ever after and have everything tied up in a nice pretty bow I would wait for book two and read them back to back. Otherwise this was a great book and excellent start to the series. Obviously since the book is all about Vlad we learn a great deal more about what makes him tick. Cat and Bones make a very brief appearance but this is really more of a separate series from the original. All in all a great book!
RATING: Four Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries