Friday, June 17, 2016

{Blog Tour} Blood Orchid (Night Flower #2) - Claire Warner (Review & Giveaway)




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Blood Orchid (Night Flower #2)
by Claire Warner

Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Romance
Release Date: June 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

Tied to Justin with bonds stronger than blood, Melissa De Vire heads into her new life with fear and anger. Anger at Emily, at Katherine and most of all, anger at Justin, fuels her resolve to find a cure for the curse. From the English court in 1752 to the fires of the French Revolution, Melissa struggles to survive her new existence and find forgiveness for Justin as clues to a cure begin to surface.



 
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Review

This is the second book the the Nigh Flower series, that follows Melissa as she learns more about the curse that has know been bestowed upon her.   Melissa stays teamed up with Justin who she was captivated with, Emily who cursed her, and Marcus her brother.  The story follows the four main characters as they are trying to cure the curse.  The story is told over a longer time period so we get a lot more details.   The book also switches in between different perspectives so as a reader we get a very complete picture. 

I enjoyed reading the first book in the series, but I felt it was building up to something much bigger then what it turned out to be.  So I wasn't sure how book two was going to go and in my mind it was a complete turn around.  The story flows a lot faster and we cover a lot more ground.  I feel like you could almost jump in and start reading the second book as a stand alone book.  Plus this ending of this book will leave you wanting more!  The story had a lot more action and more explaining of exactly what was going on.  Since we skip time in between some of the chapters we get a bigger picture.  We learn a lot more about the curse and get a much better understanding of how the curse works. 

In regards to the characters they each have their own issues and they seem to become more prevalent in the second book.   Melissa is really discovering herself and coming to terms with what happened to her.  She is trying to grow as a character and provide more to the group.  Justin is just trying to focus on finding a cure and treating Melissa as a delicate flower.   Marcus is just the protective older brother, who also doesn't know what his feelings are for Emily.   Emily is in my mind the most complex character in the book.  We do get to hear her perspective at some points in the book, but I still can't figure her out.   I have no idea whose side she is on and what her end goal is.  She is easy to switch up her emotions and hard to get a read on.  I love when you can't figure a character out it leaves them with a lot of potential for future books! 

The background and details for this book is a lot better tooIt is set in multiple locations and I felt like as a reader I had a clear picture of where the characters where going.  I was able to use my imagination and envision what the characters where seeing and going through.   The author did a great job with the details in this book and allowing the reader to imagine the struggle they are going through.

The one thing in the book that gets me is that although this book read a lot faster and we got a lot more answers to question I could have used a little more suspense.  There were parts of the book that I wasn't sure what was going to happen to the characters, but I wasn't far enough in for one of them not to make it or them to disappearThe ending leaves you with so many questions and suspense I would have loved to have a little more sprinkled throughout the book.   I also would have gotten a little more out of Emily as a character and saw what she is really up too. 

I would suggest this as a nighttime read.  It was an easy book to read and easy to follow along.  There are some points where it picks up and you kind of want to immediately know what is going to happen.  I can't wait for the next book in the series!! 

I received a copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours for an honest review.  This does not affect my opinion of this book.

My Rating 4/5

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About the Author



When I was a child, I made up games and characters when my sister and I played with dolls. As I grew older, I would make up scenarios and scenes, fully intending to write them down but never finding the time. In my late teens, I discovered the world of role playing and settled into an avid ‘geeky’ life of D&D, comics, sci-fi and fantasy fiction. Years passed and I finally gave voice to the stories in my head. I write romance, fantasy, action and adventure. I love tales of steampunk and history, tales of magical powers and dark curses lurking in the shadows. Though The Black Lotus is not my first attempt at a novel, it is the first I have finished.

And some fun facts about me:

I sew.
My favourite Disney film is Atlantis.
I’ve been a film extra and stood 5 feet away from Sam Rockwell.
Babylon 5 is my fave sci-fi show.


I cried at the end of Toy Story 3.
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2 comments:

  1. I love that cover!! Glad this second book was good and maybe better in some respects to the first. I feel like most of the time the second book struggles. Great review!

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