Saturday, July 7, 2012

Review: Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

Title: Once Burned
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Prince #1
Publication: June 26th 2012 by Avon
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback, 373 pages
Source: The Book Depository
Cover Rating: 5/5
Content Rating: 5/5


She's a mortal with dark powers...

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude...until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire...

He's the Prince of Night...

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 have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

My thoughts: 
When I heard (last year), that Vlad would get not only his own book, but his own series I was more than excited. Vlad is one of my favorite characters in Night Huntress, so of course I was looking forward to reading more about him. It was a long wait but it was definitely worth the waiting and pining for Once Burned.

I was hooked right from the start, which is typical for me with a book by Jeaniene Frost. I instantly liked Leila, the main character in which POV the book is written in. I liked the fact that she was part of a traveling circus and that she had an act with Marty on the trampoline. It was very different to come across. I also loved that she was mortal but still had this awesome yet terrifying powers that made her different. Enter Vlad in the story and I couldn't put the book down. Once Burned was also filled with action, which I loved. And of course also the romance scenes were really hot. Another thing I liked was how Leila already knew about the vampire world and a lot what it contains.

My favorite character was Vlad (duh). I've always loved him in Night Huntress and now I'm totally in love with him. He's so intense, brutally honest, dangerous and just damn sexy. I loved how sure (or arrogant) he was that Leila would end up as his. His relationship with Leila was well build up and in some weird way exactly what I expected (which isn't bad!). I love how Leila stands up to Vlad a little bit because he isn't used to it at all. I also liked this character named Marty and how much he cared for Leila like a father and friend. The one thing that had me wooping (seriously!) was when Vlad got some visitors. I'm not going to say who (Even though I bet that lots of people can guess) it is because I don't want to get to spoilery. They came in only briefly but I loved it. It was what I was waiting for. There were some *gasp* and "oh no!" moments that I really didn't see coming but I loved them. It's always fun to see some twists and turns when you don't expect them. Also I was surprised by how strong Leila is, mentally. She got tortured for hours an still didn't spill her guts. That takes some serious strenght. The main setting was in Romania (Where Vlad lives), which was simply amazing. I hope the rest of the series will happen there. 
The plot very excellent! It was exciting and as always with a Jeaniene Frost book you can never guess the outcome.

The book was perfectly written in my eyes. The only negative thing I can say is that I wanted it to be longer, or maybe I just read it too fast? I couldn't put the book down (Literally!). I took every chance I got to read it and managed to read it in only 2 days, which must be some sort of personal record. The end although left me wondering about a few things... Will Leila get her full abilities back? Is Vlad disappointed about it? Will Vlad learn to really love her? Will they work things out? So many questions...

Once Burned was exhilarating, action packed and fast paced. The romance was very steamy. Not really chapter 32 material (people who've read One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress #2) will know what I mean ;D) but still, it was damn hot! Vlad has some skills!
All in all I can say the book was simply amzing. It was way more perfect than I expected. Not that I should've doubted that since it's a Night Huntress spin off. But you never know, right?

This one sentence from the summary really fits what's happening between Leila and Vlad in the book. "When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both." So very true!

Night Huntress fans will devour this book and crave for more. And even paranormal romance addicts who haven't read Night Huntress yet will love it too because, really, who doesn't want to read about Vlad Tepesh, the Dracula? 

~Favorite Quotes~

“This is our true tie," he whispered, his breath falling hotly onto my lips. "You're meant for me, and I will have you.”
Of course he wouldn't hesitate before trying something that had never been done before. He was Vlad Tepesh. How could he fail?

About the author:
Jeaniene FrostJeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international 
bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series and the Night Huntress World novels. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to nineteen different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.

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