Monday, July 23, 2012

REVIEW: "Once Burned" by Jeaniene Frost

Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost
(Night Prince #1)

Urban Fantasy -- Vampires
For Ages 18+
Steam Level: Hot 

Avon -- June 26, 2012
Mass Market Paperback, 346 pages

Rating: 4 Stars


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.


I have been a devoted fan of Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series for over a year.  And one of my favorite side characters has been Vlad Tepesh, the pyrokinetic vampire who inspired the Dracula myth.  So it should come as no surprise that I was ecstatic to hear that Vlad would be getting his own spin-off series.

One of the best parts of this book was getting to know more about Vlad.  Frost has provided hints throughout the Night Huntress series, but now there are actual details.  The one word that I would say describes Vlad is "survivor."  His past is very tortured and his personality definitely reflects that.  The arrogant and ruthless demeanor is a little jarring at first, but Vlad is so charming and protective that he quickly found a place in my heart. 

As for the heroine and narrator Leila, I was a little hesitant about her at first.  Mostly this was because I was wondering how Frost was going to provide a character worthy of my beloved Vlad.  Thankfully, my concerns were unfounded because I loved Leila!  Her sassy personality never evolved into the dreaded feisty stereotype and I really sympathized with all the issues she had with the whole superpowers thing.  A great part of her character was her ability to turn Vlad upside down with her sarcasm, strength, and no-nonsense attitude.  She was definitely not a weeping damsel in distress which is what I think Vlad truly needed.

There is a ton of action and suspense in this story, primarily concerning the mystery of who was trying to use Leila to get to Vlad.  The setting of modern-day Romania was wonderful to read about especially with its relation to Vlad's character.  I also enjoyed seeing the Night Huntress and Night Huntress World couples pop in at random times.  Bones was especially fun to see with his bickering bromance with Vlad.  I do wish Ian, the redheaded man-whore, could have appeared, but I'll just have to wait for the next Night Huntress book. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to seeing how Vlad and Leila's relationship develops in the aftermath of all the drama at the end.  I'll say one thing...Vlad better watch out because Leila doesn't seem like she's fooling around anymore.

Night Prince
1. Once Burned
2. Twice Tempted (To Be Released 2013)



1 comment:

  1. I didnt even know there would be a spin off of the Night Huntress series.
    This is SUPER exciting!!!

    Great review


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