Sunday, 26 October 2014

Book: Before Midnight by Jennifer Blackstream

I received a copy of Before Midnight in exchange for my review.

Loupe has lived most of her life trodden down by her step mother and step sisters, forced to skin wolves despite the fact she herself was bitten by one. While playing with wolf cubs, Etienne comes across her and is instantly intrigued by the young woman. But Etienne has a problem of his own. Born a werewolf, a witch blessed him so that he'd become human again, not that he's ever wanted to be. According to the witch the one way of breaking the blessing is for him to get bitten by a cursed werewolf. To find one, Etienne decides to throw a ball, but even when he has a plan in place, Etienne can't help but think about the mysterious woman, Loupe, and want to be with her.

I loved Before Midnight, it was a great mix of fantasy, paranormal and fairy tale, though I think its safe to say that I don't think I've ever read such a good interpretation of Cinderella before. In fact I thought the retelling of Cinderella was incredibly inventive and original, I've certainly never come across Cinderella mixed with werewolves before and I thought that it worked very well.

Loupe as a character was great, she was a lot stronger than she gave herself credit for, and as the story progressed you could see her becoming more and more confident about what was going on. This did coincide with her becoming more at one with her wolf, again something that I thought worked well.

The relationship between Etienne and Loupe was quite fairy tale esque in how fast it was and what they felt towards each other. There was definitely an instant attraction between them, but it wasn't just that that made them fall for each other, and I appreciated that. In fact it was the young wolves that seemed to connect them, each liking how much the other cared for them.

To say the book was (fairly) short I thought that the secondary characters were well developed, there was a good sense of who the King and Queen were, not just as parents but as characters as well. But they were polar opposites to Loupe's step mother. The one character I want to know more about though is Arabella, and what happened to her.

Before Midnight was an amazing read, I'm looking forward to reading more in the series.

Blood Prince Series
Paranormal Erotica
Date Published: February 2014

"What demon doesn't dream of climbing the Golden Stair?" 

Ivy has lived in a tower, locked away from the rest of the world, for her entire life. Her mother, a witch who leads the resistance against the bloodthirsty kings of the five kingdoms, is her only company. Ivy knows that her battle-weary mother relies on the golden power flowing through her veins for the energy to continue the good fight, but she can’t completely smother the selfish yearning to see the world beyond the safety of their hidden valley. When the demon prince of her mother’s horror stories literally crashes into Ivy's life, she finds herself facing her wildest dream…and her mother’s worst nightmare.

Adonis is a demon determined to bury his desire for love in the pleasures of the flesh. Bound by a vow to maintain his physical form, Adonis requires a great deal of energy just to live, energy he can only absorb through the carnal arts…more energy than any one woman could ever provide. Adonis knows he could never offer a woman the fidelity she would deserve as his wife, and so carries on with his wild ways, his cryptic smile hidden behind a puff of smoke. No woman can reach beyond the heat of his embrace to touch his heart. Not even the golden haired maid whose lonely eyes keep wooing him back to her side.

An incubus can only deny his nature for so long. Long golden hair. A tower with no stairs. A witch with serious possession issues. Debilitating blindness. None of these are enough to keep a demon from climbing…the Golden Stair.

Jennifer Blackstream

Jennifer Blackstream is a psychology enthusiast with both a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology. Her fascination with the human mind is most appeased through the study of mythology and folklore as well as all of Terry Pratchett’s novels.
Jennifer enjoys listening to Alice Cooper, trying new recipes (to which she will add garlic whether it calls for it or not), watching television with her family, and playing with her woefully intelligent three year old son.  
Jennifer spends most of her time drinking coffee from her X-Men mug and desperately trying to get all her ideas written down before her beloved five year old can find that all magical button on her laptop to make her work vanish.