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Friday, October 22, 2010

Book Review & Giveaway: Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole




Demon from the Dark
Immortals After Dark book #10
by Kresley Cole


Read excerpt HERE




A dangerous demon she can't resist...
Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he's pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard.
A maddening witch he aches to claim...
Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving.
Trapped together in a savage prison...
For them to survive, Malkom must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When he becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?


My Thoughts:
If you like the rest of Cole’s IAD series then you won’t be disappointed with this one. She continues on with her fabulously created other world of Lore creatures with a fast paced, emotional and smexy story line. If you haven’t read any of Cole’s other books then, well, clearly you’ve been living in a cave I’m sure. And not the good kind with a hot master vamp named Bones. Because that is the only reason I can think of for why you haven’t picked up one of her books yet. Kresley Cole has written this series so that you can read them alone or out of order but to get the whole picture of the Lore world I recommend reading the whole series in order. 

I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy this book before I started it, I liked Carrow but she wasn’t one of my IAD favorites. It turns out that I did like this book but I’m still a bit iffy on Carrow’s character. The main reason being, she starts out with a very strong, tough girl personality but ends the book weak & vulnerable. I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing and she is still a kick-ass witch but it is a 180 for her personality. I would of thought with her attitude shown in past books and the beginning of this one that she would of stood up for herself a bit more towards the end. It was surprising that Carrow just wilted under Malkom’s anger, even if she was in the wrong, and let him treat her the way he did.

In Demon from the Dark you learn about Carrow’s past, her parents, and what she is hiding from with all her partying and arrests which does add depth to her character. Awesome for someone like me, who like I said, wasn’t so into her in the beginning.
This book finally answers the big question of where the heck all these Lore creatures went off to.  
Carrow Graie is captured by The Order and forced to comply with their demands after they kidnap her orphaned niece and new ward Ruby. She is dispatched to earn Malkom’s trust then lure through the portal and back to their world for capture. At first meeting she is terrified of this crazy filthy creature with a drool worthy body but then realizes that they have a lonely upbringing in common and underneath all the dirt there is one hell of a fine looking man. The language barrier is hilarious when Carrow is forced to try to use sign language to negotiate with Malkom. Like laugh out load and have people look at you strangely, funny. During her time in the cave Carrow begins to have feelings for Malkcom, and who wouldn’t. The man tries to do everything to please her so that she will stay with him. She finally earns his trust and guiltily brings him to the meeting point for his capture and her recapture. But what else can she do? There is a little girl depending on her to come back and free them both.

We’ve seen glimpses of “Vemons” in a few past IAD books but now we get to see where they came from.
Malkom Slaine has had a difficult last few centuries to say the least. He was sold as a blood slave at a very young age by his mother and suffered countless physical, mental and sexual abuses. When he finally thinks he has moved on and up from that he is captured because of a betrayal from a fellow soldier, transformed into a nightmarish creature (half demon, half vampire), tortured and then betrayed by his best friend who he thinks of as a brother then the demons he risked his life for turn their backs on him. Needless to say, the guy has some trust issues. You totally feel for him from the start and want him to have his HEA so bad. He’s so traumatized but fights hard to be a good mate to Carrow, make her happy (including romancing her with ghoul heads) and not go all beastie on her. But there is one rule he lives by and that is, if you betray him you will pay. He is utterly destroyed when this happens with Carrow and goes total feral on her promising vengeance. Malkom is a sexy, primitive beast that will make you go yum instead of ug. His story line is so believable and flows fabulously; you will wish this book were longer.  

I especially enjoyed seeing several other characters in the series and am looking forward to their books. There were a few cliffhangers for a some individuals by the end and leaves you dying to know, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?!?

♥♥♥♥ - Really Liked It

I can’t wait for Regin’s book, Dreams of a Dark Warrior coming in February of next year. http://kresleycole.com/books/dreams-of-a-dark-warrior.html

Giveaway:
In honor of Carrow’s party girl nature I am giving away a card game, Festival of Frights, with gumballs and some gummy fangs as well in honor of Malkom. ALONG with a copy of Demon from the Dark. sound good?
Open to US residents only please, sorry but I can’t afford international postage right now.
Giveaway will end at midnight on October 31st and a winner will be selected at random using random.org and posted the next day. Winner has 48 hours to contact me with their information or another winner will be chosen.


 Rules: You must be a blog follower, so if you’re not one already go ahead and hit that follow button on the top right sidebar. Leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite Lore creature? Want to earn extra points? Share this contest with a link leading back to this post and leave a link with your share in your comment.
Good luck everyone and have a great weekend!

10 comments:

darkreader said...

This book sounds so good, I wanted to buy it so bad but I just spent 1,333. to get my daughters two bottom wisdom teeth out! TG I will have dental ins in Jan to get the top two removed!
I soo want to win! Good luck to all!

Terri said...

Happy Halloween! This looks like such a fun prize. I'd love it!

k_sunshine1977 said...

i can't pick a favorite lore creature because they're all just too yummy! i'm a book slut - i want them all! lol

and yes, i'm now a gfc follower

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Amy said...

I love all the lore creatures too because they're all so deadly and yummy. I love how they bring a new meaning to "fatal attraction"!

I'm a follower
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Sondrae Bennett said...

I've only read three of her books but have been meaning to pick up the others because I loved them. As far as favorite lore creatures, I'd have to go with the Lykae cause I'm a werewolf girl.

Angel said...

I think the Valkyrie ladies are pretty kick-ass and I wouldn't mind having some of their men. ;-)
Old follower, thanks for the giveaway!

jmspettoli said...

Ditto on the Lykae but the rest are not bad either LOL.

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Bunnylover2320 said...

I Love all the Lore creatures!!! But my favorite one is the Lykae! I love werewolves :)

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Tasha Nicole said...

I like them alL!

Crystal ♥ said...

Our winner (chosen at random using random.org) for a copy of Kresley Cole's Demon from the Dark and themed goodies is....*drum roll please*....

Tasha Nicole said...
I like them alL!
October 31, 2010 8:16 AM

Congratulations Tasha and THANK YOU to everyone who commented! Tasha, please email me at readingbetweenthewines10@gmail.com with your snail mail info and I’ll get this out to you!