Ashes to Ashes
by Jennifer Armintrout
This is book 3 in the Blood Ties Series.
To be perfectly honest with everyone… I’m not completely sure why I keep reading this series. The first book ‘The Turning‘ was explosive. The characters are fantastic – some are disturbed, some are heroic, but all are interesting and maybe that is what hooked me.
However, since that first novel, all after have fallen short and this one is no different. The story line is slow. The characters that I loved previously now feel overdeveloped. Armintrout basically changed everything I love about both men. Nathan gets over the anguish of his dead wife. Cyrus, the best sexy super villain vampire ever written, was ruined completely by being made human and Carrie is at a total loss as to who she wants to be with. Normally that kind of tension is good, but here it just gets boring.
The back story that strings all the novels together follows ‘The Voluntary Vampire Extinction Movement’, the Soul Eater (Cyrus’ father), and a vampire called the Oracle, all tangled together in a complicated tale of each player’s agenda. Overall, I like the continuing saga but I’m so bored with the current story line that I can barely stick with it until the end. Maybe it’s not as bad as I’m making it out to be and please let me know if you disagree.
In short, I guess I have read worse novels and Armintrout is a good writer but overall I think this storyline is done for me. That being said, I will probably read book four anyway. What can I say … I have hopes it’ll get better.