Review: Blood Rights by Kristen Painter (House of Comarré #1)
September 1 2011
Mass Market Paperback
Kick Ass Chick – Chrysabelle
From Goodreads –
Rebellion has a price.
The lacy gold mapped her entire body. A finely wrought filigree of stars, vines, flowers, butterflies, ancient symbols and words ran from her feet, up her legs, over her narrow waist, spanned her chest and finished down her arms to the tips of her fingers.
Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle’s body bears the telltale marks of a comarré—a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world…and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.
Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.
Blood Rights in the first book in Kristen Painter’s House of Comarré series. This book came highly recommended. I actually received it from Christi who had an extra copy and just knew I would enjoy it AND when I tweeted a photo of this book and another and asked which to read next, the only response I got from my followers was “Blood Rights”. I am happy to say that people seem to know what they are talking about. This book was extremely unique and filled with captivating characters. Well, the villain just made me angry but I’ll chat about that in a little bit.
Blood Rights is essentially a murder mystery, but while reading about that, you are following Chrysabelle while she tries to escape a crazed vampire who is looking for a ring that she thinks Chrysabelle stole. Oh, and Crysabelle is the main and pretty much the only suspect in her master’s murder. You see, she is a comarré, a blood donor of sorts, raised without sex or drugs or anything that will make her blood impure. She is sold for her blood to the highest bidder and in return, lives well and lives long. At the 100 year mark, the comarré are given the option to leave their patrons or stay. Chrysabelle is ready to leave, is looking forward to leaving, but things don’t quite go as planned.
Once she is accused of murder, she is guidede to Malkolm, a cursed vampire, for help. He is reluctant but helps her because if he doesn’t, the Crazy villain (notice the capital “C”) is going to win. And that just can’t happen.
I liked Chrysabelle. She has lived a somewhat pampered life, in an odd sort of reality, and is used to things being just so but she adapted well in my opinion. I liked her attitude. She was also very smart, strong and cunning. Just a really easy character to like and root for.
I really enjoyed Mal and found he was written very well. His curse, how he is described while the curse takes hold, is creepy and awesome at the same time. I liked how he struggles with wanting Chrysabelle around and not wanting her near him. Overall, I just really liked reading this character. He was very well written.
I also really really loved Mal’s companions, Doc and Fi. I loved their relationship and how they are with Mal was well done too. The characters were a highlight for me in this book, as you can tell.
The only character that I didn’t love was the main villainess, Tatiana. I am torn really about this because she is the villain so of course she is meant to be hated. But for me I found that once in a while, she was just too much. My emotions when it came to her were too strong…and not in a way I enjoyed. She just flat out pissered me off and I wanted terrible things to happen to her. She is beyond nuts – she’s psycho. I’m not sure why she affected me so but she still makes me boil when I think of her now.
All in all, I found this to be an excellent start to the series. I was impressed by the world and by Kristen’s story-telling. The pace was good, the story intriguing and it was nice to see vampires being written in such an original manner. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more.
Books in the House of Comarré series –
Flesh and Blood
Out for Blood (October 2012)