Wednesday, 11 September 2013

TASTY TOURS **REVIEW**: "City Of the Fallen" by Diana Bocco **REVIEW ADDED**

City of the Fallen
Dark Tides #1

By: Diana Bocco

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Five years ago, vampires came out of hiding and took over the world. It was meant to be a quick enslavement but it turned into a bloody battle that brought humanity to the brink of extinction.

Isabelle Bryant is one of the “lucky” survivors, now living in hiding, scavenging for food through deserted towns.

And she’s tired of it.

So she’s devised a plan: find the king of the vampires and drive a stake through his heart.

Except that wickedly sensual king Marcus is nothing like the monster she expected. And while landing on his bed was part of the plan all along, discovering that he might hold the key to humanity’s survival certainly wasn’t. The catch? Saving humanity also means ensuring vampire survival. It means giving up hope for a return to a human-ruled world.

As sparks fly and hate becomes heat, Isabelle must pick a side -- before the darkness devours them all.

I've been a fan of all kinds of dark creatures since I was a kid (even before I discovered Stephen King at the age of 10). If it crawls in the night and tugs at your covers while you're sleeping, chances are I've written about it. It's probably no surprise that I'm a big fan of old buildings, urban exploring and things that go bump in the night. Oh, and Halloween, of course -- but that should go without saying.

Growing up, I wanted to be Indiana Jones. I ended up not pursuing a degree in Archaeology (although I toyed with the idea for a while) but I did become a huge lover of travel and history. Aside from traveling to all corners of the world, I've also lived in five countries in three continents -- including three years in Siberia and two in Vietnam. I'm currently living in Thailand.

I have a soft spot for animals (which is why you can be sure that in my stories, the dog will always make it) and right now have three wonderful -- but slightly crazy -- dogs in my life. And yes, they move with me from country to country. Too bad dogs can't accumulate frequent flyer miles!

In my other life, I also write nonfiction: articles, books, and even quizzes for the Discovery Channel website. I really can't help it -- I'm a nerd at heart and love research and discovering new things. Could be the Indiana Jones in me pushing me along.

When it comes to life, I'm pretty fearless. I figure life is too short to live it too safely -- so I take risks and I try to have fun, whether that means snowshoeing in the middle of Siberia or going ghost-hunting in an abandoned asylum. And yes, I've done both.

This was so not what i expected!  I loved it, and as i saw the end of the book coming closer and the story was still in full swing i just knew that there was gonna be a cliffhanger  - and there was and im itching to read the next- i hope it comes out soon!!

without giving too much of the story away, we zone in on Liz and her "family"- a group of people who have taken shelter and hidden in one home and have been like that for 5 years.  why? Its called the "invasion" - basically, vampires up and took over the world, taking out millions and millions of humans.  The ones who survive are those like Liz, who are in hiding.

Liz has been having thoughts of taking out the King of vampires - thinking if you kill the King, then humans will have a chance to live again.  She does this by offering herself to be a "pet" - a human who gives themselves willingly to the vamps to feed on in return for living without fear.

Good plan, huh?

Well, it was until Liz met the King - Marcus.

Who are the real monsters? Will Liz keep on her path to kill the King?  This unravels and Liz finds herself helping the Vampires research into making synthetic blood, thinking it would help save human lives.....

A great read, takes you in straight away, and i didnt want to put it down, loved it totally, and looking forward to the next one!

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