Wednesday, 29 April 2015

TASTY BOOK TOURS **REVIEW**: The City Beneath By Melody johnson

Title: The City Beneath
Series: Night Blood # 1
Author: Melody Johnson 
Release Date: April 28th, 2015
Publisher: Kensington  

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As a journalist, Cassidy DiRocco thought she had seen every depraved thing New York City’s underbelly had to offer. But while covering what appears to be a vicious animal attack, she finds herself drawn into a world she never knew existed. Her exposĂ© makes her the target of the handsome yet brutal Dominic Lysander, the Master Vampire of New York City, who has no problem silencing her to keep his coven's secrets safe…

But Dominic offers Cassidy another option: ally. He reveals she is a night blood, a being with powers of her own, including the ability to become a vampire. As the body count escalates, Cassidy is caught in the middle of a vampire rebellion. Dominic insists she can help him stop the coming war, but wary of his intentions, Cassidy enlists the help of the charming Ian Walker, a fellow night blood. As the battle between vampires takes over the city, Cassidy will have to tap into her newfound powers and decide where to place her trust...

The man’s chest rattled.

I stared at the man, hard. He’d been pronounced dead, and I had a story to write. That alone should have been enough to send me on my way, but staring at the scar on his chin, at the proof of a life lived before this burned hell, I couldn’t simply leave him the way I’d found him.

I texted Nathan to bring me a backboard, and he appeared around the corner a few minutes later. His thick black hair was straight and identical to mine except for the cut. Where mine hung past my shoulders and was usually yanked back in a high ponytail, Nathan’s was close-cropped at the edges and longer toward the top in a faux hawk. His nose ring glinted in the streetlight as he approached.

“If she thought an animal attack in the middle of Brooklyn was crazy, she won’t have a clue what to make of him,” I said, pointing to the man between us.

Nathan whistled. “None of the other victims were burned. Does he have any animal bites?”

“Not that I could tell, but I need you to take a look. The other paramedic wouldn’t treat him, and he’s still breathing, Nathan.”

He frowned. “I thought that Donavan pronounced him dead.”

“That’s Donavan? Your partner?” I asked. At Nathan’s nod, I snorted. “Donavan can’t hear a pulse, but I—”

“If he doesn’t have a pulse, then he’s not breathing,” Nathan said flatly.

“I can hear him breathing,” I insisted stubbornly.

Nathan stared at me, hard. I knew that look. He was checking my pupils and watching my reaction, calculating the possibility that I was high. I hadn’t abused painkillers in four years, and had, in fact, gritted through my hip pain during occasions when a Percocet was probably necessary because I never wanted to slip down that steep spiral again.

I gave him the look right back, annoyed that even after all this time, even after everything I’d accomplished, my brother was the one who still couldn't forget.

Nathan sighed heavily, but nevertheless, he squatted next to the man and pressed his ear to his chest. “If I had the opportunity to confront the people responsible for crimes like this, I wouldn't wait for them to confess their side of the story. I’d make damn sure they never—”

The man exhaled in a high, rattling hiss.

Nathan met my gaze, his eyes rounded with shock. “Oh my God.”

“You heard it?” I asked, astounded.

Nathan bounded to his feet and unbuckled the backboard straps. “I told you he was breathing. I told you that—”

“Fuck, don’t just stand there. Help me board him!”

I ignored my hip and helped Nathan clip the man onto the backboard. “As much as I hate to say it, I can’t help you carry him—”


I looked up from the backboard straps and groaned. Donavan was jogging toward us, and if the frown creasing his brow was any indication, he had a temper to rival mine.

“What do you think you’re doing? The police haven’t processed this scene yet. You can’t just—”

Nathan stood to face Donavan, and I finished snapping the buckles on my own.

“He’s still breathing,” Nathan whispered hotly.

Donavan paused, midrant. “What are you playing at?”

“You take his head. If we can get him back to the ambulance, maybe—”

“He’s dead,” Donavan said, shocked. “Why would we—”

“No, he’s not.” Nathan said. “We’ve wasted enough time, time we could’ve spent treating him. Help me get him back to the ambulance.”

Donavan shook his head. “You’re crazy. I checked him myself. He’s been dead for a while, and I—”

Nathan leaned closer, so I had to strain to hear his next words. “Mistakes happen. Sometimes people notice and sometimes people don’t. Cassidy and I noticed, but if you help me get him back to the ambulance, no one else has to.”

Donavan stared back at Nathan, shock and anger giving way to fear as he realized that Nathan was serious. He looked down at me. I stared back at him, trying to convey that my mouth was a steel trap, but mostly, I felt wary. He looked back at Nathan, and I knew Nathan’s expression as well as my own reflection. Even three years my junior, our shared grief and bitterness could line Nathan’s face with an identical aged determination.

“He didn’t have a pulse,” Donavan whispered, but he bent in front of me and gripped the head of the backboard anyway.

Melody Johnson is the author of the Night Blood series. She graduated magna cum laude from Lycoming College with her B.A. in creative writing and psychology. While still earning her degree, she worked as an editing intern for Wahida Clark Presents Publishing. She was a copyeditor for several novels, including Cheetah by Missy Jackson; Trust No Man II by Cash; and Karma with a Vengeance by Tash Hawthorne. Book #1 of the Night Blood series, The City Beneath, is her debut novel. When she isn't writing, Melody can be found hiking the many woodsy trails in her Pennsylvania hometown or sunning and swimming at the beach. 

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Ok. This was a shot from outside the field!!

As with the majority of paranormal/ vamp books you automatically assume that romance will be intertwined in the main storyline...don't get me wrong, there's definite heat and suggestion but not the usual to and fro you come to read and learn to love in the pnr books.

The book is oddly compelling...I honestly didn't want to put it down. But I do get the feeling that it's setting the scene for a potentially long series.

Cassidy DiRocco is a reporter for the local paper who has a buddy on the police force which has helped her gain a lot of the big scoops before many of the others.
She's a good worker, constantly in reporter mode....and it's this attribute that lands her in more trouble than she anticipated....

As she walked home from another crime scene she heard gasping in an alley. Unable to ignore it she investigates to find a man burnt horrendously. She calls her brother, a paramedic, who takes him to the hospital, but she hears he died.

.....then how come he has her pinned to the wall outside her apartment?....with his....wait....TALONS????!!! Eyes lasered to her telling her to forget what she saw at the crime scene....? 

The next day takes her deeper down the rabbit hole when all who was involved in reporting the crime have had their memories completely blank. Cassidy is infuriated this man is messing about and makes it her job to find the pictures and proof of yesterday. Just when she's got people comvinced....she finds put why the memory had been wiped....and how much safer it would have been for all of them had it have stayed that way....

The writing flowed, the characters developed in front of you, a good old cliffhanger at the end -which has ensued that I will be getting the next one- of it's going to be as well written and paced as this one, this could turn into a great series. 

One to watch ....and see how it develops!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for hosting THE CITY BENEATH! I look forward to reading what you thought!


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