Death cocktail is what the vampires call a witch's blood. It's poisonous--a drop will destroy a vampire within minutes. Nikolaus Drake is the rare vampire who has survived his first taste. Now he's on the hunt for the witch who almost brought him to his demise--Ravin Crosse.
A witch who spends her nights hunting vampire tribes, Ravin has three obligations to fulfill to set her soul free. One of those obligations--crafting a love spell--twists her world upside down when Nikolaus draws the spell from her veins. Natural enemies rarely make the best bedfellows--but is it possible their intentions are really, truly the same? Can Nikolaus's tribal loyalty survive if he surrenders to desires far darker than his own?
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
So vampires and witches are really the thing, but as usual, this Ms. Hauf tries to give it a new spin. This is a world where a witch's blood is deadly to vampires; Where vampires live in tribes and slayers are still an issue. Thus when this story starts, Nikolaus Drake (a vampire) has gained back most of his strength after surviving an attack by Ravin Crosse (Slayer and a witch). After almost dying from the witch's blood, he has become a phoenix (an extremely rare, extremely powerful vampire). In attempt for revenge, Nikolause and Rave get caught in a backfired love spell... Which makes things a little bit difficult, and a whole lot interesting.
With the introduction into Ms. Hauf's world of vampire and witches, it is a dark world, with little to look forward to, except some sex scenes (nothing explicit) and a whole lot of flashing back. There are appearances by the Devil, imps, werewolves, and demons, it is a decent novel for a quick summer read.
You hope everything will work out for the characters, though I wished for a little bit more rounding out of their characters. It takes almost to the end of the book before you understand Ravin's prejudices and Nikolaus' back story. There were times that I did get caught up in the book (yelling at a character is a common problem for me), and I did wish for everything to work out for the characters.
I wish that the book had a better flow, or at least that the flow would have been consistent. At times I was extremely bored with the side stories or the main story's dialogue, and would skip pages to get back to a better part of the story.
As I said before, a good quick summer read.
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