by Mikayla Elliot
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Pub Date 27 Apr 2018 | Archive Date 02 Nov 2018
Mikayla Elliot, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
Desperate to find her niece Neva is willing to do anything to get her back, but the path she follows unveils a dark past with volatile truths, and a present intertwined with unforgiving consequences. In a race against time and dire odds, Neva embarks on a journey that will forever change the lives of those she knows and loves, as well as her own.
A Note From the Publisher
Kindle available for $4.99 (Publication date May 6th, 2018).
Actively running a Goodreads Giveaway from April 29th, 2018 - May 27th, 2018
My ultimate goal here is most likely the same as any other self-published author: help create that buzz to increase the fan/reader base. Snow and this book are part of the Black Ice Trilogy. Final book to be released end of 2018/start of 2019.
Average rating from 23 members
I loved how this book is not for just mature readers. i also enjoyed that it was not a totally sappy book. It was a refreshing take on the vampire genre. I really enjoyed the wonderful world and its characters that the author has created. Can not wait to read more from this author.. I left a review on both Goodreads and Amazon. I could not put the book down.
This is unlike any vampire story I have read before. There are lots of characters and plot twists. The ending is not really an ending and leaves you wanting to know what happens next.
Ms. Elliot, I am even more impressed with this second book than I was with the first in the Black Ice Series!
1. This is SUCH an original world and story in general. I said this in my review of the first book and I'll say it again here: the vampire genre is so overdone and many of the stories seem to have been built off one another. Not so with this series! It is completely original and I LOVE IT because I totally cannot predict anything that happens.
2. THIS IS A CLEAN READ! Somewhere between Twilight and now, paranormal/fantasy books (ESPECIALLY VAMPIRES) are like reading soft porn. That's the status quo. It is refreshing to read something that still has enough in the romance department to satisfy that part of a reader's curiosity, but keeps it clean enough that I can share this series with my niece and know that it's appropriate for her as well.
3. Neva is a total rogue. I love that the heroine is not always all-knowing or instinctively, magically right about every decision she makes. There is a learning curve for her as she navigates new powers with old memories and attempts to put them all to good use.
Those items being addressed, there is a new element in this book that I can't wait to see play out....HELSING. There are a couple clues dropped that make me think the dynamic between Thedryk and Neva as star-crossed lovers may be changing to include a love triangle. And who doesn't love those?!? Will they or won't they? Hmmm...
Well done once again Ms. Eliot! Thank you for sharing your talents with us!
**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review**
Haven’t read a vampire story in a while, plot twists always capture my attention. Best part about it is that it left me wanting more.
I must say this vampire tale enthralled me, it totally engrossed and captivated my attention, it is indeed like a boiling pot filled with steaming rage, deceit, steeped deep in treachery and betrayal. Imagine selling your twelve-year-old daughter into marriage on a guise of this joining would provide a means of protection and preserving you and your people way of life, only to be threatened by the very evil you sacrifice her to. Life is a bitch indeed sometimes karma is well deserving. A terrible ordeal for any child to endure, and mature real quick too. In my opinion, this twelve-year-old is our young heroine. Eliza is the heroine of this book to me she had no one she could trust or rely on except herself and Zachariah. Petty jealousy and envy caused a deep gulch and doubt in our young heroine’s mind now at the tender age of fourteen and forcibly impregnated by her monster of her husband all seem lost, but alas out of the ashes comes a tiny spark that ignited the flame of hope illuminating her way forward. A truly masterful storyline and an awesome crew of characters to back it, well written and induced with a lot of intrigues, a vampire tale that rivals others.
While I enjoyed the first novel...this novel was so much more!
The writing was better, the plot was so interesting, and I loved the characters.
In blizzard, we get a past flash back for a good portion of the beginning novel as to how eliza, zachariah, thedryk and kareese came to be. It was such a different unique take on how vampires came to be and I love it so much. Neva also grows in the end of the novel becoming so much stronger and fighting for what she believes. I cant wait for the third novel! There be better a third novel anyways xD Ill post a full review soon here and on my blog also one spoiler/compliant below so look away if you havent read >.>
My only compliant about this book was I need Thedryk and Neva to stop being brats and love each other already!! Kiss damn itxD
anyone who knows me knows how obsessed I am about vampires. this book did not upset. so unlike many other vamp books I've read but still just as well written and easy to love. It has just the right amount of angst, sappiness, and adventure.
Once again I would personally like to thank the author for this opportunity to review their book.
Our story carries on with our protagonist Neva and her search for her lost niece Lucy.
Eliza knows that Neva still has a lot to learn before going out into the world on her own so she sends Helsing and his men to search for Lucy knowing that they will not fail. With so many questions unanswered for Neva, Eliza knows she must continue her training by first learning where she came from and the battle that began before the vampires existed on earth. With Neva’s ability to look into the past, their minds travel back where Eliza grew up and first met Zachariah and his cousin Lord Reegan.
The first half of the book draws us into Eliza’s complicated past, betrothed at the age of 12 to secure her families situation, she finds herself whisked off to Lord Reegans’s castle to wed. Her mother, Janice, does not trust Lord Reegan or his means to marry her daughter so young, especially as he is 10 years older than she is.
Lord Reegan commands Zachariah to train Eliza to use a sword in order to defend herself if necessary which he is not happy with but trains her all the same. We begin to see how this creates a bond between them over the years they fight together. Lord Reegan attacks Zachariah for keeping secrets as well as his unmasked feelings for Eliza, which leaves Zachariah severely wounded. Eliza uses her powers to heal him infront of Lord Reegan and refuses to heal or return with him. He threatens to kill her family if they do not return to the castle, so they come up with a plan to get rid of Lord Reegan for good.
Without giving too much away, Eliza shows us the past up right until Kareese, who Neva is able to see the world through, turns 14 and her destiny is revealed. Still young and naive, Kareese is a typical teenager who is going through too many emotions including jealousy of the closeness between Thedryk and her mother. She’s brought up in war and bloodshed that still affects her until the very end. It’s good to get a glimpse in Kareese’s life to understand how young and innocent she really was but she still stood her ground when she needed too. It’s interesting to see how Thedryk reacts around Kareese when they are betrothed, there is only pain and jealousy on her side and duty on his.
In the second half of the book, Neva is brought back to the present day after experiencing her past life with Eliza and Zachariah and the war that occurred when she was young. Her older self is now experiencing visions of a full vampire that she is destined to fight against but cannot see what she looks like. Something is blocking her vision, but as her ability is getting more powerful, everyone in the castle is also able to see and experience her night terrors with her. With too many secrets still going around, Neva decides to leave the castle in search for her niece herself, of course with Thedryk by her side. Their feelings towards one another is still complicated with too many things left unsaid.
The story is great, I loved the way it brought us into the past to experience Eliza’s own story, which just made you fall in love with Zachariah. Neva and Thedryk’s relationship is still up and down as trust is still an issue, especially when Thedryk has secrets he cannot share. You know it’s going to last a lifetime, that their love will never die, but the tension remains. It would have been nice for the to have shared a kiss at least once.
One thing I found difficult to understand is how Zachariah returned and everything was normal again. Not that you really minded after you witnessed his past and how heroic and in love his was with Eliza. I read back through but I still couldn’t get my head around it. After the last book introduced us to his new stolen title as Lord Vlad, it just created more confusion and felt unfinished. I hope the next book will provide us with more about what happened to him in that timeline.
This story gets more and more crazy! There's so many stories within the main story. At first I was confused and had a tough time getting going in this book. After a short intro by Neva, it suddenly switches to a third person flashback to Neva's parents' story. Then after a time goes back to first person, but it's Neva's first life. I have to admit I wasn't crazy about the opening of the book, but once the story really started flowing there was no stopping me! I was fascinated by her parents' story and all the events that lead to Neva's first death. I was so into the story that it took my brain a bit to switch back to her current life. Then my brain fog lifted and pieces all fell together.
Elliot brings back Helsing as a main character and introduces a whole new type of character. The more answers you get, the more questions you ask! How did he get there? How many types of character are there? How did Zachary go from being a great guy to the villain from the first novel? Who is this mystery woman Neva keeps seeing and how does she fit?
By the end of the book I was so on edge. I wanted to read more. I wanted to know what was going to happen to all these complicated people I loved and hated (and those aren't mutually exclusive!) I was so into it that I turned the last page looking for more. And was sorely disappointed to find the end. I can't wait to see what twists and turns Elliot throws at us in the final book!
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