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Friday, November 29, 2019
Thursday, November 28, 2019
I have a complicated relationship with Anja, which accounts for the three star rating (on Goodreads). While I enjoy yelling at her to make better choices, I do wish she would actually listen to a few of them on occasion. Her character is very driven by her emotions, and comes across as a temperamental little sister rather than a grown vampire making her way in her new undead world.
However, I also enjoy how fresh-faced Anja is in this sinister underworld. Bishop, meanwhile, is on my list. THAT list. The one that makes me want to press the gas pedal if I see him cross the road. I am now in book two and he has exposed some redeemable qualities. Readers who appreciate a damaged alpha may welcome him with open arms. I put up with him, waiting to catch more glimpses of Anja's maker, Jakob. I am curious to see if Bishop wins me over.
Overall, it is a slower-paced read for those who like to relish the moments of change, to really get to know the characters. As I said, I am in book #2 now and plan to keep going so long as Anja and I don't fall out before then.
Review for Meet Me When The Sun Goes Down, book #2 in the Forged Bloodlines series:
Sometimes, Anja's life seems like one cringe-worthy night out, like when you lose your phone, fall off the sidewalk, and fart in between songs at the bar. When all you want is for the guy you like to notice your existence, and NOT just because of the aforementioned noisy fart at the bar.
Anja and I had a rough relationship in book #1, by book #2 we found ourselves in a cozy headlock. Okay, I'm mostly joking. I really warmed up to Anja in Meet Me. I was rooting for her to win, to get her well-deserved night out where everything goes right.
Bishop even proves to have stand-up intentions, becoming more emotionally available. Not completely, but it's a start. It was painful to live through Anja's back-to-back rejections. In this second installment, the reader is given hope that Bishop is more than a bag of unmentionable phalluses waiting to pick a fight. He still isn't my favorite, but the tender moments and candid talks pave the way for something resembling a relationship. There is hope for Bishop yet. Anja's maker, Jakob, remains mysterious and intriguing, waiting in the wings. My favorite for now, though I have a feeling he has a darker side than we've been shown.
While Anja's social climb in the vampiric underworld was a positive development, my one real gripe would have to be the scene when her parents show up in the dean's office to tell her just how worried they are about her waning grades and attendance -Not to mention how upset they would be if they knew just how much blood she was drinking or how often she got someone killed. In reality, no matter who is paying for one's college courses, no one -and I mean NO ONE- will be given access to your records. Believe me, my friend's parents once tried it. You don't make it past the secretary at the front desk.
Overall, the storyline flowed well and leaves readers geared up for an adventure in book #3, which I will be reading as soon as I finish a few projects of my own. My feelings toward Anja started out a bit rocky, but I've grown to like her inquisitive and, at times, naive nature. Maybe she embodies that inner voice in all of us. The one that makes us second guess ourselves even as we refuse to give up.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019