1 Star rating
Cassandra Palmer World/Mircea Basarab
By Karen Chance
ISBN# 9780698182936
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

masks-cassandra-palmer-karen-chanceBack before Mircea ever met Cassie, he had a different life, a human one.  But that was taken away from him with a simple curse, one that turned him into a vampire.  He had to struggle to survive in a cutthroat world with no master to protect him, or to show him the ways of the vampire life.  He fled to Venice where masterless vampires were supposedly free.  Things weren’t as easy as he was led to believe.  But this is his story, one of starting over, and finding yourself a different person than you ever believed possible.

I came onto the Cassandra Palmer series pretty late, and have in fact only read the latest release in the series, Tempt the Stars.  But I rather liked the idea of reading more about Mircea, and truly learning his backstory and what he’s all about!  But sadly this book just didn’t live up to my high expectations.  There were some fun moments, no doubt.

“It was the first time he’d persuaded a girl into bed by mentioning the possibility of fleas.”

But I felt I had to muddle through so much … boredom, for lack of a better word, that it made the read just not worth it for me.

I enjoyed seeing more of Mircea, as he was the absent boyfriend in Tempt the Stars, and I wanted to know more about him.  I also found some of the other characters to be pretty fun, Paulo and Jerome being among my favorites.  But there just seemed to be so much pointless long conversation and events that just didn’t seem to add to the story at all, especially after Mircea and the other guys arrived at their new home.  By the time we got to the action, I just wasn’t interested enough to follow completely, the majority of the story drug out and was just slow in general.

Maybe this has to do with the fact that I haven’t read the entire series, but I really don’t think so.  I felt pretty confident in understanding the happenings of the series, without having read the previous books.  But who knows?  Maybe I’d be more invested in Mircea’s backstory if I was more invested in his character.

*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying us with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*