I’m very picky about what I enjoy to read. I’ve always been a Stephen King fan and so always enjoyed staying around the same genre.
I find nothing wrong with staying around what you like, either, despite what other people say. Then, I came across this back cover… A Night Prince Novel, Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost.
My Love for Vlad the Impaler
When I first saw the back cover of the novel, I was on the fence. I then looked at the front cover and almost refused to read the book. However, I reminded myself, “Do not judge a book by its cover.” I bought it and never regretted it.
Everyone has to understand; I know Vlad the Impaler’s life by heart. I have an obsession with that historical man. He was a pure genius who lived in harsh times. He had gone through all levels of nightmarish hell and back.
“No, I do my torturing in the dungeon like any other respectable castle owner.” — Vlad, A Night Prince series, Once Burned
I have read so much about Vlad that even with the book in my hands I wasn’t sure if I genuinely wanted to read it. Then, my curiosity about vampires took over. I wanted and still want to this day, to become a better author and read what other more successful authors have to say and the words they used.
I know Vlad, I know vampires, I know the psychology behind the man that he was. Everything in me was hesitant about reading the book. Especially that cover that had the graphic designer in me say, “Oh dear, what have they done to you!”
One summer afternoon, after months I had bought the book, I go to lie down in my summer chair beside the pool and opened Once Burned.
Oh, my Vlad!
I started reading the novel and got hooked on the story from the start despite saying to myself, “Okay, when is Vladislav coming in, now?” Don’t worry; it was well calculated, it was the just the “fangirling” on my part.
“That one tickled. If electrocution is your way of flirting, I commend you on your originality.” – Vlad, Once Burned
The personality given to Vladislav is very authentic to the man he was. His possessiveness over his heroine is entirely in line with what the Impaler would’ve been and done. However, there is more to Vladislav than the torturous man, and Jeaniene Frost was able to see past that, and I was impressed.
The way she was able to harmonize what skills her central woman has with those of Vladislav was quite impressive in itself. They belong together, and there is no doubt about it. The mystery, the tension, the “what’s going to happen!” everything is well synchronized and had me turn the page without looking at the time.
Vladislav is the sexiest man I thought he would’ve been and that made me quite happy to read. He is a tease, and I loved it!
The Overall Bite
I’m hooked, Jeaniene Frost is now one of my favorite authors! I’m sold on her writing!
The presentation of the characters, the setting, the environment, and world-building are all things that I pay attention to with focus. The book does not disappoint! Very original and the writing is accessible to everyone yet, very hypnotizing. It was pure joy to read it.
The research made on Vladislav, quite well done I must admit, however, I have yet to read the other novels to state how accurate she was to the historical man. So far so good! The personality and choice of torture are right, as impaling was not his only “go-to” way of torturing people.
The book has a very nice pace and is very easy to fall for and is a page-turner. Be careful, don’t read it if you have a ton of things to do or if you need to get up early and the morning and decide to read it before going to bed! It’s that good!
My rating is a good 9 out of 10, only because I’m never a fan of “family members” in stories. However, I’ll see where that goes, and it’s a very personal taste.
Next, Twice Tempted!
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