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5.0 out of 5 starsBleeding Hearts 1
Reviewed in the United States on February 29, 2020
Sophie learns about the others, think demivamp,vampires, and werewolves. She may be their person of wisdom or like a Dear Abby for the others.
BLEEDING HEARTS is a story of romance, mystery, friendship, growth, appetites and (spoiler alert!) VAMPIRES! Sounds like every other vampire novel out there, right? Well, don't judge this book by its predecessors or predators. This story, these vampires, and the engaging ride Ms. Krafton takes you on are nothing short of AWESOME FUN. The author has masterfully woven an inspired tale of love, blood and history which is unique and captivating. Her exemplary use of prose and humor throughout made the book highly readable, clipping along at a neck break pace. This is the first book I have read by Ash Krafton but I will definitely be reading more!
Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2016
Wow!!! At first i felt like the story was dragging. But I think that was just me. What a Gr8 story and author. I loved Sophie's snaky attitude. I laughed & I cried. And when I do thaw, then I know I've had a Gr8 read. 5 Thumbs up. Oh, just a side note; I'm pissed at Marek.
5.0 out of 5 starsBleeding Hearts: Book One of the Demimonde
Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2012
I read all sorts of books may many writers. Many of them are series of books about vampires. This book I wouldn't say is right up there with Twilight, Vampire Diaries, Thirst (Last Vampire), Anita Blake, or the Ann Rice novels but rather stands out on it's own. That is what I love about it. It's borderline young adult to adult novel. The characters are easy to connect to and the story just flows. I honestly had a hard time putting the book (kindle) down and would recomend anyone reading it. And personally can't wait until the next book comes out. :)
Bleeding Hearts is a wonderfully written story about an advice columnist (Sophie) who is out to save the world one darned person at a time. As I read the book, I became fully immersed in the storyline and I could not put the book down. The characters are very well developed. It is a refreshing new twist to the classic vampire tale.
Bleeding Hearts is the first book in the Demimonde series of books. It is about Sophie, who is a former nurse turned advice columnists. She is very troubled. There was a man writing who was depressed and she was unable to help him. She knew this when she saw his obituary in the newspaper, but the problem is that he wrote her another letter just last week. Now how can someone come back from the dead to write her, and how did he know her home address instead of sending it to the magazine where she works? When talking to her editor Barbara about it, Barbara suggested maybe it had been written before his death, but the post mark on the letter is after. And it is his handwriting and signature, Sophie is sure about it. The whole thing has left her feeling very uneasy. When Sophie is heading to the bus stop a homeless man approaches her for a quarter, and instead she gives him a bus token and tells him where there is a very good shelter. After the man moves off another man gives Sophie a hard time about being too naïve and told her she was wasting her time trying to help. This makes all the weird feelings even worse. What is going on? This is the very beginning of the book and it just pulls the reader in right away. I will not spoil anything so you must get it to read for yourself.
This book is awesome. The character development is excellent and the story flows along at a nice pace. If you like stories about paranormal, vampire like subspecies and thrilling action. I can’t wait to get the next book in the series. This is a great book for anyone who likes paranormal fantasy novels.
This review is written after listening to an Audio version of this book.
I have to say that this book about Sophie Galen, an advice columnist for a newspaper and her meeting and subsequent relationship with Marek Thurzo, a high ranking member of the Demimonde was, in my opinion, slow to get going but once it did it held my attention because I just had to find out what was going to happen.
For the uninitiated, as I was, into the world of the Demimonde I'll give you some basics - Demivamipres exist in our world, the can live amongst us without our knowledge, they can walk in the sun, they have superhuman strength and do the things we associate with Vampires - but they have not fallen or evolved into Vampire, they are not for want of a better word evil.
When Sophie meets Marek she is drawn to him and his world, she has always been able to feel empathy for people, hence her occupation as an advice columnist but with Marek she can feel/sense so much more. Marek believes her to be a "Sophia" an oracle and giver of salvation to the Demimonde. As their relationship evolves they become lovers and Marek introduces her to his world and all it entails but will they be able to stay together?
Overall it was an interesting book, but it did end on a huge cliffhanger which left me wanting more. The narration by Kelly Pruner was excellent and the characters were well defined and the chemistry between Sophie and Marek sizzled. The world created here was very good. This story has a unique take on vampire's and their world.
I was given this book as a gift and am voluntarily writing this review.