Saturday, October 1, 2011

Review: Blood and Light Book 1 & Smoke and Mirrors book 2 by Rue Volley

" Enter into the world of 16 year old Rue Volley...who up until one fateful night at a party, thought she was ""normal"" or as ""normal"" as she could be. But ""normal"" does not include being a vampire...a truth about herself that she will soon discover.

  Rue Volley lives in the quiet little town of Calvary, Minnesota...nestled in the thick woods lining the great lakes. Rue, along with her brother Kai have lived an otherwise calm life up until their Mother was commited into Rolling River Asylum, after she mysteriously stopped speaking to anyone. Rue is convinced by her brother to attend a party on her birthday and after she experiences something that she cannot explain, she and everyone in her world is thrown into madness. Join Rue on this epic journey, 6 books in all, as she struggles with grief, love, humor, old crushes, new found infatuations, hot boys AND vampires, lots and lots of them.

  This first book in the series starts you on a journey that you will find hard to ignore and once you start reading you will be hooked...or perhaps bitten."

My Thoughts:
One of my favorite genres to read has always been vampires, but after awhile and you have read SOOO many vampire novels,  you have to give the vamps a rest and try a new "outside your comfort zone" genre, so I have been visiting with some other friends like werewolves, faries, witches and even some shapeshifters and a whole lot of romance.  Sometimes when you read too much of one genre they all seem to blend together and become not boring but just the same.

When I agreed to read this series the blurb of both books, something grabbed my attention and I thought I would re-visit my favorite vampire friends, hoping it would be different, I was not disappointed one little bit, and you will not be either.  Most books I read have the ability to take me right into the story, to me that is a great book, some take me half way, but I love it when I read a book that takes me completely into a book from the first chapter  and hold me there right until the very last page, and leave me totally shocked and surprised and wanting more RIGHT NOW lol.  This was one of those books. 

It was almost like I was right there living and feeling right along with all the characters, it was filled with laughter, magic, it was packed with action and I loved the love triangle that went along with it.

Now this is a two-part review as I have read the second book in this series as well so I will just keep going with my thoughts on book 2 Smoke and Mirrors.

 Book two in the Blood & Light Vampire series takes Rue, our teenage vampire, even deeper into the rabbit hole that has become her life. This book introduces a deeper look into the vampire city of “Valon” that all vampires derive from…taking a darker turn as you are invited into their world and their lack of compassion for the human race, and even in some cases, a total disregard for their own kind. As the story twists and turns you are also introduced to two new vampires, that of a sister/brother team by the names of “Jonah & Lily” who run a travelling carnival, luring unsuspecting humans into their lair, not only to seduce….but to feed upon. Rue faces many dangers in this addition, not only from her own kind…but this new vampire breed…that of the rogues, who serve no one but themselves and their own desires. Rue also struggles with her want to be “normal” as she comes to terms with the fact that she is indeed a vampire of great importance, and as she navigates her way through this she is also coming to realize that Joshua Barrington has seduced her and perhaps stolen her heart. Please join us as you find yourself sucked deeper into an epic story in the life of one girl, who although she has good intention, may indeed be her own worst enemy. Book two is more graphic in nature…with language, sexual situations and violence. Sure to make you laugh, cry…and realize that sometimes you find yourself standing at the corner of WTF and OMG. 

My Thoughts:
OMG, the second book in this fantastic series has surpassed my expectations. I loved the introduction of the 2-new characters Jonah and Lily, sister and brother who run a travelling carnival.  To seduce and feed upon, they lure in very unsuspecting humans.  

I'm not going to go to much more into the details as I'm trying really hard to avoid spoilers, and I hate spoilers and if I ruined it for you, you would come back to really mad as there are 2 more books to this series.  I must say book two is more graphic but took me on an awesome roller coaster ride of emotions, you will laugh, cry, get mad, and just be totally surprised at the end of the book.  So without any more of my babble, go pick up your copies and dive into a great series.  I hope you all enjoy as much as I did.  Enjoy everyone!!!!!!!!!!

There are six books in the series, currently books 1 and 2 are available for sale at
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About Rue Volley:

Rue Volley lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her two pugs "Momo" & "Oshi" and her fantastic and supportive husband, Von. She attended Catholic Schools her entire life and ended up playing in an alternative rock band at the age of 18. She played music, specifically guitar, violin and handled vocals for the band, up until 2004, then she met her now husband, Von, and moved from Ohio to Indiana and started to work in retail management.

She spent the next 6 years running clothing stores and then she started to write, producing the 6 book vampire series in a little under 11 months.

She released the first book, "Blood & Light", on authorhouse in 2010, which is a self publishing company, and within 6 months sold over 2000 copies of the first installment, she was then noticed and picked up by Vamptasy Publishing in the UK and now the entire series will be available through Vamptasy. Rue splits her time between writing and photography now and plans on continuing the series, possibly for 2 more installments. She is also working on a new series, about a teenage witch, and plans to release this series sometime in 2012 through Vamptasy too. Rue is completely dedicated to her art and to her fans...and believes that if you think you can do something, it is as good as done.!/RueVolley


1 comment:

  1. I know read this myself and the vampires have some major unique powers. Can't wait for Oil & Water. Josh is so getting it.

    Thanks for reviewing.