Aug 23, 2011

Review--Blood Secrets by Jeannie Holmes


Alex allowed a case involving murdered vamps to get personal and is suspended from the Federal Bureau of Preternatural Investigation. Now she’s facing an official inquiry but has a chance to redeem herself. The catch: She must once again work with Varik Baudelaire, her former mentor and ex-fiancĂ©, as he spearheads a search for a missing college student. But Varik has been keeping secrets from Alex, and his mysterious past is on a collision course with his present.

When Alex and Varik discover a carefully handcrafted doll at a crime scene, neither of them can see how close the danger really is or that a killer known as the Dollmaker has made Alex the object of his horrific desire. Now the only way out of the Dollmaker’s lair is through the twilight realm of the Shadowlands, where all secrets—for better or worse—will be revealed.

Jeannie Holmes's Blood Secrets was freaking incredible!! I loved it from beginning to end! I don't even know where to start on this review, just that it was so awesome and I don't want to spoil it as I gabber. Let's give this a try though! ;)
So things are still intense for Alex after her last case. Alex is still trying to figure out what her father was up to before he died. Also, she and Varik are still trying to work on their relationship along with readjusting to their reinstated blood bond created by Alex. But their relationship woes get put on hold when a serial killer pops up. One that Varik has followed in the past but he always alluded him (Varik). Now he's back in town and there's a girl missing--one who happens to have red hair.

Fear not, it's not Alex! But Alex becomes deeply involved in the case for reasons she doesn't realize. The Dollmaker, as he is known by for his creepy doll collection, has an infatuation with Alex. He's one seriously creepy dude! When reading scenes from his perspective (it's all third person p.o.v, but there are multiple p.o.v.s) I was weirded out! His character development was done supremely well. We love to love our heroes and heroines and even hate our villains, but being totally creeped out by the villains takes talent and Jeannie's got it!

This novel looks into Alex's past and she goes through an emotional train-wreck of sorts throughout the book due to certain events. Complications arise between her and Varik as well when secrets from his past are revealed. This book reveals tons of secrets too by the way! Some that were quite shocking!

It's hard to get into everything since so much happened in the book with all the different characters and how events that happened to one person may effect another! While it sounds complicated, it really isn't! There's also another dangerous vampire out there that ties into the Dollmaker's case as well that led to other interesting developments!

I do have to admit that I LOVED the cameo appearance of one Ms. Vicki Pettersson when she arrived around page 206! And she was still a Vegas resident too!! Thought it to be very clever!

The story was very gripping and engaging, as the bulk of it occurs in 2 days time, but with the different p.o.v.s it literally flies by! And the ending leads to more shocking surprises and revelations. The next Alexandra Sabian Novel is going to be awesome! I just know it! It is possible that it will look more at Alex's upcoming trial as that didn't occur this time around, but the ball is rolling into place for more outstanding revelations!

Overall rating 5/5 stars

Thanks again goes to Jeannie for sending me a copy! I totally loved it! Can't wait for the next one!!

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