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One Bite So continues my obsession with twisted fairy tales The Blood Prince series is definitely feeding that obsession ;One Bite is a very witty title when you think about it This twisted take on Snow White has the apple the wicked step mother the woodsman and the dwarves but the real uestion is does the ‘one bite’ refer to the poisoned apple or the Vampire prince?Kirill plots while Irina negotiates They both have secrets that they are keeping for very different reasons Even thought the story is familiar there is still a fair amount of mystery After all this tale is twisted ;I’m loving the interesting turns in this series that not only take the characters in totally unexpected directions but hint at things to come The women in these ‘tales’ are just as strong as the men destined to save them The men are beginning to realize that they are a much stronger force working together instead of against one another I can’t wait to see what happens nextSpeaking of next Golden Stair is our next twisted tale in The Blood Prince series Long hair a towerhmmm?? 3 starsThis is a re imagining of Snow White with a Vampire Prince and a wicked Sorceress stepmother I didn't mind the storyline of a calculating Vampire Prince Kirill plotting to overthrow his Vampire father as King and the Mary Sue Irina who befriends everyone and so became a pawn for Kirill in seeking alliances with other kingdoms What really grated is the narrator's decision to use this cheesy Russian TV gangster voice for Kirill and it just made all those seduction scenes sleazy than sexy especially when Irina is supposed to be swooning over his sexy voice and I'm cringing so have deducted 12 star from the rating 4 Toe to Toe StarsVery very good A Snow White remake like I haven't read before Even better than book 1 On to book 3 Happy reading A blonde bold prince A damsel in distress with snow white skin and ruby red lips A wicked forever young stepmother with a magic mirror Dwarfs who mine gems Though it might sound like it Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs this isn't Vampiric Prince Kirill preys on pretty necks while seeking to dethrone his father beautiful Irina is a community organizer capable of leaving Saul Alinsky in her dust and a gargoyle joy rides through Evil Stepmother's mirror all in a fantasy land that looks and sounds suspiciously like pre industrial RussiaThis is the second in Jennifer Blackstream's Blood Prince series which takes traditional fairy tales and turns them on their sides I enjoyed the first Cinderella story of a lycanthrope prince seeking his perfect mate I enjoyed this second story even Prince Kirill is wily and scheming and even a little smarmy His ambitions have led him to force favors rather than seek friendly alliances However at his non beating heart he seeks to be a good king to keep his realm strong And he thinks he can do it better than his ruthless father One night Kirill comes upon a lovely girl in the snow and takes her to the dwarfs For his part he is just being a Good Samaritan However Irina discovers it is the prince who assisted her and that gets her wondering about the man and whether he will be a good king or tax his subjects into poverty Her activist personality won't go into neutral even though the dwarfs warn her that Prince Kirill might just suck her dry if she is rude to him The two meet Irina insults Kirill He thinks she is a spicy little morsel with an intriguing mind and no wish for longevityAs much as Kirill might want a little neck nip he exercises supreme control over his actions In fact his entire life is about control And obtaining even control A vampire without control over his bloodlust was an animal not a man and certainly not a kingUnfortunately Irina will not be controlled She confounds him even as his attraction for her grows In turn she practically melts at his silky voice He speaks and she gets turned on She can't believe she covets such a manipulator His voice has no business outside the bedroom she thought miserably It shouldn't be possible to be attracted to someone threatening to end your lifeThese personality foibles Kirill's need for supremacy and Irina's determination to live life on her terms are revealed in insightful layers by author Jennifer Blackstream They humanize these two fairy tale celebrities and make the story that much poignant Amid magical mayhem the two fall in love but the villains looking to end them are many The plot and action in this story are utterly unpredictable while the hero and heroine are inspiring but flawed and that makes a familiar fairy tale become fantastic fiction A vampire and Snow White story rolled up all into one? Sign me upThe vampire prince Kirill is plotting to over throw his father and become king and so he's on a consent search for allies and he'll do anything to make sure he accomplish his goal And a certain woman is the only person that can help him now Irina will not allow her fear of others and their powers to stop her from living and she wont be taken advantage of if she has anything to say about it Not even from her evil sorceress stepmother and certainly not from the prince whose fangs threaten her with death She agrees to a bargain with her aid in helping the prince gain a political alliances with creatures beyond the veil in return for a reduction in the royal tithe her people are forced to pay to the crown I love that Irina is so kind and wise my respect for her went up when she spoke to the prince as her eual saying that allies can be your friends and that they are stronger allies to you if you are either family or good friends to them She also wont take advantage of her friends to gain the things she wants and that's why her friends are so loyal and protective of her I liked it when she said that she would never ask or demand her allies to fight for her as she is a very humble person My favourite line Terror reaches inside you and twists your mind colors your decisions and limits your options If I’m going to live my life under the constant threat of death then I’m going to live it on my terms And this one “My circumstances have taken certain choices from me I’ll be damned if I let fear take any ” I love that the prince desires power and the crown but is secretly kind and just And that his love interest desires vengeance and her peoples safety but she just wants to live a happy life with the ones she love I like this couple together and I like the slow shift of the prince takes throughout the book The first book in this series Before Midnight took the traditional Cinderella tale spun it around added new elements and a much darker atmosphere and produced an exciting version with a werewolf prince One of the things I appreciated about it is the Prince is than merely Charming – he comes with complete with rough spots the occasional dent and a lot of tarnish This book does the same for Snow White and the Seven Dwarves The vampire prince of this story is only charming when it serves his political agenda and does he have an agenda Not born a vampire he was raised to be the next king But now that his whole family has become vampires his inheritance is iffy to say the least To say that our hero finds that unacceptable is an understatement Machiavelli would have found his plotting admirableEnter our heroine who the prince finds injured in in the woods He delivers her to the nearby cottage of the seven dwarves and moves on not truly expecting to ever see her again And you know what happens then she plays Susie Homemaker for the dwarves until she’s well enough to pursue her own agenda You see Irena is a crusader believing in truth justice and euality for all members of the kingdom When she shows up at the Prince’s door to examine his intentions for the kingdom he is stunned He had thought about her but assumed that she would be both obseuious and grateful for his condescension and aid As the story progresses he wavers between wanting to kill her and kiss her Guess which side winsOf course there’s the reuisite wicked stepmother and poisoned apple and let’s not forget the glass coffin but even they have a new twist To rescue his beloved the prince is going to have to learn to ask nicely for help Machiavelli would shudderOne of my favorite bits is the fact that the Prince’s family was assassinated and rose as vampires because the King had been having them all drink blood as part of his interpretation of an ancient prophecy I can’t help thinking that if that got around a lot of people would be sharpening the carving knives and inviting their least favorite relatives to dinnerI also love the use of Russian folklore elements They enrich the background of the story and make the characters even interesting I liked that Kyrill was a researcher as well as a plotter I like that Irena isn’t entirely a goody two shoes She really and understandably wants to put it to her stepmotherWe get further glimpses into the series’ story arc and the princes themselves Anticipation for the stories that the other princes will play in is building They actually have roles to play with in this story not simply part of the framing prologue which was delightful All in all I’m finding this a great series and am looking forward to the next story and the ones after thatBlood Prince seriesBefore Midnight Blood Prince #1One Bite Blood Prince #2Golden Stair Blood Prince #3I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review This is my absolute favorite from one of my favorite authors I am in love with Kirill He is a sexy dark plotting and obsessive vampire hero I thought his character was very well done it is hard to make a hero this dark and still make him loveableIrina held her own with this alluring hero She was sweet intelligent brave and intriguing I loved how she marched into a vampire den and started making demands Kirill’s devotion to her is so endearing I would like to encourage anyone who doesn’t like paranormal fantasy or romances to skip this book It is unfair to the author and readers to read a genre you don’t like and then give it a bad rating I have read the entire Blood Prince series twice and will read them again in the future They can all be read as standalones if you skip the prologues and epilogues which I honestly skim through anyways I really couldn’t care less about the whole “World Tree” plot WARNING there is sex in this book it is not erotica but enough to be a steamy hot adult romance Blackstream usually sticks to just 1 scene towards the end of each book Please do not read if you are looking for something PG Romance 55 Steaminess 45 Explicitness 35 I received this book in exchange for an honest review LoP or Lovers of ParanormalI liked this second book than I liked the first and honestly I think it was because of Irina she had a much likeable character than in the first bookSo this book is an adaptation of snow white with a vampire Irina being snow white and the vampire Prince Kirill being Prince charming I loved loved loved Indiana who was not the Disney snow white but a gutsy rebellious and adventurous of a snow white and the huntsman snow white Kirill was also uite a fun character however I am getting a bit annoyed with bad boys always doing the right thing just be bad for me pleaseThe secondary characters were ok although instantly forgettable I didn't mind however since I really did love the main charactersThe pacing was good and kept me reading until the early hours of the morning The storyline was good especially the little changes which set it apart from the original story Definitely deserves the 4 star rating really did enjoy reading this 4 Stars This story was a huge improvement for me over the first bookI felt as though the storyline was deeper and engaging the characters fierce and somewhat darker and the overall feel of the book was less rushed allowing the story to unfold in it's entirety Irina is a strong independent brave and sensual heroine that stood toe to toe with Kirill the scheming yet loyal and undeniably sexy vampirethe two together provided a scorching chemistry that added a sultry dynamic to the overall storylineI also enjoyed the reconnection of the Blood Princes and the small details that provide clues to each of their unfolding storieslooking forward to the next book in the series An alternate cover for this ASIN can be found hereIrina is determined to continue her fight for freedom Freedom for her from her evil sorceress stepmother and freedom for every faction in the kingdom of Dacia Unfortunately her stepmother isn’t about to let that happen and she’s got a poisoned apple and a glass coffin with Irina’s name on themKirill is a vampire prince determined to be a vampire king Unfortunately his vampiric father has no intentions of vacating the throne anytime soon and the prophecy Kirill found hinting at a “Great New Kingdom” is proving tricky to translate It doesn’t help that the beautiful woman he found unconscious in the woods seems determined to undermine his authority at every turn He’d kill her himself if she didn’t have the strangest gift for soothing his bloodthirsty spiritEven an undead mastermind can’t foresee everything Seven dwarves A poison apple A glass coffin It’s a strange and terrifying world when events can take a turn for the better or worse with justOne Bite

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