Stormrise by Skye Knizley
Author: Skye Knizley
Series: Storm Chronicles Book 1
Publish Date: October 31, 2013
Publisher: Vamptasy Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Perspective: First Person and Third Person variation
Publisher’s Description: Life isn’t easy for Detective Raven Storm. Her best friend was recently killed and dismembered, her latest case ended with her partner in intensive care, and her mother, the vampiric Mistress of the City is playing matchmaker… again. The last thing she wants is another bizarre murder case with a partner she doesn’t know. But that is exactly what she gets when she is handed the enigmatic case of Nathan King, who was found in his car with a gaping hole where his stomach should be.
Soon Raven is unraveling a mystery that leads her deep into the city’s preternatural underworld, and into the arms of a sexy vampire she barely knows, but whose heart she seeks in the darkness….
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (in other words, SPOILERS!).
Nervous Nellie says…
Main characters: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Ravenel Storm is a homicide detective that has a tough time keeping partners. She throws herself into dangerous spot after dangerous spot because she is Fürsten which is another term for bodyguard, enforcer, heir to the throne, and second in command to her mother, Lady Valentina, the vampire queen. To make things interesting, she is also a dhamphyr. Her deceased human father was a cop, so naturally she felt she needed to follow in his footsteps. Her new partner is Rupert Levac who has taken on the persona of Columbo but has a terrible nickname on the Chicago Police Force of “Codumbo.” He is rumpled mess, but I think he’s smart as a tack.
Other characters: ♥ ♥ ♥ Ravenel “Raven” has several full vampire brothers and sisters, but her mother is the Queen of the court. One of the court attendees is Francois Du Guerre. He is dashing, well connected and seems to fall for Raven right away. He is always there to help her and he understands the difficulties of being Fürsten. He is sweet, kind and understanding. They both fall for each other quickly. The other detectives are not very friendly to Raven and her siblings seem to have their own agendas.
World: ♥ ♥ ♥ The story takes place in contemporary Chicago, IL. It’s a regular mystery/thriller type world with paranormal creatures running around. Often these paranormal creatures are the ones doing the killing and Raven is the one that is responsible to make it stop…..permanently.
Story: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ As Fürsten, Raven must police her mother’s court, her mother’s territory and keep everyone and everything in line. It’s a tough line to walk because she is needed to solve crimes as well as protect her mother who is Mistress of the City. It seems like Raven is in up to her neck with trying to keep the humans from finding out about vampires and vampires from eating the humans when she meets Francois and her life turns for the better. The other part of the story has to do with the ritualistic homicides that can’t pass for normal, the relationship she builds with Rupert and more twists and turns than you can imagine.
Overall: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I liked the whole concept of the story. I liked the characters even though Raven seems indestructible. If she could be a little less super hero-ish, then I guess it wouldn’t be fantasy. The only thing that was a bummer for me was the cliffhanger. I can’t spoil it, but be sure you have book two ready and in the wings because you are going to need it RIGHT AWAY!
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