City of the Fallen Blog Tour - Review & Giveaway

Hey everyone! Today I have a stop on the City of the Fallen blog tour. This is a thrilling start to a series. I have a review of the book and a giveaway for you all.

City of the Fallen
Dark Tides #1
By: Diana Bocco

Five years ago, vampires came out of hiding and took over the world. It was meant to be a quick enslavement but it turned into a bloody battle that brought humanity to the brink of extinction.

Isabelle Bryant is one of the “lucky” survivors, now living in hiding, scavenging for food through deserted towns. 

And she’s tired of it. 

So she’s devised a plan: find the king of the vampires and drive a stake through his heart.

Except that wickedly sensual king Marcus is nothing like the monster she expected. And while landing on his bed was part of the plan all along, discovering that he might hold the key to humanity’s survival certainly wasn’t. The catch? Saving humanity also means ensuring vampire survival. It means giving up hope for a return to a human-ruled world. 

As sparks fly and hate becomes heat, Isabelle must pick a side -- before the darkness devours them all.

My review
The world changed when the creatures of the night came out of the shadows. Humans were killed and those left are in hiding. Supplies have nearly run out after five years. Five years of hiding have drove Isabelle ready to make a change. She heads out to one of the communities where vampires make humans pets. The vampires get blood and other pleasures and the humans get the chance to survive and live. Isabelle isn't going to just to better her chances of surviving. She is going to kill the vampire king Marcus. What she discovers after meeting Marcus is he may not be the monster she believed after all and he may hold the key to insuring humans and vampires don't become extinct. She also discovers she also just may be falling for him. A danger greater than the vampire king is rising and Isabelle discovers not even with the king she may be safe.

Isabelle is a character who has hidden strengths. You slowly get to know her as you read. She is headstrong, smart and really wants to help those that do need it. Marcus is a sexy vampire who really has been alone without growing attached to many people. He only lets a few grow close. He finds Isabelle very special and is falling for her quickly. She consume his thoughts. He really wants peace between the two species.

I really enjoyed this book as it has lots of action both fighting and sexual. You get to see just what makes these vampires tick and see they all aren't the same. Danger is something that is always around and you never know when you are safe. Everyone has secrets and you get to see a few. I think there is much more to learn about both the main characters. I love the chemistry between the two and how they both try to do what they can to help each other. They both have hard decisions to make and it does drive them apart not knowing everything about each other. If you love vampire books, dystopian books or just paranormal books give this one a try. I really like it.

4 out of 5 Stars

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Author Info
I've been a fan of all kinds of dark creatures since I was a kid (even before I discovered Stephen King at the age of 10). If it crawls in the night and tugs at your covers while you're sleeping, chances are I've written about it. It's probably no surprise that I'm a big fan of old buildings, urban exploring and things that go bump in the night. Oh, and Halloween, of course -- but that should go without saying. 

Growing up, I wanted to be Indiana Jones. I ended up not pursuing a degree in Archaeology (although I toyed with the idea for a while) but I did become a huge lover of travel and history. Aside from traveling to all corners of the world, I've also lived in five countries in three continents -- including three years in Siberia and two in Vietnam. I'm currently living in Thailand. 

I have a soft spot for animals (which is why you can be sure that in my stories, the dog will always make it) and right now have three wonderful -- but slightly crazy -- dogs in my life. And yes, they move with me from country to country. Too bad dogs can't accumulate frequent flyer miles!

In my other life, I also write nonfiction: articles, books, and even quizzes for the Discovery Channel website. I really can't help it -- I'm a nerd at heart and love research and discovering new things. Could be the Indiana Jones in me pushing me along. 

When it comes to life, I'm pretty fearless. I figure life is too short to live it too safely -- so I take risks and I try to have fun, whether that means snowshoeing in the middle of Siberia or going ghost-hunting in an abandoned asylum. And yes, I've done both.

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