Happy Monday everyone!! Today I am happy to be taking part in the Release blog tour. On my stop will be my review, an interview, and tour wide giveaway. For the full tour schedule click on the banner to be taken to the tour page.
- Publisher: Visionary Press Cooperative
- Publication date: 1/3/2013
- Source: eBook provided by Xpresso Book Tours for review
The old saying goes, “The ends justify the means”...
For vampire Miranda Dandridge, using her supernatural abilities to rescue children from impossible circumstances is her means to be a part of the human world that she loves so much, despite the atrocities of WWII.
For doctor Ben Gongliewski, saving his fellow Jews from the horrific death camps is an end for which he risks his own life every day, hiding his Jewish heritage while feigning loyalty the SS.
Neither Miranda nor Ben expects to find love in World War II Europe, but that is exactly what happens as they work for the Resistance. When the war draws to a close, it seems like the vampire and the doctor are free to start a future together. Yet the two forget just how far the Nazis will go to further their own evil ends.
Desperate times make for ruthless men as loves and lives are threatened, but, Miranda and Ben know that their world cannot go to hell, not by any means…
I don't tent to read a lot of historical fiction, but I do like vampire novels, and this one sounded interesting. Humans and vampires is nothing new, but I liked that they were working together fighting for a cause they believe in. They are rescuing children and moving them to safe houses. I also loved how we get the history of how not only vampires, but werewolves and demons were created also. I did have a bit of a hard time with the somewhat large cast of characters and the third person POV that moves around a lot. I know some people really like that style, but to me it's hard to connect to the characters or story. I did like the book though.
Miranda is unusual for a vampire. Where most of her kind don't really care for humans very much and just think of them as a food source, she has compassion and a need to do good and help them. She is part of the Resistance during WWII helping rescue Jewish children from homes before the Nazi's come in and kill them. It's much easier to do with her vampire powers so she uses her abilities for good. She isn't against killing humans, though. She knows she needs to "eat". She just tries to leave the young or innocent alone if possible. I liked that she was very humanized for a vampire, but she never regrets that she is a vampire. It is who she is and she knows that. She is also a really great friend. Vanessa, a demon, and Rose, a werewolf are the other two girls who have been helping her carry out the rescues before Ben enters the picture, and she would do anything to keep them safe. I think that her love for Ben blinds her sometimes though, and she didn't see some things that were right in front of her. She also makes a lot of excuses for him because he's a human and she is so convinced that their minds are so different. I really did like her though. I thought in general she was a very strong character, with a few minor weaknesses that got the best of her at times.
Ben was a bit of an odd character for me. I didn't like or dislike him. He was just there. I think this is a lot because of the writing style. I wanted to believe he was a good guy. He's Jewish, but has to hide it, that's why these missions to save the children is so important to him. I think he kind of takes the reveal of vampires, werewolves, and demons a little too easily, but that's just me. His interests first were in Rose, but he then begins to fall for Miranda. I never really trusted him much though. He always seemed to get so worked up over "their cause" and "doing what's right". There was just something about him that bothered me, and it would almost go away at times when his love for Miranda was shining through, but it was still always there. I think he was just maybe a bit too passionate about what he believes to be right and it leads him in the wrong direction.
This started off really slow for me, but I did find myself enjoying the story after about halfway through. It seemed very long to me, and I don't know if it was the story taking a while to get into, the third person POV, or just my frame of mind at the time while reading it, but in the end I thought it was worth the read. Things get quite complicated for them and some pretty crazy things happen. I still never did really connect with the characters, but I did like most of them. I kind of figured where this story was going, but it was still entertaining to read. I thought that putting the vampires and demon elements in this time period and war was quite interesting and something that paranormal and historical fiction lovers will enjoy.
How the idea for Release Came to Nicole
Miranda’s character had been in my head since 1987, as a way for me to put myself in The Lost Boys and ride up and down the Santa Clara boardwalk on the back of David’s motorcycle. But, through the years, she’d stayed in my head, always jumping into someone else’s story. Summer of 2008 found me reading a lot of paranormal books, such as the Blood Ties series and Twilight. This was a departure from my usual British murder mysteries or historical fiction reads. After reading Henry Fitzroy’s history through flashbacks in the novels, which made me wonder what Miranda was doing during pivotal world events, such as WWII. Of course, she’d be against evil;, but I struggled with laying it all down into a full-fledged book. Then I read Twilight, and something inside me clicked, and I found the voices I would use, and how to lay down each scene, and it all flowed nicely from there.
Great guest post. I love that Miranda was in your head as a way to put yourself in The Lost Boys!! I love that movie!!
About the author
As a lawyer, Nicole Hadaway knows all about bloodsuckers and deals with the devil. She currently lives in Texas where she pens such tales involving the supernatural, featuring her heroine, the vampire Miranda Dandridge.
1 eBook copy of Release by Nicole Hadaway
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