Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Review: Nightshade - Michelle Rowen

Nightshade, 1
Genre: paranormal romance / urban fantasy
Pages: 352
Published: February 1st 2011 Berkley

Jillian Conrad never believed in vampires-until she was unwillingly injected with a serum that was supposed to act as a deadly poison to them. Now, tormented half-vampire Declan Reese wants her blood to destroy the undead kingdom. Unfortunately, the serum has also made her blood irresistible to all vampires-including Declan, whose desire for Jillian is more than mere hunger.

My thoughts:
This book just got better and better. First it was ok, then good, and that the end I did not want to let go of the people and the world.

Jillian lives a normal life in a normal world, until the day a freaky professor injects her with poison and then she gets kidnaps by one scary looking guy. She is scared, but she is also tough, and I liked that about her. She had to adjust quickly as she learnt that there are evil vampires out there and she now cos of the serum is poison to them. The government has plans for her.

Then there is Declan, the love interest of course. But he is one cold man, a half-vampire who does what he is told. But even in his bad moods I liked him. And then I liked him some more.

The book kept surprising me too, things are not what they seem to be. And even the Good Guys can do bad things.

The book has a romance building up, ok more lust and friendship at the beginning, but it's changing. There is some action, scary laboratories, and some crazy dhampyrs that would rip your throat off if they could. The book keeps building up this intense feeling and then, oh then it gets good. That is all I can say.

PS. I liked the vampire king, lol. Lips sealed.

Recommendation and final thoughts:
I am getting my genres mixed again, but anyway this is not straight PNR, it's very UF too so let's call it a mix. There is some ass-kicking, and some romance, and it's a book I would recommend. I really wish I had book 2 next to me. I need more. It's a nice new world that will surprise you.

Reason for reading.
Sounded good



  1. OK, I need to know about this Vamp king. Hmm Thank you!

  2. Oh glad you liked this one. :)

  3. Great review. I can't believe that dirty professor. I hope she slays him :)

  4. Sounds nice but the cover is a definite meh. Good review - if I can find it I will read it!

  5. This one is on my wish-list. And the Vamp King...you caught my attention. ;)

  6. This just went to my wish list. Sounds good!

  7. Inked
    He was very interesting, a wicked man, but, oh not saying more

    I did, yay :D

    Such an ass, but do not worry that idiot gets what he deserves

  8. Ana
    Sadly very meh, I looked at book 2 and that one stands out more

    Ll, oh I should not have mentioned him, but evil guys are one weakness I have. I always wonder what makes them tick

    Glad to hear :)

  9. YaY for UF/PNR!! :) I have this on my tbr... thought I was going to get to it... and *bam* had a couple of must review books get in the way. However, I should get to it soon and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it.

  10. I like my genres mixed too! Declan sounds nice.

  11. now i'm curious about the vampire king too!

  12. I hadn't heard of this one but it certainly sounds like something I would enjoy!

  13. Melissa
    Lol, yes I know about the bam, that has happened to me too :)
    And it was good, and a great mix

    Especially good for me since I like my PNR with UF in it

    Lol, now why did I go and mention Matthias

    It was :) And I do recommend it

  14. B,

    I have put this one on my wish list. :) Glad you liked it so much.


  15. Oh, I like the sounds of this one. I liked them before, but like them more now. :) Thanks for the great review.

  16. Sounds good. Thanks for the review.

  17. I like books that kick ass...sounds good!

  18. I've read her previous series about vampires so am interested in picking up her new one. Thanks for the review!

  19. At a nearby bookstore, they classify it as UF if the heroine on the cover has a weapon and PNR if she doesn't. :)

  20. Hey honey! I am just popping in to see how you are doing honey! I hope all is well!!!

    Great review honey! Hugs to you!

  21. I love Michelle Rowen's books, so im really looking forward to this one!

    Awesome review! =D

  22. I love your meh comment on the cover. XD

    So is this a ya? I thought I read somewheres that this was the authors YA? I soooo could be wrong..

    This is how I learned the diff between the uf's and the paranormal romances..

    In UF's, there may be romantic tension but barely a mention of sex. They usually tend to have a female on the cover, ever noticed that? Whereas on paranormal romances have the solely the male or both male and female and focuses on their relationship.

    I just noticed the cover issue just recently and not counting the male centered UF's. =)

    If it's not a YA. I may pick up the book...*grins*

  23. M,
    It was the end that made me like it even more. Can't say more than that :)

    Hihi, and I do hope book 2 will be good too, I have absolutely no idea what might happen there

    Thanks for stopping by Laurie

  24. Staci
    And I like books that makes me say kick ass ;)

    I have seen those around, and they look really fun. I read that this world is much darker though

    Lol! That makes so much sense. Too bad she is not holding a weapon here, but she is crouching

    Hi cecile
    All good, congrats on your win!

  25. Larissa
    They sound so fun, that first is on my wishlist :)

    YA? What?! No, that I have not heard and considering the sex and dirty words they use, and the danger she is in I would say no. She says some things and then jump his bones...that was pretty adult.

    That is kind of how I heard it too, and then there are the in betweens that drive me insane. Cos here there was more ass-kicking, but also sexual tension and they do get it on.

    And it does have a woman on the cover, very UF. So I wanna call this one a mix

  26. I admire your dedication to this genre.

  27. You've got me intrigued. I don't remember reading any reviews of this book but I'm now curious about it.

  28. Hi B!

    I've read a couple of her book, and I liked them. I'll pick this one up, it just my kinda book! (Declan sounds yummy!!)

    Dottie :)

  29. Nana
    I just can't let go it seems :)

    I haven't seen it around much either, such a shame

    :D Yay

    I would love to see how her other books are, I do wonder.

  30. You do make it sound very good!

  31. Don't have book 2 ready to go?!? lol I know how that feels.

    This sounds excellent. I really enjoy reads that start out eh, okay and totally turn out to be awesome!

    Definitely keeping a look out for this one =)

  32. Naida
    I do try my best ;)

    It's horrible, oh the wait, the evil wait. That is why I should start reading all books in a series when they are out ;)

  33. this one sounds really good, i'm curious about the vampire king!

  34. Carrie
    Lol, everyone seems to be, well he certainly was a wicked beast

  35. Great review and yep this one does it for me lol. Onto my wishlist it goes :)

  36. Teddyree
    I hope you enjoy it if you read it :) 'twas good

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  38. I might just have to check this one out. It sounds very interesting...


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