Title: The Garnet Dagger

Author: Andrea Cooper

Website: http://www.andrearcooper.com

Publisher: Crimson Romance

Publication Date: March 25, 2013

ISBN-10: 1440565597

ISBN-13: 978-1440565595

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:

Forbidden to cross the Elvin barrier into human lands, Brock cannot sate his curiosity. Cursed by a vampyre bite that forces him to feed on the life-essence of others, he is unable to touch another without taking their life. Chained by prophesy, he must find a witch, pierce her heart, and draw her blood for his cure.

Celeste must escape the monks who have held her prisoner for years. Her magic has been kept dormant by her captors. An ancient powerful Warloc craves her powers. If he succeeds in devouring her magic, she and the world will die.

When Brock falls in love with Celeste before realizing her demise is his cure, will love triumph over his desire to be healed? Will he risk everything to save her from a Warloc, an oath breaker, who also wants her dead?

My Thoughts:

The premise for this book had me really intrigued. An elf bitten by a vampire and banished from Elvin lands until he could break a curse on his people, a situation that had been prophesied hundreds and hundreds of years before he was born? Sounds pretty unique, if you ask me. It could have been great, epic even and the overall plot was pretty good, start to finish. Unfortunately, the execution left quite a bit to be desired.

The sentence structure was odd and confusing at times: “Wished for the sun to rise, to awaken these humans, as they call themselves” and redundant at others: “The excitement which made me excited…”  I assume the former was to discern the Elvin from the human dialogue but it just became distracting. The latter, hopefully just an oversight during editing. There were also numerous, seemingly superfluous, details that hopefully come in to play in later books (existence or non-existence of dragons, the humans believe in them, but the elf “knows” there’s no such thing…). In this one, they were just tedious to read though. I basically skimmed the last 20% of the book, just to get to the finale- Does he kill her or not?

Again, the plot was promising, and there were some good parts. The world-building provided some good imagery, and the background of the curse was well-thought out.  I hope the next in the series helps to redeem its predecessor.

Rating: 2

HEAT Rating: Mild

Reviewed By: Daysie W.

Review Courtesy of: My Book Addiction and More