Feature book: Sweet Ruin
Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole
This story starts on the day the heroine, Josephine, dies at the age of 11. But Josephine isn’t a normal girl (she’s always suspected that) and that’s just the beginning of her new life. She realises she is a vampire, but that’s not all she is. That other part of her, and where she came from, is a mystery. Not realising there is a supernatural community, Jo lives on the street. Many years later she ends up in New Orleans and becomes known as Lady Shady, who protects prostitutes. And then she comes across Rune.
Rune is part demon, part dark fey. He has been an outcast for most of his very, very long life and has a kind of skewed view of his worth. He is now part of the Morior and has been sent to kill Nix. Rune targets Jo because he thinks she knows where Nix is (she doesn’t). Jo is fascinated by Rune because his blood smells delicious. Even when she’s told that his blood and kiss is poisonous she can’t keep away from him. Rune isn’t interested in a relationship, he just wants to finish his mission.
Jo is an awesome character. She’s basically been alone for most of her life but she’s tough and smart-mouthed and she doesn’t back down from anything or anyone, even Rune. She might not know who or what she is, but she has a core belief in what she is capable of, and what is right, and that never wavers. When she decides she wants Rune her challenge is to convince him that he is worth loving.
The IAD characters that we already know were only a small part of this book, except for Nix—who was her usual meddling self (although actually quite a bit meaner in this story). This story is focused for the most part on Jo and Rune, and it is another great addition to the Immortals After Dark series.
(But I have to say I really don’t like this cover. The red feather is such a small part of the plot and then it dominates the whole cover. I thought it was a very strange choice. I was really hoping they would go back to the old look when they released a mass market paperback version of this book.)
Reviewed by Debbie
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. ARRA members who leave a comment by 13 July 2016 will go into the draw to win a copy of this book. (The giveaway is now closed. The winner was Lyn W.)