Thursday, September 8, 2011

Review: Blood Rock by Anthony Francis

Blood Rock
Author:Anthony Francis
Release Date: August 16, 2011
Publisher: Bell Bridge
Skindancer Book #2
ISBN:  1611940133
ISBN13: 9781611940138
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Publisher

Dakota Frost is back, and the ink is about to hit the fan-again.

Graffiti comes to life in the dark heart of Atlanta’s oldest cemetery, slaying one of the city’s best loved vampires before the eyes of his friend Dakota Frost. Deadly magick is at work on the city’s walls, challenging even the amazing power of Dakota’s tattoos to contain it. The hungry, graffiti magick loves to kill, and the Edgeworld is no longer safe from its own kind.

Dakota begins a harrowing journey to save those she loves and to discover the truth behind the spreading graffiti-even if that truth offends the vampires, alienates the werekin and creates police suspicion of her every action.

Saving Atlanta may cost her everything, including custody of her “adopted” weretiger daughter, Cinnamon. But failure is not an option. If the graffiti isn’t stopped, Cinnamon could be the next victim.
I absolutely LOVE the covers of both books in the Skindancer series. I have said many times before that I have to like a cover to pick up a book (I know, I know don't judge a book by its cover and all that I just cant help it) and both covers grabbed me with one glance. Dakota Frost isn't your typical girl. She has a death hawk, she wears a lot of leather, has magical tattoos covering most of her body and isn't afraid to tell it like it is. Dakota is defiantly bad ass but she is also has a big soft spot and is extremely caring and protective of those she loves. There is a lot of character, relationship and world development in FROST MOON so I would definitely recommend reading that before you jump into BLOOD ROCK.

BLOOD ROCK starts off right away with action and suspense. The book revolves around some new magical graffiti that is killing vampires, were's and humans. While trying to solve the mystery of the graffiti, Dakota is also adjusting to life as a mother of her "adopted" daughter Cinnamon, it all gets jumbled up together and leads to some stressful situations that puts everything that Dakota has built and worked for in jeopardy.  My only big complaint with the book is the romantic relationship stuff. I wish it would have went a different way and that Dakota was still with the original person she started out with but who knows what will happen in the future. BLOOD ROCK is full of interesting scenes, imaginative magical graffiti, action, suspense and heartache. I enjoy Anthony's writing and his interpretation of magic in the form of Tattoos and graffiti. His characters are well developed and liked or hated like they should be. The relationships between the characters are always real and heartfelt. I hope that the third book doesn't take to long to come out, the series is a great addition to the Urban Fantasy Genre.

I gave it 4/5 stars

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