Author: Cat Adams
Publication: Tor Books; First Edition edition (September 28, 2010)
Description: Nothing if not resilient, Celia Graves is slowly adjusting to being a half-human, half-vampire Abomination. But her troubles are far from over. Her best friend’s murder is still unsolved, the cops are convinced she should be in jail, and her old lover, the magician Bruno DeLuca, has resurfaced in her life, saying he has something important to tell her.
The vampire attack that transformed Celia kicked her latent Siren abilities into high gear, and now she’s been summoned to the Sirens’ island to justify her existence—and possibly fight for her life—in front of the Siren Queen. Celia isn’t sure she’ll survive to make the trip. The demon she defeated in Blood Song hasn’t exactly gone quietly—he’s left Celia suffering from a powerful curse.
My Thoughts: This is an action-packed adventure. Celia is trying to keep from being caged for life as an Abomination. Someone is trying to kill her. She has to find out her relationship to the other sirens. She learns that she was cursed as a child which sort of explains many of the troubles that have been a big part of her life. She has also drawn the attention of a very powerful demon.
Celia also has to deal with her on-again, off-again lover Bruno who is off-again in a most painful way. Then her mother gets picked up again for DWI and her beloved grandmother is determined to enable her by making herself homeless if that is what it takes. There is so much pressure on Celia that I don't know how she can cope. She is beaten, battered and abused both physically and emotionally but she doesn't break.
This book reads very much like the middle of a trilogy. Some things are resolved but quite a number of things are not. Celia has suffered from betrayal after betrayal. There has been nothing to help her get over her paranoid tendencies. In fact, they seem to have been reinforced. I will be looking forward to the next book to see what more is in store for Celia.
I recommend this book to lovers of paranormal thrillers with strong female characters. It was a tension-filled read that kept me on the edge of my seat and turning the pages way too late into the night.
Challenges: RYOB Reading Challenge, Paranormal Reading Challenge