Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Book Review - The Purest of the Breed by Tracy Tappan

The Purest of the Breed 
(The Community Series, #2)
by Tracy Tappan
Published 2014
308 Pages

This is the second installment in a paranormal romance series that offers up a thrilling and fast paced tale of ancient vampire warriors, known as the Varcolac, who are fighting to protect humans, while preserving their own race. Sensitive readers should be aware of a rape scene in this novel.

Marissa Bonaventure’s life is about to change drastically the night she meets special operative, Dev Nichita, who rescues her from a nightmarish kidnapping attempt. Confused, and understandably terrified, Marissa tries to make sense of her mysterious rescuer, and her supposedly random attack. For her own safety, she is brought to what she believes to be a research institution in an underground community called Tarana.

As Marissa recovers, the community leaders offer her a considerable amount of money to stay and work for a year. She learns that her rare bloodline holds the key to saving the Varcolac from extinction. But nothing in the bargain could have prepared her for the deepest, most dangerous truths that are about to be uncovered.

The story started off very strong, with an opening that left me on the edge of my seat! Marissa’s violent capture definitely set the tone for the rest of the novel. The complex world of the Varcolac was interesting and vivid, but a bit hard to follow at times, due to the multiple points of view. I also found the romance to be somewhat disappointing. However, both Dev and Marissa were compelling characters, who were at their best while interacting with others. Further, the 
characters' psychological responses to certain events was refreshingly realistic.

I was impressed with the gritty and bold storyline, deeply flawed characters, and the unique spin on vampire lore. Overall, an intriguing read. I look forward to learning more about the mythology of the Varcolac in future installments. 

Available on Amazon

Read my review for the first book in the series:
The Bloodline War (book #1)

Reviewed by Shari
3.25 STARS

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