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Monday, September 9, 2013

*[Blog Tour Review] City of the Fallen (Dark Tides #1) by Diana Bocco

City of the Fallen (Dark Tides, #1)
Five years ago, vampires came out of hiding and took over the world. It was meant to be a quick enslavement but it turned into a bloody battle that brought humanity to the brink of extinction.

Isabelle Bryant is one of the “lucky” survivors, now living in hiding, scavenging for food through deserted towns.

And she’s tired of it.

So she’s devised a plan: find the king of the vampires and drive a stake through his heart.

Except that wickedly sensual king Marcus is nothing like the monster she expected. And while landing on his bed was part of the plan all along, discovering that he might hold the key to humanity’s survival certainly wasn’t. The catch? Saving humanity also means ensuring vampire survival. It means giving up hope for a return to a human-ruled world.

As sparks fly and hate becomes heat, Isabelle must pick a side -- before the darkness devours them all.

** This is Book One of the Dark Tides trilogy **
Summary & Cover taken from
Length: 191 pages (Kindle)
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: June 27th 2013
City of the Fallen was my first read by Diana Bocco, and now that I've finished it I can say with 100% certainty that I'll be continuing on with the Dark Tides trilogy as the subsequent novels are released, as well as giving her other separate novels a try.
The novel was a little different than I was expecting but that was one of the things that I found so appealing. The post apocalyptic setting in City of the Fallen was well thought out and I enjoyed the overall premise of the story as well. It was serious but not too serious that the romance aspect between the human Isabelle and vampire king Marcus didn't seem out of sorts with the overall flow of the story. I also really enjoyed the alternating POVs that the author chose to implement in the story because I liked seeing things from the point of view of Marcus.
The chemistry between Isabelle and Marcus was apparent right off the bat even if both kind of tried to hide it. Especially Isabelle since she was on a mission to kill Marcus but that didn't stop them from engaging in some horizontal gymnastics.
I really enjoyed both characters and thought that they both brought something unique to the story and learning about Isabelle's past really helped me to understand how she came to be the way she is and I also enjoyed learning about Marcus and his back story.
The writing was very good. It flowed extremely well and I didn't find myself having to go back and re-read anything at all. I liked all the action that the author put into the story but I'm most impressed with how she elected to use both the paranormal romance theme mixed with that of a post apocalyptic love story.
Overall, I would say that City of the Fallen was a strong debut for a new trilogy and I'm looking forward to reading more from the author in the future. My one and only complaint is that some parts could have been drawn out a little more and I feel that and extra 30 pages or so would have been great.
I highly recommend City of the Fallen to all fans of paranormal romance who love vampires and aren't afraid of reading one with a post apocalyptic twist. If you want a story that has great characters and a great story this one might just be your next perfect read.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.

I read this book for the following reading challenges:
2013 150+ Reading Challenge
2013 Paranormal Reading Challenge

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  1. never heard of this book but i'm glad you liked it! will keep it in mind if i'm craving a paranormal read :)

    -michelle @ Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks

  2. This sounds really good :) I love books like this and the characters and world sound very interesting :) Great review!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  3. Ooo Kimberly you have piqued my interest with this one from the setting to the dual povs! Added to my wish-list!


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