I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Fledgling vampire Jonathan Kerr has just met his match.
Not even his past life as a former marine and FBI agent could prepare him for the battle against the monster inside him, struggling to take hold. After an old nemesis of the Senary surfaces in Brooklyn, unleashing chaos and terror in the battered borough, Jon sets out to take him down. Instead, he ends up with far more than he bargained for when he clashes with the beautiful half-vampire hybrid, Lawan Knight.
After escaping near death and suffering unspeakable horror at the hands of vampires, Lawan trusts no one, regardless of species. In between bouts of drunken stupor, her only goal is to exterminate all those who've wronged her, including every member of Jon's vampire bloodline. But Jon’s soulful eyes and quick smile crawls under her skin, transforming her black and white world into a hazy shade of gray.
As the days rapidly grow darker, Jon and Lawan turn to one another, but their inner demons threaten to tear them apart. The only way either of them will survive is if they overcome their greatest fear—
Yay for the Order of the Senary’s! I’ve been waiting on baited breath for this installment and Black Bullet does not disappoint. L.D. Rose has a way with words and the scenes she conjures up left me on the edge of my seat. Vampires could not get any more gritty than this and troubled souls find their own path to happiness.
Speaking of troubled souls…
We are given two characters with so much heartache that it almost projected that feeling unto me. Yes, that sounds cheesy but seriously I was so immersed in this story and its characters that I wanted them to succeed. Jon is a vampire, not by his choosing, and has a hard time adjusting. His need for blood is precarious because he is not like the hybrids we met in the previous book. He has a sire and a very rare blood type that only his very human sister can provide. He constantly lies on such a thin line, that tipped either way can lead to his downfall. It’s only when he meets a mysterious, kick ass, kris holding, cat loving hybrid that his life will be turned around.
Lawan is the most imperfectly perfect heroine in this gritty storyline.
She fits so well within the theme and her self destructive tendencies made me cringe. But all characters with such characteristics have a past and Lawan’s is heartbreaking. Her trust is shattered and her hate for vampires fuels her vendetta. Jon becomes an annoying puzzle to her, because he’s a vampire, but in order to break past her own stubbornness, she needs to let her guard down…just a little.
This black kitty is not bad luck for anyone. In fact he’s crucial to the plot. His antics and protectiveness over the ones he loves will end up saving the day. He’s a little hellion and I could not love this character more.
“Looks like the way into a cat’s heart is tandoori too.”
Close knit hybrid family..
Each of the hybrids have their own abilities. In the last book, Releasing the Demons, Blaze had the ability to cast fire from his fingertips. Rome plays a huge role in this one, with his goat eyes and psychic ability. But I just love how they all come together as a family, imparting some humor in an otherwise serious story. Blaze and Val are in this one as well, so it’s fun to see the characters you love make appearances.
Several times my eyes teared up and made me fear for the safety of certain characters. Death is constantly surrounding them and Lawan will experience it before she settles. So, besides the ability to yank my heart out of my chest, this story was all that I wanted and more. I cannot wait for the rest of the books in this series. Four words for how I feel about this series: LOVE.
Just a little note…
Black Bullet does read as a standalone. But I must insist that you read Book 1 in the series: Releasing the Demons.