Isadora by Ella Frank
Series: Masters Among Monsters #2
Also in this series: Alasdair
on January 11, 2016
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A TRAGIC BEGINNING…
Isadora Nikitas understands what it means to be betrayed. That lesson was taught to her in the prime of her life, and when she is offered a chance to exact revenge, she finds it difficult to refuse.
Instead, she entrusts her survival to a mysterious vampire known only as Diomêdês, a male who wants nothing in return but to watch over her—in every way imaginable.
Gifted with speed, strength, and immortality, she determines that her life will no longer be governed by the needs and wants of a mere man. She has cowered for the last time, and with her Ancient by her side, she thrives and blossoms into the most formidable female vampire in existence.
But, once upon a time, like all little girls, Isadora believed in love. She believed it because she once had it. So, when it comes along a second time, she knows that it’s possible—but when you love someone, they become your weakness. Unless, in fact, they become your enemy instead…
A MYSTERIOUS PAST…
Fulfilling your life’s prophecy should be empowering. At least, that’s what Elias Fontana always believed. But, as he stands guard over the beautiful vampire he’s taken hostage, his convictions start to crumble. Made to believe by his creators that he and two others have been designed to destroy a dangerous race, he has difficulty connecting his current reality to the woman he once loved.
A TANGLED TALE TO UNRAVEL…
When friends become enemies and enemies become lovers, who can you trust in the webs of lies and despair? And, when your life is at stake and blood has been shed, how much are you willing to sacrifice to fulfill your destiny?
Isadora adds to the complex mystery involving characters who exist in the extreme. I found it hard to get back into this series having been blown away by the first book Alasdair, I couldn’t slip into this one as easily. Whereas Alasdair’s story had my heart racing with anticipation Isadora was conveyed in a considered and reflective tone. It took me until I had reached 60% before the story took hold of me then from that moment on I loved it.
Not being familiar with Greek Mythology, a lot of the references and language used was lost on me. Endearments written in Greek were all Greek to me, as in I made the error of reading them as an endearment and regrettably didn’t start looking into their meaning until far too late into the book. I wished I had because the sentiment being conveyed held a lot more weight to the conversation than I imagined.
I’m going to be deliberately vague about what I read because to divulge any details will spoil your reading experience. One intriguing aspect to this suspenseful series is none of the characters are fully aware of the role they are playing. It’s as if they are chess pieces with powers they are not fully aware of and who’s moving them is not known. At times, I was sure each had taken control of their destiny but then something would happen and I’d reconsider that notion.
Do you really think you are the first person to ever be deceived? To be disappointed by someone?” When one of his eyebrows rose in disbelief, she gave a crazed chuckle. “You don’t know what real betrayal feels like, human.” As she snarled the final word at him, he gripped the back of her neck, forcing her to look at him. “Don’t I, vampire?” “No,” she bit out, a fire refueling her resentment at her impending death. “Real betrayal can only be felt when you love someone.”
Isabella’s relationship with her Sire and the human she encounters differs in many ways from Alasdair’s and it seems this will be a facet to the series I imagine will continue. It adds a complexity to the plot as well as the dynamics evolving between the growing numbers of main characters. Whereas Leo and Alasdair’s story in the first book was raw and aggressive, Isabella and Diomedes were considered and strong. What they all have in common is the loyalty they uphold and the fight for dominance with a struggle of strength to see who can outlast the other.
The sex scenes are more akin to battles and angled towards a taste not all would consider mainstream. In the beginning, I found them too intense with the story picking up close to where the last book left off. What I should have done is read Alasdair again to have had the momentum of the force they create when they are around each other. This would have prepared me for the intensity of his and Leo’s connection. Without a warm up to their together time I found it lacked the emotion that evoked and moved me in the first book.
Nothing is black and white nor can anyone be classed as good or evil, I was left with wondering who is the master and the definition of a monster. This is an intricately well-written storyline and my rating reflects my reading experience in general with this book and not the high calibre of the series which I am still 100% committed to. And I’m sure you’ll be just as taken with Isadora in the end as I was.
What I loved:
- The adoration Diomedes had for Isadora
- Paris’s ability to adapt to his environment, he is going to be a character to look out for in the next book
- Being challenged to adapt to all I struggled with
What I struggled with:
- Greek mythology and language
- Combining two very different characters, their preferences and uniqueness
Lily’s Rating: 3.75 Stars
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