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All That Bleeds: A Novel of the Etherlin Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 2012
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Within the elite community of the Etherlin, the descendants of the ancient muses are inspiration made flesh. But beyond the wall protecting their world wait the fallen, those who yearn to possess them.
As the last heiress of the House of North, Alissa has never been one to follow laws blindly. Striking up a secret friendship with a half-vampire enforcer is dangerous, but Merrick is a temptation she can't resist.
Merrick's desire for Alissa consumes him, though he knows better than to pursue a muse. But when Alissa is kidnapped and brought outside the Etherlin walls, Merrick will do anything to protect the woman who tempts him with her very existence.
As enemies from both worlds threaten, Alissa realizes that Merrick is the only one she can trust-even while the pull she feels toward him is the thing she fears most . . .
'Frost has penned the perfect dark hero! . . . A tender romance born of forbidden love and engaging suspense.'
- Janet Chapman, New York Times bestselling author
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- Publisher : Berkley; 1st edition (1 May 2012)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425245802
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425245804
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Dimensions : 10.87 x 2.29 x 17.15 cm
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The muses have the ability to inspire greatness in people who are inclined to it and Alissa and the other muses are vying for the Wreath Muse, which affords the wearer added powers and the ability to see memories, as well. Alissa wants it because her father has been unstable since her mother, also a muse, killed herself years earlier, and she believes the Wreath will help her cure him. Muses aren't supposed to use their magic other than for helping aspirants, so that alone would get her into big trouble with the Etherlin Council, but she's also been secretly writing to Merrick, a Ventalan who saved her life years before. When Alissa is kidnapped, it's Merrick who saves her and stays with her to try and find out who's behind the kidnapping, believing it has to do with the Wreath Muse competition.
I liked this book, but not as much as I feel like I should have. The plot and writing are all good, as is the set up to Merrick and Alissa's relationship, but I never felt as invested in the characters as I think I should have been. I think part of it is that, despite their words and actions, for a good chunk of the book I felt that Merrick wanted Alissa because having her and her blood would be the ultimate get and Alissa wanted Merrick because he was the bad boy Ventala, I mean, it sounds like he wrote three lines max per letter and sent her gifts; that's not gonna make me fall in like, let alone love, with a guy. ****spoiler**** I also didn't like the way Alissa seemed so strong in a lot of instances, but allowed herself to be taken advantage of when she was younger and never did anything about it, even though she had to know the jerk would probably do it again.****end of spoiler**** Additionally, I thought that a good deal of the secondary characters, while they might be interesting (Lysander, for example), could have been a little more fleshed out and given more depth, though this may be coming in the second book. There was no major cliffhanger, though there are several things that need to be solved/addressed in upcoming books. Despite the flaws I felt this had, I'll likely check out the next book in the series.