Wicked as She Wants (Blud, #2)

The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)

Wicked as She Wants by Delilah S. Dawson
Pub­lisher: Pocket Books
Pages: Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Series: Blud
Pub­li­ca­tion date: April 30th 2013

The second book in the darkly tempting Blud series, featuring a vampire princess who embarks upon a dangerous journey to claim what is rightfully hers.

When Blud princess Ahnastasia wakes up, drained and starving in a suitcase, she’s not sure which calls to her more: the sound of music or the scent of blood. The source of both sensations is a handsome and mysterious man named Casper Sterling. Once the most celebrated musician in London, Sangland, he’s fallen on hard times. Now, much to Ahna’s frustration, the debauched and reckless human is her only ticket back home to the snow-rimmed and magical land of Freesia.

Together with Casper’s prickly charge, a scrappy orphan named Keen, they seek passage to Ahna’s homeland, where a power-hungry sorceress named Ravenna holds the royal family in thrall. Traveling from the back alleys of London to the sparkling minarets of Muscovy, Ahna discovers that Freesia holds new perils and dangerous foes. Back in her country, she is forced to choose between the heart she never knew she had and the land that she was born to rule. But with Casper’s help, Ahna may find a way to have it all….

Warning. Review might contain minor spoilers. Read at your own risk.

“Death has to be better than this.”

A quote by Casper, the friendly vampire. You are right, my dear Casper. You are entirely right.

I have to start by saying that this is has to be one of the ugliest covers I’ve seen in a while. The dude, ripped as he is, disturbs me. Rapeface much?

Yes, indeed. Now that I saw the cover Casper I can’t imagine him looking different. So this image stayed with me throughout the book.

Yeah, all those hot and smexy scenes managed to disturb me greatly.

Anyways, I was having high hopes for Wicked as She Wants because I really enjoyed the previous book in this series, Wicked as They Come . It wasn’t the best book out there, and I can never call it one of my favorites, but Dawson managed to create a very unique and intriguing universe. I also loved the characters, especially Criminy Stain. Yum. Casper on the other hand always managed to piss me off. He was better in this book, but I still don’t like the dude.

Plus the cover model…

Never gonna happen, Casper. Not in a million years.

Anastasia, the wonderful MC, was also meh.

Yes, I know her name is Ahnastasia, and I don’t give a shit I’m never calling her that because it’s idiotic. She is Anastasia. Period. If you want to give your characters fancy names at least try harder. Don’t add extra letters for no reason. And don’t name your super-duper Alfa male character after a friendly ghost, he’ll never be sexy after that.

Anyways, Anastasia is some sort of Blud princess. She looks like a teenage girl, all frail, short and underdeveloped.

Most people mistake her for a teenager. Casper, of course, doesn’t. Karen Marie Moning would be proud.

I didn’t like Anastasia. She’s too messed up in the head and is a walking cliché. I could not relate to her, I did not like the way she was thinking. I pretty much didn’t like anything related to her. That’s that. I cannot read a romance novel where I hate both main characters. Simple as that.

Some books can make up for the sucky main characters by giving the readers an awesome villain. Wicked as She Wants presented a good villain throughout the book and I was having high hopes for, you know, lots of pain and suffering coming from her. Ravenna, our villain, was a joke. She was supposed to be a bloodthirsty tyrant, and she ended up being a stupid ass vamp that was easily defeated by the main characters. She was present in ONE CHAPTER, in which she also died. How is that a villain? What about all the vamps that tried to defeat her and failed? How did she became the ruler of Sang, or whatever, while she was such a fucking idiot? I cannot seem to understand this. Meh.

And the cheese! Omg, the cheese!
“I have wanted you since the first moment I saw you. Even half-dead, you were more alive than any woman I’ve ever met.”

I highly doubt it. You were madly in love with Tish in Wicked as They Come as far as I remember.
It had been too long since I had looked at a Freesian calendar, and I didn’t know how close we might be to the Sugar Snow Ball.

The Sugar Snow Ball?!

Where all the big bad vamps go to have fun.

So badass!
He leaned over my back, his lips warm against my ear. “You may be a princess, but you belong to me.”

My beast purred for him […]

I felt like a bludmare running away with the reins pulled taut by a masterly rider.

Now this is getting ridiculous… Bludmare? Reins? Master rider??!

You are aware that they are having sex, doggy style, right?

It’s sad because Wicked as She Wants had potential and imho could have been much better with different characters. I don’t think I’m going to bother with the next book. There was a short preview for it at the end of the book and I did not like what I saw. It seemed very immature and, surprise surprise, cheesy.

So, the conclusion. Is Wicked as She Wants worth your money? No, it’s not. Unless you’re a Romance junkie, then go ahead and buy it. If you are picky, like me, then you should probably borrow it from someone and spend your precious money on something better.


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