Thursday, June 15, 2017

[Book Review] Fortress of Blood by L.D. Goffigan

Book Review of Fortress of Blood by L.D. Goffigan

A few weeks ago, I read The Beast of London, which was sent to me from the author in exchange for an honest review. I thought it was such a fun and action packed read! Click here to check out my review for The Beast of London.

Immediately after finishing the book, I found myself navigating to Amazon to see what the price of the next book was. $2.99 on Kindle?! Needless to say, I snagged it right away!

Read on to see what I thought about Book Two of the Mina Murray series, Fortress of Blood!

Fortress of Blood by L.D. Goffigan

Book synopsis:
Mina and her allies have found the Transylvanian countryside dotted with empty villages and rumors of monsters who wear human skin. As Mina prepares for the final showdown with her fiance's abductors, the last descendants of the supernatural Draculesti family, she discovers her own shocking connection to the hidden world of vampires...


My thoughts:
Just like the last book, I enjoyed the writing style. L.D. Goffigan's writing style when she does action scenes is definitely my favorite! I saw a few typos and weird formatting here and there, but nothing too major. However, the repetition was a problem in this book (more on that later). 

I enjoyed the storyline overall. The first chapter does a wonderful job summarizing all of the important things from book one in order to catch the reader up. I also enjoyed that things happened very quickly! In many books similar to this, I find myself annoyed by how slow the pacing is, while the characters keep repeating about how quickly they must move. 

In my review of book one, I said that I was a bit nervous about the chemistry between Mina and Van Helsing. I am really happy with how they handled that relationship in this book and I look forward to seeing where things go from here.

SPOILERS!! 
Please scroll below the stars and small text to avoid spoilers! 
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Also in my first review, I said that I cannot wait to learn more why Mina can feel when a vampire is nearby. In this book it seemed like more people could feel the same sensation when a vampire was near. But it confused me a bit. Can everyone feel it, or just certain characters?
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Beware, the negatives:
The repetition in this book happened so often that it started to drive me a little crazy. That being said, a lot of the repetition did make sense because it was mainly what Mina was thinking. She was so stressed out, and needed to pump herself up, so of course she repeated herself! Per usual, it's just my personal irk.

However, there were also passages like this where the same word is used multiple times: 
"I felt a cold presence approach, and looked up to see a dark figure approach..."


Favorite passages:
...that same question had been fluttering about in my mind like a restless bird.

"Haven't either of you learned?" Seward asked, rising to his feet. "It's best not to argue with Mina when she's made up her mind."


My final thoughts:
Overall, I liked this read, just not nearly as much as the first book. I gave this book two stars.

I cannot wait to jump into the third book! 
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6 comments:

  1. I'm excited to see what you think about the third book!! Also that's a good point about Mina being able to sense a vampires presence nearby. I wonder if it has anything to do with her ability to release herself from a vampire's trance.

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    1. That's what I was thinking...but then other characters sensed them too. But maybe these characters were also part vampire, or full vampire? I'm not totally sure. I thought I read that Abe could feel their cold stare as well.

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  2. I've not read anything from L.D. Goffigan, yet. I like the paranormal genre very much though. I'll have to check her out when I'm in the mood for some supernatural action.

    Lonna @ FLYLēF

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  3. I am glad this one improved from the first book, and the chemisty/relationship aspects of the story were handled so well as well! I haven't read this one or anything like it, but it sounds like it was a good read. A shame about the repetition though...

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    1. Unfortunately, the chemistry was really the one thing that improved. I didn't like this one nearly as much as the first because of all the repetition.

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