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text 2016-11-15 19:54
Gothic angel morality tales are a thing; who knew?
Cruxim: You Are Never Alone (Dark Guardians Fantasy Series Book 1) - Karin Cox

Odd little book. The blurbcraft I saw for this book all called it a paranormal romance, but that really isn't right. It's more dark fantasy or Gothic, like Interview with the Vampire period Anne Rice. The plot concerns a Cruxim, an angel like being that hunts vampires. The novel takes place over the 16th and 18th Centuries, and our cruxim is a man of his time, convinced of his righteousness and utterly bought into the virgin/whore dichotomy.

 

Which is what makes this so not a romance, because when his now adult ward throws herself at him, begging for him to release her from the nunnery so she can marry and have a life, he completely freaks out. Like oh my God you can't want to have sex you slut! Then of course when he runs off like a big idiot his ward is deflowered and turned into a vampire OH MY GOD THE IRONY.

 

It's first person, and there isn't much authorial commentary on this, which makes the whole thing interesting indeed. The prose is overheated and formal, which I completely adore for the right subject matter, e.g. tortured angel morality tales. Oh, and there's a sphinx character who is the most impressive mix of sinuous sexiness and alarming bestiality. Bravo. 

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review 2013-07-01 00:00
Cruxim: You Are Never Alone (Paranormal Fallen Angels) (Volume 1)
Cruxim: You Are Never Alone (Paranormal Fallen Angels) (Volume 1) - Karin Cox Did anyone in the book do something you did not like? Why? Beltran and Gandler were evil men.

What I didn't like. There wasn't anything that I disliked.

What problems does one of the characters have, and how does he or she solve it? Adedeo is held captive, starved, tortured and beaten. He refuses to give up. He breaks free and hunts for his ladies. His will and drive is remarkable. Killing vamps and drinking their blood renews his strength.

How would the book have been different if it had taken place in a different time or place? The story was about mythical creatures, so it needed to be set in that particular time.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.
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Cage Life
Cage Life - Karin Cox What were the main themes of the book? This book is about vampires and vampire hunters. Love and sacrifice play a huge part in the story and make for a fantastic read.

Favourite character(s) … Really liked Adedeo and Sabine.

What was the mystery was and how it was solved? The whole book was Adedeo searching for his ladies that were being held captive.

What are some of the book's themes? It was about a fallen angel, vampires and vampire slayers. About great love and what a person will do to try and protect their loved ones. There was an evil doctor that wanted to capture all the special creatures.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.
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review 2013-07-01 00:00
Cruxim: You Are Never Alone (Paranormal Fallen Angels) (Volume 1)
Cruxim: You Are Never Alone (Paranormal Fallen Angels) (Volume 1) - Karin Cox Content (overall theme, idea and setting). Liked the idea. It was well thought out.

What did you think of the story structure? The book had to be told in chunks because the characters were so very old. So it jumped back in time to give important facts about each character. They had very colorful backgrounds that had to be described.

At the end of the book, do you feel hope for the characters? The only one really left is Adedeo. I do have hope for him, because he did find a mate. Which was a neat beginning for him sense he had lost everyone.

Is the plot well-developed? The plot is well developed and believable. I enjoyed reading this book.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.
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Cruxim: You Are Never Alone (Paranormal Fallen Angels) (Volume 1)
Cruxim: You Are Never Alone (Paranormal Fallen Angels) (Volume 1) - Karin Cox What did the title have to do with the book? It was what Adedeo was and I definitely learned a few new words from this book.

What would the main character be likely to do if s/he visited? Talk about how he thought he was the only cruxim in the world. Then he found a female, just like him.

Using information from the book about one of the main characters, rewrote the ending of the book. I would have saved Sabine from the watery grave.

What are the most important relationships in the book? Adedeo / Sabine / Joslyn / Dr. Gandler

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.
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