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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-07-02 21:38
Review: Breathless
Breathless - Scott Prussing

Title: Breathless [Blue Fire Saga 1]

Author: Scott Prussing

Genre: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Rating: 2 Stars

 

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Description/Synopsis: College freshman Leesa Nyland has been fascinated by vampires since she was three years old. That’s when her mom started acting weird, refusing to go outside during the day and insisting the sunlight hurt her skin because she had been bitten by a one-fanged vampire…

 

But fascinated doesn’t mean Leesa believes—any more than she believes in blue fire, people who live for centuries, and kisses that can kill. When her beloved older brother suddenly disappears, she is forced to confront all these and more.

 

WARNING - SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT - REVIEW BELOW

 

I really wanted to like this book. The cover was gorgeous, the writing was clear, and easy to follow... and the author obviously took their time to really explore the lore and world-building behind this series.  It had a down-to-earth but intriguing plot. Unfortunately, the characters had the depth of a half-mopped spill. Their actions in this story were so utterly unbelievable that I was actually angry by the time I finished the book.

 

It's not that I didn't like the characters. I found Leesa's shyness endearing. Stefan and Rave were a gorgeous mix of masculinity, kindness, and brooding predator. Even Leesa's almost-non-existent friends had great personalities... but that's pretty much as far as they went. There was no back-story to any of the characters except to mention Leesa's part-vampire mother, and we rarely even saw her in the story. Most of the narrative consisted of Leesa going to class, hanging out in her dorm room with friends, or awkwardly wandering around campus.  It was mostly mundane tasks and conversations and very little action, intrigue, or suspense... which... given the plot, should have been present.

 

The most infuriating part of this story, however, was the wishy-washy nature of all the characters... and complete lack of common sense.  Vampires, Volkaane... all the immortal beings were perfectly fine divulging all of their secrets to the human populace despite the fact they frequently talked about how they wanted to stay under the radar.  It was a good thing though - because Leesa couldn't keep her mouth shut. She told all of her friends, her family, even the enemy of her "boyfriend" everything there was to know about everyone else's business. She couldn't keep a secret to save her life--not that anyone seemed to mind. Also, despite the fact that Rave and Stefan were supposedly mortal enemies (though it was never explained why), Leesa was magically able to tell them to quit fighting... and they listened. Suddenly everyone was behaving as though they had no choice. Hello? These two immortal beings are centuries older than this shy little mouse of a college student, but they were both willing to do whatever she asked.  In fact, by the time I was half-way through the story, the two men were so completely smitten with her they were more than willing to marry her.

 

W. T. F.

 

Between her selfishness, stupidity, and inability to keep her mouth shut... I just couldn't understand the appeal.

 

Another oddity was that despite the fact that these two immortal species were supposed to be "secret", the minute Leesa informed everyone (and I do mean everyone) that they existed... no one questioned her. Everyone took it at face value and went "oh.. okay. cool!"  and we're not just talking about her close friends; I'm talking friends, family, even her teacher. No one questioned it. No one thought she was crazy, no one seemed to be frightened either. How does this happen? I'm still trying to understand.  There was a complete lack of any sort of tension or mystery to this story. Everyone... got along in a sort-of saturday morning cartoon way, and the one or two "fights" that were presented were easily dissolved away once Leesa stepped into the middle of them. She's like a magic tranquilizer in human form.

 

The frustrating part of it was that there were so many instances where tension and conflict could have been introduced. I would have killed to have Edwina show up and harass Leesa, or to have seen the Volkaane lead an assault against the Vampire coven. They never did. Rave wouldn't even fight to keep Leesa. At the final moment when Leesa revealed her plan to sacrifice herself for her brother, he pretty much stepped aside and agreed with her. He didn't try to stop her or rescue her... there were no daring plans to steal her brother back.  The ending was wrapped up in a shiny little perfect bow, and no one got hurt, or angry, or swore retaliation. Nothing.

 

I am completely baffled.

 

The one truly redeeming feature of the story was the lore/world building. It was obvious the author had taken a lot of time to research vampire lore and adapt it to their own unique version. The concept of the Volkaane was interesting and unique (though now that I think about it, the moodus noises never were explained...), and a bit of a neat twist on the usual immortal beings we find in these kinds of stories. The only area that lacked in their development was an explanation of WHY the Volkaane fought the Vampires at all. I knew they hunted the vamps, but never why. The vampires didn't seem all that evil to me. A total of.. what... 3 people were murdered during the entire book? Considering their food source and the circumstances they were in... I'd consider that pretty damn nice of them.

 

In the end, I just couldn't enjoy the story. It wasn't a bad idea for a novel, and there were certain aspects of it that were done very well, but in the end the execution was more of a "limp rag" than a "taunt bowstring". It lacked any sense of immediacy, action, tension, or suspense. The pieces fell into place easily and without effort... to the point that the narrative became mundane and unfulfilling. Would I recommend it? No. I don't think I would. If I had one way to sum up how ill-written this book was, it would be to quote the first line of chapter 33:

 

"It was a dark and stormy night."

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review 2014-09-26 03:46
Breathless - Scott Prussing

This was an easy and well written read. It could have gotten pretty complicated with all of the various supernatural creatures and terms, but the author did a good job explaining everything and reminding the reader of the various details, which I appreciated! This is also a great book for Fall reading, because it is set in Connecticut in the Fall... And there is a Halloween party too :) The author really put a lot of details into descriptions of clothing and food... Sometimes too many clothing details, in my opinion! (The color shirt, hair scrunchie, the brands, etc). The main character, Leesa, was a sweet young person... The kind of girl I would want my own daughter to hang out with! This was a pretty clean story with little to no swearing, and nothing more than kissing. Sometimes it did seem a little childish that a college freshman was so obsessed with "kissing" but it did not really detract from the story. My favorite aspects were the spooky setting and the writing style. I am not sure if I will read the next book in the series, but I am going to keep it in mind.

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review 2013-12-19 16:54
Book Review of Deathless (The Blue Fire Saga #2) by Scott Prussing
Deathless (The Blue Fire Saga) - Scott Prussing

Deathless is book two in The Blue Fire Saga, a paranormal romance series filled with passion, suspense and supernatural danger. Summary:

After rescuing her brother from the caverns of a vampire coven and helping to cure her mother of a vampire bite, Leesa Nyland hopes she’s done dealing with all things supernatural. All she wants to do now is enjoy college life—and to figure out how to kiss her vampire hunter boyfriend without his magical fire burning her to a crisp. She doesn’t think that’s too much to ask.

So she’s not too happy when she begins dreaming of rotting bodies emerging from their graves, and she likes it even less when the terrifying dreams begin to come true. When objects around her start moving seemingly on their own accord, she figures that’s more than enough. It’s a good thing she doesn’t know about the powerful vampire who has sworn vengeance against her…

Review 5*****

This is the second book in The Blue Fire Saga. I loved it!

Leesa Nyland is a fascinating character. She is a typical teen, except for the fact that her mother was bitten by a one fanged vampire whilst carrying her. She is a feisty woman, who has faced danger and won. However, she is about to face an even greater challenge. I really liked this character. She is reckless at times, but it is her loyalty, bravery and love for her friends and family that makes this character stand out for me.

I have been meaning to read this book for some time; It has been sat on my Kindle, staring at me since April last year. I finally managed to get to it, and realised that I am a total idiot for not reading it sooner! I was quickly swept up in the story and carried away by the descriptions and the characters.
I enjoyed meeting Rave, Leesa's volkaane (vampire hunting) boyfriend, again. He is still trying to learn how to control his fire, so that he and Leesa can kiss for longer than a few seconds without killing her. This is quite challenging, but he obviously loves Leesa and will do anything to protect her. The story is told from mostly Leesa's point of view, but there are some other characters that have their say, namely Rave, Edwina and Stefan. Edwina is still sore from losing her feeder (Leesa's brother, Bradley), and wants revenge. Will she get it? We are also introduced to a new character called Dominic, who also has his say. This man has more than his fair share of secrets, and I was a bit unsure of him at first. However, as the story progressed, I began to like him. There are several twists in this story that kept me hooked; one of them being the zombies in Leesa's visions/dreams. What were their purpose? This question was buzzing around my head for a while, and when the answer was revealed, a shiver went up my spine! When her dreams become a reality, Leesa is thrown into a war of magical proportions! There is action, danger, magic and romance aplenty in this book, and I am most definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Helpless, in the not too distant future!

Scott Prussing has written a fantastic YA Paranormal Romance! I love his writing style, which is fast paced but not rushed. I also love the way the story flows from scene to scene. His descriptive words brought the characters to life. I am adding him to my favourite author's list.

As there is no swearing or any scenes of a sexual nature beyond kissing (so far), I recommend this book (and series) to teens aged 15+. However, I also highly recommend this book (and series) if you love YA, Paranormal Romances or Action/Adventure genres. - Lynn Worton

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text 2013-10-21 20:40
So I'm preening to my to-read list...
Breathless - Scott Prussing
Deathless: Book Two in the Blue Fire Saga - Scott Prussing
Helpless - Scott Prussing
Fearless (The Blue Fire Saga) - Scott Prussing
Heartless - Scott Prussing
Restless - Scott Prussing
Blue Fire Heat - Scott Prussing,K.R. Jordan
Breathless X - Scott Prussing

Dear Mr. Prussing,

 

I can TELL that you used the exact same cover and just changed the model's shirt color on Photoshop. Did you or your cover artist or someone really not think this through, or did you just never look at them side by side?

 

It makes your whole team look a wee bit silly there.

 

Sincerely, Thalia

 

EDIT:
Oh my goodness. There are more than three.

I LITERALLY CANNOT STOP LAUGHING ABOUT THIS.

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review 2012-10-26 00:00
Breathless (The Blue Fire Saga, #1) - Scott Prussing Amazon Freebie 10/26/2012
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