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review 2015-01-19 16:39
4 moons - City of Eternal Night by Kristen Painter
City of Eternal Night (Crescent City) - Kristen Painter

Kristen Painter pulled in a lot of twists and turns in the second book in her Crescent City series. I was not expecting City of Eternal Night to lead up to that kind of ending and several moments of twists throughout the story. I think I'm still in shock over that ending. (Let me regroup for a minute)………………...


Things that I loved in City of Eternal Night:

I am in love with Augustine. There is no double about it, I am love with Augustine. He has changed in City of Eternal Night due to him becoming the guardian of the city. He has a lot of responsibility now and he also has changed from player boy to having his eyes on one certain person…Harlow. Although, in this book Auggie is hiding some major secrets from Harlow, so he not ready to admit his true feelings to Harlow until he can be more open. In fact, one of the secrets involves Harlow's mother. Harlow may not forgive him for his secret.

I loved the world building in this book due to how Kristen introduces more supernaturals into the story. These supernaturals all despise one another, especially the witches vs. Fae. The witches want to take over NOLA and they will do anything to gain that power. The witches have their own enemy they are dealing with in this book. The voodoo practitioners will do anything to prove they are not be messed with. It's a world-wind of crazy power happening in NOLA.

I did enjoy Harlow's character in the beginning of the book because she is opening up to being Fae now and she is more determined to learn how to fight for herself. Unfortunately, I had issues with her towards a certain incident she did. She did something very crazy and it left me in shock on why she would even trust this certain someone. Ugh!


The one thing that did bother me in City of Eternal Night was Harlow and her crazy irrational decision that I mentioned just a moment ago. Oh…Harlow, honey you should've just listened to Lally.  I was seriously in shock over her 360 decision she made without consulting someone else first. I thought it went to quick for her to make the decision. I also didn't like the certain someone she helped. Ugh! But I know, this character had to come forward in the story, I just wasn't too prepared for it to happen. I was hoping Harlow would get some help in the matter.

I'm a very curious on where Kristen Painter is going to take the story next because that cliffhanger was a shocker. I was not expecting this story to go the way it did. I enjoyed every bit of characterization and world-building in this book. I have no idea how Kristen Painter keeps up with all the details, but she is a master at it. She makes every one of her characters interesting and unforgettable. I'm still thinking about every one of the characters and that ending. I need to know what happens next.

I give this book 4 stars and highly recommend this book to Urban Fantasy readers out there. Readers that have read Kristen's House of Comarre will recognize some other characters to show up in City of Eternal Night.  =)

Source: booklovinmamas.com/2015/01/19/review-city-of-eternal-night-by-kristen-painter
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review 2014-05-22 17:46
4.5 moons - "House of the Rising Sun" by Kristen Painter
House of the Rising Sun - Kristen Painter

House of the Rising Sun is the first of Kristen Painter’s new Crescent City series and was one book I had a hard time putting down.  If you’ve read her House of Comarré series, you will definitely enjoy this series…especially since Augustine is in it.

Kristen Painter does a spectacular job on the first book to the series with her intricate world-building, exciting storyline, and very lovable characters (especially Augustine, Lally, &  Dulcinea).  From the first page to the last page, I was thrown into the world of Fae, vampires, and witches in New Orleans with the characters that Kristen created. (One of my favorite cities to visit)  If there is absolutely one thing that I adored about this book is how Kristen described in detail the city and surroundings the characters were in.  It felt just like I was there in the story with the characters and Kristen described perfectly how NOLA is.  (I’ve been there several times and this book just made me want to go back again).

Kristen Painter writes in third person point of view with several characters telling the story…my favorite was being inside of Auggie’s head.  He was an interesting character to lear more about, especially with what kind of fae he is.  He has a big responsibility in House of the Rising Sun, but that is due to what happened to his beloved, Olivia (who was a 2nd mother…or should I say real and first mother to him). He is forced to take a job that he doesn’t want, but he does it a spectacular job on taking the role seriously, and figuring out what is going on in NOLA.

The other character who gets a lot of exposure in the story is Harlow.  I didn’t like her character at first due to her not wanting to be what she was and being whiney all the time it seemed.  She was all about herself in the beginning, but something happened to get her to change.  Here’s one thing I adored about her…she is a hacker.  Oh yes…I love when authors throw in computer techy stuff in stories because  I’m a computer geek and it’s the job field I work in.  Kristen did an amazing job on explaining what Harlow does.  I look forward to finding out more about her abilities and how she handles a certain situation that came to light in this book. (The poor girl went through a lot in this book…and she finally accepted she needed help.)

The supporting characters in the story definitely were entertaining as well.  Lally, the human in the story is such a doll and I look forward to more of her later on.  Dulcinea is another character I adored because of how she handled certain situations.  She was really funny, especially when she was around Auggie and how she would stop everything to hang out with him.  I would to with Auggie.

Overall, I enjoyed this book tremendously and look forward to the next installment.  I didn’t want to give away any of the storyline because believe me you will want to read this book to find it out for yourself.  =)  No spoilers from me.

I give this book 4.5 moons and highly recommend it to urban fantasy readers out there and fans of Kristen Painter’s House of Comarré series.

You do not want to miss out on this new series about the supernaturals that inhabit NOLA.  If you ever get a chance to visit NOLA, you will definitely need to visit all the historic sites and hang out at Bourbon St.  The people of NOLA are amazing to hang out with and the city is great to explore day and night.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Source: booklovinmamas.com/2014/05/21/arc-review-house-of-the-rising-sun-by-kristen-painter
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