All That Bleeds by Kimberly FrostAll That Bleeds by Kimberly Frost

All That Bleeds

byKimberly Frost

Mass Market Paperback | January 3, 2012

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As the last heiress of the House of North, Alissa knows that striking up a secret friendship with a half-vampire enforcer is dangerous, but Merrick is a temptation she can't resist. But when Alissa is kidnapped, Merrick proves that he will do anything to protect the woman who tempts him with her very existence.
Kimberly Frost wasn’t born in Texas, but she got there as fast as she could. Currently at home in a small town known as Houston, she is taking dictation from her characters and working on her "Southern Witch" series. She loves to hear from readers.
Title:All That BleedsFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 6.75 × 4.28 × 0.9 inPublished:January 3, 2012Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0425245802

ISBN - 13:9780425245804


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Average (In the event the Chapters-Indigo website elects to delete my rating, I mention here that I gave this book 2.5 out of 5 stars/leaves.) All in all this was a decent, but not exceptional, read. Good points: Some elements of the world building and plot were quite interesting, such as the idea that a muse who descended from angels, would fall in love with a descendant of those her ancestors had fought in an earlier 'good vs. evil' type war. I found the notion that these angelic descendants retained some angelic characteristics to be interesting, as was the notion that their power was fading with sucessive generations of interbreeding with humans. The main characters were generally likeable: I liked that they were both people who found themselves completely alone and found each other. They were in general ethical and good people despite the worlds they lived in: the main female character was, for instance, desperately trying to help her father and wanted to regain her friendship with a current rival. Bad points: (i) I couldn't help but notice that this was yet ANOTHER novel where the female was utterly and completely useless. Now, while I understand not everyone in this world is a fighter, physically speaking, it was rather irritating to have her NEED. TO. BE. RESCUED. ALL. THE. TIME. I understand she was considered to be priceless as a muse (i.e. angelic descendant etc.). What is annoying is that the main character never even *considered* the notion of, oh I don't know, learning some basic self-defense? Especially AFTER learning that someone had betrayed her and that this person had managed to bypass the security apparatus and personnel surrounding the muses (raising the possibility that some of the security personnel themselves might be in on the betrayal)? After being rescued by the main male character, she... Did none of these things. Apparently being proactive was not in her vocabulary. (ii) The main female character had at least one PRIME example of the the TSTL (i.e. 'too stupid to live') syndrome. She had been betrayed and sold to the evil vampires by someone living among the muses, and this person had apparently managed to bypass the security surrounding the muses in order to be able to do this. So what does the main character decide to do, upon receiving a telephone call from a morally dubious reporter who claimed to have information for her regarding her earlier abduction? She went to meet him by herself. WITH NO SECURITY. And was again saved by the main male character, who had learned of her meeting with the guy just in the nick of time. Um, just how suicidal/mentally deficient/otherwise defective was she? (iii) Beware of spoilers here... * * * * Of course, the big bad turned out to be... Her old boyfriend, whom she had always trusted implicitly. Um, just how many cliches was this book trying to hit, exactly? This has got to be one of the worst ones out there, and rather anticlimactic, IMHO. Especially given the fact that the only explanation for his betrayal was the fact that he had learned of her correspondence with the main male character, which betrayed some sort of notion of 'purity' (Racial? Sexual? This wasn't entirely clear.) on his part. I'm not saying that a novel cannot ever have a close friend betray another -my point is that if this is to be used as a plot element, then it has to be made *believable* by having some 'lead up' into it, thereby showing that the author PLANNED this part of the story, rather than saying 'Eureka!' late one Saturday night when they couldn't figure out how to end the last chapter of their novel. This felt to me like it came out of left field. So, all in all, I would rate this as average (i.e. 2.5 stars/leaves, rounding down to 2). Books I recommend: -Dead Girls are Easy, by Terri Garey -Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between, by JA Saare -The Demon in Me, by Michelle Rowen
Date published: 2013-03-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Different If you enjoyed the Would-Be-Witch series by Kimberly Frost with its down-home Texas humor then be warned it will not be found in All That Bleeds. The style veers away from what was familiar in her previous books and takes some getting used to. The characters didn't appeal as much and I had difficulty buying into the futuristic Etherlin setting all the while having designer names of the Gucci genre popping into the story. I don't think I would continue further into this series, but if ever Fae witch Tammy-Jo from Duvall returns then I'd definitely follow with this author's works.
Date published: 2012-01-30