Review: Bad Blood by Kristen Painter

July 7, 2013 Book Reviews, Giveaway 1 ★★★★

Review: Bad Blood by Kristen PainterBad Blood by Kristen Painter
Series: House of Comarre #3
Published by Orbit on December 1, 2011
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 449
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Samhain approaches, bringing with it the final melding of the mortal and othernatural worlds. No one knows just how much power the night holds...

Violent murders occur in Paradise City as counterfeit comarr are systematically hunted. The police and the Kubai Mata have more than enough trouble to keep themselves occupied. As war erupts at home, Malkolm and Chrysabelle head to New Orleans to recover the Ring of Sorrows. Chrysabelle is forced to make a life and death decision and will realize that her relationship to Malkolm may have fatal consequences.

The clock is ticking . . .

***I read Bad Blood as part of a read a long with Jen The Book Nympho and Jenese from Reader’s Confession. You can see my past reviews for the previous two books Blood Rights & Flesh and Blood, here and here. This review will contain spoilers for the previous two books. I am a member of Kristen Painter’s street team, but that is no way influenced my review. The thoughts listed below are my own. ***

The expanding cast of characters are really growing on me. It was hard at first to really feel an attachment to Fi, Doc, Creek, & Mortalis, as well as Mal and Chrysabelle, and honestly after the previous book I was worried that I wasn’t going to be able to keep up with all the differing story-lines. But Painter is a master of the craft and kept me engaged, and I even found myself feeling sympathy for Tatiana at times.

I really am digging Mal. He is such a damaged hero, and is almost an anti hero, except he tries so hard to be good. I want to take all his pain from him and cure his curse. The problem is he has two that would need to be taken care of, and I really hope he finds a way to fix it. I also hope that Chrysabelle and him FINALLY grow a pair and admit, out loud, to each other how they feel. DAMMIT people, the world is about to go to hell and you still are afraid of your feelings?!

Speaking of the world going to hell, it is, and fast. Nightmare creatures roaming the streets, I would be terrified to leave my house! People are finally starting to realize they are not alone. The mayor or Paradise City gets involved in this story, and it will be interesting how that all plays out moving forward.

There was really only one super surprise to me, and that involved a hint that was dropped about Chrysabelle’s family. I don’t want to spoil anything, so that is all I will say about that. But it definitely made me go “hmm” when it was mentioned. I look forward to hearing more about that.

If you are looking for a good Urban Fantasy that focuses more on the story than the love interest, then check out this series. The romance is hinted at, and I hope it plays out like I want, but that is not the main focus here.

4starsCLEAR laurasig

CH Read a long
This time we’re doing the read a long discussion a little different.
Join us on Thursday, July 11th at 7:00pm (central)
for a Twitter Chat about BAD BLOOD.

Make sure you make it because one winner will win ….


a copy of BAD BLOOD
Kristen Painter bag
pen & post-its

Others will get to win swag like pens, post-its and bookmarks.

Sorry I’m the one shipping the prizes and international shipping is to expensive


Another prize will be BLOOD RIGHTS in ebook format (1st book in series)

Open to anyone that can receive an ebook from Amazon or B&N

Just follow the hashtag #BadBlood




About Kristen Painter

A little about me: I’m a former college English teacher, but I’ve held a crazy mix of other jobs including maitre’d for Wolfgang Puck, personal trainer, and sales for Christian Dior Bijoux. On the writing side of things, I’m a two-time Golden Heart finalist and have been on the board of three different RWA chapters. What can I say? I like getting involved. I’m not adverse to bossing people around either.

I have a *slight* shoe addiction and occasionally indulge in an unnecessary handbag. Hah! That was a joke. There is no such thing as an unnecessary handbag. I love make up and jewelry and spa days. Yes, I’m a girly girl. But don’t think that makes me weak. I can (and do) kill off characters with the best of them. Speaking of which…

My forays into writing have been as varied as the jobs I’ve held. I’ve written poetry, articles for magazines, short stories, paranormal romances (that include fantasy, contemporary and steampunk genres) and now I’ve found a home with urban fantasy. I love worldbuilding and few genres give you the kind of license urban fantasy does.

I’m also the co-founder of the award-winning writer’s site I tweet more often than I should. You can also find me on my Facebook author page here:

I live in FL with my retired Air Force husband and a horde of feline dependents. I’m represented by The Knight Agency.

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