Monday, July 18, 2016

ARC Review: "Blood & Sin" (The Infernari, #1) by Laura Thalassa and Dan Rix

Blood and Sin by Laura Thalassa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

 Hot-blooded, prideful, feral, Lana Malesuis is a demon. She has sworn an oath to heal her war-torn, dying species. Her method: drain human blood, use it to fuel her dark magic, reap human misfortune. She has come to the town of White Sulfur Springs to cull.

Cold-blooded, ruthless, conniving, Jame Asher is a human. He has sworn to avenge his wife and baby girl, killed by demon magic. His plan: destroy demons’ portals, deprive them of their human blood supply, exterminate them one by one. He has come to White Sulfur Springs to kill.

But when they meet, and he takes Lana as his prisoner, the last thing he expects to see in her wild violet eyes is the frightened innocence of a young girl. For her part, Lana never expects to feel anything but hate for the most feared demon hunter on Earth.

Neither of them expected it to become something more.



I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I love Laura Thalassa's writing. She knows how to give depth to her characters and how to create worlds that are believable and realistic. I was quite surprised when I saw that this book was co-written with her husband and I admit that they did an amazing job!

"Blood and Sin" takes place in today's US where Lana, an Infernari Healer Demon, must find a way to save her dying race which resides in a parallel world. When Jame Asher, a notorious Hunter, gets in her way, an adventure will begin which might bring the two enemies together.

Told by alternative POVs we get to see both Lana's and Asher's mind. They are both tormented, have their own ghosts to deal with and the way they try to name their thoughts is quite well-written and greatly developed.

Also, the way other demons were shown was damn amazing. I thought for a moment that I was watching an anime with those fighting scenes and not reading a book.

The ending was brutal. It's kind of cliffhanger-ish which I hope to be solved in the next one. Asher did THAT horrible thing and has a lot to answer for.

Highly recommended and my deepest thanks to the authors who provided me with this ARC! ;)

About the authors:

Born and raised in Fresno, California, Laura Thalassa spent her childhood cooking up fantastic tales with her best friend. Lucky for her overactive imagination, she also happened to love writing.

When not writing, you might find her at the beach, along a hiking trail, or curled up on the couch with a book.

Laura Thalassa lives in sunny Santa Barbara, California with her husband, author Dan Rix.


  Dan Rix lives in Oakhurst, California with his wife, paranormal romance author Laura Thalassa. He loves fall and Halloween, because he was born in October and is fascinated by all things spooky, including books. He started writing his first novel in college while procrastinating his architecture studio work. He writes YA series with a sci-fi twist and especially enjoys creepy concepts.