dragon_lion64's review against another edition
The book started out okay even though the female lead is the gag-me too good to be real type of woman who is a hospice nurse who in her spare time takes care of her ailing grandmother. She finds a locket at an estate sale and magically finds herself in another world. That is where the story starts to suck big fanged bunnies…or little fanged bunnies like in the tale. She meets a fanged man wearing a top hat, a cross between Willy Wonka and Frank N Furter. He was so outrageous and fantastical that I couldn’t get into him at all.
The story reminded me of Alice in Wonderland which is one of my least favorite stories of all time.
I tried to force myself to read it because I paid good money for it but had to give up after a quarter of the book. It just was too fantastical and cheesy for me.
Some things felt a little coincidental for my liking and I'm not a fan of love triangles just for the sake of adding some romantic drama - Casper wasn't really an option. I would have liked a little more development between the romantic relationship between Tish and Crim.
Probably won't be reading the next one.
I loved the world of Sang and the similarities to our own. I'm sure everyone has said it more eloquently than I (so look at their reviews), but Delilah Dawson did an amazing job creating the world and characters - I'm looking forward to the next book!
Points for uniqueness; the world was interesting and different, there were a lot of adventurous elements that I liked, but the male protagonist was sort of creepy and unappealing. There were some gross sex scenes (gross because they may have involved dead animals/blood) and there was a lack of supporting females that weren't evil/manipulative/violent. For what it is, it works, but more from a funny point of view than a romantic one.
That night when she goes to sleep she realizes that she is in a different world. One where Bludbunnies can bite.
She also is completely naked and that guy from the locket is standing in front of her. Come to find out he had an enchantment placed on the locket to bring him his true love. Tish is now in the land of Sang, which resembles her world back in America but there are some differences. Magic, clockworks, krakens and of course the bludmen. Turns out the guy that summoned her is a bludman named Criminy Stain. Bludmen resemble vampires only in the facts that they are hard to kill and they have that pesky little blood drinking problem.
Much of Sang is pretty bloodthirsty. There are bludbunnies, bludmares, bluddoes..you get the gist. Tish seems to settle in pretty good. Especially after she realizes that the musician in Criminy's circus like caravan is one of her clients from back home. Back home though he is pretty much a vegetable...in Sang he is hawt. Some of this made me roll my eyes if you can't tell.
Tish does have the ability to go to sleep in one world and be in the other..with the help of her trusty locket.
I didn't hate this book. I actually couldn't stop reading it once I started. It's like a jacked up version of Alice in Wonderland and somehow..it just works. Even with a love-triangle sorta and some insta-love. That Bludman Criminy? I'd bang him.
I read this one because the author is coming to a festival near me and I may have to fangirl..or not. It's on the maybe pile.
The reviews on this book from my friends on here are varied. I'm picking my friend Alkyoni's review to highlight this time. Her review is a fun look at this book.