Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Title: City of the Fallen
Series: Dark Tides
Series Placement: #1
Author: Diana Bocco
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 27, 2013
Format: Ebook and Paperback

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Book Blurb:
Five years ago, vampires came out of hiding and took over the world. It was meant to be a quick enslavement but it turned into a bloody battle that brought humanity to the brink of extinction. Isabelle Bryant is one of the “lucky” survivors, now living in hiding, scavenging for food through deserted towns. And she’s tired of it. So she’s devised a plan: find the king of the vampires and drive a stake through his heart.

Except that wickedly sensual king Marcus is nothing like the monster she expected. And while landing on his bed was part of the plan all along, discovering that he might hold the key to humanity’s survival certainly wasn’t. The catch? Saving humanity also means ensuring vampire survival. It means giving up hope for a return to a human-ruled world. 

As sparks fly and hate becomes heat, Isabelle must pick a side -- before the darkness devours them all.

Reviewers Note: City of the Fallen is book one in the Dark Tides series and is a Dystopian, Paranormal Romance written by Diana Bocco. I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review through Tasty Book Tours.

4 Solid Sexy Stars!
Completely Mesmerizing and Seductive! So Glad I Read This One!

The Review:

Told in alternating POV’s between the hero Marcus and the heroine Isabelle, this 112 page sexy, fast pace read that's chock-full of paranormal goodness, definitely pulls you in with its apocalyptic theme and devastating scenery! I was completely stunned and engrossed in this read and simply couldn’t put it down until I hit the very end and then sighed because I wanted more!

Isabelle's Story...
The world is a different place than it used to be. Isabelle was once a flourishing doctor, living in an imperfect but beautiful world where human thrived. When the invasion happened and vampires poured out of the darkness the human race was unprepared and had no means to fight back the monsters once thought to be dark myths. Vampires were strategic in their onslaught, cutting off communications and stampeding over any and all humans who came in their path. The shock and refusal to understand what was happening aided in the ignorance and instead of taking a stand and fighting back, human’s either cowered in hiding or they participated in riots and the killing of their own, furthering the destruction of the human race and the world as a whole. The few humans who did try to fight back, never stood a chance against an enemy with superhuman speed, strength, night vision and of course fangs.

Five years later, the world has been destroyed, either by the vampires or by humans who would rather pillage and kill their own than fight the monsters that prey on them. Human hide in the darkness, hoping the monster passes them by unnoticed, only to pilfer what they can during the day. But offerings are always slim and the humans that are left, are dying out one by one.

Isobelle and the small group of survivors she’s hiding with, including her brother, are at deaths door. So she’s formulated a plan, an idea in the hopes of giving what human life remains, a fighting chance.

Her plan?

Infiltrate the Vampire compound and kill the King.

But when she insinuates herself into the kings compound and acquires the position of his personal pet, Belle’s unexpected and intense attraction to Marcus has her questioning her motives and her plans. She also soon discovers things aren’t as they first seemed and there is actually a much greater threat than the one behind the compound walls. One thats roaming the streets and is a threat to both humans and vampires.

Marcus’s Story...
When Marcus, King of the Vampires, gathered his troops five years ago and attacked the humans, he never imagined the results would be a complete annihilation of the human race and a threatening existence to his own race. With dreams of freedom and no more hiding in the dark or killing of his kind, they came prepared for war. But much to their surprise, the war they anticipated never had a chance to really begin, and what he didn’t take into account was how the centuries of fear and hiding had rooted such hatred for humans in the vampires, which only fueled their desire to destroy and dominate, decimating the human population in a matter of months. Now, five years have passed, the human race is nearly extinct and those that survived are in hiding as they starve, dying slow deaths from disease or are killed off by the predators that hunt them, leaving them all with a dystopian world on the brink of nothing.

Marcus doesn’t have much use for humans other than a food source and he hasn’t taken a companion in centuries but the moment he sees Isobelle, he’s pulled to her, intrigued by her and once he’s had a taste of her, can’t get enough of her. He knows she’s keeping secrets but he’s patient, willing to wait her out and see where this takes them before deciding on a course of action. Only problem is, the more he has of her, the more he wants her.

Add on top of that, a brewing war between his kind and a sickness spreading through the vampire populace at an alarming rate, things seem dire for both human and vampire.

Character Thoughts...
I liked Belle. She was strong and full of life. She was truly tortured over her wavering loyalty but she found a purpose and maybe even a better plan once she learned of the greater threat.

I wasn’t too sure I was going to like Marcus or the other vampires at first. They were essentially the cause for the dystopian world they all now lived in where both human and vampire suffered. I felt there had to have been a better way and now they were at a point where so many had died, been killed or were sick, they essentially needed one another to survive at all. Yet with this growing panic to work together, Marcus still had apathy for all humans.

But his saving quality for me was the way he protected Belle and the feelings he developed for her. They brought out his human side and helped keep the scary monster at bay. No doubt the monster still lurked but it was his love for Belle that ultimately made me like him.

I hated the world they now lived in. It seemed pointless and horrific and just wrong. I felt a real sense of loss as Belle explained and described the scenes of destruction laid out before her which is a real testament to the amazing writing and story this author pulls together in only 112 pages.

Isobelle and Marcus were electric together. They scorched the pages and their passion and feelings toward one another and the ones they loved, really drew me into their budding relationship.

The Wrap Up:
I wish this read had of been longer. I wanted more more more! 112 pages just wasn’t enough, especially after the crazy, thrilling cliffy at the end. I can’t wait for book two, Night of the Fallen (Dark Tides, #2) which is slated to come out around December 2013! I have to find out what happens next in this story and for these characters!

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About the Author:
I've been a fan of all kinds of dark creatures since I was a kid (even before I discovered Stephen King at the age of 10). If it crawls in the night and tugs at your covers while you're sleeping, chances are I've written about it. It's probably no surprise that I'm a big fan of old buildings, urban exploring and things that go bump in the night. Oh, and Halloween, of course -- but that should go without saying. 

Growing up, I wanted to be Indiana Jones. I ended up not pursuing a degree in Archaeology (although I toyed with the idea for a while) but I did become a huge lover of travel and history. Aside from traveling to all corners of the world, I've also lived in five countries in three continents -- including three years in Siberia and two in Vietnam. I'm currently living in Thailand. 

I have a soft spot for animals (which is why you can be sure that in my stories, the dog will always make it) and right now have three wonderful -- but slightly crazy -- dogs in my life. And yes, they move with me from country to country. Too bad dogs can't accumulate frequent flyer miles!

In my other life, I also write nonfiction: articles, books, and even quizzes for the Discovery Channel website. I really can't help it -- I'm a nerd at heart and love research and discovering new things. Could be the Indiana Jones in me pushing me along. 

When it comes to life, I'm pretty fearless. I figure life is too short to live it too safely -- so I take risks and I try to have fun, whether that means snowshoeing in the middle of Siberia or going ghost-hunting in an abandoned asylum. And yes, I've done both.

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