Title: The City Beneath
As a journalist, Cassidy DiRocco thought she had seen every depraved thing New York City’s underbelly had to offer. But while covering what appears to be a vicious animal attack, she finds herself drawn into a world she never knew existed. Her exposé makes her the target of the handsome yet brutal Dominic Lysander, the Master Vampire of New York City, who has no problem silencing her to keep his coven's secrets safe…
But Dominic offers Cassidy another option: ally. He reveals she is a night blood, a being with powers of her own, including the ability to become a vampire. As the body count escalates, Cassidy is caught in the middle of a vampire rebellion. Dominic insists she can help him stop the coming war, but wary of his intentions, Cassidy enlists the help of the charming Ian Walker, a fellow night blood. As the battle between vampires takes over the city, Cassidy will have to tap into her newfound powers and decide where to place her trust...
Author: Melody Johnson
Series: Night Blood #1
Published by Kensington Source: Author
Published: April 28th 2015
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I’m not going to lie. I expected a romance. I’m not going to say this is the furthest thing from a romance since there were a few heated moments, but that certainly didn’t not make this book a romance. Instead, The City Beneath is more of a paranormal, suspense mystery.
Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed this book. I tend to be drawn to vampire stories that really don’t have much variety to them. The formula that I fall for is the usual girl meets vamp, vamp is all angsty, girl is in danger, vamp caves, turns her and they live HEA. This really wasn’t the case here. Rarely do I see a author come up with a new twist to this old vampire story formula. Not the case here. Ms. Johnson has managed to introduce a new way of creating vampires. Night bloods, and that’s what Cassidy is. She’s also a nosy journalist which of course lands her smack dab in trouble. Trouble being a vampire rebellion. Vampire rebellions are not original however I found the plot line regarding night bloods a refreshing change from the typical bite-suck-your a vamp conversion.
Over-all, The City Beneath was fun for me. The dialog was snappy, the characters engaging, and the plot line, even though not too original (hello vamp rebellion!), I still enjoyed. The lack of romantic entanglements instead of detracting from the story, actually added to it. I could relax and absorb all the action and mystery without being to concern that things were going to turn hot and heavy at the most inopportune moments. Even though there’s a nice mystery feel to the whole plot, the dialog between characters still had moments of getting me to chuckle.
Too many mystery movies have me guessing the the whodunit from the get go so I wasn’t exactly too surprised when the ‘dunt dunt dunt’ reveal happened. Guessing from early on and having my thoughts confirmed didn’t detract from the story. Actually, if anything, it made it more interesting. I didn’t know the why and when I did find out…light bulb. I got it now. The ending was all I liked and more. I’m finding myself excited and anticipating what happens next, which is rare for me. Not being a mystery fan usually I am over it quickly once all the cards have been played. But in this instance, I can’t wait to find out what happens next. Well played Ms. Johnson!