Friday, March 30, 2018

Review - Rises the Night by Colleen Gleason @colleengleason

Rises the Night by Colleen Gleason
Series: The Gardella Vampire Hunters #2
Publisher: Avid Press
Publication Date: July 18, 2015
Date Read: March 29, 2018
Length:  302 pages
Source: Edelweiss
★★★★☆
The saga of Victoria Gardella continues as the glorious nineteenth-century city of Rome gives rise to a new threat from the immortal undead....

Lady Victoria Gardella Grantworth de Lacy has been a vampire slayer for just over a year, balancing her life as a peer of Society with the dangerous role that takes her out on moonlit streets, stake in hand. She has learned brutal and heartbreaking lessons about the sacrifices that must be made in order to save humanity from the evil that secretly preys upon it, but she has not wavered in her vow to fight on.

Now, in Italy, a powerful vampire is amassing the power to control the souls of the dead. As Victoria races across Europe to stop what could be the most deadly army the Gardellas have ever faced, her unlikely companion is Sebastian Vioget--a man as tempting as he is untrustworthy.

But when Victoria discovers she has been betrayed by one of her most trusted allies, the truth will challenge all her powers as a Venator...and as a woman.

My Review

I had a great time reading this book and thought it was even better than the first book in the series.  I have had the first three books from this series sitting in my review pile unread for a couple of years.  I am so glad that I am finally reading the series because I am really enjoying it.  I ended up reading most of the book in a single day simply because I didn't want to put it down.

This is the second book in the Gardella Vampire Hunter series and the series really does need to be read in order.  This book really assumes that the reader knows everything that happened in the first book and picks up shortly after that installment ends.  Victoria has been through a lot and seems stronger now as a result.  I really felt for her as she struggled to find herself again.  I thought that the opening scene of the book really did a fantastic job of illustrating how dark her world has become.

I really liked seeing how much Victoria has grown in this book.  Everything she has been through has really changed her and she seems to have a harder edge in this book.  She doesn't worry as much about society and actually has a lot more freedom in that area.  She is both physically and mentally strong which she proves many times in this story.  It was really wonderful to get to know some of the other characters a bit better.  Sebastian was great in this book.  I was never quite sure if he should be trusted but I really wanted him to prove to be trustworthy.  I was never quite sure if I liked his character in the first book but I loved him in this one.

This book really had everything I hoped to find when I started reading.  There is a whole lot of excitement and action spread throughout the book to really keep things moving forward.  I love that the vampires in this book are definitely the enemy and are not romanticized.  There was enough mystery in the story to really keep me guessing until the very end and a few shocking scenes that made me doubt everything I thought I knew.  The chemistry between the characters was also really well done and a bit of a surprise.

I do recommend this series to others.  It really was one of those books that are just really hard to put down.  I can't wait to start the next book in the series so that I can find out what is in store for Victoria next!

I received a review copy of this book from Avid Press via Edelweiss.

The Gardella Vampire Hunters: Victoria Series
Book #1 - The Rest Falls Away - My Review
Book #2 - Rises the Night
Book #3 - The Bleeding Dusk
Book #4 - When Twilight Burns
Book #5 - As Shadows Fade
About the Author

Colleen Gleason is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author. She has written more than two dozen novels in a variety of genres, including the internationally bestselling Gardella Vampire Hunters series and the young adult steampunk Stoker & Holmes books. Her novels have been translated into a number of different languages. She lives in the Midwestern United States with her family and two dogs and is always working on her next book.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

24 comments:

  1. I'm so happy you loved this book, I heard so many great things about this series over the years, but I still have to put my hands on the first instalment. Hope to get the chance to read it soon, and I definitely hope you keep having a fantastic time with The Gardella Vampire Hunters :D

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    1. Thanks, Silvia! I am a little upset with myself for letting this series sit around unread for so long.

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  2. great review, with 5 books it's going to be a great series hope

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    1. I think that there is a spin off series as well so I have enough to keep me busy for a while :)

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  3. This sounds like the kind of story I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I hope you get a chance to read the series, Nadene. I am really enjoying it.

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  4. Glad you enjoyed this one too! I really need to try this series!

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    1. I think that it is very well done, Stormi!

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  5. I've never heard of this series but glad you're enjoying it :)

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  6. Oooh a vampire series that I haven't read. I will be putting this in my wish list to get later.

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    1. These books have had several covers over the years but I really like these new ones.

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  8. I really need to read this one one day

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    1. I hope you enjoy it when you do get the chance.

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  9. Looks like a fun series! It's always nice to read a book you can't put down. It's been awhile since I read one like that. Great review. :)

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    1. I love it when I can really get into a book like I did with this one.

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  10. That is great! Both that you are getting into a series from your older shelf and that the heroine is growing and her adventures are so engaging. I love that it's historical paranormal.

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    1. This book has so many great elements. I am really glad that I decided to start reading this series.

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  11. I've never heard of this series, but it looks like something I would enjoy. I'm going to put book one on my TBR pile. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it, Melanie!

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  12. This series is new me. It sounds pretty interesting though. Glad you're enjoying the story. Great review!

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    1. It is a really well done story. Thanks, Shane!

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