Blood Orchid (Night Flower #2)
by Claire Warner
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Romance
Release Date: June 2016
Summary from Goodreads:
Tied to Justin with bonds stronger than blood, Melissa De Vire heads into her new life with fear and anger. Anger at Emily, at Katherine and most of all, anger at Justin, fuels her resolve to find a cure for the curse. From the English court in 1752 to the fires of the French Revolution, Melissa struggles to survive her new existence and find forgiveness for Justin as clues to a cure begin to surface.
Mama Says: Another lyrical read from Claire Warner!
Although neither book delves deep into the period in which they are set, I enjoy the author’s decision not to distract us with minor details. Picking up immediately after the end of The Black Lotus, Blood Orchid is rather fast paced for the most part so there aren’t too many dull, winding moments. There was a slight lack in the mystery department, but since this isn’t a mystery novel that’s a minor disappointment on my end and I don’t think everyone will have the same experience. We do learn quite a bit more about some of the things that happened in book one, as well as grow to know Melissa more deeply. She faces even more obstacles searching for the cure, and we get a glimpse of what’s happening in the world around her (during the French Revolution.) Overall I enjoyed the read and will definitely be continuing the series.
Read more about the first book here:
About the Author
When I was a child, I made up games and characters when my sister and I played with dolls. As I grew older, I would make up scenarios and scenes, fully intending to write them down but never finding the time. In my late teens, I discovered the world of role playing and settled into an avid ‘geeky’ life of D&D, comics, sci-fi and fantasy fiction. Years passed and I finally gave voice to the stories in my head. I write romance, fantasy, action and adventure. I love tales of steampunk and history, tales of magical powers and dark curses lurking in the shadows. Though The Black Lotus is not my first attempt at a novel, it is the first I have finished.
And some fun facts about me:
My favourite Disney film is Atlantis.
I’ve been a film extra and stood 5 feet away from Sam Rockwell.
Babylon 5 is my fave sci-fi show.
I cried at the end of Toy Story 3.
Guest post on gender roles in YA fiction
Oh now that’s a big question and one I answer with a question of my own. Do gender roles define novels or do novels define gender roles? Is the success of Twilight a dark day for feminism or does it shine a light on something the feminists don’t like to see? All of these require input from your own personal perspective. Do I think that some YA novels could address the the passive woman stereotype? Yes I do. Do I think that girls want a kick ass female character? Yes I do. Do I think that there should be some novels without romance? Certainly. Do I think that those novels would sell well? No I don’t.
My favourite book from the past decade is Sabriel by Garth Nix. Sabriel is a kick ass heroine. She knows what needs to be done and does it. The romance is a tiny, tacked on part to the end of the book and despite a male character being there, Sabriel does most of the work. Is this book the most talked about, most admired piece of work out there? It isn’t. I love the books but a majority of girls seem to prefer Twilight. Is that a fault of gender roles in YA? I don’t honestly know. It’s like the question, which came first? the chicken or the egg? Do girls like Twilight because other books have told them to? or do they like Twilight because it speaks to them?
So in my humble opinion, yes there are gender roles in YA fiction, but they be there because that’s what the audience wants
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