A dangerous game of life, blood, and survival.... Marquis Silivasi is a loner, an ancient vampire known to be merciless, harsh, and unforgiving. He has lived to see his dark twin sacrificed, his parents hunted, and the one soul he was sworn to protect destroyed by his enemy. When a mysterious female with a secret past shows up in Dark Moon Vale, her presence sets off a strange set of events: It is as if she has awakened the sleeping soul of the valley... and the curse of Marquis's birth. Bound to each other by primeval law, the two must forge their way through an ever growing maze of danger, deception, and destiny. They must find salvation in a world without mercy, where survival demands a chilling blood awakening.
©2011 Terresa York (P)2015 Tessa Dawn
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"OMG!!!!!Better than Ever!!!!"
Spellbinding, Heartwrenching, Amazing
Marquis in this one. He is an ancient Warrior and so full of anquish and loss. He is powerful and commanding and truly scary at times. He does not have an equal when it comes to Protecting or Avenging those he loves...So powerful a character and brought to his knees with grief and love and anger and every emotion you can imagine all in one sitting.
It will forever be the heartbreaking scene when Shelby is sacrificed for the Blood Curse. I have never felt so very close to a character I have never met. Tessa gave us Marquis' grief to a point I had to stop the book and get myself together. WOW!!!
I listened to it all in one night. It simply was not a choice I could not stop. The narration was amazing. I never thought I would see these characters in such a new light but with Eric's voice he truly brought them to life in a way I could not imagine.
I have read these books for some time and have never really been a fan of audiobooks but this series of audiobooks has gave me more than I imagined. If you haven't tried this series by Tessa Dawn, you have no idea what you are missing. Get into the world of Dark Moon Vale and you will never want to leave. Dark Fantasy not Romance, Vampires with bite and a world so real you will want to look for on the map.......Enjoy!!!!!!
What a ride. This was bettet than the first book The story line was great, the action captivating and the twists unexpected . So looking forward to the next book in the series.
"can't wait to read the next book in the series. ."
loved it! looking forward to reading the next in the series! Love the characters and the plot
This is the second book in a long running series that, so far, promises to be five star all the way! I found myself wanting to hear the whole book in one sitting, and that's just what I tried to do. Damn sleep! I could not wait to get back to my computer so I could continue the story. This one tells you more about the oldest brother, Marquis Silivasi, who is just plain serious about everything! He has sacrificed his own happiness to keep his younger brothers safe, that is until his true "destiny", his perfect mate, is revealed to him. Then, all hell breaks loose! He is almost betrayed by their arch enemies the dark ones. Of course he and his brothers are able to prevail and he is united with his love.
The only part of the story that got my nerves was when Marquis has to submit himself to the sinister forces, that he scarificed the dark twin to, as atonement for the sins of his forefathers. He almost gives his life for something he was not guilty of in the first place. It takes all his family, including his dead brother and a God, to pull him back from the brink of no return. Why was I so upset... Well he had gone over a thousand years and then he gives up? I wanted to smack him! Lol!
All in all the book was a great listen and well worth the price. Eric G. Dove was wonderful! He knows how to bring each character to life! For me this book is another five star rating. Can't wait for the next book!
"Great story paired with perfect narration"
I love to read and I have done so to the detriment of my eye sight….but luckily, and to the rescue there are audiobooks. The next hurdle I found myself in was finding great stories read by really good narrators. I would love it if I found more woman narrators that could read some of my favorite stories with the same punch and slam dunk as narrators like Phil Gigante, or Jim Frangione…but unfortunately I find many of their narration performances to be.. Breathy, flat and missing the mark in the art of pausing because the story calls for it, and not because there is a coma on the page. It has made me cringe and turn off many awesome stories I have already read and hoped would be a great listen.
I have listened to Eric Dove do J.R Wards Fallen Angel Series, and Tina Folsom’s Scanguard Vampires and loved them…but the combination of Tessa Dawn’s writing in the Blood Curse series paired with Eric Dove’s narration is Freak-en Awesome.
I am not going to waste time telling the premise of the story, because others have already done that. I will say that I have laughed, cried and been pissed off at some of the characters as if I was sitting in front of a screen watching this crazy story play out. I have had to pull my car over because I was laughing so hard at Marquis Silivasi scaring the HELL out of what was left of a biker gang on his front lawn in book two “Blood Awakening” .
It is a combination of good writing and great narration….. read to perfection. I cannot wait until another one is released. Great job Ms. Dawn and Eric Dove….damn…he hits this story out of the park and it will be ruined if anyone else takes over this story. There are not many narrators who can read a story so well that they make you forget about the person reading the story and transport you into the story. Jump on this series you will love it.
"Blood Awakening / Audiobook #2 is Mesmerizing!"
This is the second audiobook by Tessa Dawn that I am enjoying immensely. I simply cannot get over how full of life this title is; how the audio experience really "fleshes out" both the story and characters. Even if you have read Blood Awakening via ebook or hardcopy (which I have), this audiobook brings an entirely new experience to one's ears!
Oh dear....Nathaniel (from Blood Destiny, audiobook #1) is simply a vampire's and human's dream. But Marquis is seemingly invincible, which also makes him very appealing. To be fully truthful, there are NO characters which I did not enjoy, throughout the entire span of the Blood Curse Series.
Eric G. Dove REALLY got the characters' personalities. I love his interpretation of Marquis but they are all simply amazing. He did a fabulous job of narration (and he must have done his homework!)
What if it took a vampire to truly embrace your humanity?
Tessa is an unusually gifted author. She uses words as a painter would use the various gradients of color. Her books are stunning pieces of literary art. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Tessa Dawn has made her Blood Curse series a masterpiece by stepping outside the box, yet keeping true to the vampire lore we have all come to know. As some might want to call them, "an old Fang Book with a new Bite". Tessa also helps the reader reflect and remember what has gone before with a short opening reliving the original "Blood Curse" and the last few paragraphs of the previous book.
The idea that a Vampire can be so beautiful and loving, yet also a deadly menace when it comes to family and loved ones is thrilling. Blood Awakening shows Tessa's true talents in keeping that notion in the forefront and bringing the story along with it.
Eric Dove does a masterful job of bringing the Silivasi clan and the rest of the characters to life. He gives just enough infliction on the characters to bring out their personal qualities, yet does not try to over power you with drastic voice changes.
The book, and in fact the series, is riveting. Once started, it is almost impossible to put down until finished. I say almost because we have to stop to sleep sometime!!!
The only negative thing that I have to say about this series is that the book is read so fast that the wait for the next one is almost unbearable and we have to read the book again to take up the slack.
"Not Your Average Love/Anti Love Triangle"
Love the Story Line, the Narrator was awesome!
The Scene in Salvatore's Room
This one is much better
The depth of Love between the main characters
Marquis Silivasi is an Ancient Warrior. He is the head of his family and all that entails of Vampires with Strong Human Emotions. He feels a failure as he wasn't able to save his youngest brother Shelby from the curse that plagues the House of Jadon. When he is finally able to visit his brothers grave, he lets loose with emotions that wreak havoc on all the elements, causing wide spread destruction. Yet it is these very emotions that lift a spell put on one of the Original Celestial Beings."Ciopori". As he looks at her he remembers dreams these past 1500 yrs, they are of her. He knows every nuance about her. Ciopori recognizes this Strong Proud Warrior from her dreams. The chemistry is immediate. The love and attraction is instantaneous.
While awaiting for his Sign from the Heavens, A Blood Red Moon with his Constellation to appear, he must deal with a human woman under his families protection " Kristina". Wow, is she ever weak when it comes to her boyfriend who degrades her and beats her. This will be the last time per Marquis. Kristina offers up herself to save this lowlife, of course that only makes Marquis madder than a bull in the ring with a red cape. He takes her to the House of Jadon's clinic for medical attention. Guess what , yup you got it, A Blood Red Moon with his Constellation appears in the skys and on Kristinas arm.
All hell breaks loose, Marquis can not even fathom being with such a weak willed woman. Kristina can not stand him, he is overbearing always right and makes everyone obey him. Not to mention he is one scary ass dude.
Ciopori can not believe that her arm is not marked with Marquis Constellation. She must see and talk with him before he takes Kristina as his Destiny. Wow do things get hot and heavy, smexy like!! Yet they must walk away from each other or Marquis will die in 30 days like his younger brother for not fulfilling the curse.
Marquis is the most pain in the ass man, intense never laughing always right. Very non-likeable, egotistical Vampire/Man. I mean in book ,1 I was ready to take him out myself. If I had ever met him, I am sure he would have sewn my mouth shut and made me his puppet. Not a dam thing to like about this guy. Than Ciopori shows up and I start to see another side to him , still tho not really liking this guy.
Kristina gets added to the mix and oh my, really really do not like him.
Than "Tessa" the Author throws a whammy at me! I start to really see him with all his pain and loneliness and what he has been through the last 1500 years. Damn, okay now I am starting to sympathize for the guy. Add a very evil vampire to mix and Marquis looks like a lamb with pointy teeth!!
I am not giving away anything else from this wonderful, amazing book. To many subjects and I would spoil the milk for you. You are just gonna have to read it.
Welllllllll if you can handle Dark Fantasy, this book is not for everyone, you must have a strong digestion for all things that go bump in the night and day and ohh blood, death (not the nice die in your sleep kind)!
"This book has it all! AMAZING!"
Listening to Blood Awakening was a thrill ride from beginning to end! Honestly, this book had it all! Scenes where I laughed out loud, parts that were so chilling and creepy that it shocked me, and sections that provoked so much raw emotion that I had tears in my eyes. The narrator brought every one of these magical scenes to life like he was really there. I was really there too. And the author told the story in such a smooth and dramatic way. One of the best books I've ever listened to!
The story of Marquis and his vampire family is riveting. Just when you think you have the answers--STOP--you are not even close. It is beautifully written and narrated. This book draws you in from chapter one and unlike some books that level off, the suspense, the characters, the emotions and senses will take your breath away.
Tessa Dawns style of writing and storytelling is very unique and would be hard to compare with another book other than her own first volume called Blood Destiny. That book holds the same unique qualities as Blood Awakening where you find yourself lost in the characters, the story and all the emotions. And, when it ends you feel disappointed that there is not more.
Eric Dove is an outstanding narrator. He has the gift of seamlessly interpreting the personalities of each of the characters he becomes. He brings to life the emotions and feelings of the characters. There are times when he is interpreting the characters, for example, Marquis and his destiny, that feel as if you are eavesdropping on a real persons' private life experience. He is awesome.
Love, deception, hope, rage, revenge are only a beginning.
If you love dark fantasy you will experience it in this book in a whole new way, and you will be coming back for more. It is superb.
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