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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0995463107
- Publisher: Raven Press; 1 edition (3 Jun. 2016)
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- Language: English
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Marcus, ever the valiant, honor-keeping brother once again decides to go take on Montjoy for once again, attempting to defile Melissa, and seek vengeance for his mother’s death. Marcus, and friend James, decide to pay Montjoy a visit at his home.
Emily is on a mission to retrieve Justin’s stolen brooch from John. And to get to John you must go through Katherine. Katherine reluctantly gifts Emily with an address; which will unintentionally run her into Marcus and James.
Throughout the whole book readers switch perspectives. You jump from one era, to 20 years in the future, attempting to accomplish one menial task. . .continuing to search for a cure for the black lotus. Justin continues to search for ancient tomes while evading John and his associates.
Will they find a cure? What does the blood orchid bring to the table? What exactly does John want? I’d love to tell you all these questions will be answered in this book, but they will not be.
After finishing “The Black Lotus” I left it with the only saving grace “Blood Orchid” will have for me if I see it was truly edited. . .
I am actually quite disappointed with this book. I read it on the kindle, and at 33% I was finished. . .no, it was not a “Did Not Finish” the story was LITERALLY over at 33%. At first I was confused, thinking I just received a sample of the book, but as I flipped forward, a sample of another book was listed, and then the ENTIRE book of “Blood Orchid” was repeated.
And once again, we have a book that I fail to believe made it through an editor. I understand a few mistakes. But once again, we have several mistakes in each chapter- to me that just detracts from the story. Maybe other people don’t have a problem with that, but that’s the glory of opinions, and this happens to be mine.
At this point in time, I don’t really care to find out how this series ends.
We continue to follow the story of Melissa, Justin and curse. Except now 20 years later, they're a team joined up with Justin's ex-lover Emily, and the one who cursed Melissa and Marcus, Melissa's older brother.
In this book they visit multiple places, the author added enough detail about each so you can envisage and understand the times they were in without drowning the story. I think this book could be read as a stand alone, but I wouldn't recommend it as you do need to know a few key issues that happened in Black Lotus.
The book is just as fast paced as the ending of Black Lotus. You get a few more answers to questions but then new discoveries and more details come to light which leaves you with just as many unanswered questions.
I can't wait for the third book to be released. I highly recommend this book series to people trying to get into reading or for those after a quick romantic story with a twist.
Blood Orchid by Claire Warner has Melissa and Justin opening the story with the ending events of The Black Lotus. Marcus searches for and finds Melissa after discovering the death of their mother. He fights for her to go back home with him and then finally realizes that she can't and is now dealing with the same curse as Justin. This book is genre bending and includes historical fiction plus all the mystery, suspense and paranormal fun of The Black Lotus, the first book in the Night Flower series. 4 stars for this supernatural young adult book with a touch of romance!
I'll admit, that's one of my favorite tropes; if the immediacy is done well, it multiplies the suspense without the reader catching on. It was hard not to catch on in Blood Orchid. It begins with the same wandering perspective as the first book, briefly touching each character's mind to remind the reader of "tragic" at the end of Black Lotus.
And then Warner proceeds to dwell on those events for the first half of the book. Without warning, at that halfway point, the narration jumps forward twenty years. The characters are still single-mindedly focused on one task, but have yet to have any rational discussion about that task on the page.
As a reader, I don't generally mind being left in the dark about the protagonist's intentions -- it can often lead to engaging discoveries down the road -- but when those characters continue to make the same mistakes and have the same conversations over the course of twenty years, I start to wonder what the plan is.
More so than The Black Lotus, it seems that Warner, too, lacked a plan for Blood Orchid. Like many middle or sophomore books, it was simply a string of events, without an overall arc to the plot.
Full of copy errors and without well developed characters to make those events interesting or entertaining, the book as a whole falls flat.
The Black Lotus left room for redemption and possible success for the Night Flower series, but Blood Orchid failed to seize that opportunity.
I enjoyed reading the first book in the series, but I felt it was building up to something much bigger then what it turned out to be. So I wasn't sure how book two was going to go and in my mind it was a complete turn around. The story flows a lot faster and we cover a lot more ground. I feel like you could almost jump in and start reading the second book as a stand alone book. Plus this ending of this book will leave you wanting more! The story had a lot more action and more explaining of exactly what was going on. Since we skip time in between some of the chapters we get a bigger picture. We learn a lot more about the curse and get a much better understanding of how the curse works.
In regards to the characters they each have their own issues and they seem to become more prevalent in the second book. Melissa is really discovering herself and coming to terms with what happened to her. She is trying to grow as a character and provide more to the group. Justin is just trying to focus on finding a cure and treating Melissa as a delicate flower. Marcus is just the protective older brother, who also doesn't know what his feelings are for Emily. Emily is in my mind the most complex character in the book. We do get to hear her perspective at some points in the book, but I still can't figure her out. I have no idea whose side she is on and what her end goal is. She is easy to switch up her emotions and hard to get a read on. I love when you can't figure a character out it leaves them with a lot of potential for future books!
The background and details for this book is a lot better too. It is set in multiple locations and I felt like as a reader I had a clear picture of where the characters where going. I was able to use my imagination and envision what the characters where seeing and going through. The author did a great job with the details in this book and allowing the reader to imagine the struggle they are going through.
The one thing in the book that gets me is that although this book read a lot faster and we got a lot more answers to question I could have used a little more suspense. There were parts of the book that I wasn't sure what was going to happen to the characters, but I wasn't far enough in for one of them not to make it or them to disappear. The ending leaves you with so many questions and suspense I would have loved to have a little more sprinkled throughout the book. I also would have gotten a little more out of Emily as a character and saw what she is really up too.
I would suggest this as a nighttime read. It was an easy book to read and easy to follow along. There are some points where it picks up and you kind of want to immediately know what is going to happen. I can't wait for the next book in the series!!
I received a copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book.