Sunday, March 21, 2010

Review: A Rush of Wings by Adrian Phoenix

Title:  A Rush of Wings
Author:  Adrian Phoenix
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Publisher:  Gallery Books
Publication Date:  January 8, 2008
Series Info:  Book 1 in The Maker's Song series
Cover Artist:  Craig White
Who/What/Why/Where/How:  Bite Club book club pick for January. Purchased with my own chump change.
Where to Buy:  Amazon


Dark. Talented. Beautiful. Star of the rock band Inferno. Rumored owner of the hot New Orleans nightspot called Club Hell. Born of the Blood, then broken by an evil beyond imagination.


F.B.I. Special Agent Heather Wallace has been tracking a sadistic serial murderer known as the Cross Country Killer, and the trail has led her to New Orleans, Club Hell, and Dante. But the dangerously attractive musician not only resists her investigation, he claims to be "nightkind": in other words, a vampire. Digging into his past for answers reveals little. A juvenile record a mile long. No social security number. No known birth date. In and out of foster homes for most of his life before being taken in by a man named Lucien DeNoir, who appears to guard mysteries of his own.


What Heather does know about Dante is that something links him to the killer -- and she's pretty sure that link makes him the CCK's next target. Heather must unravel the truth about this sensual, complicated, vulnerable young man -- who, she begins to believe, may indeed be a vampire -- in order to finally bring a killer to justice. But Dante's past holds a shocking, dangerous secret, and once it is revealed not even Heather will be able to protect him from his destiny...

I’d read several reviews around the blogiverse praising Ms. Phoenix’ debut novel so I added her book to my TBR pile. Bite Club (a really fun book club run by Vamp Chix) picked A Rush of Wings as their January selection which was great because otherwise the book might have sat in my TBR pile longer than it deserved to.

Let me start by saying that Adrian Phoenix totally grabbed me by the face and didn’t let go until she was done telling her story. I can honestly say that I felt like I had stepped off one hell of an emotional rollercoaster. Between the atmospheric Goth club, the hottest sex scenes put on paper, the CSI-esque/Law & Order-ish storyline and a male lead who’s so ridiculously hot he makes my teeth sweat, it’s safe to say I went through some sensory overload but, in a really, really good way.

I read this book back in January and I can still recall most of the scenes pretty vividly. A Rush of Wings contains a wide range of highly entertaining and/or disturbing characters that play well, and in some cases, not so well with one another. I enjoyed Adrian’s take on vampire lore, her world building and the way she can write a story that builds so much tension that my shoulders started hiking up to meet my ears. The only thing that I think might throw some people off is the switch in POVs from chapter to chapter and the various plots that intertwine together throughout the story. For me they were minor blips on the radar and once I got the hang of it, it was full steam ahead.

If you’re looking for a sexy, suspenseful, edge of your seat read then I highly recommend you pick up a copy of this book ASAP!

Favorite Scenes/Lines:
The sweet, cloying odor of blood and honeysuckle hung in the rain-misted courtyard like rancid smoke.  A nude figure was curled against the courtyard's ivy-draped stone wall, his bound hands tucked beneath his face like those of a sleeping child, a stark counterpoint to his swollen and battered face.  A dark mesh shirt was twisted around his throat and night-blackened blood pooled around his body.  Gleamed upon skin and stone.

And on the wall above scrawled in blood-

Series Info:
A Rush of Wings
In the Blood
Beneath the Skin
Etched in Bone
On Midnight Wings
Pale Blue Flames (Release Date TBA)

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  1. Hear hear! This book is hot. The next one is good too, although I still have book three, Beneath the Skin in my TBR pile. *sigh* I'll get around to it someday.

  2. I know what you mean. I've had book two in my TBR pile forfreakinever. Maybe this weekend I'll sit down and and get a Dante fix. ;)