Book 2 (Book 1: Venom)
Cassandra Caravello is trying to forget Falco, the wild artist who ran off with her heart, as she grows closer to her strong, steady fiancé, Luca. But Luca seems to have his own secrets. When he’s arrested by soldiers in the middle of the night, Cass’s life is once again thrown into chaos. She must save Luca, and that means finding the Book of the Eternal Rose-the only evidence that will prove he’s innocent.
First I’d like to say I didn’t really like the cover chances (from mask’s to silhouettes). As for the story I found it to be very interesting. It had a lot more mystery and had some things answered while leaving plenty other questions for another book. The pace was a lot more fast paced and with action but it does slow down three quarters in for a bit. The book is once again very beautifully written and you get a strong feel for the imagery and the time period. Cass was both her usually inquisitive, somewhat reckless self while also growing and taking more control. This was especially true for her quest to save Luca. She was very much on her own in this book and that’s where you see her character grow. I didn’t like Falco in this book because he seemed very superficial. He was like the embodiment of lust and he came off as very weak willed when it came to protecting/explaining things to Cass and when dealing with Belladonna. Luca isn’t in the book in person but more in the thoughts of Cass so there isn’t really much to say on his character. Belladonna was an odd character and very much gave off the creepy cult feel. The whole random mention of vampires was ridiculous and I would have preferred if they just said someone was going around murdering people and draining their blood. By adding the ideas of vampires it ruins the feel of the book even if it is an idea. This book is definitely a step up from the last book and I would recommend this series.
The final book in the Eternal Rose trilogy is called Starling and comes out March 20, 2014.