Review (& Giveaway): Blood Rights (House of Comarré #1) by Kristen Painter

Blood Rights (House of Comarre #1) by Kristen Painter
 Orbit books
Urban Fantasy
House of Comarre Series

Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle’s body bears the telltale marks of a comarré — a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world…and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.
Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.


My partner in crime, Chelsea, from Vampire Book Club raved about Blood Rights, and I was lucky enough to meet the lovely Kristen Painter at the Readers n’ Ritas recently, so I was anxious to dive right in to Bood Rights¸ and I’m so glad I did! First off, the cover is just lovely, and really does a good job of giving a spot on visual of Chrysabelle’s markings and her otherworldly beauty, and sets up the mood for the book perfectly. Chrysabelle is a comarre to a noble vampire. In other words, a certain vampire is her patron, and he (or she) owns her blood rights exclusively. When her patron is murdered, Chrysabelle is assumed to be his killer, and she goes on the run, hoping to escape over a hundred years of servitude. She immediately seeks out her “aunt”, a former comarre who won her freedom long ago, and who may be able to help Chrysabelle clear her name. Chrysabelle is no weeping violet, in spite of her career choice. She’s spent her life training in the killing arts, and does a fine job of defending herself at every turn, making pretty short work of anyone that chooses to threaten her or those she cares about. The author did a really nice job of balancing her physical strength along with the vulnerability that comes with over 100 years of pampered existence. She eventually meets up with Mal, an anathema vampire with a curse who has a shapeshifter and a ghost for sidekicks. Sparks inevitably fly¸ but probably not how you think.

From page one of Blood Rights, the author sets up the settings, in Romania and Paradise City in New Florida, to be characters in and of themselves. Keep in mind, this is the future (2067), and there’s a blending of old and new that really serves the story to great effect, but is very subtle and never heavy handed. Little details are sprinkled throughout that really enhance the story’s effectiveness. The push and pull of Mal and Chrysabelle is exquisite from the get go, and Ms. Painter gives us a villain, in the awful Tatiana, to rival the worst of them. Mal is the epitomy of “tortured soul”, and getting through his many layers was a big lure of this story, not to mention the delicious (and dangerous) tension between him and Chrysabelle. Tatiana is determined to become an Elder, now that Chrysabelle’s patron is dead, and she’s willing to go about it any way she can. Greedy and power hungry, Tatiana is a force to be reckoned with, ad you’ll love to hate her. Twists and turns abound, and there were a couple I saw coming, but also quite a few that I didn’t! The author has created an unusual and fascinating “othernatural” mythology that was refreshing, especially since the vampire genre is anything but fresh. Even if you feel “vamped-out” lately, I urge you to give this highly imaginative series a try! You won’t be disappointed!

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House of Comarré Website
Kristen Painter’s Website
Orbit Books

1. Giveaway is for 2 SIGNED copies of BLOOD RIGHTS by Kristen Painter to 2 winners.
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  1. Thanks for the giveaway. I love the cover aw well. I couldn’t tell at first if the gold was the dress or markings, but your reviwe cleared that up for me. I’m really excited to read this book. It sounds amazing!

  2. Ohh this series has been on my TBR and I loved the post!

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  3. This book makes me want to get tattooed in gold and carry a sword around for kicks. Wasn’t expecting to like this, but Painter’s weaving of this vampiric world is intriguing!

  4. I’ve been loving the covers for this series for awhile but have yet to pick it up. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Blogoversary!


  5. I’ve heard really good things about this book. Thanks for the chance. Congrats on your first year blogging!

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  6. I’ve been wanting to read that just for the cover alone. It’s so gorgeous.

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  7. Thanks for the great giveaway! I adore that cover.

  8. Ooooh this series has been on my to-read list for awhile.It was recommended to me via a fellow book addict who gave it a brill review.

  9. Thanx for the giveaway! I have been waiting to read this book since I first heard about it! I hope I win!

  10. Thanks for the giveaway! This has been on my TBR list for a while now.

  11. Happy Blogoversary 😉 Congratulations and thank you for the chance to win!

  12. This book is on my wishlist. Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. This sounds like a great book I would really like to read it


  14. This book sounds wonderful – thank you for the giveaway chance!!

  15. been wanting to read this for awihle, thanks for the chance!

  16. I’ve been eyeing this book for awhile now. Thank you for the chance to win it.

  17. I have been reading about this one on more than one blog. Thanks for giving me a chance to win a copy.

  18. Happy anniversary. Cool giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

  19. It sounds intriguing! I like that it is set in the future! well slight future but still. Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. latisha depoortere

    This sounds like a great book Thank you very much for the great giveaway!

  21. Wonderful review! This book has been in my TBR list since it came out and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Lucky you getting to meet Kristen. And I agree with you, the cover art is beautiful!

  22. I absolutely love the cover especially the gold it definitely pops. I really want to read this book I love that’s with vampires but with it’s own unique twist and that’s very refreshing.

  23. thanks for the giveaway!!

    Terri M

  24. This sounds like a great read

  25. Hi!
    My first time on your blog and I really like your background with the skull/books and crow! Thanks for the giveaway! I really want to read this series!


  26. This book sounds fantastic. I can’t wait to read it.
    congrats on your blogversary! This is a great giveaway, Thanks!

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  27. I can’t wait to start this, it looks amazing and the cover is stunning

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  28. I just love the concept of this book and the cover is gorgeous!!! Thanks so much for the great giveaway!

  29. I’ve been waiting for this one for months!! The cover is just awesome, thanks 🙂

  30. Blood Rites sounds like a fantastic book and I’m looking forward to reading it as well as the rest of the House of Comarre series.

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  31. Thank you for the awesome giveaway! I’ve had my eye on this book for awhile. I can’t eager to read it!

  32. Chelsea Hornbacher

    I can’t wait to read this book, thanks for the opprotunity!

  33. That sounds like an AWESOME book! Great giveaway! 🙂

  34. I’ve read this for a book tour and LOVE it! I just haven’t managed to get a copy for myself. I would love to have a chance at your giveaway please! =)
    Thank you for this chance!

    Have a great weekend,
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  35. I LOVE all three of these books. And I’d love to have a signed copy.

  36. Thanks for the giveaway. Cant wait to read it.

  37. I love your books! They’re such great reads.

  38. This looks rather interesting…yet another book to add to my growing list of to reads

  39. Love your books!!

  40. Beautiful book cover
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  41. I’ve had this book on my amazon wishlist for quite a while. Thank you for the chance to win a copy!

  42. Dang this looks like its going to be a Great read. It is def on my BTR list. Thank you for a wonderful chance to win a great giveaway 😀

  43. The cover of Blood Rights is my favorite for the year. So gorgeous. I would love to win a signed copy. Thanks for the opportunity.


  44. I love these books!!! it didn’t take me long to get addicted after reading the first one!!

  45. So excited to read this now!!! jenbibi at hotmail . com

  46. I have read such great thing about this series. I would love a chance to read it. I am not vamped out. In fact I have only read two books about vampires so this would be fresh to me.


  47. Kimberley Troutte

    Yay! I have been looking forward to these books FOREVER. Congrats, Kristin.

  48. Thanks for the chance to win this.


  49. This has been on my wishlist for a very long time 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing today and for the awesome giveaway opportunity!


  50. Loved this book, via Nook…A signed hard copy would be awesome 🙂

  51. I’m like in love with this cover!! 😀

  52. I absolutly love the cover of this book. I wonder if the story holds up to the cover.

  53. Just finished Blood Rights today and loved it. Great story and a stunning cover. Can’t wait to read the next two.


  54. I’ve wanted to read this book since the first time I saw it!! Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy:)

  55. This book has been on my want-to-read list for awhile now. I love the cover.

    wingedpersephone at gmail dot com

  56. Was not a big fan of vampire books. This series changed that. Love it and can’t wait to share it with others!

  57. I really want to read this series. Also, I absolutely LOVE the cover art for the books.


  58. I love the cover! Really catches my eye. I have been wanting to read this book. I hear such great things. Thanks for the chance.

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  59. Great review, will definitely add this to my TBR list!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  60. Great review, I’m adding this book to my list.
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  61. Oh, I know the contest is over but I had to read your thoughts here. 🙂 I’ve been hearing great things on this one too. Sounds like a wonderful read. Thank you!

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