Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Review of Tears of a Vampire Prince: The First Krystine by Christine E. Schulze

Synopsis from Goodreads: "This short but powerful novella chronicles the early life of Aaryn, who, in mourning after the recent death of his wife, Chrystine, reflects upon the girl whose name and healing nature made him fall in love with that wife at their first meeting—the other Krystine, his first love, a lovely, innocent, child-like Veela. In remembering her, he recounts his early ventures—how he became the very first vampire; how he protected Krystine from the lusts of the Princes of Night and struggled to protect her from himself; how he was forcibly drug into a mission in search for the One who could overthrow the evil of the Enchantress who created him—and how all these tales and misadventures weave together to tell the story of a love so beautiful and yet sorrowful, brimming with both hope and hopelessness. A tale of mystery, adventure, and passion, Aaryn's story echoes the unbreakable love and eternal bond between two immortals. Truly, this is the saddest vampire tale ever told."

My Review: I was looking forward to reading this one after Golden Healer, Dark Enchantress because I was so in love with Aaryn. I did enjoy this one even though it is a heart breaking story. I feel as though it could have been a full length novel and I may have enjoyed it more. I was a little confused throughout the book with the jumps in timelines and memories. I was most confused when we jumped from Aaryn's memory to Krystine's memory that she gave Aaryn, I wasn't sure who the new characters were or how we met them. Unfortunately, I also didn't connect as much with the first Krystine. But once we were past that the book flowed right along to heartbreak. You can't help but feel for the anguish that Aaryn has been through and how the brutal loss of both Krystine & Chrystine would break such an amazingly strong man/vampire. I am looking forward to reading more books in this series and learn more about some of the events only briefly mentioned in this book. I just pray that poor Aaryn's suffering ends soon.        

My Rating: Unfortunately it didn't suck me in quite as much as the first book did and I was left a little confused at times, but I still enjoyed the book very much. It is good to see the suffering of a vampire because too many books make it out to be all shiny and sparkly but I am sure it is full of suffering like Aaryn's life has been.  So I give it a rating of Three Paws. I definitely suggest reading Golden Healer, Dark Enchantress before reading Tears of a Vampire Prince.

Also I found that Christine E. Schulze and both books, Golden Healer, Dark Enchantress and Tears of a Vampire Prince are going on a blog tour, hosted by The Bookish Snob Tours blog, that will involve exerpts from the books and even giveaways. I suggest you all stop by and check it out  . . Blog Tour


  1. Great review! I don't like it when books leave me confused from jumping timelines either. It's a fine art to skipping around and not giving the reader whiplash.

    Also, I’m a new follower. I love your blog (it's so cute you give books 1-5 paws)! Stop by my blog and follow me too? :)

  2. Thank you so much Rachel for stopping by and the follow. It does get confusing but it was still a good book, maybe if I re-read both of the books when I don't have so much else going on it will make more sense.