All Souls’ Night (Blood Ties, Book 4)
Harlequin MIRA (US: 1st June 2008)
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The Soul Eater needs a couple more souls before he can become a god, and he has some particular ones in mind. From Grand Rapids to Chicago and Italy, All Souls’ Night tracks the battle to prevent a Godpocalypse.
I last read a Blood Ties book two years ago, and while this is a decent catch-up, there’s still a muddle. So each vampire has two hearts: one human, and one vampire. The human heart is not required, and sires like to keep their fledglings’ hearts as some sort of power thing? The vampire heart may explain why vampires can bleed and shag, but I’m still confused.
Max and Dahlia are not at their most awesome here. The melodrama with Bella’s family just doesn’t seem to belong amongst the hardcore soul eating story. This also could’ve done without Ziggy’s point of view, though his relationship with Bill is sweet. Bill and Henry are both welcome additions to the series, but Carrie isn’t at her cleverest. She makes an obvious mistake here, but is supremely cool when in the doctor zone.
A heart transplant, skin grafts, golems, zombies, and some hot m/m shagging are the highlights of this sometimes difficult novel. The pace is slow at first, but definitely picks up as the ritual draws nearer. The golems provide welcome humour, and happily remind me of the clones in a Simpsons Halloween special.
Though the ending is a little too HEA, All Souls’ Night is a fitting finale for this effed-up four-part series. Check my favourite quote, from page 251: It was depressing to think that people actually chose to spend their free time this way, all trying to out-goth each other with their Hot Topic wardrobes and grossly inflated attitudes of made-up depression.