City of the Fallen Book Tour Review

September 12, 2013 / 6 comments

City of the Fallen Book Tour ReviewCity of the Fallen by Diana Bocco
Series: Dark Tides #1
Published by Self-Published on June 27, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: eARC
Source: ARC
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Five years ago, vampires came out of hiding and took over the world. It was meant to be a quick enslavement but it turned into a bloody battle that brought humanity to the brink of extinction.

Isabelle Bryant is one of the “lucky” survivors, now living in hiding, scavenging for food through deserted towns.

And she’s tired of it.

So she’s devised a plan: find the king of the vampires and drive a stake through his heart.

Except that wickedly sensual king Marcus is nothing like the monster she expected. And while landing on his bed was part of the plan all along, discovering that he might hold the key to humanity’s survival certainly wasn’t. The catch? Saving humanity also means ensuring vampire survival. It means giving up hope for a return to a human-ruled world.

As sparks fly and hate becomes heat, Isabelle must pick a side -- before the darkness devours them all.

Liezel’s Thoughts:

This is what governs Isabelle. Hiding for five years almost to the point starvation she set out to save the only family she had left. Her goal was to kill the one thing that she thought was causing misery and desperation.  When she finally gets there she realizes that everything she believed in was a lie.

King Marcus isn’t causing the torment after all. Someone else seeks to steal his reign even if it could force both species into extinction. Now knowing what is at stake Belle volunteers her expertise and does the unthinkable – she teams up with the ones she was set out to kill. But will their efforts be enough to fight the evil that plans to claim it all?


 The heroine in the book – Isabelle was the best thing in this book. Loved her.  She is this selfless and courageous young woman who was willing to sacrifice her life just so that others would have a fighting chance. Once she finds the reason why the race is almost upon extinction she keeps an open mind, takes a risk and offers up her expertise in finding a cure. Without hesitation, at all she became so dedicated to reaching their goal even if at times her own health was at risk. She always had her priorities straight even when she started having feelings for the  “enemy” she never betrayed her secrets.

Marcus was doing the best he could under the circumstances. I thought he was a good leader and passionate about his kingdom. He always knew where his loyalties lie and also had been open-minded like Belle. I loved that even if he had so many willing partners and opportunities he never took advantage of his power. For him it was never about greed rather it was about coexistence.

From the moment they met, I knew that these two would be incredible together. She isn’t like anyone he has met before – able to resist charm. That immediately elevated her above everyone else. But that isn’t the only thing that fascinates him. Both never thought their feelings would become this strong for each other. They are after all of different species but she complemented his persona as if she was born to be his in every way.

I enjoyed reading this apocalyptic/ paranormal romance. I thought the main characters and world building was satisfactory.  The chemistry and passion between the main characters is amazing although it did lack in the tension factor that I prefer in my romances.  The story, in general, flowed smoothly.  For me, there were some details that I would have liked to have been explored more but hopefully we can see those as the series progresses. Overall, I liked it and can’t wait for the next one in this series.

The Verdict:


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About Diana Bocco

I’ve been a fan of all kinds of dark creatures since I was a kid (even before I discovered Stephen King at the age of 10). If it crawls in the night and tugs at your covers while you’re sleeping, chances are I’ve written about it. It’s probably no surprise that I’m a big fan of old buildings, urban exploring and things that go bump in the night. Oh, and Halloween, of course — but that should go without saying.
Growing up, I wanted to be Indiana Jones. I ended up not pursuing a degree in Archaeology (although I toyed with the idea for a while) but I did become a huge lover of travel and history. Aside from traveling to all corners of the world, I’ve also lived in five countries in three continents — including three years in Siberia and two in Vietnam. I’m currently living in Thailand.
I have a soft spot for animals (which is why you can be sure that in my stories, the dog will always make it) and right now have three wonderful — but slightly crazy — dogs in my life. And yes, they move with me from country to country. Too bad dogs can’t accumulate frequent flyer miles!
In my other life, I also write nonfiction: articles, books, and even quizzes for the Discovery Channel website. I really can’t help it — I’m a nerd at heart and love research and discovering new things. Could be the Indiana Jones in me pushing me along.
When it comes to life, I’m pretty fearless. I figure life is too short to live it too safely — so I take risks and I try to have fun, whether that means snowshoeing in the middle of Siberia or going ghost-hunting in an abandoned asylum. And yes, I’ve done both.

6 Responses to “City of the Fallen Book Tour Review”

  1. liezel77

    Diana, I wanted to know how many books were you planning for this series? And if any of the other characters will be featured or have their own book.

    • Diana Bocco

      Thank you for the review! Dark Tides is a trilogy. Book 2 should be out in December and book 3 sometime in the first half of next year. Some of the secondary characters have a more prominent role in books 2 and 3. As for additional books for other characters, I’m not sure yet. There might be some standalone books in the future exploring those characters.

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