Dani Hoots’ Review of Chained by Night by Larissa Ione

Chained by Night, Book 2 of The MoonBound Clan Vampires by Larissa Ione

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Published by: Pocket Books

Review by: Dani Hoots

Chained by Night, Book 2 of The MoonBound Clan Vampire, by Larissa Ione follows Hunter, a vampire clan leader, as he has promised to marry Rasha Redmoon, the daughter of another clan leader, so that their clans can have a bond and not start war. The only problem is that Hunter hates Rasha and finds her sister’s, Aylin, company a lot more enjoyable. Aylin, though, has been promised to another clan leader, one that doesn’t treat anyone kindly and Hunter knows she will be abused. Through twists and turns, Hunter finds himself getting closer to Aylin as they go another dimension to prove their strength and not have to sacrifice his firstborn to the demon Samnult, they grow even closer. The clan leaders don’t like Hunter trying to take Aylin away from them, but he knows he must follow his heart, no matter the cost.

This book was enjoyable, full of mystery and surprises, and it was hard to put down. I really enjoyed Aylin and found her to be a strong character by the end of the story. I loved her development through the story and how she learned to stand up for herself. She reminded me a bit of Gomora from Guardians of the Galaxy, having to do what her leader says all the time until she finally stood up for herself and helped the enemy, which would have been Hunter’s clan in this book.

As for Hunter, I liked him a lot more in this book than the first. I don’t know if it was because I got to know him more than just a leader or if it was something else, but I found him a lot more interesting. I usually don’t care for the good guy leader type, but this story had me captivated. He reminded me a bit of Charming in the end, trying to appease those in charge but ending up standing up for love instead.

Some things I didn’t care for in the writing style was that the author sometimes switched character viewpoints to one character and then never came back to them just so she could get information across. I prefer a story that stays to certain characters throughout the entire novel, otherwise it feels broken and disconnected. At first I didn’t like how it had completely switched the focus on a different set of characters compared to the first book, but after a while I realized the author wanted to tell a new story, not expand on the last. The characters were still there, but they were in the background.

Lastly, I found it odd that in the first book, the vampires seemed more scientific, that it was more a virus that no one knew how started and didn’t seem to have the supernatural element, but in this book, the supernatural element was played up a lot more with traveling to another dimension and Samnult being a demon and such. I found this to disconnect the stories and wished it was either mixed better, or either a scientific or a supernatural approach was taken.

All in all, I really enjoyed the story and can’t wait for the next book in the series. It is full of action and romance and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I give it a 3.8/5!

Dani

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