Author: Kassandra Lea
Title: Bloodstained Heart
Rating: Two Petals
On the Author's Website:
Seamus haunts the halls of his grand estate, cursed to an eternity of undead life and unable to leave the grounds. His only friends are his faithful dog, and the sweet, earnest Tibbit, whom he desperately, but secretly, loves—because it's one thing to consider him a friend, quite another to expect anyone to fall in love with a man who isn't even really alive...
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Seamus is cursed to live as a zombie, locked inside his decaying castle as loneliness and hopelessness hit him harder with each day that passes. He is only made to feel worse every time he sees Tibbit, because Seamus knows that Tibbit could never love a zombie.
To be completely frank, this is a book with a good idea and terrible execution. The idea of Seamus being cursed and needing someone to save him is an old one, but it is always interesting to read a new interpretation of the Beauty and the Beast trope. The zombie aspect was a nice touch and I liked the addition of a dog and Tibbit being the vet.
However, this story needed to be completely restructured for it to be in any way enjoyable to read. Seamus getting cursed needed to be a full prologue. Then Seamus falling in love with Tibbit needed to start from the moment Seamus found the puppy and move in a firm timeline towards the grave digging scene where the book actually starts. Unfortunately, the reader is instead given each of these important aspects of the plot in awkward flashbacks. It made the story feel choppy and without any flow, which made it difficult to read and lessened my ability to feel and identify with the pain Seamus had been experiencing since he was cursed. It also made Tibbit's drama feel almost laughable, when the seriousness of his situation should have made me feel the exact opposite.
While this book started with a good idea, the execution was terrible. Instead of writing a full story, the author chopped it up in awkward flashbacks that hurt my overall enjoyment of this story. I can't recommend it.
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