Thursday, February 18, 2016

Book Review: Once Burned (Night Prince #1) by: Jeaniene Frost

Release Date: June 26, 2012
from Avon
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"She's a mortal with dark powers...

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude...until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire...

He's the Prince of Night...

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all—but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula. Vlad's ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames."

My Thoughts:

Jeaniene Frost continues to suck me into the Night Huntress Universe. Of course I devoured this one too. I’m convinced I’ll never get tired of this world and I dread the day when I have no more books to read.

As I’ve come to expect from Jeaniene Frost, Leila was a great heroine. She was strong and capable and she didn’t back down easily. I do admit though that I really need her to see the vampire world for what it is. I’m torn on this, on one hand I get that this world is new to her and she doesn’t know the ins and outs, but on the other hand I know what this world is like already and it’s frustrating to see her fight it. Also sometimes she needs to just let the vampires handle it. I get that you are strong and capable, but sometimes your help isn’t actually help. Listen to Vlad! And this isn’t a men vs women thing; I’m all for girl power. This is a “you are a human navigating a world you do not understand so let the people who do understand handle it” thing. At the end of the day though I did love Leila and I loved how she pushed Vlad’s buttons and stood up to him.

Vlad has always been an interesting one, so I was excited for a story with him as a hero. Vlad is super intense though and sometimes I was super exasperated with him, so I’m glad Leila was willing to put him in his place. He needs someone to keep his ego in check because it really knows no bounds. I liked Vlad but he has a ways to go before he catches up to Bones, Spade, and Mencheres. I think the thing with Vlad is that he is very closed off. With Jeaniene’s other guys, they were straightforward and knew what they wanted and went after Cat/Denise/Kira whereas Vlad has walls up that still need to come down, so that’s a bit different.

I do have to say though that I’m glad I read the Night Huntress books the way I did, one series at a time as opposed to the order the books released. Even though all the Night Huntress Universe books intertwine and contain spoilers for each other, I just can’t imagine having to step away from Cat and Bones to read a book with other characters in between. Reading it this way has definitely improved it for me- instead of rushing through the spin offs to get back to Cat and Bones, I now get to revisit a world I fell in love with.

Once Burned was a great read and I’m really intrigued with this series. I know I’ll be diving into Twice Tempted ASAP to see where it all goes.


  1. I do love a female that knows how to keep the guy's ego in check! This one sounds so good! I really need to read more of her books!

    Glad you just can't get enough of this world :)

  2. This one sounds fantastic, too, Wifey! I'm so happy you devoured this and that this world continues to give you all the happy! Another one for my list. Great review! Prepare to be smooshed.

  3. Lol, I like your take on Leila. Yeah, sometimes you just need to step back and let those who do know what's going on show you the ropes.


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