Review: Blood Rights (House of Comarre, #1) by Kristen Painter

Author: Kristen Painter

Release Date: September 27, 2011 (officially October 1, 2011)
Other Books In Series: Flesh and Blood (November 1, 2011), Bad Blood (December 1, 2011)
Pages: 432
ISBN #: 9780316193092

We have a special presentation, a first for this site. My lovely friend from Mama Kitty Reviews has created a video review of Blood Rights! I think she did a FANTASTIC job with it… here’s what she thought…

I don’t generally post the blurbs from the books, because you can find those in so many places. HOWEVER, since it played such a big part in the interest for this book, I’ll make an exception. Here’s the blurb:

The lacy gold mapped her entire body. A finely-wrought filigree of stars, vines, flowers, butterflies, ancient symbols and words ran from her feet, up her legs, over her narrow waist, spanned her chest and finished down her arms to the tips of her fingers.

Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle’s body bears the telltale marks of a comarré—a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world…and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.

Now Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.

Ok… so… what do you think of the video review?? Something we should do more of?? I think it was really fun, and I think Mama Kitty did a lovely job. 🙂

Question:: How important are the cover and the blurb to deciding to read a book? Is it more or less important than word of mouth?? More or less important than other reviews? Have you ever read and loved a book with a really BAD cover?? I have an ARC copy of Blood Rights for one random commenter!!!! So… let’s talk book covers and blurbs, and I’ll choose a winner on October 1st!! Please remember to include your first name and email address so I can reach you if you win. Good luck!!


  1. Comment by Kristen Painter:

    First of all, the video review was great! And yes, you pronounced all the names correctly. Good job, Mama Kitty! I’m glad you still did so well on your test even though the book distracted you. ;o)

    You’ll be happy to know that most of what you talked about happens in the next few books – more of Mal and Chrysabelle’s relationship (such as it is), more with Doc and Fi too.

  2. Comment by Cynthia D'Alba:

    What a cool way to do a review and a great review. I am looking forward to losing myself in this book, Kristen! But I want it signed when I see you in 2012. 🙂

  3. Comment by Lisa Kessler:

    Fun video review!!! 🙂

    Covers definitely make me pick up a book and a good blurb will make me buy it…

    I’m reading on my kindle these days so it has to catch my eye online.

    Lisa 🙂

  4. Comment by A Buckeye Girl Reads:

    Great video review!!

  5. Comment by MamaKitty:

    Kristen: First, I have to SQUEE LIKE A FANGIRL because you replied to me. No, really. I’m dancing in my chair. I look really silly right now.

    Ahem. Second, I’m SUPER EXCITED that we get to see more of Mal & Chrysabelle’s relationship. Their chemistry is intense and even when they’re fighting it’s… well, awesome. 😉 Come on, you knew I had to say it. I appear to be in love with the word. Heh. And I’m squirming in my seat to see more of Doc & Fi!!!

  6. Comment by MamaKitty:

    Thank you for having me today!! This was a lot of fun to do! In fact, it inspired me to do another one! But it won’t post until mid-October. Sigh.

    We all know I’m a big-time cover-judger. In fact, that’s why I originally picked Twilight up… I was browsing the library, avoiding going home to my (now) ex-husband because I didn’t want to deal with him, and I thought the hand holding the apple was pretty. I picked it up, flipped it over to check out the blurb, and when I saw that it was a chick in love with a vampire who might possibly want to eat her… I WAS HOOKED.

    I think covers are a big part of reeling you in. I wrote a guest post about ugly covers over on lush26’s blog a little while ago. I’ve skipped over books because they have hideous covers before (and I’ll do it again, I’m certain), but I’ve also been absolutely hooked because I read a blurb on someone’s website that didn’t post the cover (probably because it was butt-ugly) and I purchased it based on the blurb, alone. So I think they’re both pretty equally important.

    It’s all about the packaging. You have to have attractive packaging to attract a potential client, and that’s what readers are – we’re purchasing a book, and when we hand that money over to a book seller, that makes us a client.

    So, yeah… they’re both pretty darned important. But I’ll pick up a book if the cover’s butt ugly and the blurb is vague or makes the book seem a little silly if my fellow reviewers rave about it enough (I’ve done it on more than one occasion). What can I say? I live up to my name (MamaKITTY). I’m very curious. 😉

  7. Comment by Jennifer:

    I think I’m a cover judger, too. Can’t help it… me likey the purty 🙂 (However… it bugs me when the cover is all pretty and attention getting, but has absolutely NOTHING to do with the story!) Although, I think the blurb on the back has the most influence on whether I buy a book (outside of friend rec’s). I’ve read some really fantastic books, based on the write-ups, that had kinda blah or overdone looking covers. Let’s face it… a LOT of UF/Para-Rom books have very similar covers. It’s the blurb that hooks me 🙂

  8. Comment by Coranne:

    This cover was the original reason that I requested this ARC- it is beautiful! The next two are gorgeous also!

    I have, though, been brought back to books that I thought were “ugly” by other people’s reviews- I find most of my books from others reviews.

    And I have read many pretty books with bad stories too!

  9. Comment by Yveva:

    Honestly, cover art and blurbs can catch my attention, and then I put the book on my TBR on Goodreads. What tips the scale for me is if a book is getting positive attention from people whose recommendations I trust and/or have an engaging presence on twitter. Honestly, in the case of Blood Rights I’d probably buy even if the cover wasn’t interesting just because Painter was so engaging at Authors After Dark this summer.

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