Lets set this book up but first...
PLEASE NOTE: BITTER FRUITS HAS
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Attending a vampire-themed masquerade party seems like a strange way to spend a night, but Nora is sick of frat parties and bars. Meeting Alec was just a bonus. Despite their immediate attraction, however, Alec is wary of involving himself with Nora, and when she pushes it, she discovers that Alec has secrets that could destroy them both. Is she willing to risk everything for a man she hardly knows? How far into darkness will he take her?
When Nora attempts to follow, however, things grow more complicated. Someone is hunting her - someone tied to a secret that goes back to the beginning of man. Soon, Nora finds herself drawn to two men, each with his own agenda. Can she save them both when one is destined to die?
Now it's time for some goodies from the book. We all love hotness, right?
Well, I am a sucker for a hot, damaged bad boy and I found him in this book *insert wicked smirk*
revenants are forming a boy band.”
“Sarcasm looks good on
“You’re flirting with
me.” he replies. “ it’s dangerous. I may just fall for
There is nothing to say
in response. With Caleb, it is a constant struggle to walk the
This book was different for me, but it was definitely an enjoyable
read. I think that while Daltry’s style of writing is different then what I am
used to (the book was written in present tense) I easily moved past that and
found her writing engaging.
There were parts of this book that I loved and was so excited to
continue reading so I could discover where their pieces of the plot would lead and what secrets would unfold. This book has a great story behind our two leading males and it didn’t take long for me to figure out who they were, and I was fully invested in learning all I could about them.
Caleb and Alec were great characters and I loved them both. Though
Caleb a little more. There were moments where they didn’t necessarily feel real to me, I understood that acceptance to their situation with Nora was about learning and growing, but for two men who have hated one another for so long, I was unsure of their willingness to accept that they needed to share… Still I loved them and I chalk it up to plot and storyline that was easily forgiven for me.
Now let’s talk about Nora, I wanted to like Nora and I wanted her to do
the right thing and take responsibility for her actions unfortunately she didn’t have to and that’s a hard pill for me to swallow.
With these things aside it was still a great, quick paranormal erotica
that had elements of mythology that sucked me in and refused to let go, I
absolutely loved that part of this book! This is a four star book no doubt.
it’s time for a little Q&A with the fantastic Author Sarah Daltry.
Me, Brandy L River, Scarlett Dawn & M.A.Grant came together to pick her brain!
MY QUESTION FOR SARAH:
I fell in love with the mythology in this book, can you tell me a little of where this plot line came from?
This is going to sound funny coming from an erotica writer, I guess, but spirituality is extremely important to me. I absolutely love theology in every form. Like Nora, I don't identify with anyreligion in particular, but I've studied the major ones in depth. I've actually read the entire Bible twice (as in every word) and it's an unbelievably intriguing collection of stories. Historically, the world's dominant religions have made changes to doctrine based on social pressure and the needs of the age, NOT based on morality. We often forget that because faith is an emotional thing, but it's true.
This insanely long answer brings me to the story. I first heard about Lilith in college when Lilith Fair was starting up and it blew my mind. Now it's a well known story (it shows up in Mortal Instruments, Supernatural, True Blood, etc.). But like all myths, it has evolved and there are various interpretations of the story. I wanted to take the stories we know (without giving too much away) and think about other perspectives. What DON'T we know about the origins of man?
Finally, linking vampires to Cain wasn't really a big step. In fact, I used to dabble in tabletop role playing in college and I loved Vampire: The Masquerade. The entire game is based on the view that Cain was the first vampire. So I combined a lot of my interests and different experiences and came out with my version of it all. :)
How did they come across the information that if Lilith dies, everyone else dies with her? Where did this come from, since I doubt she would give that information out AND she was big bad, no others more scary, the "mother" of evil?
They learned it through research - at some point before Oxford - although we don't have the information as to how exactly. Lilith was a villain in this novel, but there are far more evil forces at work, and things grow far bigger and more epic in Book 2! Although Caleb and Alec think she was the mastermind behind everything, someone turned her before she turned them. You'll just have to wait to find out who it was. :)
I loved the different vampires. What were some of your influences for the different types?
SARAH'S ANSWER: Well, like I told Magen when I was answering her question, the mythology started with the role playing game Vampire: The Masquerade. I was a nerd in college and played a little and one thing that really stuck with me was the link to Cain. So that was the main focus. From there, I mostly researched other vampire-like creatures, or other names for vampires, and took a tiny bit from the myths about them. As far as what they all eat and such, that was all me. I thought about each type - and
what they represented. I felt like they hungered for something different and I
made it literal.
M.A’S QUESTION: Since
they've been through so many eras, what time period was Alec or Caleb's
SARAH’S ANSWER: Probably their favorite time period is now, given the events of the novel and the ending. However, outside of that and to be less boring than that, I imagine it was the Renaissance. Caleb and Alec had that little plague debacle, but I think it would have been a really interesting time for them. Considering their background, they would have loved to watch humanity struggle to make sense of the ruling Church and the way that art, science, and literature were branching out away from doctrine. I imagine they knew how many of the stories in the Bible were tweaked, since they lived through them, but of course, they are also still connected deeply to Heaven. (This comes up a lot more in Book 2.) So they personally would have empathized with human beings in a way they probably hadn't to that