Review of City of the Fallen by Diana Bocco

Once again, I’m trying to get caught up with posting my reviews from Goodreads to here.  City of the Fallen is a novel I read back in August and thought it was worth mentioning here.  If you’re a fan of vampire romance, especially in a post-apocalyptic world, definitely check this one out!



Five years ago, vampires came out of hiding and took over the world. It was meant to be a quick enslavement but it turned into a bloody battle that brought humanity to the brink of extinction.

Isabelle Bryant is one of the “lucky” survivors, now living in hiding, scavenging for food through deserted towns.

And she’s tired of it.

So she’s devised a plan: find the king of the vampires and drive a stake through his heart.

Except that wickedly sensual king Marcus is nothing like the monster she expected. And while landing on his bed was part of the plan all along, discovering that he might hold the key to humanity’s survival certainly wasn’t. The catch? Saving humanity also means ensuring vampire survival. It means giving up hope for a return to a human-ruled world.

As sparks fly and hate becomes heat, Isabelle must pick a side — before the darkness devours them all.



This is one of those novels you want to love, but have a few things holding you back. The premise is certainly great and keeps you going. I liked the dark world the author set up with a post-vampire invasion and how she built upon how that would affect the human race. It felt realistic and believable. I will say there is a lot of back-story in the beginning that seemed a bit overwhelming, but it was interesting enough I didn’t really mind it too much.

The tricky part came with the character, Isabelle (or Belle). In the very beginning she goes through a long explanation of how she is going to hunt down the vampire king and kill him. Now, it isn’t hard to guess that things won’t go as planned based on the synopsis, but I had expected a lot more fight on her part once she met him. Instead it was lust at first sight and the most she ever really did was passingly consider that she should kill him. This was hard to even take seriously when she melts every time he comes near her. I would have liked to see her put up some resistance (aside from keeping her past a secret for awhile), even if the romance reader in me wanted them to hook up eventually. They did have some great chemistry.

The author did show how dangerous vampires could be and I liked that they were strongly at odds with the human race. Belle runs into one in particular that would make anyone nervous. The drawback is the reader never really gets a chance to see the king in action to find out what made him powerful enough to get to his position. I expected him to be more…scary, maybe? Nothing with him ever happened with him to truly convince me. There was so much in this novel, including the need for more development of the human plight, that could have been fleshed out to make this a fuller and richer story. Much of it was told instead of shown.

Despite it all, I’ll be danged if I didn’t keep reading to the end wondering how things would play out. The author kept me intrigued with how Belle could find her way with the vampires and solve the danger they and the humans were both in. This does end on a cliffhanger, but it felt like a natural enough stopping point before the next stage of the story begins. I’ll definitely be grabbing the next book because I am invested enough that I want to know what happens next. The author shows real promise as a writer and hopefully the next novel will improve upon this first one.



~ by Suzie on December 22, 2013.

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