Review: Acquainted with the Night- Piper Maitland

Title: Acquainted with the Night
Author: Piper Maitland  
Release Date: November, 2011
Publisher: Berkley      
Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Rating: 4 Hoots
Reviewer: Tiffany 

The pages of history are written in the blood of the undead… 
A woman’s quest for the truth… 
A medieval icon that holds the clues… 
An ancient book with the power to shake Christianity—and humanity itself… 

Caroline Clifford’s bland life as a London tour guide flips upside down when her beloved uncle is brutally murdered at a Bulgarian archeological site. While traveling to recover his remains, she meets a man who corresponded with her uncle. Jude Barrett is a biochemist on a mission—to eradicate the world of vampires… 

At first, Caro is dismissive of Jude’s beliefs, but she can’t ignore the signs around her—the human bites on her uncle, the strange men following her, the anguished cries after sundown. Strange anagrams on her uncle’s passport lead her and Jude to a cliff-top monastery in Greece, where a shattering revelation connects a relic Caro inherited from her parents to an age-old text on immortality—and an enigmatic prophecy that pits the forces of darkness and light in a showdown that could destroy them all… (Goodreads)

When first beginning Acquainted with the Night it started off with a brutal killing within the first two pages, what great way to start a vampy book, right?!  

So it was love at first page, or so I thought.  The book started off fast paced, full of action, blood and almost love, but towards the middle it began to slow down a bit.  But when it got towards the end......it practically explodes right out of the pages.  

Maitland knows how to make readers truly care for her characters, especially the heroine, Caroline "Caro" Clifford.  Readers will want nothing more than see Caro have her HEA after learning all the events that life and unlife has thrown at her that she has forced herself to overcome.  Though her HEA just may end before it even has a chance to truly begin.

When thrown into a world where vampires exist, the safest place in the world would be a monastery, right?  Not quite the case in this tale.  Just who the good guys are truly becomes a blur in such a way that readers will be tempted to flip pages just to see what the outcome is going to be.  The plot thickens from one moment to the next, every time you think you have it all figured out, don't be quite so sure.  

Maitland has truly put an extra spin on the vampire and religious world alike.

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