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

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7039218She’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 Review

I have such mixed reviews over Once Burned, because I loved it and also highly disliked it. It’s a very odd combination that has left me not really knowing how to rate this book or what exactly to say. I guess that it can pretty much be summed up like this. I loved the first half, but I hated the second half.

Vlad was awesome. He wasn’t as appealing as Bones, Spade, or Ian, but he definitely has his moments. He was very dark and mysterious and sexy. Basically everything rolled into one package. I do wish that he would have had a little bit more to his personality. We never really got to see any charming or funny moments from him. He stayed consistent throughout the whole book. I would have definitely enjoyed more personality.

My huge problem with Once Burned was Leila. I HATED HER. I’m sorry, but Frost cannot write about an awesome female lead to save her life. I can’t stand Cat, I didn’t like who Spade ended up with, and I DESPISED Leila. It’s almost like she has a difficult time coming up with their personality. A part of her creates this weak little mouse who is in loooooooove with the main male character, but then they are also this wicked badass who stands up for herself. Nothing wrong with either! Because Frost is mixing the personalities, though, the main female character always ends up whining a large majority of the time and getting pissed off at the male MC. It’s just all over the place and I can’t stand it.

The last half of the book was so over dramatic that I skimmed a big section of it. It was just a little too much all at once. There was also way too much Leila time going on.

I was disappointed that there weren’t more romantic scenes between Vlad and Leila. I also thought that their relationship progressed way too quickly. I would have liked to see more of a build up and more soft, sweet, hidden moments stolen between them. I just kind of felt like Frost got bored having the wait time and then just sort of thrust them together. I didn’t care for that.

OH! Another thing that really bothered me was Leila’s power. That was a badass power that Frost made out to be very weak. I would have like Leila to be wayyyy scarier and more intimidating with the magic soaring through her veins.

Overall, probably my least favorite out of all of Frost’s books. Don’t get me wrong, I’m interested in reading more from her, but I was definitely a little underwhelmed with this one.

Rating: [rating: 3]