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Years of bad luck have made Logan Pierce a little bitter, but it all goes from bad to worse the night she witnesses two immortal beings rip a man’s head off with their bare hands. Her life is wrecked overnight by a single man—Cyrus, who seems to think she’s someone important in his bloody world. But they won’t know the truth until she’s dead, and he’s very anxious to help Years of bad luck have made Logan Pierce a little bitter, but it all goes from bad to worse the night she witnesses two immortal beings rip a man’s head off with their bare hands. Her life is wrecked overnight by a single man—Cyrus, who seems to think she’s someone important in his bloody world. But they won’t know the truth until she’s dead, and he’s very anxious to help her get there. But Logan isn’t going down without a fight. She makes him a deal. She will die, but first he must spend a month getting to know her, a month to change his mind. What she doesn’t expect is a month filled with displays of incredible wealth, spontaneous trips across the country, and unbelievable acts of immortal power. And as Logan spends her last days with Cyrus, she stops seeing the monster and begins to see a lonely, broken man she can’t walk away from. If she isn’t careful, it won’t just be her life she loses at the end of the month, but her heart as well...


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Years of bad luck have made Logan Pierce a little bitter, but it all goes from bad to worse the night she witnesses two immortal beings rip a man’s head off with their bare hands. Her life is wrecked overnight by a single man—Cyrus, who seems to think she’s someone important in his bloody world. But they won’t know the truth until she’s dead, and he’s very anxious to help Years of bad luck have made Logan Pierce a little bitter, but it all goes from bad to worse the night she witnesses two immortal beings rip a man’s head off with their bare hands. Her life is wrecked overnight by a single man—Cyrus, who seems to think she’s someone important in his bloody world. But they won’t know the truth until she’s dead, and he’s very anxious to help her get there. But Logan isn’t going down without a fight. She makes him a deal. She will die, but first he must spend a month getting to know her, a month to change his mind. What she doesn’t expect is a month filled with displays of incredible wealth, spontaneous trips across the country, and unbelievable acts of immortal power. And as Logan spends her last days with Cyrus, she stops seeing the monster and begins to see a lonely, broken man she can’t walk away from. If she isn’t careful, it won’t just be her life she loses at the end of the month, but her heart as well...

30 review for Crown of Death

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alissa

    3.5 stars. Good YA, mainly because the heroine is a mortician with a serious, serious case of Stockholm Syndrome, less so because the hero is a millennia-old vampire who behaves like a teenager.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Princess J. Antoinette

    All I can really say about this book is.. " Damn this was a really good read"... I'm so wowed right now.. I mean I was thirsty for a really good PNR book and damnit I found it!!! This book had the trifecta of a strong, possessive but serious alpha male with a strong and determined heroine, and kick ass story line without any sex... Damn, this author still made me feel the love between these two characters without any whatsoever kind of sex... I mean not even a damn kiss was given, but I still fe All I can really say about this book is.. " Damn this was a really good read"... I'm so wowed right now.. I mean I was thirsty for a really good PNR book and damnit I found it!!! This book had the trifecta of a strong, possessive but serious alpha male with a strong and determined heroine, and kick ass story line without any sex... Damn, this author still made me feel the love between these two characters without any whatsoever kind of sex... I mean not even a damn kiss was given, but I still felt the love, and the chemistry between the hero and the heroine... Applause to this author for a job well done. For my special sauce.. If I had to describe this book with a song: 🎶 All In The Name Of Love 🎶.. By Atlantic Starr Shout out to my buddy Starr that reminded me to read this book with her... My hat is off to you my friend because this was a damn good read... Thank you sweetie.. 😘😘 Overall rating: 5*~ Damn this book was Good!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    4.5 Stars Keary has revived my love for this saga with Crown of Death. Let me give you a quick rundown - House of Royals is a series of 8 books; the first 5 books are Alivia's and the last 3books are Elle's. I personally feel that Elle's books should have been spin-offs within the series, as Keary has done with Crown of Death. You do not need to read the previous 8 books to read this one, however, I highly recommend doing so as we are first introduced to King Cryus in those books and you have a 4.5 Stars Keary has revived my love for this saga with Crown of Death. Let me give you a quick rundown - House of Royals is a series of 8 books; the first 5 books are Alivia's and the last 3books are Elle's. I personally feel that Elle's books should have been spin-offs within the series, as Keary has done with Crown of Death. You do not need to read the previous 8 books to read this one, however, I highly recommend doing so as we are first introduced to King Cryus in those books and you have a better understanding of who he is. And it just makes this book all the more better too. Crown of Death is the start of King Cyrus' series. He is the ruler of all Vampires; he's their creator. However, he's lived a very long and lonely life looking for his beloved wife to resurrect again and join him. Alivia made him believe it was her in order to save herself and her house. So now King Cyrus is even more distrusting of people and won't make the same mistakes again. "I realize now that sometimes you can't even trust those closet to you. You can't trust someone you don't even know." Logan is living a normal life until she comes to meet Cyrus unexpectedly. Logan knows nothing of her birth parents and is thrown into a world she never knew existed or expected. I have to give it to Logan that she handles all of this new information quite well. She doesn't question the insanity of it, doesn't doubt anything being told her; she just accepts everything as is. For me, that is the only hard selling point that is not fully won over. I get that Logan is very open-minded and believes in reincarnation and has a rather unhealthy obsession with death (she's an apprentice to a mortician) but being told that she needs to die in a short time frame only to be reborn in 4 days later as vampire, yea, I think most sane people would question that big time. She just sort of accepts it and goes along with everything. Keary does do a good job of having Logan question herself and things along the way but it still felt like Logan was just too accepting immediately. Even while I had that one tiny problem, Keary does a great job with her story telling and getting Logan to finally accept what is to come, what her world will be. Cyrus doesn't explain to Logan who he is or what he wants from her - he learned that lesson the hard way already. And that's what makes this book extremely entertaining to read. Logan doesn't buckle under Cyrus or his domineering presence. She refuses to show fear or cowardness. She's very acidic in her characteristics and doesn't hold back on anything. Yea, Cyrus may have that worldliness about him, but Logan won't let that affect her. And knowing who her parents now are (won't give that exciting revelation away) makes this all the more exciting. For those who've read the previous books will really understand the excitement behind that. We get to know a bit more about Cyrus and how he came to be and his family's history, which I loved. We get a better understanding to him and I found myself empathizing for him, which was quite shocking based on his previous interactions in other books. We see a different side to Cyrus - a side that Logan brings out in him. "I wanted you to love me for me. And for you to stop looking for someone else whenever you look in my eyes." I won't say much more except that Keary once again has me all-in on this series. I had been looking forward to Cyrus' books and knowing who Logan, I am even more excited to see where Keary takes this series. I need book two pronto!!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marta Cox

    Three and a half I very much liked how this book introduces Logan a budding mortician who initially feels very real. She’s grown up living a normal family life , knowing she was adopted and yet never doubting that she is loved. For years she’s struggled to make her own way in the world and it might not suit everyone but Logan has done what she can . A chance encounter with someone deadly near her home turns her life on its head as suddenly Logan and her friend are abducted meaning Logan quickly Three and a half I very much liked how this book introduces Logan a budding mortician who initially feels very real. She’s grown up living a normal family life , knowing she was adopted and yet never doubting that she is loved. For years she’s struggled to make her own way in the world and it might not suit everyone but Logan has done what she can . A chance encounter with someone deadly near her home turns her life on its head as suddenly Logan and her friend are abducted meaning Logan quickly discovers that vampires are not just the stuff of nightmares. What’s even more incredible is that the sinister Cyrus agrees to let Logan live for one month before her time breathing is up ! Just what is going on ? Sometimes I read something and get totally surprised and that’s exactly what happened with this book . I’d probably expected something perhaps a little more like an urban fantasy with a kick ass heroine but Logan is in a class all of her own. She’s young admittedly but brave, outspoken, perhaps a little too full of herself at times but nevertheless she’s a character that keeps moving forward. Ok Cyrus is creepy, deadly and clearly lonely. I did think his character felt incomplete and even with the author adding some backstory he just felt wrong to me. I’m sure some will feel there’s an almost Stockholm vibe as the story progresses but unfortunately Cyrus just didn’t wow me. Was it predictable? Perhaps a little and the token villain thrown into Logan’s life felt rushed with a cringeworthy name. Upon reflection I feel the ending was inevitable but it leads towards Logan discovering much more about where she came from and who she wants to be.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ipshita

    Perhaps I've grown out of the "I<3Vampires" phase, or perhaps this book is actually disappointing. Most of the dialogues seem so dramatic. The heroine crosses the line between naivety and imbecility way too many times in her desperation to portray herself as special. The story also stereotypes and uses drama to sensationalise what I deemed to be a rather predictable plot line. Taylor's book What I Didn't Say has been on my 'Favorite' shelf since the time I joined Goodreads, so imagine my keen dis Perhaps I've grown out of the "I<3Vampires" phase, or perhaps this book is actually disappointing. Most of the dialogues seem so dramatic. The heroine crosses the line between naivety and imbecility way too many times in her desperation to portray herself as special. The story also stereotypes and uses drama to sensationalise what I deemed to be a rather predictable plot line. Taylor's book What I Didn't Say has been on my 'Favorite' shelf since the time I joined Goodreads, so imagine my keen disappointment in coming across this one. For a writer of such potential, this book is a poor effort in reusing clichés better left in the past decade.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    Juvenile, cliched, and full of overblown dramatics. Started off interesting but quickly devolved. The heroine was constantly talking about what a bitch she was, how full of "acid," but aside from one scene where she jumped to conclusions and blew up on her best friend she was ridiculously nice to everyone. Same with the oh-so-dangerous, "evil" bad boy who was really just a pile of fluff with a super-tragic past. The romance was cheesy and eye-roll inducing. The debt collector named Shylock was t Juvenile, cliched, and full of overblown dramatics. Started off interesting but quickly devolved. The heroine was constantly talking about what a bitch she was, how full of "acid," but aside from one scene where she jumped to conclusions and blew up on her best friend she was ridiculously nice to everyone. Same with the oh-so-dangerous, "evil" bad boy who was really just a pile of fluff with a super-tragic past. The romance was cheesy and eye-roll inducing. The debt collector named Shylock was the last straw (too bad she didn't incorporate more lessons from Shakespeare). I couldn't even finish it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Deana Colón

    Logan Pierce is an ordinary girl who owes too much money to the wrong people while trying to get through her mortuary science internship. But her life takes a turn for the bizarre when she witnesses two immortal creatures decapitate a man in the middle of the street close to her dingy apartment building. Being in the midst of the battle carries life-changing consequences for Logan as she is immediately whisked away against her will by one of the men - Cyrus. Turns out vampires are thing, and Cyr Logan Pierce is an ordinary girl who owes too much money to the wrong people while trying to get through her mortuary science internship. But her life takes a turn for the bizarre when she witnesses two immortal creatures decapitate a man in the middle of the street close to her dingy apartment building. Being in the midst of the battle carries life-changing consequences for Logan as she is immediately whisked away against her will by one of the men - Cyrus. Turns out vampires are thing, and Cyrus believes she is of royal vampire blood. Cyrus tells her she’s been hidden all these years, but now that he’s found her, she will fulfill her true destiny … but only after she’s dead. See, Logan must die before she can rise again to take her place among their society. More talk of vampire Houses and royalty make Logan’s head spin, and now she finds her life-long friend Eli, also a vampire, has actually been protecting her all these years. Knowing she has no choice, she agrees to submit to Cyrus, but under one condition: Cyrus takes one month to get to know Logan as a person before he kills her. But Logan is surprised when the mysterious yet hot as hell Cyrus takes her on adventure after adventure. Just what is happening here, and who is Cyrus, anyway? Oh. My. Gods! This book is amazing! I love vampire books, but they have to be special; unique. Black Dagger Brotherhood was one such series. This is another. For four weeks, while Logan works on wrapping up her human bucket list, she is treated like the royal she is. While continuing to work her regular mortuary job during the day, she is introduced to vampire high society by night and weekend, and what a world it is! The growing relationship between Cyrus and Logan is emotional, tragic, heartfelt, and dizzying. Cyrus is searching for something, yet he won’t tell Logan just what he wants of her. He only says her destiny will be revealed after she dies and reawakens. Cyrus is not only hot, he’s intense, and extremely loyal. Logan feels herself falling for Cyrus even though her future after death remains a blank. I cannot wait to devour book two! This could be the vampire series I’ve been craving in my life.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Coco.V

    💝FREE on iBooks today (5/24/2018)!💝 Blurb: Years of bad luck have made Logan Pierce a little bitter, but it all goes from bad to worse the night she witnesses two immortal beings rip a man’s head off with their bare hands. Her life is wrecked overnight by a single man—Cyrus, who seems to think she’s someone important in his bloody world. But they won’t know the truth until she’s dead, and he’s very anxious to help her get there. But Logan isn’t going down without a fight. She makes him a deal. She w 💝FREE on iBooks today (5/24/2018)!💝 Blurb: Years of bad luck have made Logan Pierce a little bitter, but it all goes from bad to worse the night she witnesses two immortal beings rip a man’s head off with their bare hands. Her life is wrecked overnight by a single man—Cyrus, who seems to think she’s someone important in his bloody world. But they won’t know the truth until she’s dead, and he’s very anxious to help her get there. But Logan isn’t going down without a fight. She makes him a deal. She will die, but first he must spend a month getting to know her, a month to change his mind. What she doesn’t expect is a month filled with displays of incredible wealth, spontaneous trips across the country, and unbelievable acts of immortal power. And as Logan spends her last days with Cyrus, she stops seeing the monster and begins to see a lonely, broken man she can’t walk away from. If she isn’t careful, it won’t just be her life she loses at the end of the month, but her heart as well... Crown of Death is a new standalone series set in the House of Royals world. It is not necessary to have read the House of Royals Saga to start this series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    JanaLee Longhurst

    King Cyrus is back. I can’t shake this guy. He’s one of the bad guys I feel guilty about liking. He does horrible things. Horrible. And just when I think he’s gone too far, he flashes a glimpse of his humanity and I’m mesmerized again. Crown of Death is written as a stand-alone, which is great for suggesting it to my reader friends who haven’t read any of Keary Taylor’s earlier books, but if you’ve read the House of Royals series or the Garden of Thorns series, then the characters are already in King Cyrus is back. I can’t shake this guy. He’s one of the bad guys I feel guilty about liking. He does horrible things. Horrible. And just when I think he’s gone too far, he flashes a glimpse of his humanity and I’m mesmerized again. Crown of Death is written as a stand-alone, which is great for suggesting it to my reader friends who haven’t read any of Keary Taylor’s earlier books, but if you’ve read the House of Royals series or the Garden of Thorns series, then the characters are already ingrained in your memory like they are mine, and reading Cyrus’ story is a delightsome gift filled with answers to questions we’ve all had from the very beginning. Taylor is good at what she does, so the answers only lead to more questions about what comes next, and that’s okay because it means I can’t wait to read the next book in her Crown series! Like I said, I can't shake the guy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    My first read by Keary Taylor... how have I not read her other vampire series? I immediately went looking for the next book after finishing Crown of Death - this is a spin off??? (sort of). I'll definitely be checking out Taylor's other works and biting my nails to find out what happens in book 2. Even though there is a whole series before this book, it didn't feel like I was missing anything. My first read by Keary Taylor... how have I not read her other vampire series? I immediately went looking for the next book after finishing Crown of Death - this is a spin off??? (sort of). I'll definitely be checking out Taylor's other works and biting my nails to find out what happens in book 2. Even though there is a whole series before this book, it didn't feel like I was missing anything.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Eve

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was alright for the most part. Logan annoyed the shit out of me, I made notes while reading this that mostly consisted of the words “dumb bitch”. Despite this, I still had fun, though, that ending really did my head in. I probably won’t be reading the next books but I’d love to know happens. Now for some spoilers. I was hoping so, so, so, so much that she wasn’t the reincarnated wife and though I’m still not completely sure, I think she is and I find that so annoying. One of the tropes This book was alright for the most part. Logan annoyed the shit out of me, I made notes while reading this that mostly consisted of the words “dumb bitch”. Despite this, I still had fun, though, that ending really did my head in. I probably won’t be reading the next books but I’d love to know happens. Now for some spoilers. I was hoping so, so, so, so much that she wasn’t the reincarnated wife and though I’m still not completely sure, I think she is and I find that so annoying. One of the tropes I hate the most in romance is the FL being either a reincarnation or doppelgänger or anything of that type to the ML. It’s so cheap and makes the love not seem real. Logan made a great point by saying that she wants Cyrus to see her as herself, not his dead wife. Load of bloody shit. If there’s by chance anyone reading this who has read the rest of the series (or at least the second book) lemme know what goes down please? Much appreciated.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dahrose

    "I must kill you, so you can die." Mwhahaha - said the dark eyed, dark haired Cyrus. So Logan Pierce (annoying name for a heroine) bargains for a month to say her farewells - because this dude - claiming to be a vamp - is going to kill her. Yet, she doesn't believe he's a vamp. Bu maybe he is. Questions. Stupid answers. "And I will kill you - and it will be your first, human death." Mwhahhahhahh. OMG. Seriously? This overblown dramatic muck makes little sense. Logan might not believe at first but "I must kill you, so you can die." Mwhahaha - said the dark eyed, dark haired Cyrus. So Logan Pierce (annoying name for a heroine) bargains for a month to say her farewells - because this dude - claiming to be a vamp - is going to kill her. Yet, she doesn't believe he's a vamp. Bu maybe he is. Questions. Stupid answers. "And I will kill you - and it will be your first, human death." Mwhahhahhahh. OMG. Seriously? This overblown dramatic muck makes little sense. Logan might not believe at first but she allows herself to be kidnapped, doesn't even ask about Eli (who was her friend and has been taken) She seems kind of a stupid, wide eyed idiot to me. Tell her to turn left, she digs her heels in and turns right. And the romance? She is 20 or so, and Cyrus is old enough to be her gramps and appears to have / or had a real hard on for her mother - who Logan looks like - so no ick factor there at all. I'm calling this a DNF at the 30%.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽♔

    Did I dislike it? No Did I love it? No Am I in any hurry to pay for the next book and continue on? Also no This was an easy, quick read to past the time and procrastinate on the longer books I've been telling myself to read/finish. I would not mind continuing the series but I'm in no rush. Maybe the next time I'm in the mood for a filler read I'll check out the rest. Did I dislike it? No Did I love it? No Am I in any hurry to pay for the next book and continue on? Also no This was an easy, quick read to past the time and procrastinate on the longer books I've been telling myself to read/finish. I would not mind continuing the series but I'm in no rush. Maybe the next time I'm in the mood for a filler read I'll check out the rest.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    An intriguing start Whilst some of the book's flow seemed too 'easy' without enough challenge from the main character, who seemed too accepting, of grew on me and I'm intrigued enough to consider the next book. An intriguing start Whilst some of the book's flow seemed too 'easy' without enough challenge from the main character, who seemed too accepting, of grew on me and I'm intrigued enough to consider the next book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shalon Armstrong

    I enjoyed reading it I think the book was good. It got better as it went on. I did find myself skipping through some parts in the beginning. I liked the main characters. I would consider reading the second book depending on price.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Fatima Nauman

    The worst book I've read all year...!!! The worst book I've read all year...!!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mercedes

    Reincarnation Good vampire story with some mystery a good romance Cryus is looking for his reborn again wife who he thinks is Logan

  18. 5 out of 5

    Leanne Crabtree

    Bit of a cliffy ending. Does that mean she is who he wanted her to be? Does that mean I have to go buy book 2 right away to find out? Ugh! I was really enjoying this until that last 5-10% when Cyrus finally admitted what he wanted from her. I'm not a fan of reincarnation to be honest but if it means that Cyrus and Logan will get together then fine, I'll get over it. Bit of a cliffy ending. Does that mean she is who he wanted her to be? Does that mean I have to go buy book 2 right away to find out? Ugh! I was really enjoying this until that last 5-10% when Cyrus finally admitted what he wanted from her. I'm not a fan of reincarnation to be honest but if it means that Cyrus and Logan will get together then fine, I'll get over it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Wow! Got this as a freebie on Amazon. The first book in the series. I liked it. I still felt I've read it before. Lots of similarities to other books I've read in the genre. I'm not sure yet if I'm going on with the series. Wow! Got this as a freebie on Amazon. The first book in the series. I liked it. I still felt I've read it before. Lots of similarities to other books I've read in the genre. I'm not sure yet if I'm going on with the series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shanna Kossman

    Keary Taylor gives us another great novel. Another page Turner. I love this series and being able to tag along with the Logan as she struggles to find her place in the world (vampire and human). For lovers of all things vampire and romance.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gemma Ironside

    ** WARNING REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** Crown of Death is the latest book by author Keary Taylor. This book can be read as part of the House of Royals series or as a stand-alone book. This book introduces Alivia’s daughter Logan, when she is spotted by another royal who immediately calls on King Cyrus. We have met King Cyrus before in previous books but this book shows a completely new side to him when it comes to Logan. He is soft, sweet, caring and charming but that doesn’t mean he still doesn’ ** WARNING REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** Crown of Death is the latest book by author Keary Taylor. This book can be read as part of the House of Royals series or as a stand-alone book. This book introduces Alivia’s daughter Logan, when she is spotted by another royal who immediately calls on King Cyrus. We have met King Cyrus before in previous books but this book shows a completely new side to him when it comes to Logan. He is soft, sweet, caring and charming but that doesn’t mean he still doesn’t enjoy his games. I love the character of Logan, she’s a strong independent woman. However, I wished it was her mother; Alivia, they called before the king. The relationship between the King and Logan was absolutely adorable even knowing the Kings real motive from the previous books and that he wanted something else from her. I was still shipping them together from the beginning. I’m a big fan of author Keary Taylor, I’ve loved everyone of her books she has written and I loved this one just the same. Five-star rating from me.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Rakes

    I love this world that Keary Taylor built and was so excited that she chose to tackle Cyrus's story. I would recommend reading the first series House of Royals with Alivia first, but the second series you can skip and jump right to this one. The story is a fun, quick read. There were a few areas that I felt could have played out better, like when Logan first gets kidnapped and she bargains with Cyrus agrees to let her live for a month. That could have played out stronger since Logan really did I love this world that Keary Taylor built and was so excited that she chose to tackle Cyrus's story. I would recommend reading the first series House of Royals with Alivia first, but the second series you can skip and jump right to this one. The story is a fun, quick read. There were a few areas that I felt could have played out better, like when Logan first gets kidnapped and she bargains with Cyrus agrees to let her live for a month. That could have played out stronger since Logan really didn't have any bargaining chips, but it moved the story along. I loved getting to know Cyrus and I was SO EXCITED at the end. We all knew it was going to happen (because that was the point of this book) but after reading House of Royals I am so curious how this transformation is going to be told. It's such a neat concept. I hope we get so see some more familiar faces in the next book!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brittney

    Addicted. Okay so I am very, VERY picky and my vampire books. So many of them are so much a like that I kinda gave up on reading them for awhile. Let me tell y'all that from page one I was gone, hooked, addicted, entranced I could not put the book down I just kept reading. 100% hands down great book. This was my first read from Keary and I have already purchased almost all of her other books and can't wait to dive in. Thank you Keary for writing an awesome work, way to go my friend!. Addicted. Okay so I am very, VERY picky and my vampire books. So many of them are so much a like that I kinda gave up on reading them for awhile. Let me tell y'all that from page one I was gone, hooked, addicted, entranced I could not put the book down I just kept reading. 100% hands down great book. This was my first read from Keary and I have already purchased almost all of her other books and can't wait to dive in. Thank you Keary for writing an awesome work, way to go my friend!.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    dnf @ 22% i gave this one the full five chapters. i was really hoping that it was going to get, well, better. i didn't enjoy the five chapters for a variety of reasons. which, i guess, i'll go into here because i woke up ten minutes ago and i'm apparently full of opinions: THE GOOD - the protagonist, logan, is a mortuary assisstant and it's not seen as icky or creepy. it was actually her first choice and she went to college for it. she's looking forward to finishing her apprenticeship and getting dnf @ 22% i gave this one the full five chapters. i was really hoping that it was going to get, well, better. i didn't enjoy the five chapters for a variety of reasons. which, i guess, i'll go into here because i woke up ten minutes ago and i'm apparently full of opinions: THE GOOD - the protagonist, logan, is a mortuary assisstant and it's not seen as icky or creepy. it was actually her first choice and she went to college for it. she's looking forward to finishing her apprenticeship and getting her own place! i love that. - logan is a good name for a girl. unfortunately, the only girl!logan i know is, uh, not. - the plot is set up very well. i'm actually interested in the whole social structure of vampires, but the bad and the ugly of this book really just ruin the experience for me. THE BAD - i can't stand present tense. this isn't an inherently bad thing, but, to me, it is. i also feel like it's... kinda out of place for this novel? i don't know how to explain it, but it feels like it should be in third person limited and past tense. but it's first person present. just an odd stylistic choice. - logan is "the chosen one." i'm very picky about this trope and this ain't it son. - the description is so weird to the point that i wasn't sure what eli looked like until the second or third time he was described. also, for a brief moment, i thought logan was a man. it needed a little work. - why do vampires have "houses" and a monarchy system? they're... well normally they aren't born into these societies, but in this universe they are. but every vampire thing i seem to read has a monarchy system just for the vampires themselves and it always makes negative sense to me. - the vampires are more twilight than nosferatu. and they can have children. with each other. but they're still dead. i... no. please no. as someone who has invented their own vampires, please stop. THE UGLY - so. uh. logan has a crush on this guy who she considers her brother. his name is eli and he's been "part of her family" since she was in the early high school and hasn't aged since then and is really close to her family. i mean, i knew he was a vampire from like the first time we saw him. and her friend is just like HAHA JUST FUCK HIM IT'LL BE FINE and logan protests but you can tell she's like *eyes emoji* - logan is kidnapped by vampires and her first thought is how hot they are. yes, you read that right. one of them is the "king of vampires" and she goes on about how hot he is for like five minutes even though she's tied to a chair and his lackies are the ones who did it. also he drinks her blood and she freaks out and she still spends the time describing how hot he is. please stop. TL;DR this book started out strong, but had all the wrong vampire tropes and, honestly, i downloaded it for free so i wasn't expecting much. so, onto the next!

  25. 4 out of 5

    SUZAN C.

    I've been a huge fan of Keary's ever since I read her Fall of Angels and Eden Trilogies. Her writing style and her unique technique grabbed me the moment I read those first pages. Years later, I am still excited and enraptured with her stories. Keary definitely has her very own unique writing style which is easy to read and engrosses you the minute you step into her worlds. In Crown of Death, which is part of her Blood Descendants Universe, this series start off with Logan Pierce who is a bit of I've been a huge fan of Keary's ever since I read her Fall of Angels and Eden Trilogies. Her writing style and her unique technique grabbed me the moment I read those first pages. Years later, I am still excited and enraptured with her stories. Keary definitely has her very own unique writing style which is easy to read and engrosses you the minute you step into her worlds. In Crown of Death, which is part of her Blood Descendants Universe, this series start off with Logan Pierce who is a bit of a mystery in the beginning chapters. Logan thinks she's nobody special - just a normal college kid who had a run of bad luck all her young life. With only a handful of close friends and an adoptive family that loves her, she lives her life as normally as possible. But somewhere along the way we know there's a mystery to her past and a concurring mystery involving someone else who she owes money to. Thinking she will forever live a mundane life, Logan unexpectedly come across a murder scene in her neighborhood. Armed with nothing but spunk and the will to live, she and her friend Eli try to fight off the dangerous people that surrounds them. And this is where all the new and exciting stuff happens. I won't give away any spoilers here, but know that Logan isn't just your ordinary run-of-the-mill 20-year old. There is a greater mystery to her life and the lives she had before. She is inadvertently thrown into the world of vampires but seems to deal with everything without too much fear. She meets Cyrus and is given a month to "sort out her life" before she embarks on a new journey with him. During this month however, she and Cyrus begins a wary friendship with this friendship on terms to either expire by the end of the one month deal or become something so much more. Logan begins to have feelings for Cyrus which she knows she shouldn't, but there is just something quite delicious and captivating about this mysterious man. The beauty of reading one of Keary's books is that she takes you into the minds and and actions of her main character without detracting from the importance of the supporting characters. As I'm reading Crown of Death, I can feel what Logan is feeling and I try to place myself in her shoes and what she would do in this tenuous situation. While Logan is determined to come out the victor in this deal, she is also fighting fear and death should she not. Cyrus is quite a very special character! I can't say too much about him without spoiling who he is, but he is one delicious character to read about! And it's going to be exciting to read more about him and Logan in the future installments. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Crown of Death and look forward to the future books!

  26. 5 out of 5

    SUZAN C.

    I've been a huge fan of Keary's ever since I read her Fall of Angels and Eden Trilogies. Her writing style and her unique technique grabbed me the moment I read those first pages. Years later, I am still excited and enraptured with her stories. Keary definitely has her very own unique writing style which is easy to read and engrosses you the minute you step into her worlds. In Crown of Death, which is part of her Blood Descendants Universe, this series start off with Logan Pierce who is a bit of I've been a huge fan of Keary's ever since I read her Fall of Angels and Eden Trilogies. Her writing style and her unique technique grabbed me the moment I read those first pages. Years later, I am still excited and enraptured with her stories. Keary definitely has her very own unique writing style which is easy to read and engrosses you the minute you step into her worlds. In Crown of Death, which is part of her Blood Descendants Universe, this series start off with Logan Pierce who is a bit of a mystery in the beginning chapters. Logan thinks she's nobody special - just a normal college kid who had a run of bad luck all her young life. With only a handful of close friends and an adoptive family that loves her, she lives her life as normally as possible. But somewhere along the way we know there's a mystery to her past and a concurring mystery involving someone else who she owes money to. Thinking she will forever live a mundane life, Logan unexpectedly come across a murder scene in her neighborhood. Armed with nothing but spunk and the will to live, she and her friend Eli try to fight off the dangerous people that surrounds them. And this is where all the new and exciting stuff happens. I won't give away any spoilers here, but know that Logan isn't just your ordinary run-of-the-mill 20-year old. There is a greater mystery to her life and the lives she had before. She is inadvertently thrown into the world of vampires but seems to deal with everything without too much fear. She meets Cyrus and is given a month to "sort out her life" before she embarks on a new journey with him. During this month however, she and Cyrus begins a wary friendship with this friendship on terms to either expire by the end of the one month deal or become something so much more. Logan begins to have feelings for Cyrus which she knows she shouldn't, but there is just something quite delicious and captivating about this mysterious man. The beauty of reading one of Keary's books is that she takes you into the minds and and actions of her main character without detracting from the importance of the supporting characters. As I'm reading Crown of Death, I can feel what Logan is feeling and I try to place myself in her shoes and what she would do in this tenuous situation. While Logan is determined to come out the victor in this deal, she is also fighting fear and death should she not. Cyrus is quite a very special character! I can't say too much about him without spoiling who he is, but he is one delicious character to read about! And it's going to be exciting to read more about him and Logan in the future installments. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Crown of Death and look forward to the future books!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Khanique McDaniel

    What was the point of making us fall in love with Logan only to now possibly meet Sevan? Also, perception is a hell of a thing because if you were to read this novel before House of Royals, you would have a different POV of Alivia. Cyrus is unfair and not at all the snack everyone seems to think he is. I found myself disliking him even more with this novel. To be honest, I think the only time I can remember being fond of the man was when he had Alivia wearing a crown every day and during his fir What was the point of making us fall in love with Logan only to now possibly meet Sevan? Also, perception is a hell of a thing because if you were to read this novel before House of Royals, you would have a different POV of Alivia. Cyrus is unfair and not at all the snack everyone seems to think he is. I found myself disliking him even more with this novel. To be honest, I think the only time I can remember being fond of the man was when he had Alivia wearing a crown every day and during his first set of games. The man has been pretty annoying since and this constant emotional distress that he hefts upon these women is not endearing. Just annoying and pathetic. Seeing as how Alivia got tortured for playing the same games with him that he does with every female Royal born, I would like to think his right o' meter is broken. Logan is okay. She is easily angered and her mannerisms move from being a good person to dabbling on the dark side. It remind me of those moments when I just could not tolerate or like Alivia. Thing is, I don't know what's Logan and what's Sevan. Does she even have an identity of her own? All things for another novel I suppose. Then again, the most interesting thing about her was her career path and I did enjoy her special brand of snark. With the exception of the career, I can see her retaining that snark. I enjoyed getting Cyrus history from the man himself. I wasn't certain as to what happened with his son and I don't think anyone spoke about his son's personality before his resurrection and declaration of war. Then again, they don't speak about him after the fact either. Somehow I always find myself wanting to revisit Silent Bend in some way and this time was no different. I kept wanting to see Henry or Alivia swoop in and save Rath and Logan but then I guess this isn't that kind of novel. I imagine interesting times are ahead as I have never read about the reincarnated. Especially with the amount of time Sevan has been back and while I am not salivating to get at it, I imagine that the action we have come accustomed to will be more tangible in book two or at least I hope so because Cyrus love quest is overplayed now if you ask me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alexandria Woods

    Some Deficiencies but an Okay Read The story gets off to a slow start and I considered putting it down several times but persevered despite the urge. I enjoyed the unique take on the resurrection aspect for Logan and kept turning the pages to finally learn what it was that Cyrus wanted from her. Once learned, I hope that Logan isn't the woman he's been searching for because I'd like to find out if he'll have to make a choice to stay with Logan. There's a good mixture of dialogue and action so I d Some Deficiencies but an Okay Read The story gets off to a slow start and I considered putting it down several times but persevered despite the urge. I enjoyed the unique take on the resurrection aspect for Logan and kept turning the pages to finally learn what it was that Cyrus wanted from her. Once learned, I hope that Logan isn't the woman he's been searching for because I'd like to find out if he'll have to make a choice to stay with Logan. There's a good mixture of dialogue and action so I didn't flip through pages in this one. Several things about this story aren't to my liking. Logan is kidnapped along with her lifetime family friend one night after witnessing her kidnappers kill someone with glowing red eyes and hold her hostage until Cyrus comes along. Without giving too much away, Logan then has too much trust, not enough fear and skepticism, not enough angst and other emotions you may expect. She goes with it but in a way that I don't understand given how the book opens. She spends the majority of her month going about her life as normal for the most part before coming up with a story for her pending disappearance in a night before starting the communication to everyone she knows. Outside of that, the descriptions, scene, and activity changes need some improvement. We only get a vague description of a dress that she's wearing after putting it in before we learn that Logan is in the hallway walking in high heels. These additional details would have added more to the story. I read the synopsis for the remaining books in the series and satisfied my curiosity about one aspect so I won't continue the rest of the books.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    Going into Crown of Death I didn't know what to really expect. I did not realize that this book was part of a bigger universe; however, I don't think you really need to read the other Blood Descendant installments to understand this story. I may be wrong, cause obviously I haven't read them, but I never felt lost or not in the loop while reading this installment. I actually have other books on my kindle from Keary Taylor, however, this is the first one I have actually sat down to read...and, I a Going into Crown of Death I didn't know what to really expect. I did not realize that this book was part of a bigger universe; however, I don't think you really need to read the other Blood Descendant installments to understand this story. I may be wrong, cause obviously I haven't read them, but I never felt lost or not in the loop while reading this installment. I actually have other books on my kindle from Keary Taylor, however, this is the first one I have actually sat down to read...and, I am in no way disappointed! I loved the way she built the story and that she was able to create such a snarky fun character that you can't help but root for. She was absolutely great! Cyrus wasn't so bad either. He was extremely complex and I really enjoyed him and Logan's interactions, as she wasn't always so polite to him as he was used to. I really enjoyed the overall storyline of the book, and in the end there was a twist that I hadn't really been expecting. Typically, I am just not interested in stories that tend to go in that specific direction (I'm trying to be vague here so I don't spoil anything!). It's nothing against the writing or storyline, because up until that point I had really enjoyed the story as a whole. Just because I did enjoy Taylor's writing, I may have to pick up the second installment later on. But, as a whole, I really did enjoy the story as a whole, hence the 4 star rating; however, I just don't particularly know if I will pick up the next installment based upon the direction the story was heading.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Holy cow! I finished this book in half a day, I seriously couldn’t put it down!!! This is a new series to follow after Ms. Taylor’s House of Royal series. Logan is just trying to live her life and do the best she can at being happy. Then she witness some major atrocities at work and wonders how and why something so awful could take place. That is where she starts to stumble and fall head first into a world she didn’t know was real. Vampires aren’t just made up and she’s going to find out how real Holy cow! I finished this book in half a day, I seriously couldn’t put it down!!! This is a new series to follow after Ms. Taylor’s House of Royal series. Logan is just trying to live her life and do the best she can at being happy. Then she witness some major atrocities at work and wonders how and why something so awful could take place. That is where she starts to stumble and fall head first into a world she didn’t know was real. Vampires aren’t just made up and she’s going to find out how real they are. Not only that but she will be getting to meet and spend time with their King and creator. Not only that, she’s going to learn about her birth mother. The question is, can she handle the next month and the after? As she will make a deal with the King to end her life in a months time. In this book we get to see different sides to King Cyrus. He’s still the King we’ve all gotten to know if the first books, however he’s deeper here. His character, past, motives, sadness, love, etc. comes out. So many different sides to him and we are finally getting to glimpse them more. It made me fall in love with his character so much more on so many levels. I feel sorry for him. I long for him to be happy. I can feel his pain, anger, and frustration and find myself taking his side almost on more then one occasion. It was very well written. Read it to find out more about Logan’s story and place in this world!!! I’m dying as I wait for the next book to come out!!

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