Review: The Cold Kiss of Death by Suzanne McLeod

Filed in Review , Suzanne McLeod , The HEA Lover Posted on February 5, 2011 @ 7:00 am 8 comments

Format Read: Print
Number of Pages: 352 pages
Release Date: July 16th 2009
Publisher: Gollancz
Formats Available: Paperback, e-Book, Kindle
Purchasing Info: Author’s Website, Goodreads, Book Depository,

Book Blurb:

All Genny wants is to live the quiet life and to do her job at but there’s her tangled personal life to sort out first. She’s being haunted by ghosts who want her help. Her witch neighbours want her evicted. Genny’s sort-of-Ex – and now her new boss – can’t decide whether he wants their relationship to be business or pleasure now he knows all her darkest secrets. And then there’s the queue of vampires all wanting her to paint the town red – how long will it be before they stop taking ‘no’ for an answer and Genny’s life becomes even more complicated? But when one of her human friends is murdered by sidhe magic, Genny is determined to find the killer. Her efforts to find the real murderer lead her to some of the most dangerous and seductive fae – but her search is hindered by the vampires, who have their own political agenda. Then when all the evidence points to Genny – she’s the only sidhe fae in London – and she’s named the main suspect; it’s not long before she’s on the run – and not just from the police – but from some of London’s most powerful supernaturals.

My Thoughts:

Warning: This is a spoiler free review but I make references to things from the first book which can be considered a bit spoilery.

The Cold Kiss of Death is the 2nd book in the series. This series is so great it gave me back my UF reading mojo. Read too much of a genre and you start getting ‘bored’, it’s what happened to me with the UF genre. I kept wanting to go back to read Historicals (my safe genre). Well, The Spellcrackers series cured me (at least for now). When I finished The Cold Kiss of Death I was CRAVING to read more.  It’s such a good UF book, so original and complex…*happy sigh* 
Genny is the only sidhe fae in London, something she can’t hide since her eyes are slitted like those of a cat. She’s been working at where she cracks magic. In this book, we get to see again all the characters we loved in the previous book. I would advise you read book #1 to understand all the back-story of this book.
Genny’s father was a vampire and she was betrothed to a vampire when she was 14. She escaped and has been in London ever since. I love the world Suzanne McLeod created. In her London, Vampire, faes, Witches etc.. are part of the normal everyday life. Genny has been infected by 3V, a vampire virus which is incurable. She craves the venom vampires produce when biting a victim. In the first book, we learned that she found a way to deal with it by using a spell transforming her in a vampire for 1 night. Genny uses her vampire body to satisfy her needs from time to time. Sadly what she thought a ‘glamour’ spell turns out to be much more complicated. The vampire she turns into, Rosa, was a real vampire with very real enemies. 
Genny has a lot of interesting men in her life,  there is Finn, the Satyr, who’s also her very hot boss (I LOVE Finn). Tavish the wylde fae who’s a real mystery to me. And there is Malik, the sexy vampire. Malik is linked to Genny in some way. He also knew Rosa the vampire. You know it’s weird because usually, there’s 1 guy I like 2 at the most. But in this series I don’t know who to root for, they all have their appeal. lol If she didn’t have so many problems I would envy Genny for all the cute men she has in her life. *wink*
Vampire politics force Genny to use Rosa again but it turns out to be a very dangerous thing. I can’t say much more about the story without walking on a spoiler. Let’s just say that we got a lot of Malik time (not enough Finn *sob*). This is a very sensual book, Suzanne has been teasing us since book 1. (Yes Suzanne you are evil).  The story is very complicated and original, lots of twists I wouldn’t have imagined. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. It was a bit slow to start but once the story really started there wasn’t a dull moment, I really loved the whole story.
I did feel a bit queasy a few times. Yes I feel faint in the presence of blood, and some scenes were so bloody I could nearly feel it on my skin lol.  Gory and bloody but oh so gooood!  Genny’s past is still a mystery but we get to learn quite a few things about her. 
I was close to tears when I finished the book. I just couldn’t wait to start the 3rd book. This is one of my favorite UF series, one of the most original too. I just finished reading the next book, The Bitter Seed of Magic and it’s a fantastic read! (my favorite in the series). I will post my review later today. I recommend the Spellcrackers to every UF lover. If like me you thought you couldn’t be surprised anymore, here’s your chance to see how wrong you were 😉

I give The Cold Kiss of Death  4 and 1/2 Bookies

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About Caro The HEA Lover

Caroline is a HEA loving, yarn addicted French who's desperately hoping to get a HEA of her own. If she's not reading then she can be found knitting while listening to Audiobooks or watching Tv shows. Her secret addiction is reading websites that make fun at other people's expense (DYAC, Failbook)! Caroline also blogs at the Secret HEA Society with Susi.

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  • Blodeuedd February 5, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I skimmed in fear of spoilers but oh oh oh….yup getting book 1

  • pattepoilue February 5, 2011 at 7:41 am

    @Blodeuedd *squee* I hope you'll enjoy it!! *g* I really LOVED the 3rd book too.

  • Estella February 5, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I need to find these books!

  • pattepoilue February 5, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    @Estella *squee* go go go!!

  • Chelsea B. February 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Another author I DEFINITELY need to read!

  • pattepoilue February 6, 2011 at 3:48 am

    @Chelsea B. Oh you won't regret it! I love the world Suzanne created. It's going to be very hard to wait for the next book. =P

  • natalie23 February 21, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I remember almost starting this series a while ago but something put me off. Having read your review I will have to give the first book a try.

  • pattepoilue February 22, 2011 at 3:29 am

    @Natalie23 YAY to giving it another try *g* I didn't regreat it, i'm sure you won't either =)

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