House of Cards by Ilana Waters

House of CardsTitle: House of Cards
Author: llana Waters
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Review Copy


Eighteen-year-old Sherry has just begun her newly independent life in Paris when she is kidnapped by a group of vampires. They hold her hostage in the House of Cadamon, their catacomb lair beneath the city, ruled with an iron fist by a leader known as “the Master.” The only thing keeping Sherry alive is her ability to tell vampire fortunes through tarot cards, a task she is forced to perform night after night. She finds an unlikely ally in Lucas, a four-hundred-year-old reluctant blood drinker who is as much a prisoner of Cadamon as she is.

Things get even more complicated when Sherry and Lucas begin falling for each other—hard. Will they be able to keep Sherry alive long enough for them both to escape the House of Cadamon? Or will the Master and his band of evil minions succeed in controlling the lives of the young lovers—by whatever means necessary?

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My Thoughts

Eighteen has always been an exciting year for teenagers, but Sherry’s is about to get even more exciting than even she could have ever dreamed.

Thisis a heart pounding adventure about two young people both trapped in a life of servitude that neither can escape. The setting gave off just the right mood for the story and was beautifully described. The imagery used helped to make me feel as if I really was part of the story.

Sherry was a beautiful young girl who was at the wrong place at the wrong time. She was also very courageous and I admired her for not completely losing it even when it seemed she was in a hopeless situation. Smart and resourceful I had a great time getting to know this fun character.

Lucaswas an interesting character to get to know. He wasn’t perfect, but he tried todo the right thing even when his very nature was against it. He made a great friend and partner for Sherry. They were a great pair and I could really see them as a couple.

The romance was very sweet and realistic. There wasn’t any insta love which was great. The characters had time to get to know each other a little bit and I liked seeing how they could work together and still have hope considering their grave situation.

This is a fun and exciting romance that vampire fans will not want to miss!


  1. Thank you so much, Katie! I am delighted you enjoyed the story. I was a little unsure about writing *another* YA vampire romance. But you've proven that a true romance fan never says die! :-D


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