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Book Review of Dead Man Rising (Dante Valentine, Bk 2)

Dead Man Rising (Dante Valentine, Bk 2)
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Helpful Score: 5

This is the second book of the Dante Valentine series. If you haven't read the first one, I wouldn't read the reviews here, because the first thing that happens reveals the ending to the last book. So ****SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T READ BOOK 1 !!!! LOOK QUICKLY AWAY!!!*****: At the end of the last book, Dante has been changed to a part demon by her lover Japhramel - who was killed by Lucifer. Dante has been mourning over his loss for almost a year, throwing herself into her work and taking on one bounty after another. Through all of this, her ex, who still loves her and feels like he must atone for his previous actions, is by her side. This is some comfort to Dante, but she can never go back to a relationship with Jace, which causes an underlying tension between them. Her relationship with her best friend Gabe is similarly strained, as Dante isn't open about her feelings - both of her transformation and of her loss. Into this comes another trial for Dante - a string of murdered psions from her elementary school forces Danny to revisit her past in a horrifying institution where she lived in extreme fear, something she's been trying to forget. In the first book I felt that Dante often reacted extremely over certain things and this backstory of her past seems to explain some of it - she is a very tortured individual with a tough life. Actually I was beginning to feel wrung out over reading about her past and how many loved ones she's had die. In this book Danny seems to have grown a little bit, although her very headstrong attitude remains. Interesting read.. we get a chance to learn something about some paranormal races - Saintcrows versions of vampires and werewolves, which was very intesting (I wouldn't mind learning some more of their backstory).

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