Posted January 9, 2012 by davincikittie in All Reviews

Review Necro: The Vampire Queen’s Servant & The Mark of the Vampire Queen by Joey Hill


Welcome to the first ever GraveTells Review Necro!

I know what you’re thinking… “DVK, what the heck is a ‘review necro’? It sounds weird and gross!”.  First, I promise it’s not weird OR gross!  Second, before I tell you, I need to briefly digress…

Do you know what “GraveTells” means, where it came from?  A cyber-cookie for the first to figure it out and comment about it.  *grin*  Read my bio if you need some help.  If that doesn’t get you thinking about what the site name infers, this new feature is along those very same lines…

If you’ve ever spent time on online message boards and forums, you might have seen the term “thread necro”, referring to when a poster “bumps” an old (“dead”) thread by making a new comment in it.  People refer to it as a “thread necro” because that poster is bringing the post “back from the dead”, or rescuing it from the bowels of thread heaven, where old threads go to wither and be forgotten about.  This new feature on GT is to help “bump” some of our older reviews for our newer readers.  We review a LOT of books, so it can be easy to become intimidated or get lost by following links in the “if you like” sections.  This way, we get to share some of our old favorites with you!


Our very first Review Necro is …

From our July 2011 archives, this is a double review on the first two books in Joey Hill’s Vampire Queen series.  They were reviewed together because the stories are so interwoven that they’re basically one book, split in half.  Both reviews scored very high, with The Vampire Queen’s Servant (#1) earning a 4.5/5 and The Mark of the Vampire Queen (#2) winning a perfect 5/5 Gold Heart Award.  From our review…

Jacob’s journey toward full human servant is both tender and traumatic.  During the first novel, it is difficult to comprehend why Lyssa treats him as she does, but when all is finally revealed, it makes your heart break just a little for the both of them.  Of course, that’s when you’re not taking cold showers or jumping your significant other from the sheer HEAT of their chemistry.  If those book covers at the top of this post make you raise your eyebrows, well hang on to your granny panties sister cuz you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!  The Mark of the Vampire Queen has one of the hands-down-hottest scenes in a book I have ever read, eclipsing even One Foot in the Grave‘s infamous Chapter 32.  The scenes in The Vampire Queen’s Servant are no slouch either.  Ms. Hill delivers such beautiful imagery, heart-touching tenderness and discovery, amidst the visceral, intense sexual spectacles.

These stories are the perfect blend of erotica and paranormal romance, tying together a soul-deep love story and a physical connection with more sparks than a ribbon of Black Cats on the 4th.  These books pack some serious punch, so this is not for the sheltered or for readers easily offended by creative public sexual displays designed around group & bondage situations!  Sound interesting yet?  It’s positively scandalous and I DARE you to read this series!!

Still need more incentive to check out these books?  The Author Mistress herself, Ms. Joey Hill, will be treating us to a very special joint interview with characters from the whole series, set in Atlantis, the BDSM nightclub where books 5 and 6 take place. This is a unique interview written just for GraveTells (in our signature casual, conversational style) and I’m SUPER stoked!  Ms. Hill is giving away a signed copy of one of her books to one lucky commenter (winner’s choice).  As a previous winner of one of these signed books, I am really excited to be able to offer this to you guys.  The best part?  This will be our Valentine’s Day post!

Valentines Day at GraveTells just got a whole lot steamier… *wiggles eyebrows*  So go, read, get caught up!  Then you can join us and Ms. Hill on February 14 and meet all of these amazing characters from the kick-ass Vampire Queen Series.  Click on the book cover links above to read the review, or click here…


If you thought I was kidding about keeping your S.O. (or, erm, toys) nearby when you read these… I WAS SO NOT.  *grin*



Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue and GraveTells have won several blogging awards, and GraveTells recently celebrated its five-year anniversary! Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.