Blog Tour of The City Beneath by Melody Johnson -- REVIEW

Title: The City Beneath (Night Blood # 1)
Author: Melody Johnson
Genre: Paranormal
Publication Date: April 28th, 2015
Published by: Kensington
Source: ARC Given by Author

I'm going to start-off by saying that, for some reason, when I was given an opportunity to review this book, I assumed it was a paranormal romance book. I mean, look at the cover! I'm pretty sure more than 50% would think the same thing I did. Was I right? The answer is already pretty obvious, right? But let me explain further...

As a journalist, Cassidy DiRocco thought she had seen every depraved thing New York City’s underbelly had to offer. But while covering what appears to be a vicious animal attack, she finds herself drawn into a world she never knew existed. Her exposé makes her the target of the handsome yet brutal Dominic Lysander, the Master Vampire of New York City, who has no problem silencing her to keep his coven's secrets safe…

But Dominic offers Cassidy another option: ally. He reveals she is a night blood, a being with powers of her own, including the ability to become a vampire. As the body count escalates, Cassidy is caught in the middle of a vampire rebellion. Dominic insists she can help him stop the coming war, but wary of his intentions, Cassidy enlists the help of the charming Ian Walker, a fellow night blood. As the battle between vampires takes over the city, Cassidy will have to tap into her newfound powers and decide where to place her trust...

Vampire books have always interested me. The more action-packed the better. If it's sexy and hot then score! But I also expect some sort of romance or love interest in the paranormal books I read. So imagine my surprise when I found out I'm not getting that here. But as a consolation, there is a hint or prospect of one forming in the future. I guess it's completely understandable considering they can't really trust each other. I believe there's a chance of a love triangle in the future. Maybe an Edward - Bella - Jacob thing going on. I'm totally Team Dominic guys, I'm calling that one right now. 

The book was well-written in a technical standpoint; Punctuation marks are used properly, avoiding confusion, and the likes. This is a great thing because a book that is full of grammatical errors, mispelled words, and missing punctutation marks turns me off. No matter how good the plot is, I aikl stop reading it. So kudos on the proofreading and editing team for doing their jobs well. *applauds* 

The City Beneath has the making of a really good series. This early on there are already loads of controversy, mistrust, and hidden agendas. Our heroine is an interesting character; she's strong, smart, persistent, and reliable. She's no femme fatale, thank goodness for that, because I would've skipped this. 

I rate The City Beneath (Night Blood #1) 3.5 stars. It is a good read but it wasn't extraordinary or anything. I would still recommend it to other readers because I believe Melody Johnson would do everything she can to make the following instalments perfect.


Melody Johnson is the author of the Night Blood series. She graduated magna cum laude from Lycoming College with her B.A. in creative writing and psychology. While still earning her degree, she worked as an editing intern for Wahida Clark Presents Publishing. She was a copyeditor for several novels, including Cheetah by Missy Jackson; Trust No Man II by Cash; and Karma with a Vengeance by Tash Hawthorne. Book #1 of the Night Blood series, The City Beneath, is her debut novel. When she isn't writing, Melody can be found hiking the many woodsy trails in her Pennsylvania hometown or sunning and swimming at the beach. You can learn more about Melody and her work at, Facebook and Twitter.


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