Book Review: The Black Wasp (The Vampires of Crimson Cove #3)


Hello all you bookworms!

How are your 2023 reads going? Anything worth recommending? Right now I’m just binging The Vampires of Crimson Cove series. Speaking of which, it’s time for another book review!

This time I read The Black Wasp (The Vampires of Crimson Cove #3) by Alistair Cross.

I had the pleasure of interviewing this author (you can check that out right here if you’re curious) a while back, and I was floored at how much I loved the first two books of this vampire saga (series review links below if you’re catching up). After finishing the second book I needed more, so I just kept on reading.

Alright, let’s get this book review going!


Series Review Links

Book Review: The Crimson Corset (The Vampires of Crimson Cove #1)

Book Review: The Silver Dagger (The Vampires of Crimson Cove #2)


She Comes with the Fog

Something is coming …

As he grieves the death of his girlfriend at the fangs of his own brother, Cade Colter attracts the attention of a group of fanatical vampire killers. His life is in turmoil and just when it seems things couldn’t get any worse, a new evil comes to town.

The Woman in Black is back …

Now, something else roams the streets of Crimson Cove — something far deadlier than any vampire. She comes with the fog, she comes with the night, and she’s spreading a lethal poison that slowly rots her victims from the inside out … and she’s looking for Cade.

Sooner or later, you’ll see her, too…

First comes the deadly low hum of a thousand black wasps …

Then a feeling of dread so deep and cold that you dare not breathe …

A figure, a woman dressed in old-fashioned widow’s weeds, appears before you …

Don’t Scream …

She wants to know your terror. She wants to taste your pain.



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The Review

Another great novel filled with vampires, magic, and mayhem! I loved the first two books in this series, and this one is no different.

Cade is mourning the loss of his girlfriend Samantha after a rather gnarly battle, so much so that Sheriff Ethan forces him to attend a support group. However, it soon becomes clear that some of the members’ loved ones may have also met their end through the blood-sucking undead and may be seeking vengeance. To make matters worse, a considerably powerful being is attacking citizens of Crimson Cove, and as these and other forces clash Cade must once again pull himself together for another gruesome battle. Will he survive this time?

What I loved most about this book is that it really started to give us some answers to questions that have been bubbling since the start. We got some clarification on this strange wasp character and their motives, inklings about Cade’s Sire status, hints at other supernatural beings, and so many other things that really excited me. This universe just keeps getting bigger!

The characters continue to develop amidst some serious situations, and I liked seeing the direction that Winter takes the Eudemonians towards. Cade and Brooks had some surprising developments, and I have to say that I really loved uncovering more about the wasp character in the end.

Everything moved relatively quickly, and I liked the crazy magic and mystery that was present throughout. If I had to gripe, I’d say that there was a lot of main plot points going on at the beginning, but things did settle down to a manageable level, and I am still super hooked on this vampire saga. If you’ve got a thing for vamps, you’ve gotta try this series!



That’s A Wrap!

Well that’s it for this book review. I hope you enjoyed it!

Have you read this book? Are there other similar books you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!

Have a great day!


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