How can you be attracted to a guy who just said he wants to kill you?
Ara-Rose asks herself the same question. She’s been torn away from her old life, thrown into a new one in a new country, and in the midst of death, heartache and depression, she finds herself in love with a vampire—one who kills people with his teeth!
But the vampire is forbidden to fall for this human, and at the point Ara-Rose decides she can’t live without him, he pulls away and leaves her falling back to the darkness he woke her from. She will be caught up in a century-old feud among brothers, and the fight for love becomes a fight for her life.
The only question now is whether her beloved vampire will find her in time, or leave her to face a destiny he triggered with their first kiss.
I bought this book as part of Vampire Chronicles, a Boxed Set of three vampire novels. The beginning drew me in and I easily brushed aside the first hint of Twilight but as I read on the more similarities began to surface. It was quite difficult to ignore them, but that said it did not make this book less enjoyable.
Amara-Rose, aka Ara-Rose, aka Ara – The storyteller, is written well with a clear voice throughout. The epitome of a teen struggling with the passion only a teen can experience. She embraces the ‘Vampires are real’ thing rather quickly and early on considers becoming one herself. Not believable if she were an adult with rational thinking, but for Ara, a teen overtaken by the emotion of her first real love, it is completely believable.
Her struggles to overcome the death of her mother and brother actually brought tears to my eyes, a well written character with depth and real emotion the reader could feel for themselves.
David Knight – The vampire. Sullen, overprotective, sneaky, overbearing, controlling, and yet still likable… go figure. He doesn’t sparkle, but can read minds – another nod to Twilight I could not shake off, but it is the back and forth between Ara and David that plays on this trait more effectively I thought.
He is not all that complicated a character, wears his heart on his sleeve and is not shy to admit when he is “turned on” a part of the book I could have actually done without. There once was a time that this kind of writing was only seen in adult novels, I wish for that time to return. Yes, teens are doing it, but a hint to what they are doing is sufficient, we don’t need to know exactly where he grabbed her.
Mike – Ara’s life long friend and the third piece in the love triangle. He is an Aussie, so I like him instantly, he wants what is best for Ara, two points to Mike, but Ara lives in the USA now and Mike’s still down under, so they could never work. Not that choosing a Vampire would have been any easier a path, but the likelihood of Ara picking Mike was miniscule from the get go – if only for his connection to how she lost her Mother and Brother to begin with.
This book is only three stars for me and it is for three reasons;
Number 1 – There is so much similarity to Twilight I felt like this novel was almost all 4 of the Twilight series stories rolled into one long, not quite original enough tale. This lost it a full star taking the score to four stars.
Number 2 – It was soooooooo long. Like titanic long – and this didn’t have the sexy Leo DiCaprio to drool over in the dull bits. Thirty-six chapters is just way too much! A long novel is not always a bad thing, but this was too much even for me, and this lost it half a star, taking it down to three and a half stars.
Number 3– There was too much mundane information that I did not need. Filler you might call it – that could have been removed and the overall story be unaffected. Except for the relief the reader would have felt for not having had to read it. The overload of information, though written in an exceptional way, lost the last half star taking this review down to a three.
I will probably read the others in this series, if only because I feel like I know Ara, and want to see that she gets her happily ever after.
Rebecca Bosevski is the author of Enchanting The Fey, a fairy tale for grown-ups. She lives on the sunny coast of Australia with her husband and three children. When not writing she will often be found with her nose in a book.