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Admittedly, I struggled with this book. It read too much like Twilight without being overly original. It wasn’t a bad book, though. It just needs work but there are exciting plot points that are brought up that could lead to exciting following books. In the end, I give this book a 2 out of five stars.
This book read like Twilight. I feel like the only difference between Twilight and this book was that the vampire was female and the human was male. Otherwise, I felt like I could take the characters names and change them to the Twilight character names and the story would be the same. I’m alright with a fanfiction but when I read one, I expect the author to take the original story and show something new about it that might not have been highlighted in the original story. Give me a reason to read the book instead of just rereading the original.
I feel like the main issue with this book is that the wrong point of view was used. Sophia could have been a more interesting first person narrator if she wasn’t always bouncing back and forth about whether or not she could trust people or herself. As a result, she really didn’t react to anything or make a lot of decisions for herself. I mean, she’s a vampire and has been for quite some time. I would play with that. Show the ways that time has changed but she has not or talk about the things she misses from society that modern society has lost. In the end, her only concern seems to be Nathaniel who himself is written flat.
I would recommend deciding what genre this book is trying to be. It has all the starting points of romance, action, and mystery but I would pick just one. Once that’s been decided, choose the main character that would develop the story in that genre in the most interesting way. To be honest, I felt that the vampire brother Caspian would have made an interesting pov. Between his backstory of having killed his human girlfriend by mistake and then running away from the family to his present situation in which he follows his family and works to protect them from an evil they don’t know about, he just seems to have a more interesting story than the one currently being told where the main character doesn’t even know about the dangers she faces.
I think this book has a lot of great potential but as it sits, I could only get about 80 percent through it and then gave up. I have high hopes that this could be rewritten in a better way and if it ever does go through a rewrite, I would be glad to read the new story. Until then, I don’t think I want to continue on with this series.