A few days ago I was cleaning out an old school bag from semesters past and found a book I had bought on a whim because the cover interested me. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately for the me now) I stored the book away for later reading (I lost it) before I could read more than a few pages. So I now had my hands on a great new summer read. I know most people reach for a thriller or mystery as a beach read but vampires have always held a special place in my bookshelves. Perhaps it’s because I spend most of the summer hiding from the sun in my vampire lair of a house. Or perhaps it’s because of my shelves of Gena Showalter, J.R Ward, Kerrelyn Sparks, Lyndsay Sands, Christine Feehan, Katie MaCalister, Kresley Cole, and many more.
All I know is that when I see a cover with a woman in a ball gown holding a stake from the author of the Medium series I fork over my money to the cashier. As I brushed up on the synapse my interest grew, who doesn’t love a dark gritty vampire prince who exudes danger and a powerful heroine who has the power to stand on her own and has a touch of disbelief in the supernatural? As I began reading and was introduced to each character I was reminded of the vampires of days past who spoke in rich accents, powers of transformation, and didn’t sparkle in the sun (the flames they produced upon exposure not withstanding). I was also drawn to Meena, the protagonist, who was a strong and independent woman in her own right and used her powers of precognition instead of ridiculously fearing them.
Some parts were a little slow but these just lulled you into a false sense of security before you get smacked over the head with a scene that draws you into the dangerous world of vampires and vampire hunters. The big reveal at the end (I won’t ruin it for you) took me by surprise and had me rooting for both the vampires and the hunters. Both the world and the characters of this book are beautifully painted in standards Meg Cabot style to make you feel as though they are long lost friends back to drag you on an adventure that seems both familiar and yet completely unpredictable.