Now I was asked by the author to read her book and do a review, but I told her I would be honest no matter whether I liked it or not. Hell, I love to read and might someday want to get paid to do it.
Overall, I loved the book. The story was great and the plot was good with some actual surprising twists. A few of the dialogues and descriptions were a little lengthy, but easily fixed. Nothing that would make you want to stop reading. I would like more development with the characters, but there was plenty for the story.
Now there are going to be some spoilers in here, so if you don’t want me to ruin it stop here.
It’s a story in a world like our own with three distinct variations in the species; Humans, Gifted, and Vampires. Now don’t roll you eyes. These are not the happy, I just want love kind. They are killers. The main Vampire is a little sappy in that he thinks he can’t have love because he is a monster, but not to the point of annoyance.
The main character is Bluebell Kildare. She is Gifted and pleasantly enough she doesn’t have some huge flashy power. She is an empathy that can sense present and lingering emotions. She can also sense life forms and magic. She is very smart, but I hope she learns a little more self defense because needing someone to help in a physical fight most of the time will get old.
Heres the synopsis the author wrote for the book:
When Paranormal Investigation Bureau agent Bluebell Kildare (a.k.a. Blue) arrives at the scene of the crime it is obvious the grotesquely damaged body of the deceased teenage boy was caused by far more than a simple hit and run. Using her innate sixth sense, she locates a powerful magical artifact that acts as a key to an ancient Grimiore and is likely the motive for the crime. She soon discovers the Grimiore has a dark past as it was instrumental in the creation of the Vampire breed and still holds the power to unravel the boundaries between hell and earth.
Blue and her faithful wolf Varg follow the trail starting at the Cock and Bull Tap and all through the town of Crimson Hollow, which leads to plenty of dead ends; some more dead than others. Between being sidelined by a stalker that sticks to the shadows, and chasing a perpetrator that vanishes in thin air, things are getting complicated. Dark vampire activity is at an all time high and hate group activity is increasing. However, it’s her burgeoning feelings for Jack Tanner, her magnetic Daylight Vampire boss, who alternates between warm affection and cool indifference that just might undo her.
While Blue searches for clues to nail the perpetrator, someone seems to be conducting a search of their own and things are getting extremely messy. Who will find whom first? Danger lurks in every corner and Blue needs all her focus in this increasingly dangerous game or she risks ending up the next victim.
The book left a lot open for future stories without leaving you frustrated about unanswered questions. I particularly like the growing problem of discrimination and hate crimes between the groups. Not in that I agree with it, but the way it shows its blind destruction and how some religions can make it worse. Even though they tout certain morals but are selective in who gets it.
Overall I really enjoyed reading this book look forward to the next in the series. I gave her my suggestions on things to work on, but in the end she did great for a first book self-published.
P.S. Thank you so much to the author for not having some sexed up character on the book cover. She actually looks that the main character.
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