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I wanted to like it since i'm a huge vampire junkie
January 2, 2019
3.5 Cranky Stars
I first have to admit that I am a Vampire junkie from way, way back. I first read the original "Dracula" at the age of 13 and have continued to read books in this genre since then. So, when a book has the word "vampire" in the title, I automatically get excited!
However, this book just didn't do it for me. The first major theme of the book is teenaged girls being typical teenaged girls. You have the trio of friends who do everything together (they even work together in the same coffee shop). Then, you have the HS bitch and her minions. Loads of backbiting, teen angst, boyfriends and breakups...you get the idea.
Fiona Winter, the main character, is searching for her father. She follows up every lead she can find, even to the point of driving away her boyfriend. Next, we learn that Fiona has some horrible scars as a result of a dog attack when she was 5 years old. And, oh yeah, the same dog attack killed her twin sister, Becca.
Fiona talks to her sister's ghost, even sharing Oreo cookies with her. And, Fiona's mother also talks to Becca.
On the night that Fiona's obsession with looking for her father drives a wedge between her and her boyfriend, they have a car accident when they swerve to miss a coyote (or dog?). Fiona is met at the hospital by a trauma specialist named Matthew Mercer. And, you know that Matthew is devastatingly handsome.
When Fiona and her two friends are drugged while they are out drinking in the woods, Fiona is transported to a space station, where she meets 3 other captives. And, oh yeah, one of them is her arch nemesis, Mallory Fiennes. These 4 people are told that they have been chosen and have a week to decide if they want to become part of the True North Society.
At this point, I began to feel like I was watching a bad horror movie. What intelligent person of any age would just join up with a group of kidnappers without any idea of what is going on or what their agenda might be? The price to join? Why, blood sacrifice, of course! And nobody seems bothered by this?
From here, I continued to get more and more confused. You have a secret society, vampires (finally!), time travel, possible werewolves or other shifters and a potential for the end of the world. As the book progressed, I found myself just not caring about any of the characters or where the story was leading. I struggled to finish the book and really had to force myself to continue it at times. When I truly enjoy a book, I can't wait to see what happens next. In this case, I really didn't care.
The writing was good but it seemed like the author was trying to throw in every aspect of urban fantasy and the paranormal, added to a touch of dystopia and sci-fi, into the book. If you are expecting vampires, look elsewhere. Maybe I have just become jaded to this type of book. The main character is chosen to save the world, has a hateful rival who is also one of the chosen, the handsome but evil vampire is attracted to the MC.....you get the picture. I won't be finishing this series because I really don't care what happens next.