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This felt like a rough draft of a rough draft. Everything was so rushed, that the author had no time to properly introduce any of the characters, or to do justice to some good ideas she had.
The main characters are flat and unbelievable:
- Sophie is a 17-year-old human girl who gets kidnapped on her birthday. She makes one attempt at an escape, witnesses a brutal act without reaction, and then settles into her new life in the harem without any fuss or protest.
- Derek is a 500-year-old vampire, who was turned at 18, with 100 years of life experience and 400 years of sleep - still manages to act like a teenager. Like many other centenarians before him, he falls in love with a child. Apparently, being awake for 100 years did nothing for his maturity level.
Completely disappointed, and will not read any more of the series.
Writing was pretty simple through this book. Maybe because it was so short, but there wasn't a whole lot of detail. I would have liked to have known more about the Shade and the characters. I don't like fluff but it did need more filler.
Obviously, Lucas is the bad guy here. I did sort of pity him when he asked Vivienne why Derek was always her favorite. He did seem to get the short end of the stick with nearly everything. But I have to wonder why he is the way that he is. I hope through the rest of the series there is some back story there. I can't believe he's just evil. Derek was, well, pretty bland for being one of the main characters. Also, was 'Derek' even a name 500 years ago? That's one of the things that made this story unbelievable. Like the author didn't want to put in the effort. Sofia seemed to take the whole being a slave thing pretty easily. So did the other girls. They didn't put up much fight at all. At least Ben did, but that was towards the end and I still didn't care for him.
Didn't much care for the setting here. There wasn't much description, so I'm not really sure about it. It gave off this castle vibe, so had modern technology and those two things just don't mesh in my mind. Also, how did they get TV if they can't get any other reception? Is it all DVDs? These little details just bothered me about the place.
Hello all! This post will be about amazing books/series that I have read that are so, so amazing but have like no fanbase! We need to change that pronto!
Under the Never Sky Trilogy by Veronica Rossi
This trilogy is one of my favorite trilogies of all time and I'll tell you why. I found this first book after looking at iBooks after I got my first iPhone two years ago. Here was the first book for like $2.99 and the cover was gorgeous. So, I bought it. This book has everything anybody could want. Dystopian world? Check. A kickass heroine? Check. Hot guy with family issues? Check. Amazing writing? Check. Fast-moving plot? Check. THE OTP OF ALL OTPS. Check. Seriously, this book had one of my first big book OTPs. I think that's why it hold such a special place in my heart. Perry (the main guy character) is one of my baes and will forever remain so.
A Shade of Vampire Series by Bella Forrest
This series is the best. It's a very long series. I think we're up to like book 21 now. That being said, I haven't read all of it only up to like 11 or 12. But that doesn't make it any less amazing! Want a story with a sexy vampire? Yeah its a lot cliche but it's worth it. Yeah it's a love story between the girl and the main vampire like every vampire story ever. But...I don't know, it's hard to explain. It's almost a new take on things. There so, so many characters but you get to fall in love with (or hate) all of them! The POVs tends to switch at time but it gives you a well-rounded view of the story. Too long of a series for you? The first seven books tell the story of the two main characters. The next like 9 tell the story of two other characters, and so on. Love spin offs? Well there's A Shade of Kiev which is a direct spin off of like the sixth or seventh book. And then there's Shade of Dragon which I thought had nothing to do with the series but apprentlty I've heard it's going to tie in. It's a long series to read but a fun one at that.
It all Started With an Apple by Ashley Winters
What happens when your best friend convinces you to throw an apple across the cafeteria to find out who you'll fall in love with? An amazing book that's what. This book started out as a story on Wattpad and it was one of the first things I ever read on there, I think that's why it has such a special place in my heart. This book is a great story about two kids falling in love (or do they?) and then there's a shocking plot twist that made my throw my phone across the room. The best part is this story is FREE on wattpad! However if you enjoy I would suggest buying it from the author! That's why I have a copy sitting on my shelf! (EDIT: apparently it's not being sold any longer :/) https://www.wattpad.com/story/2598009-it-all-started-with-an-apple
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
I've seen about zero hype about this series and it's kinda sad. I started reading this in 8th grade because my teacher made us read the first book for an assignment (he wasn't a very good teacher by school standards). It was amazing. I loved it and read the second on straight away. And then I went out and bought the rest of the series, or what was out at the moment. I haven't actually finished the series because I lot interest in it (not because it wasn't amazing, just because I started reading teen ya romance and like fantasy stuff). But if you want a story about a teenage spy then this novel is for you! Don't like romance? That's fine! This series has next to none!
Sanctum by Sarah Fine
If you've been following my blog for forever and have read every post then you'll know I got the second and third book of this trilogy from a giveaway on Goodreads. Sadly I didn't win the first book and had to tract down a copy. This series really surprised me. I thought it wasn't going to be that great but it was really really good! I fell in love with the main guy character! The main chick got on my nerves at time but she was okay. And the side characters were life! Basically this series is about a girl ending up in Hell and working her way through it to find her friend who she doesn't think belongs there. Okay, it's a lot better then it seems and I recommend a try at least. It is (or was when I read it) available on Kindle Unlimited so try that!