Anathema (The Causal Enchantment Series)
K.A. Tucker; Published June 1st 2011 by Papoti Books (first published May 25th 2011)
Evangeline has spent her teenage years in obscurity. Her foster parents have the emotional aptitude of robots and her classmates barely acknowledge her existence. About to turn eighteen and feeling like a social pariah, she is desperate to connect with someone. Anyone.
When Evangeline meets Sofie after literally stumbling upon her café, she believes she’s found that connection. Willing to do anything to keep it, she accepts a job as Sofie’s assistant and drops everything to fly to Manhattan, where she is thrust into a luxurious world of Prada, diamonds, and limitless cash.
With such generosity and kindness, it’s easy for Evangeline to dismiss certain oddities . . . like Sofie’s erratic and sometimes violent behavior, and the monstrous guard dogs. She’s even willing to dismiss her vivid dreams of mob-style murders, beautiful homeless people living in caves, and white-eyed demons that haunt her each night as figments of her imagination—especially when one of those figments is the gorgeous Caden. When she wakes up with bite marks on her neck, the fairy tale quickly turns into a nightmare. She slowly unravels the mystery surrounding Sofie and friends, and the reality of the bites and the “dreams.” What she discovers is far more mysterious and terrible than anything she could have imagined.
In a world where everyone has motive to lie for personal gain, Evangeline must decide which deception is least likely to get her killed.
– Goodreads on Anathema
My reaction after reading the first few pages?
My reaction after reading the next pages? *in lurrrve*
My review general tone? *raving fangirl*
And I’ll just stop it with the visuals and start fangirling in words too, because a proper fangirl goes out of her way to manifest her raving obsession admiration
God, I loved it! It was one of those rare cases where I’m totally into it from the very beginning. I was fidgeting and giggling and “omg”-ing all the way through. I don’t know if it was the fabulous writing, light, and suggestive, and very fun, or the characters, strong, and real, and sort of mean/nasty (and you know I love the villains, always!), or the settings, lush and powerful, or the plot, original and very well built…but man, I’m in love!! Totally, irreversibly in love !!
Eve (I just have to call her that ) is a darling; with a tough history, and issues of her own stemming from her pain and loneliness, she manages to do the right thing, even when it’s really tough to do it. She’s brave, open, cute and a bit naive, but not in the annoying “Get a clue” way, in the “Omg! Adorable!” way. Her reactions to whatever it is that’s happening are always endearing, and there’s just something about Eve, you know?
Obviously, the vampires are a total home-run. I mean, I have something of an innate love for them (even when they’re sparkly and eating ferrets, or something – lol), but K.A. Tucker‘s vampires aren’t on their way to sanctification. They’re beautiful, at times ruthless, vicious, stubborn, manipulative…*fangirls fangirls*, but not uncaring, not unfeeling. Though what they do care about varies from case to case, they all do care, and love someone, or something. It’s an art to build characters that are evil-ish by nature, without making them monsters, or going the totally opposite way and making them these goody good vangel things that spurt rainbows out of their ears.
Of course, I love Caden; he’s nothing shy of awesome, but I even liked Rachel, and she’s nasty. I found the Mortimer/Viggo duo really amusing, and throwing in the third wheel to their chariot of awesome, Sofie, I loved their interaction, especially the conflict moments.
Now, as I’ve said, the plot is really smart. There’s all kinds of fun stuff going on, witches, vampires (obviously), vampire mutants (like vamps on vamp steroids, fu~fu), werecreatures, dimensional traveling, curses, goods smuggling, fighting (the yummy kind, that keeps you focused on the nature of both fighters)…I mean, this is like YA heaven! You know, if there were vampires and witches and vampire mutants, and werecreatures and stuff there…[I’m sure there are!]
What I didn’t like about this novel is the fact that it ends. No, seriously, I hated that part. Couldn’t it just go on? Just a few hundred pages more…is that so much to ask? And this is the reason I do my best to avoid reading books that are volume 1 of the series until at least volume 2 and maybe 3 are out as well. I can’t deal with waiting for a tortuously long time (and it always is, tortuously long) for book 2, and 3, and so on to come out. I wanna read them, now!!
Eh…cr-cram. So, as I was saying…a definite must-read. Go ahead, read it now, I need to have people to share the misery with while I’m waiting for the next book!
Oh and by the way, that cover…real cool! I mean, really really cool, that’s a 5 butterflies all on its own. Creative, original, and of impact. That’s a total winner, if you ask me.
All in all, K.A. Tucker‘s Anathema gets the highest rank on my fangirl-o-meter, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to paranormal romance lovers, and YA lovers, this one is pure gold!
p.s.: Go grab it from Amazon now, it’s free atm !!!!