By Kaitlyn Davis Editions: ebook Published: October 9th 2011 Genre: YA Paranormal / Romance Source: review copy
“With one last look, one final search of the lines of his face for some sign, Kira turned and ran away from the sound of the man she loved laughing in the face of her death.”
When Kira Dawson moves to South Carolina, she meets Luke, a blond goofball who quickly becomes her best friend, and Tristan, a mysterious bad boy who sends shivers down her spine. Kira knows they’re keeping secrets, but when she discovers Tristan’s lust for blood and her own dormant mystical powers, Kira is forced to fight for her life and make the heartbreaking decision between the familiar comfort of friendship and the fiery passion of love.
Bomy’s Flutter: fun but not too convincing as far as the romance went
Worldbuilding: Nice paranormal elements – vampires, conduits – mixed in with South Carolina high school setting. Nice, but not too interesting to me (high school stories don’t seem to pick my interest)
Characters: Kira was interesting. She had a troubled past, a difficult present and an uncertain future. She was okay, fun in places. But I couldn’t connect with her at all, something I often see in YA novels especially with the heroines. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the characters, it’s just that I don’t ‘feel’ them. Usually I ‘feel’ the love interest in these types of stories. It didn’t happen in this one.
Neither Tristan or Luke caught my eye. In fact none of the characters in the story did. I’m not sure what went wrong, but the chemistry simply wasn’t there.
Fav character: none
Plot: The story was interesting, but again, as I didn’t connect with the characters, it sort of flew over my head. I felt no convincing tension since I had no feelings for either character. There was action, and the pace of events felt right, but the main ingredient for me in the read (character) wasn’t there.
Writing: Third person narrative from Kira’s POV. The story flowed well, scenes were built well. I can’t say there was something missing here except the characters didn’t get me emotionally involved.
Curb Appeal: The cover is okay, the blurb interesting, but I wouldn’t buy this on impulse.
All in all, this wasn’t a bad read, but for me there was no real chemistry there. I read it all and wasn’t tempted to drop the read, especially because everything else felt right about it so I kept hoping I’d connect with the characters. It just didn’t happen, and since I’m always in it for the characters not the action, it’s a 2 butterflies read.
But I think you should give it a shot, especially if you’re into the YA high school kind of setting.