(11 Jun 2015,
Edited: 4 Sep 2015)
On her 18th birthday, Alexis learns that she is not as normal as she had thought. In fact, she comes from a long line of vampire hunters. If that wasn’t enough, her mother disappears, and the new guy at school turns out to be one of these mythical creatures she is supposed to kill.
Her father, hitherto “absent”, wants to begin her education immediately. But he has a bigger task, which fails, in attempting to keep his daughter away from vampire Salem, whom she falls for head over heels. Now, she has to balance her new relationship with a vampire with her vampire-hunting career.
Why I Read The Book
I found this book searching for stories about soulmates. The general description sounded like exactly the sort of thing I like reading. I was curious, how the soulmates were justified, and especially how Alexis would juggle vampire-hunting and vampire-kissing.
I liked the idea of the vampire hunter – not yet knowing and understanding her heritage – falling in love with the vampire. I was especially fond of the fact that the idea behind the vampire hunter family was based on E.A. Poe, and also ecstatic to read Plato’s influence on the soul mate theory. The basis of a great story was/is set.
Alexis had the makings of a really good heroine. She has an interesting family heritage; some sorrow in her early years prepared her for life; she is strong, and should be capable of handling life on her own. Unfortunately, she doesn’t get a chance to show that. As soon as her mother has left, vampire Salem takes over. When she doesn’t listen to him, it feels more like teenage stubbornness than showing independence.
Salem is annoyingly pushy, constantly making decisions for her. Unfortunately, for all his appearances, he does not have the makings of a perfect book boyfriend. He smothers her, which she allows, instead of furthering her independence, and supporting her to achieve something more in life, which she does not on her own.
Her father of two days forces his life style on her, which she seems too little prepared for when he takes her hunting for the first time. He seems neither cut for being a teacher, nor a father – but she doesn’t really question that about him.
There are other characters in Alexis’s life, but they only seem there to annoy her. Especially her two “best friends” Karen and Jason, who got an interesting opening, she completely pushes away as soon as she learns more about the mysterious side of her life. Not even the little “date” with Jason had much more reason but give the book another ten pages.
Realization and Writing Style
My reaction to writing style and realization was even worse than to the characters. The reader was thrown into the action, but it was clumsy, hurried and confusing. At times, both at the writing style and what was happening, I could only shake my head. The mother, knowing what lay ahead for her daughter, decides to just up and leave without an explanation? – I’m so not counting that letter! And Alexis, after a little bit of disappointment, just accepts it and moves on? I’d be furious. And lost. The thoughts here are jumpy and often don’t make sense. I couldn’t follow how she moved from one thought to another.
There followed several more events like the one described above, which I shouldn’t want to give away.
But because I had liked the original idea so much, I continued and finished reading. I had hope that it would get better. And it did somewhat. When the awkward introduction (which was over 50 pages long) was done with, the narrating got easier, everything became smoother. The thoughts and sentences and developments were less erratic. Events made more sense and/or were explained retrospectively. I think a good editor and strong revision of certain scenes could really make this book shine. As for now, I physically hurt by having to review and rate.
Disappointed. I really adored the idea and description and had the highest hopes for the story. Even though it did get better towards the end, the beginning had ruined it for me. Though I was curious, I couldn’t make myself continue the series.
Idea: 5 Stars
Characters: 1 Stars
Realization: 2 Stars
Writing Style: 1 Star
General Rating: 3 Stars
Personal Rating: 2 Stars