Txema Ybarra is the most unenviable nineteen-year-old girl alive.
Smart, pretty, and athletically gifted, this University of Tennessee freshman should be enjoying college life and her entrance into adulthood. And for a moment she does…until the vampires show up.
Born with an unusual ‘twin teardrop’ birthmark on her neck, Txema (pronounced Chema) is one of only a handful of females in the world who bear this trait. It marks her as a vessel of eternal youth and beauty for an elite vampire society determined to protect her precious blood….But it also is the only thing standing in the way of a rogue ‘undead’ nation determined to destroy mankind and usurp the power their sexier brethren have held uncontested for centuries.
Caught in the middle of this war after all the other bearers of the birthmark are murdered, Txema must flee America and heads to France under the protection of five beautiful vampires who all have a vested interest in her survival. The race is on to save her blood, as well as her very life, to ensure the survival of Les Amantes de Vampire. Otherwise, Txema will be the last one…the vampires’ last lover.
Ok, I am going to start this review by saying that I so badly wanted to love this book. It’s a great plot idea and unique themes. Not your usual vamp fiction. However, I am going to give this book a rating of 2 stars and I will explain why.
First, if you refer to our rating system, a 2 is listed as “an OK work, but found was lacking in several aspects”. So saying it is a 2 is not saying it’s a waste of time or a lost cause. It just needs some polishing.
So here are my issues with this book:
Too Fast – I love when a book is fast paced from page one. However, there is a fine line between being fast paced and being rushed. The problem with a rushed story line is rather than your character unraveling a mystery to figure things out, they are handed it all on a silver platter from the get go. The character working over things and connecting the dots is what drags the story out and gets rid of that rushed feeling.
The Mystery is Missing – This really ties in with the first point. The mystery is missing because the story is rushed. So much happens right off that you are left in the dust trying to figure out where the mystery is. Everything is laid out from the get go. There’s no suspense. Too much detail is given right away to draw the reader in. I do have to say that there is one attack scene in this book that is written incredibly well. The suspense is there. The tension is there. But I feel like maybe if we weren’t handed the key to everything in the beginning that it would have worked better. If we didn’t know what the thing was going bump in the night, it would have been a lot scarier.
Weak Characters – Our main character, Txema, isn’t bad. She’s got potential to be a great leading lady. And I love Garvan and Armando. They’re hilarious. Tyreen needs a healthy dose of duct tape…..like, over her mouth. For all of you True Blood fans out there – you know Ginger? The waitress at Fangtasia that has been brainwiped so many times that she just starts screaming bloody murder every time something half way tense happens???? Remember her??? Well, you may as well start calling her Tyreen. Tyreen is honestly the only character in this book that I cant stand. Well, not at first….. *wink wink*
Aside from these points, I believe that this is a great *start* to an amazing vamp fiction. Mr, James has come up with a wonderful story line, it just needs a great group of “editors” to brainstorm and help fluff the story up a bit.
I wanted to love this book so badly because I love the idea behind the story. With that being said, Aiden sent me 2 other books of his and all 3 have MUCH different story lines. I am going to try out Plague of Coins next and see how that is. It’s a completely different book that is not even close to similar in story line.
I also encourage people to give the book a shot. At least see what I am talking about. As of today, it’s only $2.99 on Amazon.
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