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Sunday, January 20, 2013

"You're a vampire" is so not what Ema Marx wants to hear when she wakes from a two-day coma in a cryptic yet exquisite castle in northern Finland. Unfortunately, it explains a lot. Like why she's able to see in the dark and walk through solid objects. What she doesn't understand is why the other vampires expect her to have all the answers. It's their fault she turned into one of them...right?

Jalmari's hatred for his old-man intensifies when he's ordered to bring that troublesome girl to their castle. He has a clan to run, there's no time for babysitting newborn vampires no matter how they were converted to their culture. But when a two-thousand-year-old premonition threatens to take the crown and his life, Jalmari sees no other choice than to take out the catalyst. Ema Marx. Fortunately for Ema, she could also be the clan's only savior.

The race to figure out her vampiric origins is on. And maybe she'll get the hang of the blood-drinking gig along the way...

My review:

Wow! This was a crazy roller coaster ride. A chase right from the beginning and then up and down emotions through out the this long novel. I loved the story and the characters for the most part. I was a bit confused with the conversations between Jalmari and his father. I kind of felt like I did not have enough information, as if there was some part of the story that came before that I was not privileged enough to read. 

I found Ema to be someone feisty, a little naive, and maybe just a tiny bit crazy. I think she was more human than anyone else. I loved her because she was really not what I expected. She has great potential to be a kick-ass heroine with an emphasis on the kick-ass part. 

I am rating this a 4 out of 5.

About the author:

From J.D. Brown: Before I was a writer, I was a reader. I've had my nose stuck in books for as long as I can remember; starting out with Dr. Seuss and The Berenstain Bears.
It didn't take long for me to turn to paranormal. Even at eight years old I had a soft spot in my heart for all things dark and misunderstood, magical and a little dangerous. I loved the night, the stars, and the moon. I knew in my heart my Prince Charming was a prince of darkness that would ride on a black nightmare instead of a white stallion. I dabbled in witch craft just to get closer to these elements. Oh yes, I was an odd child that danced to the beat of her own drum. I kept Mom on her toes and gave her plenty of gray hairs.
Combine this with my love for mythology and folklore and I guess it was only a matter of time before I wrote my own. There were several occasions during my life when I thought I could write a book. But I never gave it any serious consideration until one day a certain novel whose title I won't mention got me thinking.
This instance was about three years ago. By then I was a die-hard fan of paranormal. But I realized there was something I wanted to read about that I wasn't getting from other authors at the time - and that was a story told from the point of view of the heroine after she became a vampire and joined the undead ranks.
More often than not, the stories are told from the human hero or heroine's point of view. The paranormal characters are secondary and the plot often ends once the hero/heroine decides to join them.

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