Reviewed by Melanie on April 18, 2017
I’ve read a lot of vampire books. Vampire Academy, Bloodlines, the Sookie Stackhouse series, and even books about vampires that i didn’t realize were about vampires. I tried and failed to read Twilight after having a box set given to me. None of these books or series prepared me for the unique vampire story that this book is.
In Tana’s world, vampires are out in the open. They have dedicated Coldtowns and are even reality stars with their own shows. Vampirism takes a new twist, which I don’t want to spoil, but its a neat addition to the traditional vampire tale.
Tana, the protagonist, is smart, resourceful, and a great heroine. Her only short-coming in my opinion is her attraction to the vampire Gavriel. I feel like Buffy had the right idea, a good vampire is a dead vampire. While vampires tend to be over romanticized, this book didn’t focus on romance, but building the story itself.
I enjoyed the book, I especially liked that the vampires were more traditional than most. They can’t walk in the daylight, or survive on animal blood alone. I enjoyed the depth of the characters and Tana’s compassion. The end of the story made a sequel seem possible. I for one would love to read it.