Madison, WI. 1999. When vampire Gabriel Chapel decides to take on a fledgling, he knows not just anyone will do. Newly-turned vampires kill at least one person a night for the first decade or so—a fate most humans could never adjust to.
For college student Amanda Bairns, nothing is more important than finally taking control of her life. But when Gabriel forces her to drink his blood, Amanda is pulled deeper and deeper into a supernatural underworld she never knew existed, where mages have their fingers in local government, shapeshifting faeries control infrastructure, and aether-rich ley lines attract a host of creatures welcome and unwelcome.
With the vampire’s blood coaxing her to become a murderer, Amanda has four weeks to discover which means more: her freedom and humanity, or the power Gabriel offers. But neither Gabriel nor Amanda realize Amanda is a pawn in a much bigger contest—one which could have lethal consequences not only for the two of them, but for the entire city. Contains explicit sex.
This was a hard book for me to review, I liked some aspects and disliked others. What I did like was the plot, it was interesting and developed well. However, the whole book for me always rests on the ending and in this case the ending kind of made me think … what was the point of all of that other stuff then? In the end none of it seemed important to me, and it was like why did we go through all of that to end up with nothing?
The other big part that bothered me was an event that takes place. SPOILER!!!! Gabriel rapes and murders a girl as punishment for Amanda. While at this time I realized Gabriel was not going to be the romantic leading man it just seemed overkill and the way Amanda reacts to it was too much for me. Sexual release and rape just cross a line for me.
Again this isn’t a romance, not really, it even borders on horror but I did like that the vampire was ruthless and a total psycho, but I didn’t like him. Amanda I did like, until the very ending then I was just like what the hey lol … but again I did like her to that point.
For me the book was a hodge podge of different emotions but the rape scene was too much for me knocking it down a full bunny.
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