*I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
I had a hard time choosing a rating for this book because, while I did have a lot of issues with it, it wasn’t all bad, and something about it made me interested enough to consider continuing the series (as of now I haven’t, but I might at some point). Unfortunately some of my issues are spoilers, but I’ll keep those hidden and do my best to list this out.
– The writing itself was fine, aside from a few too many exclamation marks.
– The premise was unique—there are certain females whose blood is special and needed by the vampires in order to keep them sane and civilized, but the uncivilized vampires have been killing them all off so that Txema is now the last one.
– Some of the characters were realistic. And the rest were realistic sometimes. None of them were completely absurd, at least. (My favorite was Armando because he cracked me up, and someone needed to step in and remind Txema of where her priorities should be.)
– The romance had me intrigued. It was… surprising. I say that with hesitation because I didn’t necessarily like the direction it went, but it did surprise me and was somewhat unpredictable. This is probably the main reason I’m considering continuing the series—I’m curious to see where the romance ends up.
– Some of the characters, especially Txema, made some truly terrible decisions. For example, Txema knew the vampires were specifically after her, yet she kept going out after dark, walking out in the open, and generally just putting herself in danger.
– Txema seemed far too unconcerned about the possibility of her friends and boyfriend being dead (I’m not saying whether they’re dead or not, so I’m not spoiling anything). Occasionally she would stop and think something along the lines of, “Oh, wait, that’s right, I forgot, I’m sad about my friends,” and then go back to not thinking about them.
– Txema had nightmares/visions about the bad guy and his plans, yet she never told anyone even though it could’ve been helpful and important.
– This was the part of the romance aspect that didn’t necessarily bother me, per se, but it did make Txema less likeable, and I know it’s something that could bother some readers… *SPOILER ALERT* Txema’s relationship with Peter seemed unhealthy from the start, like she was really only with him for convenience and was just waiting for someone better to come along, and then she cheated on him by kissing another guy pretty much the day she left America. Then she almost had sex with the guy a few days later. Then that guy was the first one she thought of when thinking of who she wanted the father of her child to be, rather than her boyfriend. *END SPOILER ALERT*
– And this was something that might not bother other readers but did bother me… *SPOILER ALERT* I know that she was technically given a choice and not forced, and it was with the man of her choosing, but how much of a choice is it really when someone basically says, “You have to have a child, or the entire human race dies”? Txema seemed happy to have the opportunity since she was otherwise infertile and this was her one chance because of some supernatural thing, but I personally am still very bothered by the idea of anything even close to forced pregnancy. *END SPOILER ALERT*
– The sex ritual was just too much for me. It seemed to be there entirely for edginess. It could have taken place privately and still had the same effect on the story. And the way the characters reacted to it and didn’t seem to feel very nervous or awkward seemed unrealistic.
As you can tell, almost all my issues were about Txema. I didn’t find her likeable and couldn’t relate to many of her decisions. But that’s just me, so other readers might like her more. And readers may still enjoy the book for the other characters, the premise, etc. since I didn’t find any major issues with those. Overall, though I did have some issues, I still found the writing decent, the romance intriguing, and some of the characters interesting.
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.
Book Author: Aiden James, Patrick Burdine
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Series: Lifeblood Legacy
Genre: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
My Book Rating: 3
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series
Setting Location: France, Tennessee, USA