*I received a free ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
I considered not even reading this once I actually opened it up because the main character’s voice just wasn’t for me, but in the end I was glad I gave it a chance. I don’t plan to continue the series, but it did have some good aspects. I’m going to start with what I didn’t like though because it’ll make more sense that way.
What I Disliked:
– Rebekah was almost 20 but sounded like an immature 15-year-old. I understood why she was frustrated and did agree with her, but the way she expressed her frustration in her thoughts and dialogue was the problem. So was the way she responded with, “Ew,” every time it was mentioned that any of her family members have sex.
– I think the book could’ve been significantly shorter had Rebekah’s thoughts not been so repetitive.
– The book was told from Rebekah’s 1st person present POV, which is a POV I already dislike, but it was made worse by the breaking of the fourth wall (i.e. it was like she was actually talking to the reader sometimes), something I dislike even more.
– The lack of contractions, especially in dialogue, sounded unnatural. I mean, there were some contractions, but not enough.
– If you’re considering reading this because you want a bunch of vampire-y goodness, you’re going to be disappointed. This may not be a negative thing for most people, but that was like half the reason I decided to read this book.
– Certain things in the plot seemed to work out a little too perfectly.
– There was unprotected sex. If that was a purposeful decision on the part of the author, or if the characters just didn’t have any protection and were in the heat of the moment, I can be ok with that. What bothered me was that it literally didn’t even cross Rebekah’s mind that they should be using protection.
What I Liked:
– As I mentioned above, even though Rebekah was immature, I did understand why she was frustrated and did agree with her in regards to most things in the story. I also liked that she stood up for herself and her brothers sometimes. And she seemed pretty clever. So she was likeable in some ways.
– I also liked Rebekah’s brothers and her love interest. Cyrus especially surprised me, and he was the most realistic since he wasn’t quite as gallant and protective as the others but did obviously care about Rebekah.
– The premise was interesting, what with the different families and Rebekah’s father being in charge, giving people immortality, giving them different body parts as a nod to the original Frankenstein story, etc.
– The story itself was also pretty good. There was a twist I didn’t figure out until close to when it was revealed, and I was interested in seeing what would happen. And the plot made sense and flowed well enough.
– The book didn’t fall prey to most of the usual paranormal romance tropes, so no instalove, alpha males or love triangles.
This ended up being more of a typical paranormal romance than I was expecting in terms of the focus of the book and how typically romance-y the relationship was, and that just isn’t quite my thing. There were also certain things, mostly with the writing itself, that I just couldn’t overlook. I did enjoy certain aspects of the book though, and the series has potential. Other readers, especially paranormal romance fans, may like it more than I did.
Paranormal romance readers who like/don't mind a young sounding protagonist.