*I received a free ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*
The other night I was exhausted but needed to stay up a little longer, so I figured I’d find a good book to pass the time and keep me awake. I tried numerous books, but I was already half asleep, and none of them were keeping my focus. Then I decided to try this book, and I knew from the first page that this would be the one. Before I knew it I was at 10%, then 20%, then 40%. It gripped me, and it was exactly what I needed to keep my attention. So trust me when I say the fact that I was half asleep when I read the first half of this book is not an insult ;-)
Seriously though, this book took off with a running start. It didn’t dive headfirst into the middle of the action (thankfully, since that usually just confuses me), but the author wasted no time going from 0 to 60; that scene on the cover with the monstrous CDC workers happens within the first 10%, if that gives you any indication of what I mean.
And speaking of that scene on the cover, it was intense! Of course I was reading this at night, in the dark, during a storm, in someone else’s house, but when Dorian was trapped inside the building with those things, I was sufficiently scared for him.
(And while we’re on the topic of the cover, I think it might be my new favorite because so gorgeous and detailed!!!)
From there on out the book had ups and downs of faster scenes and slower scenes, but it continued to stay pretty action-packed.
I also enjoyed the characters. Dorian was a good protagonist; he was likeable, a little relatable, and someone who kept fighting and persevering. I also really liked Lyle as a person and loved the friendship that formed between him and Dorian; he was the first person to accept Dorian for everything he was—telekinetic powers, sexuality, and all—and that meant a lot to Dorian. Noah was the most complex and interesting one though. I kind of hated him for a while, in a “I would probably want to punch him in the face if I were around him in person, but as a character he’s entertaining” kinda way, but I became more sympathetic as more of his backstory was revealed in little pieces. And then around 83% it finally clicked for me why he was so conceited and egotistical. He was still a little bit crazy, and I’d still probably want to punch him in the face, but he was a well-written character.
One of my only complaints is that plot was kind of busy. The main goal ended up being about containing the infection that was spreading and turning people into monsters in New York, but there was also Dorian learning more about using his telekinesis and where it came from, learning about the Archios vampires, battling a vampire from the Strogoi faction, and a ghost problem. I’m also not sure how I feel about the way Dorian handled everything that was thrown at him relatively easily, but I suppose he didn’t really have time to process anything because so much was going on.
Overall though, this was a book that sucked me in with a great combination of action and character development, and I look forward to the next!
*I’ve read this book multiple times. This review was written after my 1st read.*
*If you’re interested in learning more about the series, you can find an interview with the author here!*
4 Stars (1st Read – 2016)
4 Stars (2nd Read – 2019)
Anyone who likes intense action, complex plots, large casts of lovable and continually growing characters, sweet friendships/relationships, and lots of supernaturals.