Karly Kirkpatrick lives in Elgin, Illinois, with her husband and daughter. INTO THE SHADOWS is the first of many books to come. Find out more at www.karlykirkpatrick.com. Read more about Karly's upcoming releases and other quality ebooks at DarkSide Publishing, www.darksidepublishing.com.
on May 27, 2013 :
I won a copy of this book in Elle Casey's Springtime Indie Book Giveaway.
I loved the beginning of this book - the whole sequence where Vicky Hernandez wakes up in a coffin and realizes that she's a vampire is a blast! Scary and funny all at the same time. I also liked how she then makes the actually quite realistic decision to basically just carry on with her teenage life (albeit one town over, where no one knows her).
The rest of the book, I didn't like quite as much. Everything is just too... easy. I wish that the horror-comedy elements so strong in the beginning had been carried through, instead of the whole thing turning into a facile romance with a Boy Next Door character who is just SO understanding of Vicky's vampirism and SO in instant love with her. And all of his friends are so understanding, too!
This is a YA book, and perhaps I would have appreciated the facile romance more if I were a YA myself and not an adult reader, but of course not all YA books have to be facile. Similarly, the writing seems contrived to be very "teenage" itself. This fits the character and story well, but I have trouble figuring out whether this was really intentional and it gets a little old after a while.
Vicky is a great character. She's clever, resourceful, and take-no-crap. And it's a little ambiguous as to whether she's actually a good person - and ambiguity which I liked a lot. I just wish that more had been done with her.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)