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First book "The Birth of Vengeance" published May2012. Vengeance is the first book in an intended series of 4 books called Thorn's needles.
The idea behind the books and the characters is a reverse of current formula of girl meets ultimate bad boy (vampire). He see something special in her or reminds him of someone he loved in his past. She helps him rediscover his humanity. Very successful and entertaining books and films.
So what happens when boy meets the ultimate bad girl (vampire). The dynamic is very different, as he is easily seduced and enjoys her dark world. The book Vengeance will take the reader on this journey.
on Dec. 01, 2013 :
This is your typical revenge story but with a blood sucking twist. Paul Andrew Ross goes to great lengths to show how the vampire world can run alongside the normalcy of human life. This is not your average Hamlet-wants-to-avenge-the-death-of-his-father-by-killing-his-uncle scenario but is something of a more feral nature and when the act of revenge is imminent, there is no hesitation.
You immediately get the sense of what country this is set and it puts us in our place. Ross “shows” rather than “tells” us this and gives us the freedom and the time to work it out for ourselves.
Jonathan is yet another example of a boy that doesn't want to be too involved with reality. In some ways his limiting himself to just one friend makes him an easy target to be manipulated into what he becomes much later on in the book. These critical clues to his characteristics make way for something supernatural occurrences.
There is a lot of general hatred towards people which can sometimes be a little overwhelming. However the powerful underlying notion is that Jonathan hates himself more than the bullies for his inactions. He is haunted by the fact that he is a coward and that he can’t change the past. There is a foreboding that this self-hatred cannot stay contained for very long and will at some point resurface with devastating effects.
I like the schizophrenic tendencies running throughout the latter stages of the book. Day Jonathan and night Jonathan battle it out over one body and clash in many ways. In some ways this is very similar to Confessions of a justified sinner by James Hogg, a classic that must be read. Taking the main character from Hogg's book, he talks to us almost in the form of a diary entry and we hear of the torment he faces from a being he thinks is the devil. However it soon comes to fruition that it is his own mind he is battling with. He persuades himself to do terrible crimes. Jonathan's conflicting inner self is similar to this however; his decisions are more influenced by thorn.
It seems inevitable but when you get vampires in a novel there is almost always a sex scene or two. In this instance this book can hardly be compared to Fifty Shades but the content could have been more specific without being cringingly embarrassing to read. However, I have to praise Ross or any author for that matter to include anything along this subject matter as it has to be written in such a way that it doesn’t come across as farfetched or silly.
Overall brilliantly written however I would like to see the beautiful side of the vampire rather than seeing their dangerous capabilities. Assuming there will be a next instalment, I would like see where this thirst of revenge will lead to.
(reviewed long after purchase)