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on Feb. 07, 2013 :
The premise behind this story is really neat, especially with respect to who rules the Supes. It takes the idea of the supernatural races not getting along and gives it a big shake. I’m absolutely loving the development of vampires in this novel. You see where they human myths come from but you also see the realism in the differences. The dragons in this novel are also quite unique. She also integrates the notion of cultural intermingling to great effect, drawing reality into fantasy.
Cooper has an amazing way with words and storytelling. The world that she creates is so flawlessly realistic that you cannot help but want to visit it or to live there. She also changes perspective from character to character showing the differences between individuals and species or subspecies. It never once disrupts the progression of the story nor does it ever confuse the story. I don’t remember ever having seen an author use this technique to such amazing ends.
The main characters in this novel were very engaging. You want to know them, even if they are a little hard-headed at times. While journeying with these characters you find yourself questioning people’s motives and actions, wondering which side they’re really on or who they really are. It adds to the mystery of the story, acting to draw you further and further into this world. One thing about the characters though... I definitely wouldn’t want to experience their version of puberty. Oh man.
As a cohesive unit, this novel has it all. There’s lots of intrigue interspersed with a budding romance. Characters that you want to journey with. Absolutely amazing scenery. However, I must say that I definitely needed a chocolate fix by the end.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Nov. 15, 2012 :
Absolutely brilliant! I really can't say much more than that...... I was hooked immediately, and I LOVED all the characters - especially Katie and Sarah.
It was well written and I honestly looked forward to reading it every chance I got. I'm now working my way down the stories in the recommended reading order and I would strongly suggest you do yourself a favour and read them as well! :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Nov. 13, 2012 :
A mandatory summer camp for the two eldest children of some of the most powerful families in the Sidhi world. A chance for the various races to live together in peace and learn that they are not as different as they think. Many believe it will never succeed and others believe that there is an ulterior motive for wanting the children in such a vulnerable position.
Katie and her twin, Mitch are halflings (vampire/elf mix) and they are forced to live with full blooded vampires who, as a rule, hate halflings. The first vampires that Mitch and Katie encounter are Jared and his sister, Emily. The girls seem to hit it off, but Katie is wary of the way Jared acts. She feels he might be plotting against her, and yet she can't help her attraction to him. Among the other cabin mates are Jared's girlfriend (sort of) and a vampire that feeds exclusively on blood. The group is forced to spend their time together and hikes into the mountains where several adventures occur as well as bonding experiences.
The book was a fun read. It was a nice pace and included enough adventure, mystery and romance for just about any reader. I found it very easy to like (or dislike) the characters as they were written and felt that Ms. Cooper struck the right balance between typical teenage silliness and more mature common sense and logic. I never found myself yelling at the characters for being "dumb" (like the first few victims in a horror movie). The book flowed nicely and easily set itself up for the accompanying book in the series.
This is a very easy book to recommend to young readers. It has a little of everything for everyone
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Sep. 01, 2011 :
Jodie did it again! *O*
I really love the universe/mythology she created and continue to expand in every Sídhí story. Jared is so caring and protecting towards his lifemate! And Katie is soo in love with him...
I specially liked the "musical mate call" concept, it´s very romantic and original.
(reviewed the day of purchase)