on Oct. 24, 2014 :
“Vampires only get the ever after–without the happily,” muses Sophia, and it’s got to be hard, trying to live in the modern world, go to a modern high school, and enjoy modern dances, while all the time knowing you’re going to live forever. It’s got to be hard falling in love.
Sophia and her “family” aren’t the only supernaturals in this teen romantic suspense, and Salem is more than history to them. Past events are recounted to round out the tale, and past details ring mostly true, though modern idiom has clearly taken over the characters’ thoughts to help them blend. Sophie’s sisters love to dress Sophie “like a Barbie doll” over all her objections. And Nate, super-cool football player, is the perfect mate for her. A pity he’ll be so short-lived, but who knows what later episodes in the series will bring.
Add witches to Twilight, take away the sparkle, and match a female vampire to a wonderful male human ally, then you’ll end up with the Immortal Embrace that starts author Charlotte Blackwell’s story. Of course, there are stray siblings, “day crystals” so Sophia “can eat human food without getting those awful stomach cramps and indigestion, a normal and very painful reaction for a vampire,” and mysteries and dangers too. But the greatest danger is still only a threat as this first book ends, with more to come.
The dialog’s sometimes stilted, but with characters that cross histories and continents, that’s probably to be expected. The romance is powerful, and the magic’s intriguing. But the plot is just a start—you’ll have to read on for more.
Disclosure: I won a copy of this and book two in the series, which I look forward to reading soon.
(review of free book)