Amaranth (The Resistance Trilogy, #1)

Rated 4.25/5 based on 23 reviews
Amaranth (Book 1)
The Gates (Book 2)
The Tragedy of Knowledge (Book 3)
Unearthed (A Resistance Novella)

Knowledge changes everything…

Hoodoo-influenced Southern Louisiana seems like the perfect place for Camille to relocate and escape her abusive past. She didn’t expect to fall in love and plummet herself into the world of Amaranth, a place of exile for reformed vampires. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9780615495705
About Rachael Wade

Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of The Preservation Series, Love and Relativity, The Resistance Trilogy, and the upcoming sci-fi series, The Keepers Trilogy. When she's not writing, she's busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. Visit her at www.RachaelWade.com and www.LightsOnOutreach.com, or come chat with her on Twitter via @RachaelWade.

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Reviews

Review by: Jessie Lyn Pizanias on Dec. 04, 2013 :
I enjoyed the first half of this book thoroughly. It had an interesting story line and nice introduction to the characters, but I just couldn't get excited by the end enough to keep reading to the next book. It's an enjoyable afternoon read and very much worth the download if you are a paranormal romance fan.
(review of free book)

Review by: Lissette E. Manning on Feb. 17, 2012 :
Intent on outrunning her abusive past, Camille has decided to set up new roots in the beautiful state of Louisiana. It’s lore and intrigue draws her in and she soon feels at home amongst the people there. Yet she can never forget that wonderful man she came across while vacationing in Paris. Unknowingly spiraling into another abusive relationship, Camille is determined to get out of it, once and for all.

Yet she never imagined Andrew would make it so difficult to get out of it. He’s intent on claiming her completely and will not allow anyone to get close to her. Until Gavin enters the scene, of course. It’s then that Andrew’s petty jealousy’s come out to play.

Thwarting her ex-boyfriend’s attempts to end her life at every turn, Camille finds it within herself to fight back completely. She refuses to allow him the upper hand and tells herself she will not fall into his traps ever again. When Gavin’s true nature is accidentally exposed, she realizes that the legends surrounding vampires are actually real. These supernatural beings really do exist.

As she begins to wonder what she’s gotten herself into, she takes matters into her own hands and decides to help Gavin every step of the way. Her love for him makes this possible as she never felt anything quite like what she feels for Gavin for anyone else before. As the enemy’s forces draw ever closer, the couple is determined to set things straight and band together in hopes of achieving the goals they’ve set forth. Yet they never imagined that the secrets of the past would come back to haunt them in the long run.

I absolutely loved this book. Absolutely loved the vampire angle on this one. I think Rachael did beautifully in building the world around her characters. The topic of being in an abusive relationship is something anyone can relate to and she did a remarkable job in drawing out Camille’s thoughts and feelings as well as her insecurities. I’m looking forward to what’s coming next in this series.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jessica Bantten on Feb. 02, 2012 :
3.5

The story starts off in beautiful Paris where Camille meets Gavin for the first time. Their first meeting is sweet and cute but much too short.

Camille returns tot he U.S. and moves to Louisiana to start a new life. Gavin comes back into her life by chance and a very sweet contemporary romance seems to be taking place.

Out of nowhere --- the sweet contemporary romance turns into a gritty paranormal romance. We soon discover some of Camille's very good friends are...more3.5

The story starts off in beautiful Paris where Camille meets Gavin for the first time. Their first meeting is sweet and cute but much too short.

Camille returns tot he U.S. and moves to Louisiana to start a new life. Gavin comes back into her life by chance and a very sweet contemporary romance seems to be taking place.

Out of nowhere --- the sweet contemporary romance turns into a gritty paranormal romance. We soon discover some of Camille's very good friends are vampires. And it seems they all are in a lot of trouble.

The first half of the book was great. I felt like the development between Camille and Gavin was sincere and not too rushed. I loved the introduction of vampires closer to the end of the story but I felt that when Camille's friends are trying to explain everything to her that things got a little confusing for me. I'm hoping that more of this vampire background will be cleared up in the later installments.

I'm very happy with this read and will likely keep up with the series once the next book is released.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Anne Cole on Jan. 29, 2012 :
I read this for reviewing purposes, but found myself pulled in and really enjoyed it. Camille is a wonderful character, who is smart yet fearful. She is pulled in by Gavin, and to my dismay, they completely fall for each other in just a couple of days. As another reviewer said, I also almost stopped reading right then. But I kept going and found the story to really develop and come to life. I really like Camille, and still want to know more about her.
The story is short, which can be good, but it leaves me wanting more, more more! It is a quick read for those wanting some great reading but not with much time.
I am very glad this will be a trilogy!! I am hoping to become more attached to gavin as well, because right now he just still seems odd to me and not very attractive. I’m sure this will develop as well.
I was impressed with the flow of writing, very professional, not too fast, not too slow.
I really recommend this to everyone!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Anne Cole on Jan. 29, 2012 : (no rating)
I read this for reviewing purposes, but found myself pulled in and really enjoyed it. Camille is a wonderful character, who is smart yet fearful. She is pulled in by Gavin, and to my dismay, they completely fall for each other in just a couple of days. As another reviewer said, I also almost stopped reading right then. But I kept going and found the story to really develop and come to life. I really like Camille, and still want to know more about her.
The story is short, which can be good, but it leaves me wanting more, more more! It is a quick read for those wanting some great reading but not with much time.
I am very glad this will be a trilogy!! I am hoping to become more attached to gavin as well, because right now he just still seems odd to me and not very attractive. I’m sure this will develop as well.
I was impressed with the flow of writing, very professional, not too fast, not too slow.
I really recommend this to everyone!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alana Rock on Jan. 26, 2012 :
Overview

Amaranth (The Resistance Trilogy #1)

Camille has finally taken a step toward breaking away from her abusive relationship and dysfunctional family. A trip to Paris, where she has always longed to go, research for a book she longs to write (but has not even told her best about), and a "special" coat she spent way too much on, but it makes her feel happy and in control. It's here in Paris that she has a chance encounter with Gavin Devereaux. He somehow can tell she's searching for something and recommends that she move to Paris. This is too much of a leap for Camille, and while she is drawn to Gavin, she wanders through Paris on her own without ever contacting him again. She is, however, inspired by his suggestion...

A year and a half later, Camille is now living in Southern Louisiana. She has "improved" her life by leaving Seattle, is attending a university, and working at a local bookstore; at the same time, she has just traded one abusive relationship for another. The Hoodoo influences in the area have lead her to attempt to work spells and rituals herself to banish her newest, and worst, abuser yet. But nothing seems to work! She is still trying to rid herself of Andrew when her best friend finally visits for the first time from Seattle, and Gavin appears at the local bookstore. Still drawn to him, but without Paris to distract her, will she find what she has looked for in his arms? Despite what she may, or may not have been looking for, she finds herself drawn into a world she never knew existed: Amaranth, an exile world for vampires. Soon she must decide what path to follow and what price she is willing to pay. For all paths require a sacrifice.

What I Thought

I've never been this conflicted about a book before. I've waited a full 24 hours after finishing it, hoping that time and distance would clear up my thoughts and resolve my opinion, but to no avail. I so badly wanted to like this book, not that I dislike it... The best way I can describe what I think is to lay out the pros and cons. My overall rating fluctuates between 3 and 4 ♥'s. I can seem MANY people liking this book despite my ambivalence.

Pros: The characters are vivid, the description is impeccable, even the cover is so lovely. It is written very well, and one can't help but want to read the next in the series to find out just what happens. She really builds and entirely new world, with an interesting take on vampire "mythology". The main male lead, Gavin, is most definitely swoon-worthy. And I simply loved the small nods to Twilight and Johnny Deep (*sighs*).

Cons: Part of who Camille is, reads (to me) as a standard relationship abuse victim. She seems to define herself by the bad males she has paired herself with in the past. Granted, some of her "current" victim behavior is supernaturally enhanced... but enhanced or not it's there. She's a victim at heart, in my opinion, and I just don't like victims. Yes, she did take steps to break away from abuse but she seemed stuck in a cycle she was doomed to repeat no matter what steps she took. And her choices that she makes! It's been a while that I've read a book where I so badly wanted to reach through those pages and smack the main character (in this case, Camille,) around. ALOT! Because of these reasons, I never connected with her character. And her relationship with Gavin, while he is swoon-worthy, seemed to have that "instant love- just add kiss" syndrome. Maybe I've read too many books recently using this approach, but I wanted to really see more "falling in love". Maybe I've just become too jaded to "buy" what that syndrome seems to be selling to so many books. Additionally, the "blurb" of the book gives out far more spoilers than I would have given, had I written it.

It really is a book I can see so many people reading and enjoying; I know all readers do not have the same hang-ups that I do. Most likely, I will read the next because I want to know where the story is going to go- and hope- that Camille redeems herself as a character in my eyes. But on the other hand, I will also likely never read it again. I "erred" on the forgiving side for actual stars to appear on the overall review- but my heart is still not sold on 4 stars. There are still times that I want to just be evil and give it 3.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nicole Peterson on Jan. 25, 2012 :
I really ended up liking this book. At first I thought it was gonna be your typical vamp book, but it took a turn for the better. So without giving it all away, I will just say. I really liked the book and the little bomb dropped at the end is a nice touch and makes sure that you will read the next book to see what goes down next.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sam on Jan. 23, 2012 :
I didn't like this book very much, which is a shame as I love the genre and I was expecting great things from it. the writing sytle is clunky and there are huge holes in the plot where the reader has to make BIG assumptions based on not much evidence that this would actually be the case. I was very disappointed and I won't be buying the rest of the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tabitha Sanchez on Jan. 23, 2012 :
This review originally appeared at http://tabithabookblog.blogspot.com/2012...


Amaranth is the debut novel of author Rachel Wade and the first book of The Resistance trilogy. This seriously blew my mind away. I wasn’t expecting to like it at all. I read the description and was expecting some corny vampire story, but boy was I wrong. This book is so different from any other vampire stories I’ve read. The vampires in this story actually have a purpose in which they live for. This book covered a lot of topics like physical and emotional abuse made it even more relatable.

The story starts off with Camille arriving in Paris looking for an escape from her life in Seattle where an abusive boyfriend awaits. While in Paris she meets the mysterious Gavin and they have an immediate connection even if they were only together for a short amount of time. Two years later and Camille’s living in Lafayette, Louisiana where she’s found herself in yet another abusive relationship. While at work one day Camille bumps into Gavin and the two soon start to fall for each other. Camille soon finds herself in the middle of a war between two sides of the vampire world. One side with Camille and Gavin's friends who are part of a resistance against the vampire queen. Then the other side is the one of the vampire queen who sends exiled vampires into slavery in the city of Amaranth.

Camille is such a great main character, the thing I love about her is that she’s real. She has actual problems which make her relatable. In the beginning she’s kind of broken, but throughout the book she puts herself back together and ends up being stronger then before. Then there’s Gavin! He was such a great character. You could tell right from the beginning that he and Camille share a connection. The thing I loved about him was that you could tell that his feelings for Camille were genuine and that he really did love her, it wasn’t fake at all. Camille’s best friend Audrey was an amazing character. She convinced Camille to stand up to her abusive boyfriend the minute she found out what was happening.

The one thing that I didn’t like about this book was the pace. I felt like the whole book was rushed. Camille and Gavin's relationship happened really fast. It wasn’t really explained in great detail, but that didn’t make it any less great. After like the first half of the book it was all about the vampires, their history, and the upcoming war that the characters were all involved in. I really liked how this book always kept me guessing! I never once knew what was going to happen which was great because I kept on reading without getting bored. This book had some seriously funny parts, but there was also parts when it was really emotional and suspenseful.

I can’t wait for the sequel The Gates, I will definitely be reading it!

Overall rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: shyd on Jan. 20, 2012 :
Again another amazing cover. The cover art is always an eyecatcher for me. This book took me on a rollercoaster ride from beginning to end. I loved Camille she has the makings of a good heroine. I loved that she has no problems realizing a bad situation and moving on from it. Its refreshing to have heroines that stand up for themselves and aren't so codependent. I loved having Louisana as the backdrop for this story as it is such a place of mystery and intrigue. I could imagine vampires being able to blend in well here. Amaranth sounds like such a beautiful place too eventhough the evil lurks there. The author was so descriptive with her writing that I was imagining in my head with the wonderful colors and graphics. The character of Gavin needs to grow on me a little though. I didnt like that he hid so muchof himself until he had no choice but to tell Camille. I do like his love and loyalty to Camille,his friends and the memory of his parents. I am looking forward to book 2 in this series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Deb Novack on Jan. 09, 2012 :
Camille is trying to make a new life away from the fear and abuse. She seemed to repeat the pattern of choosing abusive men until she met Gavin and his friend Gabe. They introduce her to a new world where she learns not to fear. I can't wait for The Gates to be released so I can continue the journey.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lovey Dovey Books on Jan. 03, 2012 :
When I decide how much I liked or loved reading a book I pay the most attention to the ending. The ending of Amaranth is an exception because, even though it ends with the slip of a big revelation in a casual conversation, it caused me to jump up and down whining that it ended too soon.

Rachael Wade wrote an incredible story filled with amazing, realistic characters. Camille was vulnerable from her past and trying to make a new life for herself - she did but not neccessarily in the way she wanted. I admired this character for taking the time to work through the bad situations surrounding her and learning to forgive herself and others. Camille's relationship with Gavin was adorable. They were so devoted and made strong characters.

The change of perspective in the middle of the story was not expected but it fit nicely with the progression of the story. The next book in The Resistance Trilogy is definitely going to be something to look forward to!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Chrissy Peebles on Dec. 14, 2011 :
This was an awesome read! I really enjoyed this one so much. The idea was beyond cool and the characters were unique and different. It was so good I recommended it to my sister who is now reading it. I hope to read more from this author in the future!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amber Glow Books on Dec. 13, 2011 :
This little gem took me by surprise on two counts. One because it was very good and the other, because I read it based purely on the cover. In fact, I never even read the short synopsis posted so I had no idea what it was about and the title gave me absolutely no clue, since the word amaranth is a plant often cultivated for food and cereal in Central and South America. (I admit, I had to look that one up to be sure, I knew it had something to do with plants). The name, Amaranth, and the cover intrigued me so much I had to read the book. I know you’re not supposed to base a book on its cover, but this time you can.☺

I find it fun sometimes to read a book not knowing anything about it. It really makes the journey, somehow, more magical, so I won’t tell you much about it and the beginning didn’t give me much of a clue either, but I was drawn in immediately from the very first paragraph. Amaranth is an enjoyable, quick read (mainly because I couldn’t put it down) with a lot of twists, which I love. Great job, Ms. Wade, I am looking forward to the next book in this trilogy.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amber Glow Books on Dec. 13, 2011 :
This little gem took me by surprise on two counts. One because it was very good and the other, because I read it based purely on the cover. In fact, I never even read the short synopsis posted so I had no idea what it was about and the title gave me absolutely no clue, since the word amaranth is a plant often cultivated for food and cereal in Central and South America. (I admit, I had to look that one up to be sure, I knew it had something to do with plants). The name, Amaranth, and the cover intrigued me so much I had to read the book. I know you’re not supposed to base a book on its cover, but this time you can.☺

I find it fun sometimes to read a book not knowing anything about it. It really makes the journey, somehow, more magical, so I won’t tell you much about it and the beginning didn’t give me much of a clue either, but I was drawn in immediately from the very first paragraph. Amaranth is an enjoyable, quick read (mainly because I couldn’t put it down) with a lot of twists, which I love. Great job, Ms. Wade, I am looking forward to the next book in this trilogy.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amber Glow Books on Dec. 13, 2011 : (no rating)
This little gem took me by surprise on two counts. One because it was very good and the other, because I read it based purely on the cover. In fact, I never even read the short synopsis posted so I had no idea what it was about and the title gave me absolutely no clue, since the word amaranth is a plant often cultivated for food and cereal in Central and South America. (I admit, I had to look that one up to be sure, I knew it had something to do with plants). The name, Amaranth, and the cover intrigued me so much I had to read the book. I know you’re not supposed to base a book on its cover, but this time you can.☺

I find it fun sometimes to read a book not knowing anything about it. It really makes the journey, somehow, more magical, so I won’t tell you much about it and the beginning didn’t give me much of a clue either, but I was drawn in immediately from the very first paragraph. Amaranth is an enjoyable, quick read (mainly because I couldn’t put it down) with a lot of twists, which I love. Great job, Ms. Wade, I am looking forward to the next book in this trilogy.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Halka Reader on Nov. 24, 2011 : (no rating)
Great beginning of the series!!! I enjoyed the paranormal world created by the author, it's unique and unusual, and fresh! I liked the characters, development of events and romantic relationships in the book! Now I'm looking forward to the next installment!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: fathima amiruddin on Nov. 22, 2011 :
Woohoo for Vampires with a Mission !!! This book wants me to actually visit Amaranth and see it for myself !!

Cover-speak : I absolutely loved this cover .. It has most of my favourites colors on it and also has this sparkly night-ish feel to it and once you are done reading the story you'll realise the significance of this bayou and why the girl is standing there .

Amaranth is the story of Camille , who runs away from her abused and broken life to start over again .The inspiration to do so comes in the form of Gavin , a man she accidently runs into on her trip to Paris . Then the story moves two years into the future and the reader is made known to the fact that Camille is going through another abusive relationship but is too scared to do anything about it . Enters Gavin ( again ) and brings in a fresh sprinkle of life and hope to Camille's life . But Gavin has secrets of his own . Secrets that could change their relationship for good or for worse !!

Things I loved about this book :

1) The storyline : Although we have read a lot of Vampire-based story , Amaranth definitely comes across as a new , exciting and riveting tale of love and loss . The part that really stood out for me was that this book is just not about fighting for your love , your soulmate but it was about redemption of an entire clan so to speak . I cant really get down to details here , because i highly doubt my abilities of keeping the story , atleast the major portion of the story under wraps.
2) Characters : I'm a sucker for Ass-kicking female leads , but not here . The hero of this story is definitely Gavin for me . The man and his past definitely makes me feel for him and the reader can totally connect with him on so many levels . His reasons and the missions he soughts to complete in order to avenge and bring about a change is completely justified . Camille on the other hand was .... Hmm , i dont how to actually put this , but i felt that at times she was little annoying and at times didnt really understand the seriousness of the situation around her , but then i also wouldnt blame her for her behaviour seeing how her life changes instantly . But later on she definitely came around as a stronger person . Other important characters include Gabe , Joel , Audrey and not to forget the evil queen !!
3) Untold Secrets and Mysterious Mysteries : I love books that concludes with unanswered questions , making the reader jolt or buzz around for the sequel to get those questions answered .. This book definitely had that kind of an ending . Questions left unanswered , situations left unknown .

Parting thoughts : On the whole , this book was an exciting read , showing vampire's in a different kind of limelight .There is a little humour added into the story as well not to mention the reference to a certain 'Pattinson Guy' . An absolute read for Vampire Romance lovers , this one's a good read !!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Monica patzer on Nov. 17, 2011 :
LOVED this story!! Enchanting & Beautiful
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cassie Deaton on Nov. 12, 2011 :
Can this book be as wonderful and enchanting as its beautiful cover? Why yes, it most certainly can! :)


We follow Camille as she tries to escape an abusive past and make a new life for herself in Louisiana, but she has no idea what she’s in for when she meets the handsome and charming Gavin. Not only does he look familiar but he has an other-worldly aura about him. As Camille gets to know Gavin and his best friend Gabe, she is introduced to a world she never thought existed.


Camille is a woman after my own heart. She is emotional and damaged but at the same time she is incredibly smart and stronger than she realizes. I love a light and fun read as much as the next girl but Wade has the talent to introduce us to a new and mystical paranormal world while confronting important issues like physical and emotional abuse. This is a hard thing to do without making the book sound like a public service announcement, but the author managed to pull it off as well as give you a story every vampire lover is going to want to read! Filled with strong characters, fight scenes, humor and of course hunky vampires, this is one of my new favs! Mix in some revenge, an impulsive, love struck main character and a portal only open under the Crescent moon, and you are ready for Amaranth, a land of exile for Vampires who want to become human again. Once through Amaranth’s gates you can’t return to the human world and live under the rule of Samira, a ruthless witch turned vampire. When Gavin sets off to save the people of Amaranth and himself from his vampiric nature, Camille is convinced it’s a suicide mission and tries to save him. Along with a few friends, they must try to get out of Amaranth without dying first.


I managed to read this book in one sitting. Not because it was short but because it was so good! I love the idea of Amaranth, giving vampires an out if they wish to become human again. I’ve heard some say this seems far fetched but come on, it’s magic! Anything can happen. One thing I loved most was Camille and the others reactions to situations. I found the emotions and dialog to be the way I would react in the same situation. I’ve read so many books where the characters would whine when they shouldn’t, be calm when I feel the situation is upsetting and altogether miss what seems like the big picture, but Wade seemed to really think out the characters and put herself in their shoes. Amaranth contains all the elements I look for in a great paranormal novel and I’m glad I came across it. I’m excited to read the next books in the trilogy and hope you choose to follow Camille and Gavin’s story!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jessica Hansen on Oct. 10, 2011 :
When I think of vampire books my mind will instantly races in about 15 different directions. Amaranth was in NO way a direction that my mind EVER would have gone.

"I’m introverted, not antisocial" - Camille

Camille was an instant for me! Meaning I instantly felt for her, wanted to be her friend and completely understood what she was going through. While trying to separate herself from an abusive relationship she leaves the states on a trip to Paris, and of course it wouldn't be a trip to Paris without meeting a completely handsome stranger. Though she didn't instantly fall in love with this stranger, or even see him again while she was there, you know the connection is deep.

So fast forward about a year and Camille has relocated herself to Lafayette, Louisiana. But apparently moving for her hasn't swayed her choice in men, because here she is again trying to get out of an abusive relationship with another asshole!
Trying all the hoodoo tricks in the book just isn't enough, there's just something about this dude that not even magic can touch.
Suddenly she runs into Mr. tall & handsome from Paris! (aka Gavin) Their sparks are instant & 100% natural. Camille feels like this is the start of a great beginning....well we know how those usually end up?

With a deranged ex-boyfriend who has fangs, now hell-bent on killing her, Camille is thrust into a Gavin's paranormal world. Trying to handle it is the best she can do, but Gavin reveals a bigger plans to her. He's going into Amaranth to find a cure for his condition, take down the Vampire creator & possibly not return. Yeah, well this sits with Camille about as well as cookies sit with kindergartners!
With some trickery & major guts, Camille is determined to get Gavin back alive. So into Amaranth she goes, will she get out, no one knows....(like how it rhymes?)


Talk about a beautifully written book, Rachel built a world that is absolutely stunning! When describing Camille's settings she doesn't over do it, she is able to draw the most perfect picture in your mind. Here's just a taste:

"....enormous oak tress and rich tresses of Spanish moss that glistened in the sunset."

"I continued to watch in astonishment as streams of beautiful transcendental light penetrated from the watery heaven, casting warm amethyst rays into our dark world"

Along with great descriptive capabilities Rachel captured the raw emotions of all the characters in this book. Though the relationships may develop quickly, they never once felt rushed to me. There was one place where I had to scratch my head because I was uncertain about the Gavin & Camille's relationship, but every piece fell together as it should, ending the book on a note I never saw coming. Now I sit here patiently (don't laugh) awaiting the second book in the series.


5/5
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jessica Hansen on Oct. 10, 2011 :
When I think of vampire books my mind will instantly races in about 15 different directions. Amaranth was in NO way a direction that my mind EVER would have gone.

"I’m introverted, not antisocial" - Camille

Camille was an instant for me! Meaning I instantly felt for her, wanted to be her friend and completely understood what she was going through. While trying to separate herself from an abusive relationship she leaves the states on a trip to Paris, and of course it wouldn't be a trip to Paris without meeting a completely handsome stranger. Though she didn't instantly fall in love with this stranger, or even see him again while she was there, you know the connection is deep.

So fast forward about a year and Camille has relocated herself to Lafayette, Louisiana. But apparently moving for her hasn't swayed her choice in men, because here she is again trying to get out of an abusive relationship with another asshole!
Trying all the hoodoo tricks in the book just isn't enough, there's just something about this dude that not even magic can touch.
Suddenly she runs into Mr. tall & handsome from Paris! (aka Gavin) Their sparks are instant & 100% natural. Camille feels like this is the start of a great beginning....well we know how those usually end up?

With a deranged ex-boyfriend who has fangs, now hell-bent on killing her, Camille is thrust into a Gavin's paranormal world. Trying to handle it is the best she can do, but Gavin reveals a bigger plans to her. He's going into Amaranth to find a cure for his condition, take down the Vampire creator & possibly not return. Yeah, well this sits with Camille about as well as cookies sit with kindergartners!
With some trickery & major guts, Camille is determined to get Gavin back alive. So into Amaranth she goes, will she get out, no one knows....(like how it rhymes?)


Talk about a beautifully written book, Rachel built a world that is absolutely stunning! When describing Camille's settings she doesn't over do it, she is able to draw the most perfect picture in your mind. Here's just a taste:

"....enormous oak tress and rich tresses of Spanish moss that glistened in the sunset."

"I continued to watch in astonishment as streams of beautiful transcendental light penetrated from the watery heaven, casting warm amethyst rays into our dark world"

Along with great descriptive capabilities Rachel captured the raw emotions of all the characters in this book. Though the relationships may develop quickly, they never once felt rushed to me. There was one place where I had to scratch my head because I was uncertain about the Gavin & Camille's relationship, but every piece fell together as it should, ending the book on a note I never saw coming. Now I sit here patiently (don't laugh) awaiting the second book in the series.


5/5
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Margaret (Literary Chanteuse) on Oct. 02, 2011 :
I loved the setting of this book in Louisiana! It instantly conjures up images that as the story develops it begins to live up to. You go into a world that is not for the faint of heart. Quite an amazing story that leaves you wondering if love can prevail even in the world of vampires.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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