on Sep. 7, 2012 :
You know you are really into a new book/series/author when you go and buy the next book before you even finish reading the first one. I loved this book. It sucked me in from the first chapter, no struggling to get into this read to review book here. There was some things that I found peculiar like the fact the Claire's birth mother would let her go so easily, but with what you discover at the end of the book maybe it makes sense. This is a very interesting world Ms. Duncan has created and I look forward to learning more about this society where Vampires rule and live in the open. I really liked Claire, she makes a decision and sticks to it, she is open to learning and fulfilling her new role in society. Yet she remains true to her emotions and self as she tries to figure out how to fit in, I really liked her strength. I also liked her new friend Robin, who I am happy now has a friend and ally in the castle. I also like Dmitry, who is charming and funny. Arrick is also someone I look forward to getting to know better. For now I'm torn as to which team I am on, but I think I'm leaning towards Arrick. Ms. Duncan has done an excellent job of creating a cast of characters and an intriguing new world to explore. I really can't wait to read more. Well done!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on Sep. 5, 2012 :
Really addictive and different! From the moment I started I couldnt stop! I loved Megan Duncans style of writing!
Vampires coexist with humans! Humans make blood donations each month to live peacefully with the Royal Vampire Family! I loved the Characters! Claire wakes up on her 18th birthday to make her 1st donation and get her blood card! Only to become the Vampire Princess!! This story is exciting and leaves you wanting more! You get to meet many different characters some you love some you hate! All in all..I loved this book. Honestly I was hooked.. desperate to know what would happen to next. Also there was a massive twist at the end! One I honestly did not see coming. I will end with I NEED book two! I HAVE to know what happens next!!
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
on Sep. 3, 2012 :
Within a week of turning 18, Claire Miller has realized she has “perfect blood” was claimed by and turned into a vampire by the ruling family, found a new family, a new best friend, a pair of mortal enemies and a crush. A pretty exciting week in the life of anyone, let alone a girl who thinks of herself as nothing special, and feels both forgotten and misunderstood by her mother.
I had purchased this book a few months back, and it has been updated by the people at Amazon once, with a note that significant editorial issues were present. I was asked for an honest review, and have not been compensated for the review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Let’s start with the good parts. First: the cover art is amazing and beautiful. It reaches out to say “get me”. And if you are a book junkie like me – covers are the first “I want” tingle. This book has a very interesting premise: the world has been structured to provide a registry of sorts. You reach your 18th birthday, and you are blood typed and identified – and then donate twice a month. You are providing the ruling family with the blood they need to survive, and you are obeying the law. But, this also means that feeding on humans and ‘turning’ humans is frowned upon.
Claire is a fairly ordinary, self-absorbed teen. Full of dreams for the future: university, become “important” and to raise her children next door to her best friend. All of this changes the day after she turns 18 when it is revealed that the vampire rulers wish her to become their heir and princess.
In less than 72 hours, Claire is introduced to her “new” family, made a vampire and has her coronation ball where she is presented to the dignitaries and families in the region.
This is where things get sticky. The story moves fast – which is great, if life were to move that fast. But you can’t help but be left with the feeling that Claire is reacting with a childish carelessness to consequence, without actually seeming to consider just what the changes could mean. While this is titled a ‘romance’ it is more a puppy love first crush sort of reaction, and perfectly appropriate and tame for a YA level novel. I’d like to see Claire display more of the strength everyone keeps telling her she has. There were far too many “eager to please” moments from her, which are far from creating the impression of a character that will be able to manage the trials to come.
Yes, the author did a really good job of moving the story forward, and left enough questions unanswered to alternately annoy and create interest in the next book in the series. However, I do hope that more care will be paid to word choice when editing, especially taking care to NOT rely on spellcheck suggestions for words. There were enough errors in this version to cause some break in the flow. At times, the conversation seemed stilted and unrealistic, with word choices not appropriate to the age or position of the person speaking.
I can unreservedly give this book a solid 3 stars in its current version. There are some rough patches to work out, but as a starter for a series it’s not a waste of time to read for a YA /Paranormal book – and I would be interested in seeing book 2 and how the story progresses.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)