Vampyre Kisses is the debut novel from Elizabeth Kolodziej. This book was epic on multiple levels. I read a lot of paranormal- there are no less than 4 series of vampire books on the shelf beside me as I type this- so I love to find an author who can create a world that isn't s cookie cutter replica of someone else's vampires/werewolves. Vampyre Kisses shows a great deal of research on Liz's part to make such a vibrant world that is so obviously entrenched in the myths and legends of real peoples. I really liked this book and am SO excited to know that it is part of a series and not a stand alone.
What would it be like to have a chance encounter change your life forever? Faith Scott is about to find out. When she goes out to a club with her ex turned best friend, Mac, Faith meets a man named Trent who is about to turn her world inside out. Trent is a vampire with a conscience. He doesn't want to force anyone into the life he leads and he doesn't like to kill anyone. Trent feels a bit like a monster, even if he does appreciate the vampire life. But he secretly hopes to one day find love and someone who will love him in return, even if he is a monster. When he meets Faith, he is so intrigued by her that he can not simply walk away from her, no matter how much his friends and maker might try to convince him that he should. Trent can sense that there is something different about her even if he doesn't know what it is. Meeting Trent is the catalyst that sends Faith on an epic journey, over the course of which, she learns many things about herself, her dearly departed father and her off-putting mother. Faith builds her own family of friends who love her and stand beside her, even in the face of the uncertain.
This book was a fun read that really hooked me after I got going. It was hard to step away from because the action was so fast and furious. The characters really drew me in and made me want to know what was going to happen and how would they make it through. I love Faith and Trent together. Their love and friendship was heart warming and sweet. I also love the other supporting characters like Morgan, Mac and ZT. Faith is lucky to have such a great group of friends! This book comes highly recommended so go check it out!!
Raven is Suzy Turner's debut novel for young adults. In it we follow the character of Lillian Taylor as she goes on an epic journey across the world to find herself and the family that she has lost. Over the course of her journey, Lilly learns that there is far more to life than the meager existence that she has lived for the past 13 years. She learns that she has family across the world who she has never met and who are dying to have her home with them. She also learns some hard to swallow truths about herself and her parents. It's a wonderful story of a young woman finding herself.
Lilly's life is the same day in and day out. Everyday she wears ugly yellow clothes, cold soup from cans and silence. She's watched every hour of every day. Lilly isn't allowed to make friends or to have fun. School, food, sleep and silence- that's her life until one day, she comes home from school and finds her parents are missing. When they are not found, she is sent to live with her paternal grandfather who she has never met across the world. She must leave England to go to Western Canada. When she reaches Powell River, she meets the family that she never knew she had and begins to unlock the mysteries of her life. What makes Lilly special? Well, you'll just have to read Raven to find out!
I loved this book because it was so new, interesting and different. The beginning is almost painful to read as we see Lilly struggle through her life, completely isolated. Then after she is sent to Canada, she begins to grow and change. She becomes more sure of herself. She learns about what life is really like and how to live it. Lilly finds love and experiences the joy and pain of first love. She also finds out the truth behind her life and begins to delve into her parents' disappearance. Lilly also learns that she has possibly inherited a gift from both of her parents. This gift opens a world of possibilities for her and she's forced to accept that there might be more to the world than meets the eye. I loved Lilly's character but I also enjoyed Rose. Rose is like a mentor and a mother figure to Lilly and she has lived an amazing life. She's not your typical older lady. She's an artist who is a little eccentric and who has a secret gift of her own. All in all, this was an enthralling read that is everything but ordinary. I would say that it is suited to readers 12 and up.