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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.
Resurrection, a YA Paranormal Romance (The Guardians of Vesturon Series, Book 2)
on Feb. 08, 2012
Resurrection is the amazing sequel to the first book in this series; Survival. This book was written in the third person, which I normally don't like, but with this book it just worked. Since it's written in the third person you get to read what a lot of the characters are thinking. I loved that the book wasn't just focused on the two main characters Maddie and Rayn. In the next book I hope to get to read more about Rayn's siblings. I think my favorite part of this book was that the world of Vesturon was seriously described to perfection considering it's not a real place. There's just so much history to the place and pretty much every question I had about Vesturon was answered while I was reading this book. Oh, the characters were a great part of this book. In this first book the characters were amazing, but in this book they had grown and matured so much it was almost like reading about new characters.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of paranormal romances. Honestly, this book is different from any of the other paranormal romances I have read. It has the romantic aspect to it, but there's so much more to the book then that. So go read it!