Where to begin with this book?
Amber irritates the heck out of me, Aiden isn’t much better, Amber’s brother Dallas is a fool, Clare should have been something much more, Cass was there to be a foil to Keiran.
The plot to this book could have been a lot more, had the author decided to explore the character’s backgrounds a bit and given the reader a chance to actually get to know them, like how Aiden became a vampire, how his brother and Clare ended up being vampires at the same time as him. Who Rebecca was exactly and how Blake managed to get tangled up into this. The vampire’s were rather flat, the only character that I found even remotely interesting was Keiran and that was just due to his sense of humour.
Amber is just so dull, she moved up to Scotland for a summer job and her parents, who live in London, let her. Now she does state at some point in the book that she didn’t want her parents to help her out because they have their own worries, which would have been a good point to get more detail about Amber’s own back story and who her parents are, instead we get a bit about her ‘boyfriend’ Cameron. She just doesn’t have enough character in her to make me like her, oh she is feisty and with a bit of humour, but that is more at the latter part of the book than at the beginning, to start with she just seems to moan. But back to my point, I doubt her parent’s would actually let her move up to a stranger’s house to do housework for some man. It doesn’t ring a true.
There was also so much going on, the race that happens every 500 years, the fact that Amber managed to solve the riddle – which although everyone wondered how she managed it, it’s never revealed how she actually managed it – the introduction of supernatural creatures, like vampires, demi-goddess’, Shadows (they are a kind of supernatural warrior ho protect humans) and the devil’s daughter. However I see that as Cass (the devil’s daughter) has her own book out that might be a reason why there isn’t much information about them.
The book just didn’t seem to have a really nice flow to it at all. It had a lot of pace, the pacing was fine, but it just felt a bit too… dull and obvious. I wanted the romance between Amber and Aiden to be a bit more drawn out rather than Amber going:
‘I love him…. No! He’s a bloodsucker! But I love him… No! He’s been playing with my mind!’
I get that she would think that with him being a vampire makes her weary of him and yet she just stayed there, she went with the Shadows and also had her mind played with while there, yet she returned to Aiden anyway.
The book felt rather like Twilight, which is never a good sign for another vampire book to feel the same way, however the good thing about this book is that there is no romance triangles involved, it’s just full on… romance?
Not really, the romance was rather bland as well and with Aiden supposed to be over 500 years old he certainly never acted like it, it felt like he was also a teenager.
A book like this had potential, but in reality it felt more like a fanfiction.