Oh where to start with this book?
The basic idea could have been so much more than it actually was. The basic story was there and just needed to be taken gently and carefully into full bloom.
Instead it was just, not that good.
The heroine of the story is Kayla, a warrior who feels no fear EVER and learns that the vampires outside the collective home that she lives in fear her, although she doesn’t know why.
The plot was good, it was set in the aftermath of a vicious virus that turns people into vampires, human’s live underground and are safe.
Here’s the problem with the story, although we are told that the human’s live underground there are moments when Kayla is outside, during the day and she know the vampire’s won’t be out because the sun would burn them. Then we learn that although they are outside, they are still underground, the author doesn’t really remind us at all during the novel (apart from the beginning) that they are still underground.
Also I hate the love interest Aiden, he is just so annoying and I really just wanted to slap him HARD, he kept going on about how they were free to make their own choices and yet he was the one making Kayla’s (or Juniper if you prefer – I’ll get onto this nickname in a moment) choices, or denying her the right to make her own choice. As the book came to the end for this first part, I was actually cheering on Aiden’s older brother (who happens to be a special kind of vampire).
Mica is a character that should have been explored more, she appears to be able to see into the future, she gets visions, not all the time but sometimes and they are right on the money. When we meet her she is 12 or so, however when Kayla interacts with her I always think of her as being younger just due to how the author writes her. So naive and innocent and yet I know that can’t be right because she is also part of the warrior caste that Kayla is in. However she is a character that we barely see in this first book.
Kayla’s nickname is Juniper, few people call her it and although it was explained that her father-figure gave her the nickname, it still makes no sense why some other people call her that as well. Perhaps it will be explained in the next book, but just now it annoyed me when it came up, because it didn’t serve any purpose in this book and really it should have done, or been used more by those people who are friendly to her, like Aiden.
Finally there is the errors in this book, the kind of errors that should have been spotted quickly;
well instead of we’ll is just such an example.
Normally I don’t notice that kind of thing, I am rather ignorant of any bad grammar and spelling but this book had a fair few that I noticed and it annoyed me.
This book was all right, like I said it could have been so much more. I think the romance should never have been part of it either, it just didn’t flow very well with the whole book and what it was meant to be about really.
I’d say people who enjoyed Twilight would most likely enjoy this, it’s easy to follow, the female lead is pretty tough and it’s pretty simple to get through.