Series: What Kills Me #1
on June 6, 2012
Source: Author Review Copy
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race.
So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive.
How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?
I really enjoyed What Kills Me, it’s just so refreshing and fun to read! With the vampire genre being overdone so many times, the author still managed to breathe some life into the book to make it unique.
Axelia is just a normal girl living abroad when she bumps into a handsome man named Paolo. Looking for a bit of adventure, she decides to meet him for a late night date and unexpectedly gets turned into a vampire. But not just any vampire, it turns out she’s the destined one in a prophecy that will mean the death of the vampire race.
What I really liked about this book, was the hilarious, spunky and charming heroine. She’s a girl I’d like to be good friends with just from the funny things she says, especially in the midst of a serious situation. She’s obviously thrust into a situation that is crazy and she just makes the best of it, while discovering her super strength in the mean time.
Lucas on the other hand, is not your typical prince charming. He pushes and prods the heroine with incessant teasing and snobbery, until she picks up that he might have feelings for her. I didn’t much enjoy the typical romance that occurs afterwards but I suppose a bit of love creates meaning for them.
The book wraps the vampire mythology nicely with Vee’s discovery of it. Unlike a lot of other urban fantasy books, there isn’t a lot of info dumping to jar the story. It’s quite fast-paced and hard to put down. I hope there’s going to be a sequel!
This is a fun, enjoyable and action-packed read that I would recommend to others. I received a review copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review, thanks for this opportunity!
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Rating: 5 out of 5