Series: What Kills Me #2
on January 31, 2014
Source: Author Review Copy
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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Axelia fought an army of vampires and survived. Once fated as the destroyer of the vampire race, she is now welcomed into the immortal empire and revered as a god.
But instead of relishing her victory, she faces a dangerous new world and an empire at war. Axelia is thrust into the position of supreme vampire and caught in the crossfire of battle. To make matters worse, her role alienates Lucas, the one vampire that she trusts.
Her choices have brutal consequences and her power spawns evil enemies. And they know how to get to her — by hurting those whom she loves most.
Bestselling author Wynne Channing's highly-anticipated sequel to What Kills Me is another heart-pounding thrill ride filled with stunning twists, tragic betrayal and bloody action.
Sometimes vampires take themselves too seriously. They are scary blood suckers with healing abilities and fighting skills, but it wouldn’t hurt to crack a joke now and then.
That’s why I really enjoy the lead character of I Am Forever and What Kills Me, the hilarious, spunky, sarcastic, vampire Zee. Being labelled as the destroyer of vampires while being held captive in the Monarchy of vampires is anything but funny, but she makes me laugh throughout the book with her pop culture references and wise cracks at the most inappropriate times:
While being prodded by a vampire Dr: “I should tell you then that when I’m angry, I turn green.”
While being dressed by Pavone the designer: “I need to have a talk with Pavone. I look like a ballet-dancing Smurf….or a puff of blueberry cotton candy.”
Isn’t she just a darling?
The story continues after the first book where Zee is captured by the Monarchy. After finding out that every single vampire will suffer the same wounds she does, they decide to crown her as the sacred Divine instead of locking her away in a cage. This is where the majority of I Am Forever stays as Zee is worshipped and gets accustomed to the treatment of royalty. The worshipping goes on for 60% of the book and was over the top and too much at times. I mean, endless servants at her beck and call, being primped and dressed up in beautiful dresses, people bowing to her and being treated like sacred material, who wouldn’t be jealous?
“A beautiful name for the beautiful Divine.”
“You’re beautiful and you’re powerful. You will never age or die. You will exist now, as perfect as you are, for all eternity.”
“The kind cleric set me up….but the compliments should go to the Divine. You are a vision.”
After the 50th time hearing Zee being referred to as “The Divine” and being lavished with compliments, it took me a while to work up to the rest of the book. This was coupled by a romance with her companion Lucas that I couldn’t care for. With strange attacks happening whenever Zee is in public, and her manifestation of a stranger power yielding accurate visions, you would think there would be more important things to worry about than whether Lucas loves her or not.
I’m glad I persevered, because the latter half of the book is filled with lots of heart pumping bloody action, saving her loved ones, betrayals and kicking ass. Zee ripping off people’s heads and being the strong, kick ass vampire is so much better than spoilt Zee obsessing about her romance. The twists were predictable however, as I was suspicious of the Monarchy at the very start of the book – after all why would she trust them after the people they’ve killed and used?
Filled with great humour, I Am Forever is a fun-filled, hilarious, action-packed follow up to the first book. While it does suffer from some stereotypical sappy scenes and a bit too much worshipping, I enjoyed this indie vampire read and would recommend it to everyone who wants some fresh, vampire humour.
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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About Wynne: Wynne Channing is a national newspaper reporter and award-winning young adult novelist. Wynne loves telling stories and as a journalist, she has interviewed everyone from Daniel Radcliffe and Hugh Jackman to the president of the Maldives and Duchess Sarah Ferguson. The closest she has come to interviewing a vampire is sitting down with True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard (he didn’t bite). She briefly considered calling her debut novel “Well” so then everyone would say: “Well written by Wynne Channing.”
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