Book Review: Amaranthine (Willow Shadows #1) by Lanie Jacobs

amaranthineReleased date: 7th August 2015
Publisher: Createspace
Source: Netgalley
Rating: ★★★☆☆

With Graduation only weeks away, Khalida’s normal everyday boring life is turned upside down in one day. One day is all it took to change everything she ever knew. Never knowing her past, Khalida, is thrown into a world of vampires and just not any vampires, ones who will hunt to the end to kill her. Everyone around her is in danger and she must fight to protect those she loves. Thrust into the chaos, Luke, a boy whom she could never walk completely away from, one who would give his life to protect hers. And Carey, the ex-boyfriend who will stop at nothing to make sure that the darkness that surrounds Khalida succeeds in taking everything away from her. Though, Luke, would take on the world to save her, can he help Khalida save her from herself?


The Review

I don’t read a lot of vampire books as I just feel there is really not a lot originality to the stories. But seeing this one I thought I should give it a read and to be honest it wasn’t half bad.

The book is about Khalida, she lives with her mother that just seems to work herself to the bone. She can’t wait to graduate high school and then she’ll be free. All she needs to do is get through the next few weeks and hopefully stop thinking about Luke, the boy she just can’t seem to walk away from. One night just before her 16th birthday she discovers a secret about who she really is and is then swept up into a world of vampires and a life she knew nothing about. As she tries to get to grips with this new revelation and her new found abilities she has to find a way to rescue her mother without getting swallowed up by the darkness that is after her.

What did I like?   Im not a huge fan of vampire books but then this one seemed different. I liked the plot and to be honest I kinda knew where the story was going but like I said part of the fun is the execution and the journey. The characters were meh…I didn’t mind Khalida although, like every teenager, she was prone to moments of foolishness that couldn’t be helped. Compared to a lot of other female leads she was good, I mean she took a mean beating at some point in the book but was still able to exact a bit of payback in the process. I like her thinking!. I tried to like Luke but I found myself glossing over him a lot. The only time you really see his strength and power was when he was somehow trying to read Khalida’s mind. I wished the author would have somehow given more of a backstory to the vampires as the story moves along like we are supposed to know where they seem to have originated from. The only person who seemed to have one was Khalida and her mom and we somehow manage to gloss over who her father is. I wasn’t expecting a family reunion or whatever but its like she or anyone else never acknowledged it.

The fight scenes were nicely done, the story had lots of action which kept me wanting more. Overall a great action packed read.




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