Publisher: Self pub
Release Date: January 1, 2018
Received From: Review copy from the author
Rowan Platts is addicted to success.
When she’s presented with the chance to work on a top secret project fronted by her idol, renowned virologist Dr. Margot Miller, Rowan signs her life away without second thought. The realization she’s gotten in over her head comes only after the subject of their study is revealed: a boy with a bad attitude and an uninhibited taste for human blood.
He’s a medical anomaly. Having the ability to crush metal with his bare hands and hear a heartbeat from across the room, it would make Rowan’s career if she was the one to discover what made him so unusual.
Easier said than done, with a subject who prefers snapping necks over answering questions.
GENDER: presumed cisgender
SEXUALITY: presumed heterosexual
TAGS: adult, fantasy, science fiction, supernatural / paranormal
WARNINGS: hospitalization, ableism, captivity, torture, cannibalism mention, non-consensual medical procedures, non-consensual activity
I liked Rowan’s passion for her job and for scientific discoveries. I enjoyed the interactions between Rowan and Lyall because it was an interesting push/pull between the two of them as she tried to talk to him and get answers and he just taunted and snarked. Lyall was my favorite for most of the novel because I loved the way he trolled all of them. Otherwise, I enjoyed Cameron, Rowan’s puppy-like friend she’s known since she was younger, and how he added some balance into her live. Phelps was a pretty good character too.
As far as worldbuilding goes, it was overall good, but I would’ve liked to learn more about the vampire mythos that Koste employed within the novel. Is Lyall the only vampire? How did the virus get passed to his mother if he is? Is this supposed to be an alternate contemporary universe? How did none of them so much as think or say the word “vampire” when it’s revealed he drinks blood?
The writing is okay and was pretty steady with regards to pacing, but could use some extra work. The text needs a couple more editorial passes in order to correct grammar and eliminate repetitive and unnecessary scenes. There’s also a few instances of weird head hopping. With the exception of the prologue, the whole book is from Rowan’s point of view, but there are several random instances where we get narration and thoughts from the point of view of other characters.
Overall, the book is an interesting take on vampire mythology and there are several lovable characters and all of them are fairly complex. If you like paranormal books that are heavy on the angst, with a side of comic relief, this is the one for you.
Danielle Koste is a born and raised Canadian, but currently lives with her significant other in the equally snowy and cold Stockholm, Sweden. While working a day job and learning the language of the locals, she spends her free time honing the craft she’s always had a passion for.
When procrastinating, Danielle likes to enjoy other forms of rich story-telling, besides the obvious abundance of novels filling up her apartment and Kindle. Movies, music, and video games are among her favorite time-wasters.