Ashes to Ashes. Dust to Dust. If vampires kill your entire family, vengeance is a must.
I can’t say my parents never warned me about vampires. I just never believed them. Not—that is—until six months ago when vampires broke into my home and killed my family. Thanks to all the skills my parents taught me, I managed to escape but I couldn’t save them.
Two vampires down and the rest of the world to go.
My bid for revenge is going to have to wait, though, because until I turn 18, I’m being placed in the loving care of Elizabeth and Jonathan McKnight—godparents I didn’t even know existed. The clock is ticking until I can get back to my goal of eradicating the vampire race. But something is amiss at my new high school. According to my parents, vampires can’t walk in daylight. So, why then, does Torin Priest? If he’s not a vampire, then what is he? Because unlike the obnoxious asshole, Maverick McKnight, who sees me as some sort of bloodsucking leech on his wealthy family, Torin Priest is most certainly not human.
To stake or not to stake, that is the question.
As a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer-esque stories, I was quite quick to snatch this up from my Kindle recommendations and settle down to begin turning the pages.
Barbera, or Barbie as she prefers to be called, is a 17-year-old girl thrust into a world she had been trained for but never truly believed in. Homeschooled and isolated from others her age, it’s not surprising that Barbie sneaks out one night to attend a party that her neighbour told her of. It’s also to be expected that a hormonal teenager would go a little gaga over a handsome boy there, too.
What is curious about it, however, is the boy following her home and demanding to be let in…
Six months later, and a couple of trips through the foster system, Barbie is a traumatised orphan with no real place to call home until her Godparents are tracked down by a social worker. Suddenly she’s attending a prestigious school, living in the equivalent of a mansion, and has a hot-as-hell foster brother who instantly hates her.
Now she has to navigate the cliques at school while hunting vampires and looking for information on Arrius, the vampire who ordered the hit on her family. Throw in the distraction of the hottest guy she’s ever seen and Barbie is a dynamo of turbulent emotions.
This is a quick and easy story to get through, yet I was still pulled into the intricacies of the situation that Barbie finds herself in. It’s not a mind-bending ‘who-done-it?’ type of read as I was ahead of the action a lot of the time. It’s simply one of those books where you know what’s coming and you just want to enjoy the journey.
The love triangle that forms here is a little frustrating at times, but it’s a slow burn paranormal romance that brings a little heat with the introduction of demonic possession, and the ever-used ‘mates’ trope.
What holds this all together is Barbie’s ability to bring sarcasm, laughs, and kick-assery to everything she encounters. Lucinda Dark has my perfect kind of humour – dark, dry, and unforgiving.
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