Page Count: 278
Rating: 2 Stars
Like most seventeen year olds, Ridley Heller thought she had her future all planned out. What she wanted most in life was to get out of small town Harker. Her only goal was to keep her mouth shut and her grades high so she could win a cheerleading scholarship to Stanford. But that was before she met Bo.
In Ridley’s wildest dreams, she could never have planned for someone like Bo, for a love so intense it left her breathless. No human girl could.
A haunting stranger that watched her from afar, Bo stole Ridley’s heart from the moment she laid eyes on him. But he has secrets. Bo’s a vampire. Both his past and his present are a danger to Ridley, but the biggest threat is not her blood; it’s her heart. He’s feeding a thirst for revenge that will cost him his life, and it may already be too late.
The more darkness Ridley uncovers, the more she realizes that her life will never be the same—with or without Bo. Can she sacrifice her future and her heart for someone who has a death wish?
I tried finishing this before the Decatur Book Festival but didn’t manage it, and I ended up finishing it like two days later. I can’t say that I was wowed by this book, it had it’s moments but it was a bit flat for me.
The story is kind of interesting but also a bit standard when it comes to YA vampire romances, and it follows the steps of a lot of stories in that aspect. Girl has a decent, if a bit boring and repetitive, life and then suddenly a strange boy shows up and changes everything. There are a few things a long the way that set it a part like the venom in the vampires’ blood that can infect or kill another person. I also liked that there is a sharing of memories when it comes to draining another person, it makes the experience far more personal. However I wasn’t fond of the instant connection that Ridely and Bo have, it’s a bit of a insta-love situation. I will give Leighton credit for actually explaining why but she does it much later and by that point I was already annoyed.
Ridley was not a character I could connect to personally, we are definitely not on the same wave length when it comes to decision making. There are some situations that could have been avoided all together if she would have actually used her brain, and I found it frustrating that she took the time to explain why she wasn’t going to do the logically thing. It was confusing to me why someone would acknowledge the danger and then be surprised when it came to pass. Bo is interesting I suppose, but he’s also the fairly standard vampire boy that doesn’t believe he should become involve but does anyway. He’s mysterious and more than a little creepy, but he’s reasoning is justified. I had major problems with Trinity though. She was like the boss of all bullies, and I had a hard time believing it because it was just so outrageous. She’s an evil, stuck up and spoiled girl who does not respond to opposition well; she literally goes coo-coo when she’s denied something and I’m a bit surprised she wasn’t been put in therapy or a jail cell during the book.
I’m a fan of a happy ending but I actually kind of wanted a sad one of this book. The happy ending didn’t really fit well and I think it would have been better to hold off on the ending until the next book, just for some added suspence and to keep me hooked. The way it ended I felt a bit unpulsed and only a tad curious. Overall it’s a decent indie book and it was good for a quick read but I wasn’t overly fond of it.
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