Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Fire Of Dawn by V.V. Aku: Review

The Fire Of Dawn
By V.V. Aku
Published April 12th 2012
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Synopsis borrowed from Goodreads:

It’s the last day of the summer holiday in The Hague when Leah Koopmans’s carefree life as a teen is brutally flipped upside down. Her pale skin turns a dazzling gold, her senses heighten, and her muscles possess an uncanny strength. But with these exhilarating new powers comes a thirst that can only be quenched by one thing: human blood.

While her body craves for fresh victims and her heart drowns in guilt, she meets inhumanly handsome Max Machiavelli, who claims that Leah is an immortal like him. Infatuation ignites into blistering passion when Leah joins his coven in Amsterdam. But as the mysteries shrouding her sudden change to immortality unravel, she quickly learns that her aversion to taking life isn’t the only thing that sets her apart from this group of herculean strangers.

From the picturesque canals of Amsterdam to Corsica’s limestone cliffs and the untamed Siberian wilderness; from first loves to fierce battles, The Fire of Dawn is an extraordinary tale packed with romance, betrayal, and bloodsucking suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat till the very last page.

Darkfallen's thoughts:

I just want to start by saying that this is more like 3.5 stars.

Leah has always thought she was just a normal girl. That is until her 18th birthday when everything changes without warning. One minute she is out partying with her friends and the next she's running away from the club that is now on fire. She doesn't know how she did it, but she knows that she is to blame. Not knowing what is going on with her, but she knows she can't go home, she runs into a group of people that tell her that they know who she is. Turning to them for help it isn't long before she is immersed in a new world of immortals that she never knew existed.

I really enjoyed Leah and the gang of immortals. I liked how they are basically a take on the vampire lore yet their very existence proves that vampires aren't real. Still I consider them vampires. lol And while they may be the beautiful, and slightly sparkly type, they are definitely not the passive "nice" vampires that seem to have taken over today's PNR. No they are vicious and have no remorse for what they are, and who they eat. It was refreshing to read about vampires that are actually acting like vampires. They hunt, they feed, and they have no problem admitting that humans are simply breakfast.

The only reason why this didn't get 5 stars from me is because it could use some editing, and I had a hard time with how fast the love relationship between Max and Leah happened. It happened so fast it wasn't really believable at first, but by the end you learn why that is and it makes it a bit easier. When it comes to editing, along with your basic typo errors, there are lots of times when the story was over-explained using run on sentences stuffed with descriptive words. While you need some, to many describing words in a row just tends to leave the reader lost in the explanation. I think it could have been thinned out a bit and it would have made it easier to flow with.

Overall this was a great read about vampires in their true nature with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing!


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