When Claire Miller turned eighteen all she wanted to do was celebrate her birthday, but after a night on the town with her best friend she awakes to a visitor she never expected. The rulers of her region, a vampire royal family, have chosen her to be turned as their new heir and vampire princess. In a world fueled by the power of blood, Claire quickly discovers the vampire royal family is not what they seem and that she has secrets in her past, she never knew existed.
The story moves pretty quickly and gives you little time to stop and wonder “what is going on here?!” Megan Duncan takes you on a journey that does spellbind you, even if you don’t typically read this genre (like me). From the first page, I was drawn in and instantly began to love Claire, an 18 year old chick that’s just stoked that it’s her birthday. In a world ruled by vampires, it’s not too different from our world, except that there are blood-donations to be made, making it a very likable world. She finds a friend and a love (who, I must say, is totally drool-worthy), and of course- a total bitch hellbent on making Claire as uncomfortable as possible. Duncan does a great job making the reader feel like a fly on the wall. There is a lot of political unrest and plenty of mystery. All in all, it’s a fantastic read and I can’t wait to read the next! There’s a bit of something for everyone -mystery, girlish fantasy, politics, love triangles, and blood-lust. It’s a must read if you love an upbeat story with very dark undertones.
This novella contains violence, and sexual situations which may not be recommended for readers under fifteen.
Book Description: Karina’s world is turned upside down when she meets the sexy and mysterious Xavier. Something powerful and sensual is unlocked from inside her that she cannot explain and seems to have little control over.
With Xavier’s help, Karina discovers she is a Tuatha De Danann, celtic faeries long thought to have been eradicated. Xavier’s insistence on making her believe troubles Karina, what dangerous secret is he keeping from her? Can her ex partner Ian save her before it’s too late?
It is a fast-paced story, but that is what you expect of a novella. Karina is a very down-to-Earth person (I rather liked that) and she knows what every day of her life will be like – until her break-up and then it’s all fantasy from there. It is a fairly interesting read, with a little bit of violence, set in our modern world it is a fun take on creatures we take for granted in normal paranormal and fantasy books. It is rather raunchy, which almost detracts from the fantasy story-line (which in itself is rather cool). If you’re into the paranormal and love stories, this is a novella for you.
Series description: Enter into the world of Rue Volley: 16, awkward, shy, and harbors a secret she doesn’t even know about. Her loving family, Kai, the older brother who is just convinced he’s gorgeous, and her parents William and Grace. Grace hasn’t spoken in two years and no one knows why. On the eve of her birthday, Kai and Rue’s best friend Sara, convince Rue to go to a party at the home of the wealthiest family in Calvary: the Graphs. From the party on, everything has changed. Now, meet Sam, Josh, and Theo. Lovely siblings who just happen to be immortal and you’ve got yourself a story! You follow Rue and her family through trials and errors, heart-break and terror, new friends and sudden deaths in the hope that Rue realizes her true destiny and keeps her true love forever.
What a cool series! Volley has taken what you thought about vampires, angels, and demons and turned it upside down. Fast-paced story-telling and a slew of relatable characters make this story so much fun. There were times I laughed so hard I had tears rolling down my cheeks, and parts where I got so irritated with what was happening I just had to read on to find out how Rue got out of her mess. Volley captures you with the love that is so imminent in her characters and writes in a way that you just don’t want the series to end. I do recommend this series if you’re looking for something new. Parts are pretty racey (and steamy), but there’s no over-abundance of it and the love-scenes fit so well, sometimes you don’t even notice they’re naughty, but part of the story as a whole. Volley is an amazing story-teller and I honestly don’t think I can give her enough praise for this series. It was so fun and full of love, yet dark and nearly haunting in its beauty.
Book 1 Blood and Light
Book 2 Smoke and Mirrors
Book 3 Oil and Water
Book 4 Clarity and Reason
Book 5 Grace and Beauty
Book 6 Hope and Faith