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  • Posted September 5, 2012

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    When you first see that this book is about a teenage girl, a wer

    When you first see that this book is about a teenage girl, a werewolf, and a vampire, you may be tempted not to bother with it as there are so many books with the same idea already out there but all I can say is that would be a mistake!

    This book was unique and a real page turner, with unpredictable twists and turns, and an ending that satisfied the book but left me wanting the second one to be available.

    A great YA read for anyone who likes the vampire genre. V""V

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    Posted July 13, 2012

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  • Posted February 14, 2012

    This is fantastic, a must read!

    This book had me laughing out loud at times but it also brought tears to my eyes. A definite rollercoaster of emotion. A dark ride.

    Ander McNair used to be the favorite son of a great monster-hunting family – until he was bitten by a werewolf and the hunter became the hunted. Now anything that makes his pulse race, even a kiss from his girlfriend Cicely, is enough to turn him into a monster. When he finally gets a chance to earn his cure by killing a vampire prince, he finds he has to choose between his own past and the future of the girl he loves. Can a guy who’s not even human learn what it means to be a man?

    Luke Marianez used to be an immortal vampire prince – until the witch he loved betrayed him and cursed him with the ability to die. Now he lives in the world of vampire blood bars, where the waitresses are the drinks, and dreams about killing the last of the witch’s line so he can live forever. But revenge doesn’t just mean breaking the curse. He wants to break the girl’s heart, too. Can Luke seduce Cicely without falling in love himself?

    Cicely Watson doesn’t believe in werewolves or vampires. She’s not even sure she believes in true love. But she’s about to discover what every werewolf knows:

    People change.

    You see the words girl, vampire and werewolf and you immediately think "another Twilight rip off". Nothing could be further from the truth. That is about as far as the similarities go.

    From the moment I was a couple of pages in, I did not want to stop reading. Written from Cecily's, Ander's and Luke's POV, this just captures the readers attention. It's fast paced and exciting, at times I was on the edge of my seat with my heart in my mouth. It kept me guessing throughout, I had no idea what direction we were going to be taken in.

    Cicely is an awesome main character. She is best friends with Ander, but secretly crushing on him. When he lets her down, she turns to Luke, who is only too happy to hang out with her. But this has unexpected consequences for him. Ander and Luke are natural enemies but they both need to make changes and work together for the sake of Cecily. They now have something in common.

    Cicely is a normal girl one day and thrown into a world of vampires and werewolves the next. I was amazed and awed at her strength and courage as she dealt with not only trying to save her own life, but also the lives of those around her. I still don't know exactly how I feel about some things that happen in this book, I will have to see how the next one plays out before I can make my decision.

    I love Ander and Luke and I'm completely torn between them. Normally I find it quite easy to pick a favourite in the love triangle, usually the guy who got there first, but not here. They are both great guys in their own ways.

    I really like Emmie too. She totally loves being a thrall and she is such a happy, friendly person that it would be impossible not to like her. Zoe is also a really good friend to Cicely and she is lucky to have her.

    Laura has put her own stamp on the mythology of vampires and werewolves. There are two different types of vampire, the ones who are born and the ones who are made. The ones who are made are undead. They don't heal from their injuries and can be killed by sunlight. The ones who were born are trying to get their immortality back.

    I would definitely recommend this book, vampires, werewolves, romance and action, what more could a girl want?


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  • Posted February 9, 2012

    An Original Supernatural Fantasy

    (Review by Stephanie Nagle for Word Vagabond: Supporting Independent and Small Press Authors.)

    As if high school isn’t hard enough, Cicely Watson finds herself in the middle of the supernatural world with her life in danger. She figures out her best friend/secret crush, Ander, has a life-altering secret and there is a hidden world she never even noticed. Add in Luke, the new boy at school, and suddenly she’s in a supernatural love triangle. This story takes her through high school angst and into bodily harm.

    The book starts off on Cicely’s sixteenth birthday and she has a birthday wish. If only she knew how complicated her life was going to get, she might have changed her wish. Little bits of information make the reader suspicious right away and grab attention. We learn within the first few pages that Ander is hiding something.

    The story is written in first person and the characters are well developed. Unfortunately, the perspective changes every chapter which makes it hard to follow. The change in perspective makes it easier to get inside each character’s head, but it slows down the story as the reader tries to remember who “I” represents in each chapter.

    Cicely is a strong character. I kept waiting for her to become the emo teenager, but her spunk and intelligence continued to surprise me. It was her unpredictability that kept me reading.

    The other main characters, Ander and Luke, were fairly well developed as well. This is probably due to the change to each of their perspectives that gave the reader more insight. The side characters were quirky and interesting and I find myself hoping to learn more about them in a sequel.

    Laura Bradley Rede took on a popular genre and managed to bring in a bit of originality. With stories such as Twilight and The Vampire Diaries, this wasn’t an easy task. If you love the supernatural and you like a fun read, then you will enjoy Darkride.

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