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  • Posted September 22, 2012

    A Unique Read!

    This book really impressed me. When I first got the tour invite I was drawn in by the stunning cover more so than the summary. What can I say? I love book covers. By the time I got around to reading the book summary I had already made up my mind to host a spot on the book's blog tour.

    I'm very glad that I chose to take part in the blog tour for What Kills Me by Wynne Channing. Before this I had never heard of the author before so I'm happy that the I was able to try a new to me author out.

    I really liked Axelia's (I LOVE her name!!) character. She was a normal teenager with normal wants and desires when she took off abroad but then a pesky ancient curse found her falling into a well and BAM! She got fangs and became a vampire. I actually thought the whole ancient curse thing was a nice touch. I thought it was really unique to find a vampire novel.

    What really had me liking the book the most was that there was an adequate bit of romance but there was a nice amount of action. I loved Lucas and how he fit into the story because he was such a great match for Axelia.

    Overall, the book was a really enjoyable read. I happened to read it in one sitting it was such a good read I just had to finish it it because I couldn't help but want to find out what was next. I highly recommend this book to all the YA paranormal romance lovers who are looking for a unique take on vampires.

    *I received a free copy in exchange for my free and honest review. I was not compensated in any way and all thoughts and opinions expressed therein are my own.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    Oh. My. GOD! This book is freaking fantastic! I seriously could

    Oh. My. GOD! This book is freaking fantastic! I seriously could not put this book down and I had the "just one more chapter" dilemma going on and before I knew it I had finished it. I was feverishly devouring up every single word, and when I read the last line I was hoping there was more. There is going to be more right? There has to be more!!! I cannot tell you how much I LOVE this book. It would have to be one of my favourite vampire reads...right up there with The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. It is unique, and fresh, and witty, and so full of action...oh man the action was non-stop and at such a fast pace. It felt like I was watching a movie, rather than reading a book, and all thanks to the amazing author Wynne Channing, who I would love to thank for providing me with a copy of her book, when she was offering it up in exchange for my honest review. And, I was completely blown away. My heart is still pounding and my palms are sweating, I'm telling you it felt like I was actually along for the ride, in this book.

    What Kills Me, is a thrilling, heart-stopping and action-filled story about 17 year old Axelia aka Zee, who is a Canadian studying in Rome. One night, she finds herself lost trying to make her way back to her lodgings when she is approached by a very handsome young man, who is willing to help her find her way back home. At first, she is reluctant to accept his offer of help, but something stirs inside her compelling her to take a chance and live a little. And why not, she was in Rome. Well, if only she decided to play it safe. The next night she decided to meet up with this stranger named Paolo and go out for gelato. She never been out with a boy before, and this was her first date. Paolo was the perfect gentleman, showing her the sights and before she knew it, her perfect date would be her worst nightmare. Having secluded her in a Church, he turned out to be a vampire, and Zee could not believe her luck. Fighting for her life, she managed to break free from his clutches but ended up falling into a well, which was filled with Ancient Blood. This blood is from the first and original vampires, and without even knowing, Zee had just died and become a vampire. And this is where the story really begins.

    The ancient prophecy foretold of the one who would cause the extinction of the vampire race, and Zee is that very girl. Once she awakens, all hell breaks loose and Zee finds herself being chased by the soldiers of the Monarch and being dragged back and sentenced to die. They cannot have her, the demon vampire, an abomination, roam the earth if it means they could no longer be. Teamed up with a reluctant bladesmith named Lucas, who is the well-trained, strong, silent type and very swoon worthy indeed, Zee must battle against the Monarch to survive. Will she be able to convince the Monarch that she is not the demon that they are making her out to be, and will she be able to find the hope and courage to move forward? Well, you will all need to read it to find out because I am not one who is willing to divulge any spoilers. All I can tell you is that you will not be disappointed, and that you will be going on one hell of a ride and adventure. You will travel from Europe to Asia, go on wild car chases, climb the highest peaks, jump from tree to tree, dodge bullets, cut off vampires heads and fall in love. What more can you ask for?

    So, if you were wondering what book to read next that had all this, I would say pick this book up, you will not be sorry. I absolutely am breathless and I am hoping that there is more, because one book is just not enough. Thank you Wynne Channing, I loved it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014


    This book is amazing! I couldnt stop reading it, the book really grabs your attention. I highly recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2014

    Great book for a young adult!  If you like vampire books, give t

    Great book for a young adult!  If you like vampire books, give this a read.  I liked it as an adult.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2014

    This. Book. Is. AWESOME.  What Kills Me is filled with action,

    This. Book. Is. AWESOME. 

    What Kills Me is filled with action, blood and romance. Wynne Channing is truly gifted and her writing made the whole story like a movie for me. I hope she gets a movie deal for her book someday. 

    The main character, Axelia, is the most hilarious character I have ever come across in all the books I've read. I actually sat there guffawing for a good five minutes before continuing the story, and this happened many times. 

    That said, there was also gore and blood in this book. I say gore because I'm not a person who likes horror movies, and I turn squeamish when I see blood (except my own). There is killing, sword-fighting, awesome kung-fu moves and heads being lopped off. And I loved the action. Channing kills off characters as quickly as you get to know them - with the exception of Axelia and a few - which literally ripped my heart out as I'd grown to love some of them very much. It is, however, essential in reiterating how ruthless a world Axelia has been thrust into. 

    Another thing I loved was that part of the story is set in Taiwan. Having been there more than three times, I felt I was there again when Axelia explored Taipei. 

    There are a few major plot twists, especially the ending which is totally ingenious. The tension was practically screaming out of my Kindle and I couldn't do anything except read on. 

    Axelia is a really loveable character and I admire her strength. She is perfectly flawed, and I love that as I hate seeing characters start out small and weak, then undergo a 360° transformation at the end of the book and become invincible or something. Axelia, while she grows stronger and surer of herself, takes a long time to adjust and is still very much vulnerable, especially when it comes to the people she cares for. Lucas complements her wonderfully and is her rock. It's amazing how these two realise their growing affection for each other. 

    I was already looking forward to the sequel when I wasn't even halfway through this book - which means you totally need to pick this up and read it! This is a vampire book like no other and is seriously worth your time. I'm absolutely looking forward to the sequel to see what Wynne Channing has up her sleeves next. Five stars!

    * I received this book as a gift from a friend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2014

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    4.5 / 5 stars The first thing that caught me about this book

    4.5 / 5 stars

    The first thing that caught me about this book was the beautiful cover. I decided to review this book because I signed up for the blog tour for book 2, which you can check out on Friday! 
    'What Kills me' is so easy to get into, and even easier to get sucked in - hook, line and sinker!!

    Keywords in a glance: Friendship, loyalty, love, adventure

    Characters: 4.5/5
    Wynne creates great characters. They are easy to like & connect with. One of the small things I loved in the book, and something I got really excited about was the mention of Johannesburg and vuvuzelas! Yes, I am a South African through and through... What can I say! 

    Zee (Axelia) - I really liked her from the beginning. I could totally imagine being friends with her. She isn't the overly-martyred type of heroine. She is trying to figure out who she is, what she is and why this happened to her. She worries about losing her identify and her character, since the prophecy warns of some scary stuff. She doesn't become a heroine and just kick butt; you are figuring it out with her in this book. I am really excited to see where Wynne takes Zee in the books to come.  

    Lucas - Lucas is your typical negative anti-change & new-people type guy. I liked him anyway! Even though he was rude to Zee for most of the book and a bit of a grumpy grouch - I still rooted for him (and Zee). I think Lucas will grow into an even more beautiful character as we get to know him better,

    Something I liked about Zee & Lucas is that they were not the insta-love type of couple. They have both been through so much, they didn't like each other when they first met - yet all they have is each other. 

    Lettie & Samira & Kiman - What great minor characters. I loved all of them to pieces. Wynne does a great job with these smaller characters and they have memorable qualities. 

    Plot, Pace, Writing style: 4.5/5
    The plot in What Kills Me is original, even though it is a vampire novel. Wynne's pacing is great and her writing style is easy to follow with great flow. I could easily read more of her books.

    Cover talk: 5/5 I loved the cover. The girl and pose are beautiful and I love the sea!

    Final Thoughts: I am so happy I signed up for the tour and got to read this book, and I can't wait see where Wynne takes Lucas and Zee in this series.

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  • Posted January 27, 2013

    Awesome action and vivid imagery! What Kills Me is a fun take o

    Awesome action and vivid imagery!

    What Kills Me is a fun take on the vampire myth. It wraps some familiar aspects of traditional vampire lore into a fresh paranormal romance that doesn’t leave the reader gagging on clichés. Though the first few chapters dragged a little, the pace picked up with the introduction of the core action and never stopped. I recommend this to all fans of paranormal romance.

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  • Posted December 2, 2012

    The book was well written and kept me engaged and emotional atta

    The book was well written and kept me engaged and emotional attached to Zee the entire time. I hope there is a sequel because I really want to see Zee become stronger and the relationship between her and Lucas grow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Full of action

    Loved this book

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  • Posted November 10, 2012

    A friend led me to this book and it caught my interest from the

    A friend led me to this book and it caught my interest from the blurb. I don't buy books often but I bought this in a sheepish impulse. I had several books that I already agreed to review so this was bumped further down the list. All I can say is this book is so much better than its blurb or its absolutely gorgeous cover (and I sort of wish I had bumped it up).

    The book tells the story of a seventeen year old girl that finds herself the victim of vampire politics. It has everything you could want in a vampire novel: blood, violence, death, intrigue, psychos and allies that will die for your heroine.

    Though short (Amazon estimates it at about 219 pages for the ebook and I read the book in less than a day), it fits into it digitized pages the action of a much thicker novel, flitting from one harrowing fight scene to the next. The scenery is well thought out and clearly depicted without detracting from the speed and flow of the plot.

    The characters keep you guessing and I thoroughly enjoyed Lucas, a companion that is about as hard to read as a book in braille to a sighted person. The reactions of Zee, the main character, are realistic and engaging, making you feel for her. You empathize with her trials. You fear for her life and the life of her friends.

    What Kills Me will keep you glued to the edge of your seat till the very end. Don't miss out.

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  • Posted October 2, 2012

    Time in Rome Gone Bad

    A period of study in Rome at 17. What could go wrong? If you’ve ever been or raised a 17 yr-old girl you needn’t ask. Axelia only wants to find a “romance in Rome”. What she finds instead is a new life – one filled with terror, blood and loneliness.
    When she sneaks out of her sponsors’ home to meet a good-looking guy she has o clue she will never return. He knows because it’s all part of his plan. Gelato, sweet mutterings in her ear and then – well, then she dies. It goes according to plan up to a point but Axelia (“Zee”) isn’t stupid and she runs away from him. In the running, she falls into an old well full of blood. And turns instantly.
    She has no idea how to cope with her new life ever after but there are those willing to help her. Unfortunately there are also those willing to kill her – one being the Empress, ruling vampire of the whole vamp nation.
    Zee is much more than she was. She is much more than they all know, in fact. Can she make it out of the mess she is in alone? Can she make it at all. This is an excellent story if you like the vampire genre (and I do!). A bit gory for younger teens but the older ones should do fine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    What Kills Me

    I’d like to thank the author for giving me a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. Let me start off by saying this wasn’t bad. I actually rather liked it, but at the end of the day it didn’t draw me in or instill in me the need to continue reading. I could put it down and go a whole day without picking it up again. Some might take that as a sign that the story was boring, but it wasn’t. It was actually quite fast paced and although it wasn’t wildly intricate, it was entertaining and enjoyable. In fact, the plot was what I liked best about the book. The characters were also decent, but I failed to connect or care about them. I didn’t hate them, but I didn’t love them either. Zee also came off rather naive to me at times. For instance, Paulo, a complete stranger, asks her to come out in the middle of the night with him. I understand that she wanted to have an adventure, but the only reason she hesitated was because of the curfew enforced by the people she was staying with. It never crossed her mind that it might not be a good idea to wander the streets at night with a person she’s talked to for roughly five minutes at best. Or that it wouldn’t be a good idea to go someplace secluded with them. Maybe these are the thoughts that just instantly come to my mind because I was raised by a paranoid, overprotective mother, but... I don’t know. It would have been nice if she’d at least considered those aspects at some point rather than blindly trusting Paulo. Also, there’s the bit where she’s taken in by Noel and his family. She’s erring on the side of caution by deciding not to tell them about her back story...then goes and picks flowers and cleans the house while the sun is out. To me that was a rather careless move because of course it could only lead to her cover being blown. This isn’t to say Zee grained on my nerves, but, as I stated, it made her come off as naive and it’s not one of my favorite personality traits, though admittedly I’m naive about certain things myself. In the end, this book is pretty good. It has a fairly solid plot and okay characters that I happened not to connect with, but others might. I was admittedly distracted while reading this book, so in the future I might attempt another go at it and change my opinion then.

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  • Posted September 20, 2012

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    From the first page, this book had me hooked up with its fast-pa

    From the first page, this book had me hooked up with its fast-paced and intriguing plot. There was never a dull moment as Zee finds herself hunted by a group of vampire assassins across different continents, from Europe to Asia. That’s another thing about What Kills Me that I loved. I hate being confined in just one place and this book offered an endless adventure I always look forward to. Zee is absolutely one of the best female characters I’ve known. She isn’t too girly yet she never hesitates of showing her romantic side. She’s not too strong or overly independent yet she doesn’t afraid of the uncertainties she will face as an immortal. And Lucas obviously brings out the best in her. Lucas is a great companion and lover as well but I’ll elaborate more on his role as a ‘lover’ once I have a better ‘view’ of their relationship in the second book. Yes, you heard that right. I just found out that the author is working on the sequel, so…yay!

    On the other hand, I was kept wondering if Zee will ever have a chance of seeing and saying a proper goodbye to her family and friends. Perhaps in the second installment the author will include the scene as I am eager to find out how her family and friends will react to her ‘demise’ since Zee is very close to them. Throughout the story, she is reminded occasionally of her loved ones and that was without doubt very upsetting. I couldn’t recall the last time I read a YA book with an MC who has a strong bond with her family and friends.

    Overall, this book is a great kick-start for a series, full of witty humor, bad-ass villains and lovable protagonists. I’m so anticipating the sequels and I bet other readers are as well. Now I just to need keep fit so I can keep up with Zee and more of her adventures to come…and a lot more smooching with Lucas too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!

    omg i absolutely loved this book! I loved the banter between Zee and Lucas and i so hope there is another! Buy this book! U wont be disappointed

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  • Posted September 15, 2012

    This book is about an ancient prophecy, claiming that a girl is

    This book is about an ancient prophecy, claiming that a girl is destined to bring an end to the vampire race. The venue is in Italy, where Axelia happens to meet Paolo, who will change her life forever..

    So there´s a teen girl. There´s vampires. You know. But! This is a lot more action packed a book than the vampire books I´ve read before! So it is quite different! There is a little bit of romance there, but that is not what the book revolves around. Maybe those two things are the reasons I did not immediately get into it, I need my books to have romance in them. I began the book with not that interested but later I really liked it! There were characters I would like to learn more about, and there´s definitely more to the story that what this book reveals! Now that I know what kind of a book it is, I think I will like it even more if I read it again.
    I wish the character Lettie would have had a bigger part in the book, there was something about her that I liked.

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  • Posted September 9, 2012

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    Enjoyed the witty Repartee. What Kills Me was a pleasure to read

    Enjoyed the witty Repartee.
    What Kills Me was a pleasure to read. The very beginning left me wondering if 'Zee' was going to be one of those ultra goody-two shoes that are simply too pure to stomach, but she wasn't. I liked her immensely. She was strong, without being cold; sarcastic, without being irreverent; and vulnerable without being a snivelling weakling in constant need of protection. Don't get me wrong, she needed protecting, but she wasn't one of those useless female leads who just flails about waiting for the hero to do all of the work. The hero, by the way, is also fabulous. Lucas is just as strong as you would expect him to be, but shows a surprising depth of emotion, despite his gruff exterior. Yummy!

    What I loved most, however, was the witty repartee between the two of them. It was done very well and I think warranted five stars all by itself. It was often used to lighten a tense moment, without making either character appear oblivious to danger or overly flippant. I did think Uther's timely arrival there at the end was a little too convenient, but by that point I was so afraid the whole thing wasn't going to wrap up and be a cliff-hanger that I has too happy to care.

    After reading the book and Channing's bio I have to admit to feeling a little inadequate. Apparently she is an awesome writer with an awesome job. I would ask how any one person could be so lucky, but it would be naive to think that there is no connection. I am definitely up for reading another of her novels in the future.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

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    Isn¿t it weird how you can read two books completely different a

    Isn’t it weird how you can read two books completely different and yet award them the same rating? This was something I was thinking about earlier when I finished this book. Thinking about my five star books, some of them I knew from the beginning that it was going to be an awesome read. With What Kills Me, this wasn’t the case. But after a bit of trouble with the opening, this book did a 180 and took me completely by surprise.

    Axelia, otherwise known as Zee, is on a two month stay in Rome studying Italian. In a rush to get home one night, having lost track of time, she meets a guy called Paolo. That one incident is to be her downfall, because Paolo isn’t interested in dating girls, as she finds out the following evening. He’s more interested in murdering them. His plans go awry however, and she ends up a vampire...through unconventional means. From then Zee is on the run from the entire vampire race, because according to prophecy, she isn’t just any vampire. She’s the one that’s going to bring the destruction of all vampires.

    If The Immortal Rules didn’t kill my belief that the vampire genre has been exhausted, What Kills Me certainly did. Seriously, if you still think that, you need to read this. Think words like Monarchy, Crucivium, Sacriva. Have you ever heard of vampires worshipping gods? Well, they do now. Wynne Channing impressed me with the fresh ideas she’s brought to the table. I loved seeing this new side to vampires, one where an actual empire has been created, its very foundations built on something so superstitious as a prophecy. Quite frankly, I’ve never been convinced by the idea of a prophecy. There’s something so...convenient about it, something almost intangible that makes me want to roll my eyes. In this case, however, it worked, perhaps because of the context.

    Zee went through a pretty extensive, not to mention impressive, transformation. At the beginning, I had one word to describe her: stupid. What kind of girl tells her whole life story to and goes on a date with a guy she met only the night before? A guy who is so obviously trouble? But then when she became a vampire, she didn’t spend very long being self-pitying and railing at Paolo. Faced with death together with him soon after, her survival instinct rears its head and she doesn’t just talk about saving herself, she talks about saving them. Zee toughens and wisens up. Just a little. In later fight scenes I got a little tired of her screaming and not actually kicking butt, but she did find small ways to help. Then she learns to fight and eventually she’s a badass vampire you do not want to mess with. There is true development in her character that was a pleasure to see. Not to mention the fact that she is hilarious.

    Now, two things in this book that are conspicuously absent: insta-love and love triangle. Yes, I see the relieved faces. Here we have Lucas, a vampire highly skilled in martial arts and weapons handling. Unless you want your head cut off, I suggest you stay on his good side. It’s quite easy, really. Just don’t try to kill him. Lucas starts off as wanting nothing to do with Zee; he quite clearly puts a wall between them. The relationship between them is incredibly gradual. I loved the banter between them, it was subtle, but witty. It was so sweet to see him help Zee when she was struggling with her acts and morals as a vampire, and see her lightening the mood when he became concerned. Their feelings for each other weren’t revealed until the last possible minute and their fight for each other was just moving; it’s then you see their depth of feeling for the other.

    The writing, without being overly descriptive, was vivid enough for me to have consistently clear images in my head – not just images, but mood and atmosphere. The fight scenes were fast-paced and action-packed and this made a nice contrast with, for example, the temple in Taiwan (at least until all hell broke loose). Nor is the story predictable. While I was a teeny bit suspicious of one particular character, she still managed to surprise me. Not to mention the plot twist. Channing has no qualms about taking her time: she leaves you comfortable in the knowledge of one thing and then springs a surprise on you at the last minute.

    While this wasn’t perfect, I was incredibly immersed in the story. I was a bit wary starting it but the author soon dispelled that. I don’t know if there’s a sequel in the works, though I can, in a way, see potential for one. In any case, there are no questions left unanswered, the story is wrapped up nicely and I will most definitely be on the lookout for further work from this author.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

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    "What Kills Me" is a beautifully wrapped package whose

    "What Kills Me" is a beautifully wrapped package whose content is just as stunning.

    Alexia, a seventeen year old girl, meets a tall, dark, and handsome young man while studying abroad. First dates can be a killer, when she falls down a well full of blood and comes out a vampire. While running for her life, she meets a reluctant partner in Lucas. He will protect Alexia and help her embrace her new life. This is a perilous journey where both family and friends will be lost.

    This story is a perfect mix of mystery, intrigue, action, and humor with a touch of romance. I enjoyed the banter between Alexia and Lucas and watching their relationship develop. I would definitely recommend it and am looking forward to see what happens next.

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

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    Zee is studying in Rome, trying to broaden her horizons before s

    Zee is studying in Rome, trying to broaden her horizons before starting university in the fall. She happens to meet a devastatingly handsome man named Paolo one night while walking home. It turns out that Paolo has a secret - he's a vampire - and intends on killing Zee. Instead, she is transformed into a vampire herself and becomes hunted by the Emperess and her soldiers. With the help of a new ally named Lucas, Zee must find a way to convince the empire that she is not out to destroy their world before a war breaks out.

    Although the concept for this novel wasn't exactly unique, the author did a great job separating it from the rest of the genre out there. The story was intriguing and the descriptions and backstory she uses for the empire and its history were imaginative and interesting. The characters, especially our heroine Zee, were likeable and believeable - which immediately made me root for them and their cause. Zee is a flawed character, so she seems easier for the reader to identify with. The flow of the book was great and the writing very well done. The book is full of adventure, romance, and also themes that all readers can understand - finding yourself, courage, fate, and love. With all the action and a fast-paced narrative, this book was a page turner that demanded to be read in one sitting. I highly recommend it for fans of YA vampire and paranormal fiction!

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted August 31, 2012

    Couldn't put it down

    Zee has always been the good girl and has decided that for once in her life she's gonna live a litte, too bad she died in the process. This is a fast paced story of her fight for survival when the vampire empire is looking for her death. Unlike a lot of the vampire stories out there Zee is not immediately excited at her new undead statis and the power that comes with it and grieves for the loss of her previous life and family. As she comes to accept her new reality we get to see the strength and courage that she's always had as she learns to let go of her fear.

    I'm really hoping to see more of Zee, literally did not put the book down from start to finish!

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