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Posted June 29, 2013
Armando attempts to grow closer to Vanora, which set off warning bells for me. What are his intentions? Can he be trusted, or does he have some sort of sinister plans for Vanora and her family? He's suave and an old world gentleman, but there's something underneath the surface that I don't trust even though I like his character. There's a chemistry between the two of them that is undeniable and interesting because it isn't just as simple as a crust - there's much more to it.
Vanora begins to grow apart from Alisha and Roman, which really saddened me, but it's an honest and realistic view into someone her age. She's a teenager becoming a young adult and developing her own identity. Already she's mature and intelligent beyond her years. Not only is she growing apart from them as any normal teenager might, but there's also the huge obstacle of Alisha and Roman being vampires while Vanora is not. Alisha and Roman really are more like parents to her than siblings, and the interactions between them remind me of a teenager vs. her parents situation, which led to some comical moments.
I really love that about these episodes - there are serious moments, funny moments, tense moments, and sad moments all which make for a story that seems to jump off the pages. The writing is stellar, the characters are ones I care about, and the plot reels me in right away. I'm looking forward to the rest of this season, and luckily, I have episode four waiting for me!
~I received a copy of this episode from the author in exchange for an honest review~
Posted May 24, 2013
A lot happens in this episode and we get to meat Armando DeLeon, a mysterious, lone vampire who has a hidden agenda. Vanora is growing older and definitely has some teenage surly attitude going on. Alisha has come into her own and is enjoying her life once more, venturing out into the world often and developing her artistic career and human relationships. Roman is the only one still isolated, but with Armando showing up, their friendship grows and the comradery is apparent.
This is my least favorite episode so far. The lingering darkness surrounding the family seems to be somewhat forgotten, and it feels out of place. Even with Armando arriving, he seems to fit in way too easily in the family.
The ending of the episode did return to the horror elements somewhat again with the arrival of a new danger, but it felt quickly stilted and the terror was also snuffed out way too quickly and unexpectedly.
I hope to find more scary elements and edge of my seat horror returning in the next episode, though I did quite like the mystery of the group that shows up at the end.