(Vampire's Bane #1)
By Suzannah Daniels
Genre: Mature Young Adult Paranormal
A lethal sword.A dangerous mission.A seventeen-year-old girl finding her way in a world that is nothing like she remembered.When Maylin Kavanagh’s parents surrendered her to The Program, they swore it was for her protection. After being confined in a small underground cell for nearly two years, she is finally released.But the world has changed.Most of the populace has been wiped out by a deadly disease, and the rules of society have regressed. But that’s not the worst of it. When her group is kidnapped by a band of rogue vampires, Maylin realizes the decline of the human population has brought other races to the forefront—races she never knew existed. And now they’re all battling for survival and power.In his father’s absence, Thane Warwick must lead his people. He has two priorities: find his father and find humans who can supply blood to his tribe. Immediately intrigued by his latest captive, he becomes interested in Maylin for more than just her blood, but he soon discovers that he must make a choice between his father and her.Despite their attraction, Maylin and Thane each have an agenda, and only one can be the victor.
This book was enjoyable to read, but there was something that I can't quite put my finger on that just didn't click for me. The writing was good and the characters were likable enough, yet I can't really put into words what felt so strange to me.
I had a like/hate relationship with Thane. I liked him because he treated everyone well and as long as their (the prisoners) requests didn't impact his mission he did his best to give them what they wanted. I hated him when he would pull the rug out from Maylin and put her in danger for his gain (even though he did do everything to prevent her from getting hurt while in that situation).
I still don't know how I feel about Maylin. I like her spunk and wit, but she kept repeating over and over how she had to complete her mission, how she was the leader and everyone was counting on her and blah, blah, blah. I understood that from page 10, why does she keep bringing it up?
There were some aspects of this story that confused me as well. The Creed situation, had me repeating swear words in my head for a good 5 minutes before I could continue on with the story. The other aspects are very spoiler-ish so I won't mention them, but just be prepared to get your mind boggled. I may read the next book out of pure curiosity and I'd love to witness Maylin realize that she should have stayed put because it could be worse.
My Favorite Quotes:
"Without something to look forward to, the days are long and bleak."
"I'm fine. I'm always fine. I have no choice but to be fine."
"[..] One lesson I had learned from my time here was that life doesn't go as planned."