Steven Thorn has no trouble settling in at university. He is confident, hardworking and intelligent. When Caitlin Chance catches him off guard he is bemused by the instant attraction, and the more he gets to know, the more he likes.
Yet, Steven has a secret past that is destined to reveal itself, and he is soon to become a stranger to everyone. The wheels are set in motion for his radical upheaval. But first love is a powerful thing, and the connection forged between Caitlin and Steven is not easily broken.
Review: (Video review)
The irresistibly charming Steven meets Caitlin at university and decides to follow up on his instant attraction. They fall in love, which leaves Steven without any other option than to introduce Caitlin to a new world. A world she had never expected and finds strange. They are forced to move into hiding inside a mountain in Brazil where power and love struggles develop. I liked that the story was constantly evolving and found I wanted to know what would happen to the characters. Overall it is a well written Paranormal Romance with the right amount of romantic tension, enough mystery and large doses of interest.
Message & Moral
When Steven chooses to introduce Caitlin to his world, his methods and reason can be questionable, however it all boils down to love – which I am all for. The message of human evolution and the way of life of different people are deep debates that can be interpreted in many ways in this book, both when it comes to life and reproduction.
Creatures & Environment
The environment was interesting, a micro environment within a mountain, where every vampire has their designated job. The characters were also well developed where empathy was easily found for them. Although, admittedly I thought there wasn’t much of the characters that I felt was especially unique.
Captivation & Continuity
Witnessing the way the characters inside the mountain got along was like watching ‘Big Brother’ and was thereby interesting with regards to observing behaviours and social interactions. There were several developing events, which were entertaining where the resolve wasn’t anything that I had expected. One has to be liberal with the scientific facts when reading the story, but such is always the case in paranormal romances and thereby I found it a cool concept overall. The mysteries were well panned out and I thought it was a nice change that the ending wasn’t what I would have expected. I would compare this to Twilight and hence I don’t think it will disappoint fans of that series.
Language & Flow
The language was standard English, easy to read and with a good flow. The descriptions were traditional and not painted very modernly; like some of the work from other authors that I read. It applied a standard vocabulary that didn’t put a stick in the wheel whist reading.
T.M. Caruana’s Grimoire Award