by A.D. Koboah
Source: Free Download
Unique and unexpected!
Unique and unexpected!
Everyone knows how skeptical I am of free books, and I was equally skeptical of this one. However, it was recommended to me by Carrie from The Mad Reviewer and since she and I have similar reading tastes, I decided to give it a try anyway. I mean, really. How could I resist a vampire love story that takes place in during the period of American slavery?
Not only was this book dark and mysterious, it was also poignant and explicit. Koboah did not hold back when it came to displaying the horrors of that time period. It takes true talent to throw in a vampire love story and not romanticize slavery at the same time. I mean, it was really well done. I applaud her!
I thought Luna and Avery were awesome characters. Luna was the slave woman who suffered at the hands of not one, but two plantation owners. The sexual abuse was quite difficult to read about, but was realistic for those times and again, I'm glad the author wasn't afraid to go there. Luna was pretty strong-willed for a slave, and had a very smart mouth (typical black girl trait, BTW :P). But because she was considered to be one of the most beautiful slave-girls, she was afforded a few extra slips of the tongue. But not many, she was still a slave after all. Avery was Luna's "salvation", in that fate had somehow bound them together and there was no way they wouldn't have found each other. Avery was gentle and sweet, just what Luna needed. But he was also protective and fierce and didn't play around when it came to her safety. He was a refreshing sort of vampire. He wasn't dripping with sex appeal or trying to get Luna into bed at every turn. He wasn't after her blood or trying to force his immortal fate onto her. He simply loved her, and that was it. You would think this would make for a boring romance, but I promise you, it doesn't.
I don't want to spoil it, but the way the two of them came together was just so interesting. There's magic and spells involved in all of it, making for one crazy whirlwind of a story that I just couldn't put down. The pacing was just perfect for a book like this and I breezed through it very fast. The only reason this book isn't five stars was because things didn't actually turn out the way I thought they would. This isn't a bad thing, but I was just expecting a different outcome. However, this is a trilogy and it ain't over until it's over, and I'm excited to see where the series is headed.
Basically, I'm impressed and was totally caught off guard by how impressed I am. I highly recommend this book to those who are not faint of heart and simply want to get lost in a great book that deals in loss, pain, sadness, but most of all, love.