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Anathema had a little bit of everything for paranormal lovers. Tormented characters, danger, amazing world building, mystery, romance, loyal friends and dialogue that flowed as easily as the author's descriptive writing style. The characters are what made this book for me though. Evangeline was the perfect heroine. She was kind, trusting and a tad naive, yet she wasn't stupid and she was strong when she needed to be. Surprisingly so at times. She was also alone and longed for one thing more than anything else. A sense of belonging, a family and friends. She thought she had found it, but her allies changed from chapter to chapter and sometimes from page to page. Mortimer, Viggo, Leonard, Sofie and even Max were all great, even when Evangeline couldn't decide which one, if any of them she could trust. None of that broke her though. I loved that about Evangeline. Then there was Caden and crew. I loved the time that she spent with them. As strange as that aspect of her world was, it seemed more normal than the rest at times. I love it when an author can take the truly bizarre and unbelievable and turn it into something that is easy to accept because of the careful and creative way it's presented.
As you can probably already tell, this wasn't your average vampire tale. It was a unique mix of magic, fantasy, mystery, heart break and romance. I loved the twists and turns and the mythology that Tucker used to create her vampires. And then there was the ending. Wow... Yep, that pretty much covers it. If you're not a fan of cliff hangers, I suggest you have the next book in the Causal Enchantment, Asylum, ready and waiting. I'm planning on picking it up immediately.
Evangeline is the naive 19-year-old protagonist who gets entangled with some filthy rich vampires. In this case a sorceress- vampire, Sofie was involved in a spell, that destroyed the vampire ability to turn humans into vampires. This caused a problem when 2 vampires that fall for the same human (Sofie's human sister), who they want to turn a vampire. Sofie sets of a spell that involves Evangeline traveling to another (possibly parallel) universe of Earth that is overrun of Vampires with the human race extinct.
I think this plot makes this worth a read, because I call this successful genre-blending. It's a vampire book but magic is the real reason the plot moves so well.
Evangeline meets 5 "good" vampires in the other world and falls in love with 1 of them. Personally, I felt like these characters, despite being quite important, had very little development. They were like the Cullen family from Twilight. Caden, the love interest was a typical YA hero, but apparent super hot and protective and selfless- so all is forgiven.
My favorite character is Sofie- I can't wait to read more about her. Evangeline is the cutesy naive type, which is not a bad character, but I've outgrown enjoying that type of protagonist. I'm also taken with the elderly butler, Leo, and the vampire millionaires, Mortimer and Viggo (this might be spoiler-y but the fact that they aren't the nice vampires hold my appeal. I want to know who gets the girl).
Overall, the writing was pretty good and so was the pacing. I like Evangeline so I hope she doesn't disappoint in the future. The story is really interesting and different - definitely worth a read.
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Anathema is centered around newly-eighteen Evangeline, who has been starving for human connection for years.Read more