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- Publication Date: May 27, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0052ZZWC4
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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.
The love for Caden was... Your standard "see a vampire, fall in love instantly" combined with you "HE'S SO [standard "tall, athletic, and handsome" attractive description]" type of romance, but it was refreshingly countered by the more developed-over-a-long-term motherly love of Sophie, even if it wasn't professed until closer to the end.
The main character is... Well... Rather naive, as most of them are and the character development wasn't exactly realistic at some points, but it was there none-the-less and decent. She still retained some of her naivety, but by the end of the book she had at least matured in some VERY significant ways. She's a realistic 18 year old, at the very least, not written as if she was 16 or younger instead of her actual age. MUCH better than most authors manage to put into such a short, fast moving book.
And despite the book being very fast paced and the story line being sort of generic, there were some interesting plot twists and unique modification that I didn't see coming. It was well written, there was no childish language for the most part. All in all, it's a good example of what a short "mid-way" young adult book should be. Not quite mature, but not quite rainbows and butterflies, either. I liked that the book didn't have much of a happy ending, though there's more books to the series. It ended on a good note, I think.
I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a quick read between books, especially for the 15 and up crowd.
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What to say about Anathema? Hmmm...going in I had no idea what it was about other than there might be vampires involved. There were some rough patches in the beginning, but the book was surrounded in mystery...and I was in that...I-had-to-figure-it-out mode. I am so glad that I did. The characters are likable, and developed. This is a very original Paranormal Romance...meets Si-Fi...meets a touch of Dystopian read, and I was hooked.
The story is set in present day Earth, and vampires are near extinction. Vampire venom is no longer poisonous to humans...therefore no new vampires have been created in 150 years. There is so much that goes on that I do not want to spoil it, but the unique story will grab your attention. There might be a portal to a parallel Earth, and that Earth might have vampires with poisonous venom that could save the vampires from extinction on our Earth, and there might be a witch or 2 trying to save/destroy our Earth, and their might be a vampire/human romance, but I do not want to give too much away. I really enjoyed that it is a fresh take on the whole vampire thing. I am 1/2 way through Asylum (book 2) and it is really good too! This is a YA series worth reading...fast, adventurous, and refreshing.
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17-year-old Evangeline has been living in foster care since her mother died when she was 12. Walking home one night she inadvertently breaks a stained glass lamp outside of a café, and is shocked when the owner tells her it was worth several thousand dollars.
After offering to work off the cost of the lamp, Evangeline is brought into Sofie's world, and is shocked when she immediately asks her to go to New York with her.
Finding herself in a palace of a place in Manhattan, dressed in designer label clothes, and wearing beautiful jewellery, Evangeline ignores the oddness between Sofie and her friends, until she begins to fear that her nightmares of being in a wood with vampires are more than simply dreams.
What is really going on though? Why does Sofie argue with her `friends'? What are these dreams about? And why do the dogs seem capable of understanding what is being said?
This was a good urban fantasy story, with vampires, sorceresses, magic, and even parallel worlds.
Evangeline was maybe a bit too trusting at times, and should probably have caught on to the fact that Sofie was being ridiculously generous a bit earlier than she did. She also could have done with having a bit more of a clue in general in places - surely if you wake up bleeding you know that your dream was not a dream?
The fact that Sofie's friends were a bit strange, and that she kept catching them arguing with her, didn't seem to really phase her either, although I expected her to realise something was not normal a bit quicker. Maybe the fact that she kept hearing voices in her head, and the dog seemed to understand everything said to it, and Sofie and her friends never ate might have rung some alarm bells? But never mind.
There were some clichés when it came to the vampires, although some off the old clichés were absent - Vampires were all gorgeous and rich, but they were able to go out in the sunlight and weren't adverse to garlic.
The love story was a little sudden, but Evangeline seemed convinced. I would have liked the love interest to have maybe showed a bit more emotion for her though.
I liked the storyline in this book though, and it kept me entertained. There were moments where I found it hard to believe, and Evangeline could have done with being a little bit smarter, but otherwise I liked it.
Overall; a good urban fantasy, and it's totally free for heaven's sakes!
7 out of 10.
Anathema follows Evangeline's journey between two worlds, one dominated by humans and the other by vampires alone. A Journey built on naivety and unwilling trust to do what is right to survive. Between these two worlds she learns the truth of what surrounds her and finds love in the most unlikely of places.
Friendships built on lies fall apart like badly woven string, while new bonds are formed from the old. Caden, a Vampire, does all he can to protect Evangeline from harm whilst she remains in his world, as she makes friends with Amelie his sister, Fiona and Bishop. All the while trying to avoid being caught by the Council, who would either kill her for being human, or torture her until she reveals where others like her remain.
Evangeline later discovers that her dreams to this world were not dreams at all. In fact they were real and it scared her, but she longed to be there, despite the danger. Not only that, but she had no choice. If she wanted to live, she had to follow what was demanded of her from Sofie, Viggo and Mortimer.
Best laid plans don't work out as spells twist and work unexpectedly putting Evangeline's life in even more danger despite almost having the one thing she wanted.
This novel had me gripping its pages, waiting for more, wanting more. I was so pulled by it, that even when I wasn't reading its well written prose, I would dream about Evangeline, I would imagine different scene's that hadn't been written. I could see myself as being her and wanting what she wanted. I could feel everything that she felt, and to me that's the tell-tale signs of a book well worth it. Before I leave you to decide whether it is a book for you or not, I wanted to share a small section that truly highlights just well this book is written.
`A relentless, bone-chilling drizzle had laid siege to Portland for the month of September--the kind of gloomy, wet weather that made a person dream of hibernating under a heavy blanket until spring.' - Anathema, by K.A. Tucker.
A novel I found hard to put down, but whether you enjoy Young Adult novels or not, surely the pull of Vampires is enough to tempt your blood thirsty compulsion to read this book. I am now ready to dip into Asylum, the second book in this the Casual Enchantment Series.
I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.