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The Black Swan Company Paperback – March 30, 2015
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Melody ran away from The Colony. Desperate to find out what is happening to her friends, she recklessly escapes. Now on the run from the Sanguines, she finds herself the unexpected guest of Bastion. Though he is a sanguine, for some reason she trusts him not to eat her and stays on with him. They start to form a deep friendship as he helps her understand what is going on in the world around her. As she adapts they find her friends; many have become sanguine themselves. As Melody learns to deal with the changing reality, she discovers not all of them are monsters like she had believed. But what is The Black Swan Company? Are they stealing people and turning them into pets for the sanguines or just meals? Things, of course, are never what they seem to be.
This was an interesting take on the vampire story. Though the approach of “not all monsters are bad” isn’t new, the humans choosing to be pets aspect isn’t seen as often. The writer did an excellent job with her story. It grabs you from the first sentence and takes you on an adventure that is sometimes scary, endearing and humorous.
Melody is a great character. She is witty and real with frequent mental conversations with her father for perspective. She also keeps a journal of sorts where she writes correspondence, and this helps you understand her head space.
Bastion is a wonderful character to compliment Melody. He is endearing and they play off of each other well. I really enjoyed the banter and the amount of personality they both radiated. The author did an amazing job creating this world and its inhabitants.
This was a pretty quick read which thoroughly absorbed me and I hope it becomes a long series, because it is a world I would gladly live in for a long time.
1. OMG! Squee! Loved it! 5 stars!
2. Beautifully written literature with realistic (often make-me-laugh worthy) dialogue.
3. Loved the names of the characters and the chapters.
4. Quotes I like: "I always said humanity would f--- itself out of existence." "This is actually kind of fun."
(you gotta read to understand ;-D )
5. LOL reminders: Bigfoot! Ice pop! Bassoon! Human pretzel! Booty licking! Mosquito! Microchipping!
Casa & Steve Urkel!
6. Brilliant and hilarious uses of the "F-word". Seriously.
7. Who would ever guess what The Black Swan Company is????
8. Original story line with characters I adore...every single one of them!
9. I admire the way that the journal reading scenes were written. Such a simple action was so well-written.
10.I highly HIGHLY recommend this book! I'm a Luna DeMasi fan now!
Melody is a journalist who has just escaped the colony on Nantucket a place where humans are supposed to be safe from sanguines ( blood eating undead folks like vampires hat now reside throughout the world) but if it's so safe why are colonists disappearing? Melody escapes with the hopes of uncovering the truth with the help of her best friends who also happen to be her coworkers but a lot has happened in the 4 years she has been gone.
During her escape her life takes an unexpected twist when a Sanguine saves her life. Bastian isn't anything like the sanguines she's seen or heard of he's not a killer or trying to make her a meal he's shy, kind, thoughtful and polite, not to mention cute.
Bastian and Melody slowly form a deep connection and friendship as he helps her to understand the world they are in but also gives her as much space as she needs. He also helps her to find her friends, who have been transitioned into sanguines while she was in Nantucket, they are all changing her perception of sanguines they are the same friends she remembers they are good people not monsters at all.
When melody and her crew start talking about the disappearing colonists it seems signs are pointing to the black swan company that sell humans who supposedly chose this to sanguines like pets and a good source all in one....yuck!
The deeper they dig, the more questions pile up and the company seems to be darker than they imagined the corruption is everywhere. Melody and her group must stop the company and show the world the truth of what's happening right under their noses.
I absolutely fell in love with these justice fighters. They each have their own strengths and weaknesses and are so real. I really hope this book becomes a series because I have so many questions that need to be answered, I want to go on another adventure with Melody, Bastian and the whole crew.
**** reviewer for paranormal romance and authors that rock
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