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Cave of Terror Paperback – November 17, 2008
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Cave of Terror by Amber Dawn Bell, is a paranormal story about a young woman who has just turned 16, and as a lovely gift she finds out she's the rare and one and only slayer of evil. Her parents both turn out to be vampires, which again she finds out on her 16th birthday. (Don't worry this gives nothing away it's on the first page.) So aside from figuring out how being a "real life Buffy" will fit into her life, she has of course, the normal troubles of a teenage girl on top of everything else also.
One thing interesting about this book is that the author used some unique terms. But she was, thankfully, kind enough to put in a page at the start of the book explaining them so there isn't any confusion.
This is a cute and never boring story about a girl fighting evil. As a fan of the show Buffy I found it vastly entertaining and hard to put down. I have to say as a side note, that I loved the author's cute titles for the chapters too! Because this is aimed at a younger audience everything is thoroughly explained, which can be handy and will make sure nobody gets confused. I don't want to give too much away, but there are some great twists and turns about the characters and in general. This is most definitely a good book for teens, but also for anyone who is into the vibe of something slightly cheeky as well as paranormal. Just make sure you're in for a ride when you read this, as it is the first in a new series.
Sixteen year old Cheyenne Wilde has just been thrown into a new life... of sorts. She thought the most exciting thing about being sweet 16 was getting her drivers license, little did she know that becoming a vampire would be just as exciting but maybe not as cool as she thought. She was a straight A student, a pretty good gymnast, and a creature of the night. Umm not exactly a creature of the night, she could still walk in the daylight, eat regular food, and fall in love. Doesn't seem so bad does it? How about getting stalked and bitten by an evil vampire Prince? Ok, so you see Cheyenne is the first vampire-evil hunter, aka Vanator born in the last 500 years and the vampire Prince, Constantine, wants her for himself.
As a teenager that has never been kissed she thought it totally lucky that a totally hot guy was into her. But he also seemed into the schools preppy cheerleader. A girl that has never so much as had a crush has had her world upturned by the good-looking new kid at school, Ryan. There are instant sparks, but only time would tell the truth of what and who Ryan is. Cheyenne is the protector of her clica ( group of vampire/panther shifters) and has no idea how to access her powers, when she is forced to make a life altering decision, all becomes clear.
Cave of Terror by Amber Dawn Bell is the perfect Young Adult read for those girls that enjoy a little bit of chick-lit with a hint of paranormal romance. Ms. Bell weaves her words perfectly entwining real teen emotions, thoughts, and feelings; all-the-while keeping it clean and enjoyable. I would absolutely read another book penned by the talented Amber Dawn Bell. 5 Hearts
The world building is spectacular in CAVE OF TERROR. From the everyday scenes involving gymnastics to the heart stopping moments of fear in the cave and elsewhere, Amber Dawn Bell does a great job at crafting the overall atmosphere of the storyline. The ambiance is crucial to the tale as the reader buys into the world of the vampires, a world quite unlike the stereotypical vampire.
Amber Dawn Bell has written a tale that is pure fun, both for young adults and adults alike. Cheyenne is a likable heroine, wanting to do the right thing while trying to enjoy life as a teenager. Her dedication and loyalty to her friends and family is admirable, especially as circumstances get increasingly out of control. Parents will appreciate Cheyenne's sense of ethics while young adults will relate to the emotional turmoil Cheyenne experiences. Excellent!
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