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Choices (The Guardian) (Volume 2) Paperback – January 20, 2015
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4 star rating
I must start out by saying I loved, loved Priest. What an amazing character one I would love to see a book based on. He was a bad ass vampire hunter, who actually worked with a vampire called Adela. I found his character realistic even though he was human he didn’t lack in any skills compared to the vampires. His movements often quieter, his hearing better. I rooted for Priest throughout the book and enjoyed every moment of reading from his perspective. The author’s ability to writing fighting scenes was well done, and I was sucked into the book, I loved his journey to the forbidden library and all the creatures he had to fight as he moved towards it.
I had read on another review that someone had said they didn’t like the love triangle for me I wouldn’t call it that. Adela, Gala and John are tied together. John is Gala’s guardian but he is also tied to Adela for me I felt from the start that it was really just Adela and John and the only thing keeping Gala in the circle was a deep rooted responsibility for John to protect her but as the story went on it was very clear to me his love was for Adela and Adela alone. So I personally wouldn’t call this a love triangle as I wouldn’t be the biggest fan, there was no I love you, Oh no actually I love you blah blah blah. Thank god.
Adela’s main priority throughout the story was for her coven and also keeping Gala in line, and oh my god she would test a saint. I wanted so many times to reach into the book and slap her so hard. She was whinny, hateful and just downright annoying. Adela tried so many times to make her see sense even using violence but of course Gala would just cry for herself and not look to the reason why Adela was being so hard on her. I know if gala wasn’t tied to John that Adela would have killed her. But like all things she gets what she deserves. (Not telling, you need to read the book)
Now onto the hardest character for me and the reason this book only got four stars inside of five, was Adela. I really struggled with her character sometimes. She was one of the strongest vampires, respected by all she even had friends in the werewolf clan. She was old and basically feared. Yet for me at times her personality didn’t match the person or vampire I thought she should have been. She was well … emotional which really caught me off guard. I mean in so many ways. Maybe for me this is based on the belief that vampires don’t really cry and as they age the loose their humanity. But Adela was like any other person, she laughed, joked, cried at times when you would expect her too but for me it just seemed unusual.
Other than that I found the story to be fast paced and well written with plenty of action. I would recommend this to all vampire lovers and paranormal readers.
*This review first appeared on Books That Hook on June 10, 2015
Choices is an interesting story about a vampire coven that is in danger because a past coven member stole a book that others want. Also, the coven’s leader, Adela, is becoming the strongest vampire in the world and wants to unite the covens. As it says in the author’s blurb about the book, this can be read as a stand-alone. However, I feel that it is better to read “The Guardian” first because readers need to know the relationship development between John, Gala, and Adela.
I really liked the action scenes and the overall premise of the story. I thought Choices is well-paced and has enough depth of characters and world-building. I liked how this book included more typical aspects of vampires, including their feeding habits, which wasn’t in the first book. Additionally, I found it humorous how the romance turned out to be so different than I would have expected in a paranormal story. If you are looking for mushy and sappy, this wouldn’t be the book for you. But, if you like stories where love can turn to hate, you should check out both “The Guardian” and Choices. (If you wonder why I put one in quotations and the other in italics, it’s because my way of determining what is a novella and what is a novel is if it is below or above two hundred pages. Since Choices is exactly 200 pages, I had to decide which it is, and I went with novel, albeit a short one.)
I was surprised to Adela’s lack of emotional response to what happened with Vitally and John’s lack of emotional response to what happened with Gala. I don’t want to say more about that and give something away. I’ll just say that I expected more from both of them. I was also surprised by some statements that characters made, especially ones made by Gala. In the first book, she says on more than one occasion that she loves John, but in this book she says, “I never wanted him.” If she never wanted him, why did she save his life from the car accident? Why did she say repeatedly that she loved him?
Although the characters have a lot of interesting backstory, I never got attached to any of them. Out of all the characters, I liked Priest (a vampire hunter) the best. If there was a book just about Priest, I would read it.
Overall, I enjoyed reading Choices. I would recommend it to readers who want something different in a vampire story instead of a perfect happily-ever-after.
I give Choices 4 stars.
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