- File Size: 1209 KB
- Print Length: 193 pages
- Publisher: S M Spencer (October 4, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 4, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00O6WL9IA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,441 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Destiny (Absent Shadows Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Lili McIntyre needs to get away from a controlling boyfriend and her classes as school in the States, so she decides to take a break from it all and visit her deceased father's birthplace of Australia. He father's sister lives in Australia and welcomes Lili for the two short months that Lili will be staying in the land down under.
Everything starts out great for Lili and her new-found friend, Claire, who introduces Lili to Sam. Sam is a mysterious sort and Lili is not sure what he is hiding. She finds out soon enough that Sam is a vampire and that Clair's beau is also one, too. From this, the story takes an interesting turn and the two couples go on an adventure that will change all of their lives.
With the backdrop of vampires, ghosts and fighting evil, Lili and Sam become soulmates. But, when Lili has to return to the States, what will become of her and Sam? No spoilers here, you have to read the book to find out.
Ms. Spencer has done an impressive job of weaving a familiar story of love between humans and vampires. The characters were well-developed and the writing was exemplary. The plot and story line is new and fresh and will definitely resonate with young adult readers.
Lili is an American who goes to stay with her aunt in Australia for two months, trying to run away from her problems with her ex. One the plane she meets Claire who befriends her, determined to make her stay in AU a fun one. Its through Claire that she meets Sam, the uber hot vampire. This is where the story uses a bit of cliche. Sam is all broody, destined to live a life alone - until he meets Lili.
I'll leave the rest of the story a mystery since you really should read this book. My favorite part was seeing Sam come to life, from the glum loner - to the sweet man who will do anything to protect Lili. Throw in the fact that he can talk to ghosts, one of which is his little sister, and you have a character that is intriguing and crush worthy.
All in all, this was a really good read, and that says something since it's outside my normal genres. Definitely worth the time and money I spent on it.
A fun twist on the young adult paranormal genre. Spencer offers up young love, vampires, ghosts, action, excitement, and much more.
Lili is a fun main character who jumps into this new world she's discovered with both feet. As anyone who recently exited a serious relationship, she goes back and forth regarding her feelings for Sam, who has his own reservations about the emotions she stirs in him.
Overall I enjoyed the book and was left anxious to know what would happen in the rest of the series. I enjoy when romance is mixed with paranormal, it gives the genre a refreshing take (even though it's taken on a genre of its own now) and gives readers more than just another drama filled romance book.
Very well written and definitely left me wanting more. If you're a fan of paranormal romance, I'd recommend the Absent Shadows Trilogy.
The major conflict didn't even involve the main character. That was the novel's major disappointment. The secondary characters spent chapter after chapter plotting to overcome the villain, and then the protagonist just watched from the sidelines.
Anticlimactic. Flat plot arc.
No growth of character. Characters hang out and say lovey-dovey things to each other. But there's not even any steamy moments.
Just a pleasant story.
I wish there had been more conflict, that they had reasons to be together or be apart, or a compulsion either way. He was just a hot guy who happened to be a vampire, and she found out his identity before she became particularly attached to him which to an ordinary girl would probably put off some red flags.
It was a fun story overall.