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- Print Length: 238 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Twilight Times Books; 2011 Revised edition (October 5, 2011)
- Publication Date: October 5, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005T4DPCM
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,356,487 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The main reason I picked this book was because of its setting, being a Puerto Rican that have lived my entire life here on the Island I was beyond happy to see a story take place within my well known roads and I just love it. I am very visual and I have little problems imagining the places that authors describe in their tales, however there is such a great feeling to read about the cobblestone streets with its sometimes extremely steep inclines of Old San Juan and know that I have walked them up and down many times myself.
Word of advice to the female population, if you ever come here and visit Old San Juan leave you spiked heels at the hotel or whichever place you are staying. If you want high heeled shoes, opt for some pretty wedges or at least have a pair of those convenient bendable ballerina flats that you can keep in your purse; trust me on this, by night's end you'll want to throw them to the ocean.
Now, I already said that I loved the setting, I just wish there was a bit more of it. The story takes place primarily in San Juan and just a bit in El Yunke. What I wasn't too happy about was the main character, Alana; yet I have to say that for the story her character works.
Alana is a 21-year-old woman who's always felt like she doesn't quite belongs anywhere, even though she is surrounded by people that love her. Among this Small group of people are Alana's best friends Valerie, Humberto and her uncle (her only remaining blood relative). Alana's personality is very gloomy, cold and distant, yet shy and introverted and sometimes impulsive. Something that irked me was that she enjoyed hurting Valerie's feelings, even though she loves her and considers her to be her twin soul. The bottom line is that Alana behaves like a teenager throughout most of the book without the excuse of being one as a buffer.
In books, specially-but not exclusively-in Paranormal Romance (PNR), you find that for every female lead there is an equally strong male lead with whom the female lead finds her Happily Ever After (HEA), vice-versa or whichever couple combination is your favorite read; Calvani's tale is no exception to this norm. In comes Sadash, the mysterious man that has recently made its way into Alana's life, who turns out to be a couple-of-hundred-year-old master vampire. Now, be aware the Calvani's vampires are not the typical sexed up characters that can make the most puritanical of women reach her all time high with a couple of well-placed kisses, oh no! In fact, Calvani's vamps are completely impotent-they are dead after all-yet they have beating hearts:
"He walked toward her table feeling quite breathless, keenly aware of the relentless beat of his heart, throbbing steadily in his chest." - Sadash; [Calvani, Mayra (2011-10-05). Embraced by the Shadows (Kindle Locations 1360-1361). Twilight Times Books. Kindle Edition.]
That twist thrown in by Calvani was very unexpected but amusing nonetheless; Alana's reaction to this bit of news made me smile. Still, that twist is not the only one, the whole feeding for the vampires and its co-relation with intimacy was a completely new concept (at least for me) and I found it very fascinating.
Back to Sadash, I cannot say much about him without giving away major plot points; I will say this, his attitude for more than half the book resembled that of a stalker, which I didn't like at all, but by the time the book turned around he had grown on me a little.
Over all I am conflicted with this story, there were some aspects of it that drove me mad as I was reading it; including the pace which was a little slow at times and it made it drag a bit, which in turn made me put the book down more than once. However at some point after I was around 65%-70% into the story it picked up really well and I was hooked one more time. The moody characters work within the setting they've been placed, i guess they just weren't my style of characters.
Right away I will tell you this book was not the most exciting book that I have read. It has the typical brooding vampire and his obsession with a mortal woman. Of course he must turn her and now teach her the art of being a vampire but first she must discover certain truths that he cannot help her with. The uniqueness of Calvani's vampires is an interesting aspect but I felt it feel short in the romance department. These vampires are not love-making machines; in fact it isn't even possible for them. Calvani's vampires are all about feelings. The feeling that they get from drinking blood is the same as they had made love. Even Sadash's "love" for Alana isn't love but instead a left over feeling from his love of his daughter, who looked like Alana.
Vampires never really leave their feelings behind in their mortal life; instead they become transferred onto others. Alana and Valerie's friendship is a prominent theme throughout the book and is put to the ultimate test at the end. Because of their very tight bond; Alana is unable to leave her behind but she knows she doesn't want Valerie to have to live this way. Valerie who seems very loveable at first has her own dark side that she has kept hidden from Alana. The mystery that surrounds Alana's mother's death did keep me reading the book and when all was revealed at the end it was a bit of a surprise but not a complete shocker.
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