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I gave it 4 Stars because it did need some editing. They weren't major errors, but for that I knocked off 1/4 of a star. I knocked off another 1/4 of a star because of redundancy. I found some parts that were very repetitive, but it was not enough to deter me from reading. Finally, I knocked off 1/2 star because I felt the ending was missing something. I understand it is supposed to be a cliffhanger, but in my opinion (which is only that, my opinion)I believe the author might have left the reader with more invested in wanting to read the next book. She might have ended it in the scene where everyone was in the study so we could say "Holy cow! O-M-G! I wonder what's going to happen next?" The next part would have made a great opener, it would start everyone off exactly in the same place to continue this journey.
I would like to be clear. I am not bashing this book or the author in any way, shape, or form. I am only offering constructive criticism. I did enjoy the book and that is why I only knocked off fractions of a star instead of whole stars for each of my above mentioned points. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Blackwell.
I gave it 3 stars, and here is why.
I have mixed feelings about this book. From the beginning, I was like wait a minute haven't I read this before? It felt too Twilight-ish, meets Charmed and Vampire Diaries. It was all 3 combined into one book. You have...
Vampires: They don't sparkle. They wear "a piece of jewelry" that has been blessed by a witch so they can walk in daylight, eat regular food and bring up their temperature.
Nathanial falls head over heels for Sophia instantly, and feels that they are meant to be forever. Sophia and her family have powers. They can read minds, heal, see the future, and ect.
Witches: Two of the most powerful witches that inherit their powers from all their ancestors before them, they even have their own "Book of Shadows". (Hmm now where have I seen that? Oh yea The Charmed Ones)
...and before I forget somewhere in the middle she throws in some werewolves.
What I like about this book was that when I read the summary I read that it had Vampires and Witches, immediately that caught my attention.
I liked how it opens up and introduce each character, how the Vampires are a close family with good values and looked out not only for themselves but for the whole town they live in. There was no foul language and I did like the romance between Sophia and Nathanial. I liked that their older brother Caspian, while being on his own and lost for killing the love of his life still kept looking out for his family.
In the end, it didn't take me anywhere that I have not been to before. Every page I turned, every line or paragraph I read, I found myself getting upset. I couldn't find a connection with the story or the characters.
To summarize my review, it seemed a bit redundant, predictable at times, and came off unoriginal to me; however I am going to give the series the benefit of a doubt and continue to read the series. I want to see how the characters grow, what happens to Nathaniel and Sophia, and how the story ends.
I don't like to give bad reviews, seeing as how hard it is to write a book, but I do have to give my honest opinion.