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Vampires Rule (Rule Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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|Book 1 of 5 in Rule Series|
|Age Level: 13 - 18|
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- Publication Date : May 2, 2011
- File Size : 855 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 256 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B004YZB8XU
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
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- Best Sellers Rank: #7,099 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I thought that the characters were a little flat and I greatly disliked the way that Silver was constantly treated as a child. She had trained her WHOLE life to be a werewolf hunter. Jack had just been introduced to the art. But everyone was willing to let him take the lead and all of the risks. Why? Was she really so weak? If so, how had she survived so long without him? I mean she's part of the prophecy (or whatever) too. It smacked of paternalistic sexism...have to protect the precious, fragile female at all cost. Oh god, just gag me.
I did really appreciate Jersey Clifford in all of his poetry spewing badness. He felt like he had more depth than all of the other character combined. Cowboy and Lily had a lot of potential too. Similarly the interaction between Jack and his brother was thought provoking. Billy's experience surely had to be the hardest of any other character. He deserves some credit.
It was hard to reconcile the 'we have to save the world' plot line with the 'innocent love' storyline. I suppose if I was 15 and didn't know how much more life had to offer I might be able to relate to the importance of being a couple (holding hands, carrying her books, etc). But as an adult I found the whole thing too...too vanilla. Granted, I am an adult and this is a YA book (and I'd expect it to best appeal to the lower age brackets of the genre). But even if I could get excited about it, I have a hard time believing two people tasked with such a heavy destiny would stop in the middle of it to cuddle and declare their undying love. Not the time people.
My final and extremely inelegant say on the matter is that the book was alright and will likely appeal to Twilight's younger fan base.
In the beginning of the book, Jack is a vampire. A 17-year-old boy forever stuck at that age. Never to grow old and never to even feel the heat of the sun again. He was turned ten years before when his mother and father and he were killed by a werewolf. Luckily there had been vampires nearby and they turned him. In a stroke of luck, or possibly fate, he is mauled by a werewolf in a cemetery while trying to save a teenage girl. Turns out she didn't need saving, but he might. Being scratched by a werewolf was a death sentence to a vampire and to a human it was the curse of becoming what had injured them. Silver, the girl Jack was trying to save, takes him to her house to heal. She saved him from the werewolf. Silver is one powerful hunter that has the power to suck the souls out of werewolves. And she was destined to meet Jack. It is all written in a diary from long ago. Strangely enough, because of his injury, Jack turns back into a human. But not a normal human. Unfortunately some of his powers, along with a few new ones, would be returning to him. He would have some vampire powers as well as some werewolf powers. Why? Because he and Silver were not only meant to meet and be together, but they were meant to take down the head werewolf. In killing the oldest werewolf, that would make all others into regular humans again. But being human is much harder than Jack thought. He is tempted to go back to his vampire family on more than one occasion. Even going back to finish high school is hard. His temper is out of control and he has to deal with his would-be younger brother that has now taken the roll of parent basically. Billy, his brother, is under a lot of stress and continually hopes that he doesn't have to kill Jack. Billy's afraid of Jack to some degree. He knew what he was before Jack came back home. Then there is Silver. Jack is crazy about her but feels like he is putting her in even more danger since everyone seems out to get him. Can he balance his crazy life, the revenge he wants for his family's death, and find the head werewolf?
It is especially interesting in this book to see how vampires and werewolves were created, and who created them. The reasoning behind it was rather selfish. My question is why would you create both of these factions and then write in a diary about visions of ending werewolves and vampires after you were the one who had created them? This is a question that there is no answer to in this book. The woman behind all of this is rather vague and we don't know a whole lot about who she was. Then watching Jack struggle with being some kind of destined super human is definitely worth the read. When he becomes human, he feels even more alone than when he was a vampire. No one seems to really understand him. Those close to him seem to fear him. Others want to kill him. And the only other person besides Silver that he feels close to and connected to turns out to be his mortal enemy. And his enemy warns him that Silver brings trouble with her wherever she goes. In fact, at the end of the book, Jack receives another sinister warning about Silver from an unexpected source. Just another thing to add to the pot of complicated that has become his life.
This was not an ‘edge of your seat’ type of book for me but it did keep a steady pace and had some interesting and unique (at least unique for me) twists.
I liked that both of the main characters were able to defend themselves and didn’t constantly have to depend on others. They have their vulnerable moments but overall they were strong and determined.
Wraiths were new to me and although they didn’t play a huge part in the book, it was easy to visualize them as ghostly, wispy beings with mouths full of sharp pointy teeth. In my mind I pictured something like the cover of 99 Coffins by David Wellington. Creepy...I like it!
Another interesting idea is to be ‘transported’ into someone’s memory by touching that person or an object. Although I don’t think this is a completely new concept I think it is well done in Vampires Rule.
I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the Rules Series (Werewolves Rule) when it’s released.
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Kasi is an excellent writer and kept me reading Vampires Rule right to the end.
The characters were well drawn. Silver and Jack made good romantic leads.
I will look for more of Kasi's stories.
A great read, I thoroughly recommend it.