“I was a vampire. And, despite everything, I still wanted to live.”
Allison lives in the Fringe as an Unregistered in the outskirts of a Vampire City. The Registered citizens provide the blood for the vampires and in return they receive food rations. As an Unregistered, you have to fend for yourself and it isn’t easy. Allie lives with a few friends and they barely make it. One night, while scavenging outside the city walls, Allie is attacked and almost dies. Almost only because a rogue vampire kills the rabid who is attacking her and offers her the choice of a quick death or immortality as a vampire. I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that she becomes a vamp. After all, she’s crying blood tears on the cover. The real meat of the story is her struggle to maintain her humanity with the new hunger that she deals with daily.
Minor spoilers ahead:
Julie Kagawa is a great storyteller. I loved her Iron Fey series and, as a story, this is one of my favorite vampire novels. But….I can only give it 4 stars for a few reasons. Allie isn’t the warmest person (even when she’s alive) but that’s understandable given her hard life. But, her friend Stick is a LOSER. He hasn’t learned to take care of himself and manipulates Allie. Could anyone really survive the vampire apocalypse if they were this whiny and needy. I don’t think so.
Kanin, Allie’s vamp father, is okay but I’m a little tired of the father-figure/reformed vamp/troubled soul/trainer as a character. I hope to learn more about him and care more for him in the next book.
Zeke, our love interest, is also just okay. There were times he showed strength, determination and the ability to see past the obvious. Then, other times, he was bone-headed and weak. I wanted to like him more than I did.
But, but, but….I really do recommend this one. Even though I didn’t absolutely love it, I can tell you I am on the edge of my seat waiting to read book 2. In fact, excuse me while I go start it now.
Thank you to the publisher for providing an e-book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.