Tuesday, 28 April 2015

REVIEW - Vampire's Bane by Suzannah Daniels

Title: Vampire's Bane 
Series: Vampire's Bane #1
Author: Suzannah Daniels
Release Date: April 14th 2015
Genres: Mature YA paranormal fantasy/romance/action & adventure/post-apocalyptic
Links: Goodreads / Amazon US / Amazon UK
Source: eBook from Author 

A lethal sword.

A dangerous mission.

A seventeen-year-old girl finding her way in a world that is nothing like she remembered.

When Maylin Kavanagh’s parents surrendered her to The Program, they swore it was for her protection. After being confined in a small underground cell for nearly two years, she is finally released.

But the world has changed.

Most of the populace has been wiped out by a deadly disease, and the rules of society have regressed. But that’s not the worst of it. When her group is kidnapped by a band of rogue vampires, Maylin realizes the decline of the human population has brought other races to the forefront—races she never knew existed. And now they’re all battling for survival and power.

In his father’s absence, Thane Warwick must lead his people. He has two priorities: find his father and find humans who can supply blood to his tribe. Immediately intrigued by his latest captive, he becomes interested in Maylin for more than just her blood, but he soon discovers that he must make a choice between his father and her.

Despite their attraction, Maylin and Thane each have an agenda, and only one can be the victor.

VAMPIRE'S BANE is the first book in the VAMPIRE'S BANE series. While it does end at a natural turning point in the heroine's journey, it is an ongoing story, and not all questions will be answered. You will need to read this series in order.

Vampire's Bane #1
Shaman's Curse #2 


After reading excerpts and participating in the book blitz for this book, I was really intrigued. When the author contacted the blog requesting a review I jumped at the chance. And although I'm disappointed I didn't love it, I still enjoyed the book and managed to finish it in one sitting.
The story is full of mystery and suspense. At times I wasn't sure what was gonna happen next. The book held my attention and made me not want to put it down. Daniels has created a fascinating world and we have only just scratched the surface of it.

Now while the story itself was interesting, my main reason for giving 3 stars has to do with the characters. I never really connected with them. I'm not really sure what it was but they just came across a little...flat. I think there was too much trying to be packed into such a short book that not enough time was spent on character development. And the relationship between Maylin and Thane progressed way too fast for my liking. They knew each other about a day and they were already making out (I'm pretty sure it was only a day). I know if I was kidnapped by a vampire, which I had always thought was myth, I would not be making out with him the next day. I can maybe reason that because Maylin had been locked away for the last 2 years that she was craving some human (or vampire in this case) contact that she kind of latched onto Thane, but I still would have preferred their relationship to have been more fleshed out.

Apart from all that though I did enjoy the story. The ending has me looking forward to book 2. I'm excited to see where the story will go from here.

*I received an ebook copy in exchange for an honest review*

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