Arianna Grace liked her boring, Midwestern, teenage life where she ignored the many unanswered questions of her childhood. Why were her parents dead? Why did she not have family? Where was she raised until she was five? When someone offers to explain it all, Arianna thinks she's just getting answers. Instead, she is thrown into a world of night humans who drink blood.
On Arianna's 16th birthday, her world is thrown upside down when she changes into a vampire. Night humans, or demons, as some call them, live in normal society. Learning all of the new rules of a world she didn't know existed might be hard enough, but it's further complicated by two former-friends that now want to help her take her role as the successor to her grandfather.
There is a war going on between the night humans. Sides have been taken and lines are not crossed. Four main clans of night humans are struggling for control of the night. Divided into two sides, clans Baku and Tengu have been at war for centuries with the clans Dearg-dul and Lycan. That is, until Arianna Grace finds out the truth; she's the bridge of peace between the two sides. But not everyone wants peace. With the night humans divided, Arianna is now a pawn in the war between them. She must choose a side--her mother's family or her father's--and for once in her life, decide her own fate.
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As young adult stories go this is at the top of the pile. Ms McMichael's spends a yarn filled with young night creatures loving and fighting in well envisioned urban fantasy landscape. We hope her follow-up books are just as good.
I liked the narrator. The book put a whole different spin on vampires. I just couldn't get into the book. It seemed like it just dragged on. Thinking over the storyline it could have been a great book but I felt it was flat and lacked depth.
The thing I kinda disliked about this book is that it didn't really make sense I found myself getting lost in all that was happening. I also didn't like how it would refer to Ariana in the third person. But I did like like the overall counsel of the story and the action, it was just a little confusing and hard to follow at times
The plot is okay, but character development is lacking. The story felt very one dimensional. The narrator was terrible, her voice was very high, whiny and annoying. She paused at inappropriate parts of the sentence or dialogue, which caused the sentence not to make sense. Lastly, the author's repetition of Ariana's name got really old. I will make myself finish this book but I won't be purchasing the rest of this series.
Author did not do a good job developing the characters. I really did not like Ariana or feel anything for her or her plight because the author did not create an connection.
So many DIALOGUE TAGS OMG! Every single thing said has a dialogue tag WITH the character's name.
Half this book is the main character's name repeated over and over. Even if she's the only person in the room. Here's the greatest example: "Arianna shook her head as Arianna held out her hand." Actual sentence. And for some reason she spends most of the book asleep!
Not to mention that we randomly will jump from head to head so sometimes you're not sure who's point of view you're reading from.
All that being said, I'll still probably read the next two books. Most of this stuff could have been fixed by an editor...so I'm not going to blame the writer TOO much. The world she's building is interesting enough to keep me going...for now.
And I read all the time.. I felt like I was part of the story and can't wait to get the next book to continue the epic adventure of this wonderful young woman as she goes battle with all the people that try again and again to stop the prophecy about her from coming true....I can't wait to see where the next part of this book will take us....I know it will be great...... This author is an amazing story teller and she will grab you and take you into the book and keep you there enthralled until the very end
..... Please keep writing .I will buy everything you put to paper. B.Seargent
there's a lot of sleeping. and whining. and giggling annoying teenager. repeat. the end. oh and "boys like me but don't act like it who do I choose?! " I'll sleep some more.
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