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
I really enjoyed this book and listening to the narrator read it, whether I was driving, house cleaning, or doing yard work. Definitely reading the next books in this series.
I totally enjoyed this book and couldn't wait to find time to enjoy the Audible narration. The story and narration are excellent. I wholeheartedly recommend this book and narration.
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The main character is whining all the time. The story line about her being two different pure bloods is not logical. The two boys in her life that are there to protect her are not believable.
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.
THis is both interesting and original. The story is well written and thought out. I look forward to reading the next.
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