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4.0 out of 5 starsEntertaining and crazy
Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2019
Entertaining and has unique ideas throughout the story. Loved the magical elements and the mystery behind Lilith’s life. Loved the vampire and witch stuff! This doesn’t get 5 stars though because I just didn’t connect with the characters. Lilith is OTT a lot of the time and doesn’t really have much common sense. She’s rude and quick to anger. I was hoping she’d grow throughout the story, but she doesn’t really and is just too weak in many instances. She also has horrible self-awareness and can’t read others well. I don’t know what the heck she’s thinking with Ambi; girl you are crazy to trust her at all! I listened to the audio and the narrator did okay, but was a little stiff. She also made it seem like Lilith was even angrier than necessary. The timing also seemed off with her 18th birthday coming up; it just kept seeming like not enough time passed for it to already be there, but I could’ve missed something. Another knock to the stars, was the scene with Tristan and Gilda; that was just too much eww for me. I don’t like Tristan. I still rooted for Lilith, but I want her to mature quite a lot in the upcoming books. The romance is really sweet; they have a good chemistry. Odin is mostly a sweetheart, and I loved getting a couple chapters from his POV; it really helped me appreciate him more. There’s lots of craziness going on in Lilith’s life, so that kept me reading; this story is definitely not boring! Overall, the story is really interesting; despite the maturity levels of the characters, and I’m really looking forward to reading the next books in this series!
Things I liked: - The storyline and set up. - The mystery, as well as the magic, vampires, paranormal - The Love Triangle - The Unique little subplots
Things I didn't like: - Lilith is super immature and too easily stereotypes the people around her, which fits with the high school mindset, but she's also lacking in common sense and I felt like she didn't grow at all throughout the book. - There are a lot of instances where Lilith is really rude, or hot tempered, and her initial encounter with Ambi makes her seem very arrogant and snobby. She acts like people aren't allowed to look at her in public like shes a queen, and very standoffish to her supposed "crush" when she speaks with Odin for the first time. - I can't figure out if she's self conscious or what her deal is but she describes almost everyone else as Cute, or Hot like shes not on their level. But then she turns around and is pushing Odin away like she's too good for him. - There were other things but mostly this just builds up to me struggling to be able to connect with Lilith
This was an instance where the a good audio could have pulled the book a little bit more for me but the book and audio were both solidly in the middle. I felt that the performance was kind of dry, almost monotone at times, and unnecessarily way over the top at others.
4.0 out of 5 starsOriginal paranormal romance that you don’t want to miss!
Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2019
When looking for my next book to read I came across Corruption of the Heart. The description really grasped my paranormal romance loving attention! Over all I felt the story was pretty original with a different spin on a genre that repeats its self a lot.
Here is the run down you meet Lilith, a recently orphaned almost 18 year old, that has moved to Maine with her aunt. She has isolated herself from all of her classmates, and has no emotional connection to the aunt she is pretty sure can’t stand her. She confronted by a group of kids, with this group she meets Odin.
Odin is a mysterious hottie that Lilith is drawn to. Together they defy odds thrown at them, distrust, another guy, angry ex, and the little fact that Lilith didn’t know she would become a witch/vampire hybrid come her 18th birthday.
All in all I really enjoyed it. It kept my attention even if parts seems a little rushed or a little dragged out. I liked the characters, they almost become old friends by the end. The end!!!! Let me say this that ending makes you want to instantly start book two because what the heck that was a doozie to end with!
3.0 out of 5 starsEnjoyed the idea, but execution could have been better.
Reviewed in the United States on June 19, 2017
If Twilight and Harry Potter had a love child, this would probably be it. I loved the idea of this story, and it started off really interesting. But unfortunately, I thought that the execution needed some additional work.
Similarities to Harry Potter: - One day, Lilith is a normal teenager just minding her own business. Then she suddenly comes into power and discovers that she isn't human. - Lilith's parents died. So she lives with a terrible aunt. - Lilith isn't just human, but she is a very unique girl that can change the world.
Similarities to Twilight: - Vampires. - Corruption of the Heart has a lot of sexual tension. Even though the characters are in high school, this is NOT a young adult book. - Boys. Hot boys. Super hot boys everywhere. And lots of boys want to be with her. I didn't mind the chemistry between the different guys because I'm a reader that enjoys love triangles and smut. But I have to admit, I rolled my eyes a couple of times because everyone is extremely immature.
Would I read the next book? Yes. I'm really curious about the direction of the story. I just hope that Lilith grows up and everyone acts more rational. Some of the scenes and reactions just didn't really make sense.