Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Frailties of the Bond

Frailties of the Bond (NEO Chronicles #1)
Angela Brown
YA, Paranormal Romance
~My Copy~
~Kindle eCopy
March 20th, 2013
~Synopsis (from Goodreads)~ 
"NEO – Network of Extraordinaires and Otherworldlies:

Those who answer the call from NEO play their part in maintaining balance in our ever-changing times. With power-hungry malcontents, jealous gods, and even those with misguided good intentions, the fate of our world has oft been held in the hands of unsung heroes such as those that are members of NEO.

But before NEO, these heroes and heroines had lives, loves, issues and interests that didn't involve saving mankind.

In Frailties of the Bond, it only takes one bite to change a life…

After a hiking trip gone wrong, sixteen-year-old Luca should have been dead. Since then, he’s drifted from one school day to the next, annoyed by the looks of suspicion. When a vampire attack claimed his mother and forced his first shift into animal form, Luca set out for Texas, vengeance bound, only to discover so much more when Aimee crossed his path.

Flesh-born of vampire parents sixteen years ago, Aimee shouldn't exist. Magic, though, made dreams come true for an undead couple desperate for a child all their own. But this magic came with a price, a cost Aimee discovered after one forbidden bite."

~My Rating: 4/5 Roses~

~My Review~
"What really intrigued me about this book, in the beginning, was the cover.  The blurb and synopsis convinced me to read it, but with such an interesting cover, how can you not be curious?  It's not every day you see a guy with white hair and a peacock design on his side...

I have to say, I'm glad I read this book- it's the start of what I'm sure will be a very interesting series.  Laying the groundwork for a creative adventure, and introducing unique characters, this book effectively hooked me from the start.  The plot reminds me of a mix of Percy Jackson and Twilight (without the drama, and luckily for us, no sparkling...).  With Ancient Grecian style god and goddesses, shifters and vampires who don't enjoy killing humans, the author beautifully blends several popular themes together for an exciting new story.  Well balanced with action, humor, and some light romance, this book promises an exciting series.

The characters are quite interesting, being unique from other stories, while still being sentimentally familiar.  The side characters don't take up too much of the book, but help move the story along.  The main characters we focus on are Aimee and Luca (don't you just love that name??) who are both amazing.  Move over Jacob, Luca is the new shifter on the block, and so he should be!  Perfect in his mix of strength and kindness, Luca is certainly my idea of the quintessential male-shifter lead character.  Aimee is, in my opinion, the perfect vampire heroine, and a wonderfully strong female lead character.  Tough and kind, she knows hardship without being openly bitter.  These two are perfect together, and while their love happened quick, it's wonderful.

Overall, this book is one I really enjoyed.  I did take away a rose because there were some characters and groups who were just thrown in, and it didn't make much sense for them to be there.  They were made to seem important in the beginning, but then just disappeared, which made the read somewhat confusing until it was obvious they just dropped out of the story, and I stopped looking for them.  Other than that, it's a good book.  I really enjoyed the writing style- I love a story where the point-of-view alternates between the two main characters.  It was laid out very well, flowed pretty easily, and added depth to the quick read.  This is a book I would recommend, and a series I hope to continue reading."

*I read this book for the author in exchange for an honest review.
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