Release Date: April 24th, 2012
Format: Electronic Copy
Acquired: ARC; Netgalley
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 5 Stars
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters. Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad. Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike. But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for
Kagawa stole my heart with her first series, The Iron Fey, so I had an extremely high hopes for this novel. And I am happy to say that I was not disappointed at all. This novel had everything from romance to action to adventure to betrayal, to lies, to secrets -- it was nonstop fun that I could not put down until I finished it.
Allison lives in a world where, after a deadly virus had either killed humans or turned them into rapids, the vampires now rule her world. In a little vampire city, she tries to survive with her gang in a dark bleak world. But this world was turned completely upside down after she is turned into a vampire herself. Sadly even this life can't offer her any kind of peace, because not only has she become a monster, but she has become an outsider even to the vampire society. And when she has to flee for her life, once again, she meets a ragtag group of humans who are searching for Paradise; one that Allie knows that she'll never be able to follow them to.
This book had me at the edge from the first page to the last. Suspense was Kagawa's true friend in this whirl wind of excitement that had been contained within the pages. Whenever Allie got herself into a less-than-desirable situation I could always feel my own heart beating, wondering what was going to happen next.
I have to admit that out of everyone, I think my favorite had to Kanin. There is something dark and mysterious about him, and I wished that there had been more of him before the madness happened. I can't wait to see what happens in book two!
And Zeke, I loved him. He was so sweet and adorable. And completely perfect for Allie, even if she was a little...fangy. And this surprises me, because unlike some other books where I am really emotionally involved, I wasn't as upset as I should have been. I know Allie did the right thing, which makes her a strong character in my book; she knows when to decide between putting others first or herself, and in the end what happened had to happen.
I am a little afraid of putting book two in such a high pedestal, because plenty of books that I've read had let me down so hard when that happened, but yet again some had surprised me. Kagawa has such a strong start with this novel, I can't wait to read Allie's next adventure and what will happen.
This book series has so much promise and I can't wait to see where Kagawa takes it.