Summary Via Goodreads: “With a death starts a new beginning…
Eighteen-year-old Esmerelda thinks she’s just a normal girl, but all of that changes the day of her mom’s funeral, when a warlock, intent on using her special powers, kidnaps her. Powers she didn’t know existed. Thrown in the middle of a magical battle, Es struggles to learn her magic while fleeing both vampires and warlocks, at the same time, hunting for the witches that can help defeat her adversary. The only problem is that they are dead.
Thankfully, she has the help of Jarak—her Guardian—who quickly captures her heart, but she wonders if she can win his? Just when she thinks Jarak is the one for her, Ian appears with daggers drawn to save Es from a vampire attack. Ian is cocky and rude, but there is something magnetic about him—something that attracts her to him. With her heart torn between two men, she faces the foes that are out for her blood. Can Es do the unthinkable and awaken them from their graves before time runs out?”
3.5 really Goodreads needs to get a half star thing.
Okay so this book started off running, and I love when books do that. So it started off strong and went throughout the book, there weren’t a whole lot of moments when the reader could get bored, and I don’t know about you but that is pretty much ideal for me. So the plot keeps going, and the reader I don’t think can get that lost. M. R. Polish really makes it easy for the reader to understand these paranormals and the world we are brought into.
So the reasons i gave it a 3.5 verses the full out four? Well for me somethings felt very on the surface, we were told things, we were suppose to accept them. I think that now that i have finished the book i understand why, but still. I appreciate the authors that aren’t afraid to have two love interest but doesn’t do the love triangle… how is the possible? Ever heard of a first love? But i think that is what M. R. Polish was going for but at the end it still felt love triangle-y. But i think this is were i had a huge problem. Things with the boys sometimes felt on the surface to me. Like I said before i understand it more now though. Also a lot of things were kind of blown over… which i will explain later and hide because they are a bit of spoilers.
The plot was definitely original which i totally loved, and i loved that even though Es wasn’t at first all kick ass she does transform. So which leads to my review on the characters
Es: whose name in the beginning of the book was Ara (well nickname but i can’t spell either of her full names so i am not going to try). Es lets the use of her real name go without much of a fight and i think that i would have fought for that a little more. I think that i would have but hey that is me. Even when she finds out the truth about somethings she was very causal, almost, about it. I’m not saying blow up about everything but i think these things deserved a bit of a freak out? Anways i think i mentioned already how she isn’t at first this kickass, blood don’t bother me even though i have never been part of this life style before mood. She freaks the hell out, and hell i would have freaked the hell out too. What makes me love her though was that she knew when to freak out, for how long, and to accept somethings and deal with others later.
Jarak: is the first boy-toy who shows up. He is a Guardian… don’t know what that is, well too bad you will find out when you read the book ;). Anywhos, he is at first seemingly very interested in our gal Es. I just don’t like how his old relationship shows up and starts to rear its head when they start to get closer. It is i think suppose to be a wedge between them but it felt a little lost on me. Anyways, the old relationship is kept in the dark for a long time and Jarak tries to push through. And he is protective, he i think could have been better developed in his own self. The POV shifted between Es and him for the majority of the book but his personality sometimes blended into each other’s.
Ian: God did i love him. He doesn’t show up until a little more than half way through the book. that saddened me because i wanted more of him. He is very coarse when we first meet him. but alone with Es he is a completely different person, and unlike Jarak his POV shifts didn’t blend as much with Es’s personality. He is a different guy, and he was an interesting character. There was more to him than what meets the eye. I think that if we had more of him i would have truly and utterly fell in loves but we get such a limited about he was lost on me