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Summary via Goodreads: “Aurora Keys has dreamed of the Vanderlind Castle ever since she was a little girl. But the fiercely private Vanderlinds keep the massive structure strictly off limits to visitors. Until one night, the wealthy family throws a party —- not just a small soiree, but a huge black-tie affair. No one from the town of Tiburon, Ohio, is invited —- not even the mayor. But Aurora’s best friend, Blossom, has a foolproof plan for the two of them to sneak in.
At first, everything goes smoothly: the girls enter the castle undetected, and there is free champagne. But then the handsome Jessie Vanderlind sweeps Aurora into his arms, crushing her to his chest and whispering, “I knew you’d come back to me.”
Aurora understands it is a case of mistaken identity, but she feels connected to him somehow. And the boy is so beautiful, she believes she would be happy if he never let her go.
Once Jessie realizes he is mistaken, his smile quickly changes to a scowl. “You must leave,” he tells her in a low, urgent voice. “Immediately. Come! I’ll find a way to get you out.”
Unbeknownst to Aurora and Blossom, they have snuck into the home of one of the most prestigious vampire families in the world, and it is doubtful the two young women will ever be allowed to leave. Aurora’s resemblance to Jessie Vanderlind’s lost love just may be the only thing keeping them alive.”
My Review: (This got a 3.5 stars from me out of 5)
I was given this from the author, for a honest review, or at least i hope she wants an honest review because that is what she is going to get. And i would like to also thank her right now because that was really awesome of her! Thank you Gayla! But now lets get down the reviewing…
This is going to be actually a 3.5 stars from me but before i get into all that let me get a song for you….”The Ghost of You” by My Chemical Romance.
Kay first thoughts: It was a very quick read, being completely honest i as on the edge of a 3.5 and a 3 up til the ending, and the ending did save this for me and bump it up to a 3.5 with that said i will explain my reasonings later. Vampire story? Well Thank you Gayla for going to more traditional route, not only that but she wasn’t afraid of the fact that traditional and most known for vampires are for drinking HUMAN blood. I will admit there are other vampire books **cough BDB (ask if you want to know) cough cough** that do it a little differently that i still like but when you have human girl fall in love with vampire boy there is always that i don’t know need i suppose for the author to make the vampire more “humanized” by having them drink animal blood, well thats a little bit of a cop out i think because ….oh i am ranting aren’t i? oops! i will stop…or will i? BWHAHAHA I will.
Okay thoughts on plot: Here are were i had some problems, when i say its a quick read i should mention there were a few spots that i personally felt dragged a little. BUT i like a lot of action, and a lot of stuff going on, i was kinda hoping that there would be more going to happen like on a larger scale, but its a double edge sword here because sometimes i don’t want that, i suppose i was waiting for more to happen between Jessie and Aurora. but i will get to that later. It did really pick up near the end though and i really like that. And its not to say that i didn’t like the beginning because i did, but i have this weird condition, yeah i am going to call it a condition. There was a TON of dramatic irony in the beginning – if you don’t know what that means go look it up i don’t want to explain it – and i was like uncomfortable because i was embarrassed for the character, yes that is my condition i get embarrassed for characters. I KNOW I AM WEIRD. i have never claimed to be anything other than that. But yes i did like the plot.
I want to do something i did one other time and i am thinking it might be a common occurrence, i want to talk about RELATIONSHIPS!! oh no the “r” word how scary! Alright lets do this!
Relationships: Jessie and Aurora’s relationship i felt was very one sided and oh god i can’t believe i am about to say this, i could have dealt with having random POV shifts in this book honestly because alright this isn’t a spoiler if you read the summary did you read the summary good, alright so Aurora looks like his old love Lottie, and here is where most of my problems stem from. I liked the idea i really did, unfortunately even when Jessie says that he doesn’t see her as Lottie he constantly calls her Lottie, and the reader can tell that he still in love with Lottie he is not really seeing Aurora as a person. And this might have been a purposeful choice… i don’t know. Anyways but the fact that Aurora allowed this name switching and had the galls to say that she sort of understood bothered me to no end. And to be annoying i will talk more about that in her character review which i am going to do rightt…………
Aurora: Well at first i thought she was going to be very timid and that sweet shy friend you know? Nah she isn’t, she is quite some kickass when she needs to be. She is very outspoken and kinda of blunt. She has that no nonsense kinda of tone about her, and i didn’t mind that i respected her for it for the most part. As i mentioned up there in relationships she allowed things with Jessie to slide while with her best friend she was very strict and quite honestly could be a bit of a bitch to. I understand i really do her friend for the most part was self-centered and maybe its because i have had a friendship like that i feel this way about it, but i am also a non-confrontational person so i would never have yelled at my friend like she does sometimes. I will be honest Aurora had me worried for a little bit there i was like, dude please don’t be that girl, and she wasn’t thank god. But she was so in love with a man who obviously was in love with a ghost and i kept expecting her to say something, i wanted her to. i really did.
Jessie: well i think i have pretty much said what i could about him. he is in love with a ghost of a person. He needs to get over the past and look to the future. Unfortunately he is apparently stubborn. Though he is protective i felt like he wasn’t quite all the way there for the reader you know? Not quite as developed as he could have been but i am holding out hope for the second book that he will become more than well a shell of a person really. There were moments of passion that i could see in him but i also could also tell he was a bit of scared of his own feelings. Yes i went there. MEN!!!
The best friend Blossom: ugh…self centered for the most part. She at first started off kinda of awesome because i love the idea of the cra-cra adventures because i force my friend on them all the time and i was like hell yes! but then i could really that she was self centered and i was like oh sad days at least Aurora stood up for herself at times but sometimes Aurora i think went just a little to far.
The ending. Well cliffhanger? kinda. Awesome? Yes. made me mad in a good way. I will be looking out for the second book.