Monday, February 18, 2013

Avenging Amethyst by Kaitlyn Price

Title:  Avenging Amethyst
Author:  Kaitlyn Price
Series:  Immortal Eyes #1
Published:  January 21st 2013
Page Count:  288
Genre:  Young Adult Paranormal (with a bit of romance to boot)
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Avery and her mother have always been on the run. After her mother is murdered by something supernatural, she is left to fend for herself, alone and filled with questions. She receives a note by a stranger, giving her the opportunity to get some answers, and Avery warily accepts. She would rather face the truth than continue to be on the run.

What she discovers is nothing like she could’ve imagined. The stranger’s name is Felix, and he’s part of a race of creatures called Lovac. He tells Avery that she is a Lovac, too, and that they’re the distant descendants of the ancient vampire Nosferatu, along with two other races—the Nesmyr and Zhulik.

However, the Lovac are doomed to insanity, and nearly all of them lose their minds in their early twenties. The only way to be saved from the curse is for a Lovac to find their Dimidium, the one creature that can calm the darkness.

Nightmarish visions, kidnappings, and a lifestyle she never knew existed consume Avery’s life as she begins the search for her Dimidium and to get revenge for her mother’s death.

My Review:

This story has quite the introduction. It really grabs you right from the beginning. You find yourself drawn to the story, always wondering what just happened, what is coming next, or who are they. This works itself into a very well written story that follows a definite path. The author never leaves the reader wandering through a series of twists and turns that dead-end. Each element of the story, although interesting on its own, progresses towards a definite goal. It was very refreshing to read a story that doesn’t ever leave you hanging or have random little tidbits of intriguing but very irrelevant information thrown in at random. That said, at the end of the novel I was definitely intrigued, engaged, and dying for the sequel to find out what comes next. But as much as this novel concluded with a lead in to further novels, I wasn’t left in limbo.

I enjoyed how unique some of the concepts that Price introduced were. The interspecies and subspecies dynamics and differences were very interesting. She integrated them into the novel in such a way that they engaged the reader rather than dulling the story. At times there was a lull in the action of the story while the reader and the main character were being filled in on concepts such as this. However, I feel that this book is an integral part of the rest of the series, especially with respect to setup and background information. This explains why certain parts were a little slower than others but packed full of information. Even though these parts were less action packed than the story as a whole, they were still extremely interesting. They also set the series up for future instalments.

The characters that Price developed to bring her story to life were great. The main character is a firecracker that wings it to the extreme. It’s great to see her meld into her new life while dealing with the trials that accompany this switch. The other major characters are also very well developed to suit their roles. I appreciated that Price provides the reader with the information necessary for the characters to be approachable but holds enough back to allow for further character development in future novels. It gives a real human aspect to these amazing individuals.

This novel is intense in a very subtle way that continuously draws you forward through the story. It was interesting to read a novel that combines so many ideas while introducing a large number of new ones in detail. Not only did it engage me on an intellectual level, but also emotionally. I thought my heart might break at times, while at others I was happy for the characters. As a whole, I was in awe as to how the author melded everything together in such an engaging and cohesive unit that leaves me longing for the sequel.

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