Well my brain feels intertwined after reading this one! The story line was fantastic of course. Before I read this I didn’t read any reviews on it so I only knew the synopsis. I was a bit leery because my first response was hmmm hope this isn’t about demon possession as I don’t care for stories like that..(I saw The Exorcist when I was 13 at a slumber party...I had nightmares for MONTHS....months I tell you and I can still vividly remember that freaky movie) but it wasn’t anything near demons, so to my ease I was able to continue.Jeepers the first chapter was a creep fest with the cemetery action and the fantastic meeting of Aden and Mary Ann, which I thought was a fabulous opening. I seriously felt like I was in the book, everything went silent even in my thoughts and everything felt like slow motion just like in a movie. It gave me the chills just reading it. The moaning souls and descriptions of the raised dead were fantastically creepy. I fell in love with Aden’s character almost from page one, here you have this young guy who grew up in and out of mental institutions, abandoned by both his parents no one has ever understood or even tried to believe in him....(shouting, I believe in you Aden!) the only friends he has are the souls inside him. Aden is misunderstood and rough around the edges and labeled as violent. When you walk by a cemetery though and are able to raise the dead being violent comes in handy against flesh eating zombies! Aden is the new guy in town living at a ranch for troubled boys. It’s the real first break he's had in a long time and he begins going to the local high school with one agenda...find Mary Ann. Aden is ready for peace and ready for a normal life, but peace isn’t a word Aden knows and he longs for it. For some reason unbeknownst to him Mary Ann quiets the voices in his head and he feels content for the first time. Although you might think these two would have a romance the book isn’t about that...the romance comes later for Mary Ann and Aden only with a vampire and a werewolf. Yup you heard right and it doesn’t stop there, every magical creature you can think of is in this fast paced, twisty story. Werewolves, witches, wizards, goblins, fairies, vampires, Vlad the Impaler... I think even a smurf showed up..(No just kidding).
There’s so much more information in this book I’m getting dizzy just trying to write a review on it!! Quickly though: Victoria is a powerful princess vampire and is also betrothed to the next in line powerful take over the throne vampire but she’s in love with Aden so that puts a plunger in the situation. Riley is a shape shifting werewolf and in love with Mary Ann. Then there’s the four souls who all bring unique personalities to the book but the only soul I really connected to was Eve and only because I think this was her book, with the direction this book took I think each soul will eventually have their moment to shine and be free to rest.... wow is your head spinning yet?I must admit the sneaky side of me really wanted Aden to fall for Mary Ann and not Victoria...Victoria was a nice character I liked the gothic feel she had and her royal background, but from the first boom in the cemetery I was like Oh yes these two are going to fall in love. Unfortunately the author had other plans. Besides the very fast romance developments the dynamics worked.
My only dislike with the book was the very rushed end. After an emotional chapter (yes I’m a sap I think I even got a bit teary) I had all this build up and all this tension and all this Oh my gosh it’s coming....and then the book kind of goes crazy and ends. I guess the ending I saw coming did not come; it was good but it just ENDED! So now I have to wait for the next one. Nothing like sitting on the edge of your seat only to fall off it and be like whhhhaaattt???
I liked reading this even with the crazy plots and ALL the characters. I will read the rest of the series.
4/5 YA Paranormal, Vampires and everything under the sun....and moon...
#1 Do you feel the ending was cut short and needed more to be resolved before the book ended?
Yes...the ending was a bit strange, I didnt see the whole Aden becoming the Vampire King...hmmm what?? I think the ending was cut short with a confusing cliff hanger.
#2 Regarding Question #1, what are your thoughts on series books? For one you get more and more and more - depending on how long the series drags on - for another some series leave you with very little resolution at the end of the novels, i.e. the Merry Gentry series where only a couple of hours pass within the time span of one book. Do you find this is just an authors way of having guaranteed book sales - or do you really enjoy series and love reading about your fav characters over and over again? I enjoy series...it depends how deeply I love the characters. Sometimes though like with the Stephanie Plum novels a series needs to end. Characters resolve the issues and need to move on as does the reader. Sales will always play a factor. I think Ms.Gena put tons of storyline/characters in this to for sure have a set of books in the works.
#3 Which "trapped" soul was your favorite and do you see potential in the future story lines with the remaining three? I think Caleb was my favorite, although I connected with Eve in this one because it was her story. Im wondering what connection he has with those creepy witches.
#4 When a larger-than-life character such as Vlad Tepes aka Dracula is used as a side-plot character do you believe it gives the story a more factual base, or makes it less real?Vlad was used so much in the background I didnt think it effected the story. On the other hand had we really got to meet him Id say...cheese fest.....and not believable.
#5 What did you think of the side plot involving Tucker and Penny? Do you think the issues from that plot were adequately resolved?Nonsense, it really didnt need to be in the story. I see how the author wanted to establish Mary Ann with a "life" but not necessary.
#6 What is your best guess as to what Aden Stone's superpower is - the power he possess without his souls? I think he is going to be a power sucker, take others power for himself....or maybe he's going to become a Vampire.......