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#YA, #vampires, #romance, #dark-fantasy
2 star writing
3 star story potential
Series: yes, book 1 of "The Fire of the Soul"
Characters: Anna, Victor, Christian, Shade, etc...
Setting: Victorian? and the Underworld
Sexual Themes: yes; rape on multiple occasions
Violence: yes; blood, torture, murder, rape
Suspected Target Audience: YA
For someone who is a looking for an easy YA read this may be a good one to pick up... if you can ignore the editing issue.
All of this sounds very YA and not bad so far, here's my problem. Just like when Anna picks Victor over the other men, the story was riddled with unexplained choices or actions. There was very little of the character's thoughts portrayed to the reader and more of us being shown the outcomes. A third through the book we are introduced to the world of fae, mer-folk, etc. While they were interesting to read about it was never really clear if all of this was a known societal thing or if they were hidden races, just one example of how the plot was hindered by the writing.
The reason I kept reading was the villain in the story, Christian. He was deeply emotional and just more compelling than all of the other characters combined (though I did want to know more about Shade and his past). Unfortunately, I was disappointed by the end of the book as his character was mostly neglected after the mid-point in the book. Seeing as how the story ended I am holding out hope for the second book to feature him more.
My main issue with this story is the editing... or seeming lack of it entirely. There were grammar errors, tense errors and WAY too many point-of-view switches. All of this made it extremely difficult to get into the book and I found myself wanting to skim more than read. The story has real potential and if expanded upon and spread out a bit, more explanations, and fewer POVs it could be a great read.