Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Escape (Vampire King # 1) by Kenya Wright - Book Review

Title: Escape (Vampire King # 1)
Author: Kenya Wright
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Publication Date: November 2012
Pages: 127
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Review Copy from Author


A domina’s only purpose in life was to birth vampire children for the Quiet King. Any human woman with the domina gene spent their lives in the castle under strict rules and the guards’ watchful eyes. Brie has been a domina for two years. After witnessing the slaughter of babies, she plans to escape and seeks help from Samuel, a vampire known for aiding many out of slavery.

However, Samuel has only one policy. He won’t help dominas escape the king. The penalty is too high and their blood triggers powers in him that he doesn’t want released. So Brie is forced to lie about being a domina and Samuel is lured in by her blood. Something emerges within them that they can’t deny, overwhelming their every cell and igniting an all-consuming hunger that neither can flee.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

I was approached by the author to review this book, having previously reviewed her Habitat. I must admit that I finished this one with mixed feelings.

I enjoyed the story concept and I felt it should have made a great read, but something, for me, was lacking. For one, I never really believed in the main romance element: it felt too quick and forced. But then this was a novella with limited space for full character development. That makes me wonder if this story would have been better served as a longer novel.

That aside, though, Ms Wright writes well and I enjoyed the inclusion of the occasional sketch to highlight the action; they slotted in nicely, without holding up the story. As previously stated, the story idea in this book is original and interesting and, despite my misgivings over character development, I would read on to see what will happen next.

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