Author: Lucy Fenton
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller
Published: August 3, 2015
Rating: 5 Spines
What happens when your childhood nightmares of being bitten by strange creatures in a dark wood aren’t just dreams?
Sixteen-year-old Arden St. John’s life takes a strange turn when she finds an unusual animal injured near her new house on the south east coast of Australia. When she takes it to the local vet, a terrible truth is inadvertently exposed to her.
She discovers a secret underworld, where witches are commonplace and trolls masquerade as queen bees, terrorising the other students with impunity. A world where vampires traffic in the lives of children, draining their bodies once they reach maturity. Where adults auction their own children to extend their lives.
Arden finds out she’s one of those kids, her life traded by the mother she never knew. Now she’s caught up in this ancient and corrupt economy operating just below the surface of modern society. She’s a hot commodity, and it’s only a matter of time before the vampire who bought her comes to claim his prize.
But Arden’s not going down without a fight.
What an interesting book this was.. I was able to read it in about 4-5 hours. I did truly enjoy this book. This is a book I wished that could go on a bit more. I just did not want it to end.
I really liked Arden. Finding out she was witch and her wanting to fight the things that were not fair in her world. I also like how strong of a character she was. Even though she learns that is dark and the word “evil” comes to mind she still wants to right the wrongs.
I liked that the vampires were not anything like other vampire books. They were ugly and they were exactly like I would think a vampire would look like. The selling of ones baby for more life was an interesting twist for the vampires. To be able to have complete control over the human baby.
One aspect of the book I thought that Ms Fenton did was to breech the subject of the “v-card”. I feel that since this is a young adult book that many of her readers can understand this aspect of the book. She approached the subject with class.
She underlines the difficult decision a young adult would be facing. Wanting to do something but at the same time knowing that they are not comfortable about it. Showing that this character also has to make these decisions and standing up for herself was a good conflict within the book. It shows that you don’t have to give in no matter what and you can stick to your guns. I applaud her writing this in.
I wish that there were more details within the book. Especially the fight scenes. Also, more of what is going on. I like details so I can picture what is going on in my mind.
This is a great book I am so happy I read this book. I will be anxiously awaiting the next book in this series. I highly recommend this book to anyone. I am also a new fan!
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