2.75 didn t expect to be reading about vampires again ahaha cotton candy guilty pleasure definitely not read for the plot or the writing.. Recently Turned From Human To Vampire, Kylie Wants Nothing To Do With Her New Life Or With The Clan That Claims Her She Certainly Wants Nothing To Do With Her Mother, Belle, Who Is Completely Infatuated With Her Vampire Wife And Clan LeaderTo Escape Her Unwanted Existence, Kylie Befriends A Human, Olivia, Who Has Been Abandoned By Her Family But Unknown To Kylie, Someone Is Watching Her An Enemy Has Targeted Her As The Perfect Way To Destroy Her Clan While Battling This Enemy, Kylie Also Grapples With The Surprising Desires She Feels For The Human Desires That She D Once Seen As Wicked And WrongFighting For Her Life, Kylie Must Confront Both The Assassins And The Beast Within Her That Would Do Anything To Keep Her Loved Ones Safe Originally posted at Butterfly o Meter Books on June 13th 2014 ReviewI m going with the extended Review format, not the Fluttering Thoughts on this one because I feel there s to say than the shorter 5 points approach As you ve noticed, I tend to use this format for books I really loved, books that touched me, but you ll say this is 3 stars, not a 5, so what s up There were parts of this novel I loved so much that I wanted it to end as a 5 stars Let s get one thing straight, it could have easily been a 5 stars reading experience for me Easily, I ll say it again.The worldbuilding was interesting, perhaps not overly focused on and detailed rather the you get it as action progresses kind of vibe I m cool with that too, and though there weren t very clear lines drawn from the get go, it s easy to get a good sense of what s going on and who s who, particularly about Kylie s vampire clan To balance it out, the way the opposing force is built is or less along the same lines of you get it as action progresses , only it s less action that evolves them and, I felt, less attention given to the vampire hunters side As a reader who appreciates strong, well built villains at times, than the heroes, might I add I wished for of that part of the worldbuilding spectrum, but that s obviously my subjective view of things As it is, the worldbuilding made sense in an active, on the go sort of way that I feel will appeal to readers who aren t too crazy about the politics, and prefer the gutsy action side of things instead.Where I felt the novel shined was the characters department, and yet it was also the department that frustrated me the most There s a lot I truly appreciate about these characters, from the struggles and issues they face family life, romance, sexuality, health not only Kylie, but all female characters to how they cope with or resolve those tensions Since it s a story about a 25 yo woman discovering herself, exploring her first relationship physical and emotional , this is NA to me.Our main character, Kylie, had a lot of that figuring myself out kind of charm, she was conflictied about her sexuality and sexuality in general, to begin with , and I really got emotionally invested in her struggles and tribulations The whole vampire clan contributed to that quite well, Kylie s mother especially, and Olivia played a really good part in it for at least the first half of the novel.The story was fun, not shocking though appropriately brutal in places, like when the vampires hunted fed, well put together and, for the first half or so of the novel, with a great tempo for my reading pleasure I ll reiterate something I mention in all my reviews, which is I m not in it for the agitated action, but rather the worldbuilding, character building relationship building To me, good, at times slower paced character building will always, always trump any kind of agitated action, and I ll never love a book movie, and so on based on action It s just not my thing I like an alert pace to a story because of it s repercussions on character and world building, not for its own sake Now, that being said, to me the novel felt somewhat rushed for the last half or so The charm and fun of the read slowly dwindled away in favor of, well agitated action Sure, it made sense in the context, it sped up as we got nearer to the end, I ll also say it felt like it skipped a bit of clarification in a spot or two for the sake of alertness like the jump from attraction to emotional involvement in the Kylie Olivia relationship, and the vampire hunters confrontation moment To me it felt like there had been that build up in a first draft maybe, but then it was abandoned in favor of making the read dynamic and giving it a rapid pace To me, that s not a plus If you re into action and thrills and the get it as you go approach, you ll probably enjoy that To me it felt like a loss, because the first half or so of the novel didn t feel rushed, took the time to build up tension and interest and strength, while the last part got certainly rapid and I guess exciting, but losing some of that charm the first part had.The third person narrative, past tense, from Kylie s POV was interesting and I liked her voice I also very much liked the intense, sort of raw sexual vibe that Kylie Olivia had, Fiona Zedde s style certainly shined there the chemistry was hot, palpable, explosive for that first part Then came the rapid pace of events and I felt all the parts I truly loved about the novel were somehow lost, less focused on.The cover and blurb are hooking, and it would certainly make for impulsive buy in one of my LGBT paranormal moods.All in all, this was a great read in some respects diversity, characters who aren t your average Caucasian middle class universal type, hot one on one and great romantic chemistry, interesting points touched on, but it became frustrating as it progressed I was left with a very disoriented sense of loving to bits one part and not liking the other as much This could have easily been a 5 stars reading experience for me, and I have no doubt it will be even fun for those of you who are into rapid action. I Desire More VampiresI love the way Fiona Zedde writes this story, which includes unexpected yet genuinely deep love between lesbian women, the realism of mortality with breast cancer, and the values of when family betrays you as well as when the have your back Most importantly, I am intrigued by how Fiona uncovers a society of vampires living in the present day, in a way that lets the reader feel raw yet sincerely vulnerable as this story takes you on a journey of suspense like no other I still have yet to catch up on reading Every Dark Desire so I can get ready for her upcoming third installment of her vampire series I am so excited it was okI found the story to be ok i found myself skipping over parts i felt there could have been to the story There are parts of the story that I actually like e.g the humanity Kylie losses and struggles to re gain There are some other parts that I just find it unbelievable e.g Last part when Olivia loss her family but still end up being with Kylie There are some pretty good scenes inside, but in general for me this is just an okay read. EnjoyableIt started off slow then gradually got better when you re than halfway through The main characters and supporting characters were good and would love a story with Belle and Silvija. view spoiler Alrighty So this is my second lesbian novel Hehe I m going to have to take a break for awhile Read fome Young Adult vanilla shit after this one Jesus So, the book starts off a little slow In comparing it to the first lesbian book I read, Love and Devotion, I found that I actually liked the way this book started It needed a little dedication, and after the book has decided you were really serious about reading it s entirety, BOOMBDSM.Haha, but it was good, it was consensual, and it was really really hot Lesbians are hot Period.I really liked our main character I thought it was interesting that while she was technically 25 26 she really thought like an 18 year old And I could relate to that Gotta love characters you can relate to At elat in grown up books.Anyway, skip a pretty good portion of the book, and you have Kylie and Olivia being all lovey and hot and sexy and then Kylie gets captured and I was just like, And then the ending was just one big explosion of emotions and death and sex and its all just very hot and I love it Well done Well done hide spoiler Some of the plot twists were a little eh for me, but overall a fun read with lots of sex.
- 264 pages
- Desire at Dawn
- Fiona Zedde
- 14 September 2018 Fiona Zedde