Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Review: Kindred (The Kindred, #1) by Erica Stevens

What do you do when the one you love is also you worst enemy? Trapped in a destiny she does not want, Cassie finds herself lost and adrift, until he walks into her life, turning it upside down and awakening her in ways that she never dreamed possible.

Cassie is stunned and devastated to learn that she belongs to a long line of vampire slayers known as The Hunters. A murderous rampage by a group of elder vampires has left the Hunter line decimated and the remaining Hunters scattered around the world. With her friends Chris and Melissa’s aid, Cassie struggles to rid the world of the monsters that murdered her parents. Though Cassie knows it is her fate, she chafes against her heritage, and is resentful of the shortened lifespan that has been placed upon her by the circumstances of birth.

Struggling to get through every day, Cassie finds herself simply going through the motions of living. That is, until Devon arrives. Tall, dark, and mysterious his arrival turns the school, and Cassie’s life, upside down. Fighting against her fierce attraction to him, and the chaos he represents in her carefully ordered days, she is irresistibly drawn to him. Though worried that what she truly is will place Devon in danger, she is unable to fight her feelings for him. He is the one light, and the only source of hope she has in a world that revolves around death and fear. What she does not know is that Devon has some dark secrets of his own, secrets even more frightening and dangerous than hers. Secrets that threaten to tear them apart forever.

This was another one of those reads that Amazon was kind enough to recommend and then offer for free in the Kindle format and I wasn't sure what to expect.  I checked out some reviews and while a lot of readers said they enjoyed the story they also felt like it was a remake of the movie version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  I get that there may be similarities once that thought is stuck in your head, but overall, I enjoyed it while also finding unique and original ideas throughout.

There are stories where the main characters are thrown together and the romance seems to pick up speed way to fast, but there are others where the circumstances might be the same, but yet it doesn't bother me....this was one of those stories.  I liked that the main characters had a blossoming romance and enjoyed getting to know them, as they got to know each other.  Yes they were keeping a heck of a lot of secrets (and big ones) from each other, but who lays it out on the table right off the bat, right?

The action towards the end kept me on the edge of my seat and I wasn't sure what to expect or anticipate, but was enjoying Stevens' way of flying through the scenes and keeping me guessing.  Her pace was quick but in the best possible way, and it was a great start to the series if you ask me.  I'm ready to continue on with the other installments in the series and see what happens next for these characters that I came to care about.

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