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There are 2 sides of me which is like 2 sides of the same coin; completely opposite yet it’s the one coin (or person, in my case). There is the sensible side of me which thinks respect and love will grow later (how totally P&P!) and there is romantic side of me which just melts at the thought of soul mates.
I had to admit that, at first, this soul mate biz kind of annoyed me because Lenah (as we see at the end of book 1) was with Justin and in this book we see a sort of love triangle. I would usually hate love triangles but surprisingly, I didn’t mind it too much here as Lenah wasn’t given much of a choice at all. She still struggles but what I didn’t mind was that there was a lot more restraints and disciplines from both sides. I totally approve this approach! The only bit that annoyed me about the soul mate bits were just that it was reiterated so many times but weren’t really explained til near the end… and the end… Oooh… I WANT MORE! I can NOT wait for the next book!
Lenah is such a strong and beautiful character. To be a nearly helpless human teenage girl after being a Vampire Queen for so long requires a lot of courage to face life and an extra Big Dollop of Daring most especially to fight other creatures stronger than oneself. In addition to that, Lenah was loving, caring, and also, at the end, selfless. How more beautiful can you be?
Quite a number of characters are killed but yet there are additional interesting characters. Most interesting of all is Vicken. I loved the dynamics between Vicken and Lenah. I also loved just how totally chillax Vicken is. They make a great bestie-duo.
Overall, this book satisfies both sides of me. The romantic one with the idea of soul mates and what it means. The sensible one with the restraints shown by both sides and the ending which I thoroughly loved yet made me really anxious for the next installment of this series.
Thank you St Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the privilege to read & review galley.
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