Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Title: Descended by Blood
Author: Angeline Kace
Publisher: Accendo Press
Release: August 26, 2011
Length: 263 pages
Age Group: YA
Review copy from author for an honest review
Recommend: Jennifer says, “Anyone who loves a good vampire or paranormal romance will not be left disappointed.”
Brooke Keller is a high school junior who has never spent much time living in one place. She is finally in a town long enough to almost snag the boy of her dreams, until her life is threatened after killing a fanged man in his attempt to kidnap her. Brooke begins a dangerous journey in an effort to find out who is after her and how to stop them. In a world with powerful and prejudiced vampires, Brooke must tap into the side of her that she never knew existed at the risk of losing her life in order to save it. ~ Goodreads.com
Review by Jennifer
Why I read the book: I was missing the vampire genre. It had been a while since I had read anything that featured vampires as the main characters in the story. Angeline’s book seemed to be something I was looking for to kick start my ventures back into the vampire coven.
What I liked: Angeline’s characters were well developed. There is Brooke, Jaren, and Mirko. I never really liked geometry much but I love a well written love triangle. Angeline writes the love interests in such a way that you root for each one and are torn between who you really want Brooke to be with. I know that I have chosen a side but I’m not telling who that is. Besides figuring out who will get her heart, Brooke has to come to terms with learning some life changing information about who she really is. Nothing is the same after that. I loved the story line. It made the genre feel new to me once again, couldn’t stop reading, and pressed on until the end. Oh yeah, the ending. OMG! I finished the book and thought “Seriously, I didn’t see that coming.” What a tease you are Angeline!
What I didn’t like: The ending was a tease and I love that. What I don’t like is that I have too many questions now that I don’t have answers to until Angeline finishes book 2. She has assured me that a second book is in the works. Although I like the characters and their appeal, I was quite disappointed in Jaren for a while. That has nothing to do with the book just the way the character handled his feelings sometimes. I liked Brooke but she wavered in her decision about training a little too long for my liking. I see her as a strong character and I just felt she would have made up her mind a little sooner to train no matter what.
Recommendation: This is the first book from Angeline Kace. She has done an exceptional job on this story. Her story telling is solid and so are her characters. Anyone who loves a good vampire or paranormal romance will not be left disappointed. She has given the reader a love triangle to mix up the emotions, action to keep us on the edge of our seats, and a best friend relationship to keep Brooke grounded. The perfect recipe for a great read.