Author: Lucy Fenton
Published: 3rd August 2015
My Rating: 3/5
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.
I received this book in an exchange for an honest review, kind regards to YA Book Tours and the Author
Hm...this book is full of surprises and twists and turns along the way. The cover is freaking gloomy awesome though!
Arden is very fierce, strong and a courageous character. She is someone who does not go down without a fight! I really loved her character and admired her ferocity very much. She was a fighter, I think this is what was a core integral in her and what kept the story going. I really found it amusing how she would never smile or laugh in the book, maybe......you will have to read the book to find out if she does or doesn't ;). It is really sad what happens to her at the beginning and how she is thrown in to the situation she never wanted to be in, but then again she is shown to be constantly wishing to be special it makes me think of wishful thinking and how we should careful of what we wish for.
Anyways, she finds out a devasting truth about her life capacity and what will happen to her. The story revolves around Arden finding out who she is along the way and accepting who she is as well as fighting for her destiny. I think this sends a strong message to everyone to be who they are (including me!).
I find it intriguing how she is depicted as a 'beserker' and feeds on negativity and chaos, that is freaking awesome and odd at the same time.
There are some characters who I did not like; Georgia being one of them, she is the typical 'mean bitch' who thinks she owns the school (the mystery becoming as to why everyone turns the cheek whenever she does something spiteful and no one notices? Strange right!) Nick is the nice, hot guy in the book. I love how he is willing to have a relationship with Arden despite the odds. The only I dislike the book, I felt the pace to be a bit slow at times and it dragged a bit in some places. I wanted more action.
Reminds you of Elena from the The Vampire Diaries doesn't it? It does for me!
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