by Laura Daleo
Summary from Goodreads:
A Compelling Dark Vampire Saga of Love, Secrets, Lies and Betrayals!!
Centuries ago ten powerful vampire gods first walked the earth; their blood thirst knew no boundaries. The destruction of mankind was inevitable. Recognizing their weakness, they selected twelve wise human beings to transform with their godly blood. These twelve, known as The Old Ones and The Council, govern The Ten. A blood lottery appeasing The Ten’s hunger was set forth into the human world and passed down every fifth generation, continuing into the present day.
All of Beth Ryan’s life a mysterious mist watched over her, a mist she believed to be a vampire. On a cold winter night, she comes face to face with Philippe Delon, a 700 year old vampire with a human soul. Beth is certain Philippe is the vampire behind the mist. She is drawn to him, accepting his immortality without question or fear.
Beth and Philippe cannot deny their love for each other, nor do they try to fight it. Within days of their encounter, Beth accepts Philippe’s invitation to move into his mansion. The mansion unlocks the door to the vampire world and exposes secrets from Beth’s past. Within its walls, she learns the true identity of the mist, her link to the blood lottery, and betrayal of her loved ones. Surrounded by lies, Beth stands before The Council begging for resolution.
Vampires are not my thing. I never even read Twilight. Nope. Or Vampire Academy. So this review comes to you from a vampire inexpert, who, in the spirit of Halloween, decided to step out of her comfort zone and give this a try.
As soon as I read the prologue, I was convinced I’d made the right decision. Still, I am not a fan of blood so certain things made me a tad queasy -like Phillippe’s bodily fluids being ALL blood, for example. But putting that aside because well, he’s a vampire (duh, what was I expecting), I was surprised to find that many other aspects did interest me. I loved the history behind vampirism and the way the author explains everything to us in detail, including the part that the gods played, etc… It was very creative and not what I was expecting -definitely more interesting than just plain old vampires.
I wasn’t aware of the fact that there would be a love triangle and I always steer clear of those because I like happy endings all around. So while I was mentally prepared for vampires and blood, I wasn’t expecting this. I don’t want to give anything away but basically, at some point in the book what we thought was true turned out to be something else. I struggled with this discovery for a while, along with the usual anxiety that love triangles give me, especially when you really love both and don’t want anyone to get hurt. The story is set to be continued in the next book so we don’t find out all the answers yet. Hopefully, there will be a happy ending for all three!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
4 out of 5 stars