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I loved reading this book from start. I was hooked from the start.
Can’t wait for book 2. I want to see how Victoria will defeat the vampire queen with Prince Dominic by her side.
This book is set in the future in the 3000s where vampires rule and humans are treated as blood slaves. Victoria enters in this time from a mysterious letter she received. She meets Anthony, Mistress Olivia and Prince Dominic, all vampires. She learns that her blood is poisonous to vampires and that she has been to this time a few times but Victoria never remembers. She also learns some startling truth about her sister and mother. She also develops feelings for Dominic.
Following the devastating loss of her mother and sister in an accident, high school senior Victoria Edwards has been living in foster care. One night, she’s disconcerted to see a boy floating outside her window. The next morning she receives a letter with instructions telling her to wade into a nearby stream at midnight, swim under the fence and that he’ll be waiting for her on the other side. “You have to come through. The things you’ve lost will come back to you.”
Intrigued in spite of herself, Victoria ventures into the unknown, only to find herself slap bang in the middle of a Kingdom ruled by vampires in the year 3130 no less. The boy outside her window is Prince Dominic. She barely has time to recover from her shock, when she’s forced to enter The Trade, a ritual in which young maidens are offered as sacrifices to the Royals in return for crops. This year Prince Dominic will choose a bride from the sacrifices and he chooses Tori.
Upon entering the Palace however, Tori uncovers deceit and treachery and must keep her wits about her as she struggles to remember a past she has no memory of.
The Trade is the first instalment of the Vampire Kingdom trilogy and was my first introduction to the author. From the offset, I found myself totally immersed in the premise of the story. The idea of time travel/memory loss in a world where vampires rule and humans are kept as blood slaves with Tori’s blood being ‘different’ playing a crucial factor.
The characters were interesting, appealing and relatable. Initially Tori is understandably out of her depth but as she as comes to learn more about her past, we see glimpses of her strength and resolve. I loved the interaction between her and Anthony. Dominic is charming and willing to do anything to protect Tori. Queen Danica is a particularly self centred, power hungry chilling antagonist.
All in all this was a fast paced, action packed book with enough mystery, twists and turns to ensnare the reader into picking up the next instalment. Ideal for YA fans of fantasy, time travel, vampires.
One can only imagine my excitement when I received an email from Leigh Walker that said she was releasing her new book early! I dove in (no pun intended since Victoria had five to get to this new world) and I have loved every single page. The only negative component that I could find is that this story was not long enough! Things are getting mighty crazy and I am loving it! Bombshell after bombshell kept on coming which made it near impossible to put this book down. I am holding out that this divine author will release book two early.
This was a very cute story, one I am sure a younger crowd will enjoy. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it because I did, very much. I am anxious to read the next book in the series to see what’s going to happen. I really loved the humor in this book too. I would recommend this book to other young readers.
This moved at a good clip involving a girl who unintentionally time travels centuries into the future and meets a gorgeous guy who happens to be a vampire prince. She may or may not be his chosen bride :) A nice addition to the YA vampire scene.
5 stars! I could not put this book down. I will be buying the next book. I believe this story is interesting due to the lead character, time travel, amnesia, the maybe bio father, Anthony and the prince. I can't wait to see what happens :)
Being important in some way in stories is obviously cliche when it comes to the genre, but how you approach it is what makes things interesting to the readers (the rarity of grammatical errors helps too). I enjoyed the story so far and look forward to seeing how it plays out in the future.