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I'm always a little leery about co-authored books despite the fact that I've never actually read a bad one. This was no exception. It flowed smoothly, no jarring transitions or style changes. And that's about where my ability to talk technical stuff ends.
The world reminded me of so much. It was like an nuanced meal where I could taste flavors of things I've had before but was, on the whole, it's own thing entirely. I felt like I could *see* the settings, feel the press of people in the bar, the desolation of the streets just before sunrise. I love Charlie. She is all that I want in a protagonist. Good and yet, flawed. Beneath the veneer is a monster waiting to be released and I adore it. I was game for who I thought the love interest would be, even though it would not be my first choice. And then the end happened and my fangirling heart squealed with joy.
I look forward to the next installment of this story. I already knew that K.J Sutton wrote books that I love, that speak to the twisted places in my heart that sing for these dark themes. Now I'm excited to check out what Jessi Elliott has to offer. I feel like I made out like a bandit on this deal: a great new story to read, a new author's work to pursue, a beloved author's work to revisit. Yes, yes, yes.
Noooo... What? That was too short! Give me more!!!
So I was *vaguely gestures* around for the Twilight craze. I remember it all maybe a little too vividly, tbh. But I wasn't really into vampires or fan culture at the time so I didn't get to enjoy it. You can bet I'm jumping on the bandwagon and enjoying every minute of the vampire craze this time around. With favorite shows like The Vampire Diaries and Legacies and now amazing books likeCrave and currently, A Whisper In The Dark, I'm living for it.
In A Whisper In The Dark, the first story arc and novella, we meet Charlie, the vampire princess formally known as Charlotte. Charlie is on the verge of her Awakening, which is when vampires mature into adults resulting in their eyes changing colors. Charlie's father is the highly feared Vampire King who decided to split society up by factions depending on a vampire's adult eye color in an attempt to create a utopian society. (Think along the lines of Divergent) Anyone who has ever read a Dystopian knows about how well that works but I won't spoil anything for you as I still think it's a fresh perspective on that and vampires in general. Charlie finds herself in an unexpected place and is lost and confused. There's so many different paths her story can go and I'm eagerly awaiting the continuation.
If the cover and description don't sell you, let me say a few things about why I love this story:
The dystopian world is ruled by a ruthless vampire king, and there is a clear hierarchy of supernatural creatures. But humans aren't at the bottom like you'd expect. That dubious honor instead goes to half-breeds.
Charlie Travesty's fall from grace was a sad and compelling plot, and I can't wait for the next book. I immediately wanted the next installment and I'm so glad the serials are being released being so close to each other.