It seems to me that the latest (view spoiler)[ "vampire/paranormal" (hide spoiler)]
genre just seem to repeat itself over and over again:
1. New girl at school
2. Meets mysterious cold-blooded boy
3. Girl and Boy have some cosmic connection to each other
4. Girl and Boy must resolve some relationship conflict to why they "can't" be together.
While I really enjoyed Cook's writing style, there were too many similarities (view spoiler)[to another well-know Vampire Saga (hide spoiler)]
(yes, you know which one). Violet is a girl with some paranormal abilities (she has premonitions about the future) who finds herself at a special boarding school (think X-men) where she meets a mysterious boy. While the initial half of the book drew me in, as soon as the similarities showed up, I had a harder time finishing the book (not because the writing was poor but because I just wanted something more original).(view spoiler)[ Basically, Violet discovers that Aidan is a....yes, vampire (he has a lower body temp, he can read minds, he was born over a hundred years ago...you see the similarities here?). Their relationship is so hot and cold; one minute they are together, the next broken off...that I got pretty frustrated with their tumultuous relationship and honestly, I just didn't FEEL the need for them to be together at all. (hide spoiler)]
By the way, did I mention that there's also a (view spoiler)[werewolf (hide spoiler)]
in the story who...surprise, surprise is of course the (view spoiler)[natural enemy of the vampire (hide spoiler)]
....hmm...heard that one before?
Basically, if you never read that OTHER (view spoiler)[vampire (hide spoiler)]
book, you probably wouldn't be as perturbed. The premise of the story IS interesting (the idea of a special school for kids with special paranormal abilities) and I wish the story could have focused on that instead of Violet and Aidan's relationship. Also, the fact that Violet is destined to be a (view spoiler)[ vampire slayer (hide spoiler)]
seemed a bit unrealistic for me and seemed like just something to add to the story to add more conflict. (view spoiler)[ Also, the addition of Violet having a similar face to Isabel also seemed unnecessary (hide spoiler)]
; we don't really find out why just speculations...Why add that if there's no reason. Lastly, the description of one of the side effects of vampirism (view spoiler)[ p. 208 "One of the more unpleasant side effects is that a vampire can't achieve...er...sexual release without simultaneous penetration of the fangs." (hide spoiler)]
was just unnecessary and personally, a bit disturbing and doesn't add anything to the story except (view spoiler)[ to tell us that vampires need to be sexual responsive while biting in order to turn a person into a vampire. (hide spoiler)]
And the point is?...
Cook does write entertainingly enough and her scientific description of vampirism was interesting, but I am disappointed it sounded like another book I've once read.
And sorry about all the Spoiler Tags...Maybe someone who hasn't read that "OTHER BOOK" might enjoy this one.
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