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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Ava has spent her life running from the monsters that lurk in the shadows, always the prey. She finally thinks she can settle down, have a normal life, and work on not being so scared of the world around her. That is until she runs into her worst fear.

He has finally found the potential family he has always wanted. All he has to do is make his little bird sing. Will Ava e
Kindle Edition, 554 pages
Published February 28th 2015
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Animal is by Nikki Rae

“Evan wondered if now that Ava no longer had her family, if she would continue to survive. He wondered if she would be Ava anymore or just another animal Michael would keep in a cage, play with, and train to act whichever way he wished.”

Ava lost her parents when she was young. Now it’s just her and her cousin Toni. Ava never stays in one place long. It’s not that she doesn’t want to, but she just knows, she has to go, keep moving, to stay safe. It isn’t fair to Toni, to
May 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Well.. This was terrifying!

Ava survived the fire that killed her parents; their job was to help vampires blend into human society. She knows that vampires started the fire and since then never stays in the same place for long. Ava and Toni her cousin move from place to place, always looking over their shoulders and never go out alone at night. Ava loves animals and gets a job at the local pet store. After getting settled in her new job, Evan & Michael (vampires appearing human) enter and ask adv
Shirley Cuypers
Original review

Hope was worse than love.

Ava Brooks, a 20-year-old girl, has a passion for animals. She's been working in pet stores for a while so she could save some money for college.
Ava moved into a apartment in New York for a new job in PetCity. Her one and only family, Toni is going to move in with her too. The two of them never stayed at one place for more than a year.

Things hid in the dark that could hurt me. The sun made everything safe.

Ava's been hearing a cat in the dark for a few
3.5 Stars!
Do ever just feel heavy while reading a book?
A good kind of heavy where you know that if you stop the crushing weight on sitting on your chest, the feeling of just utter doom won't go away but get worse?
Thats how this went.

When i started this i couldn't breath. It was like if i breathed, if i made to much noise i would disturb the book. Crazy I know, but it was so enthralling, all-consuming that I lost myself completely to the book. I didn't know where it began and i ended. The heavy emot
Alec John
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ava is afraid of vampires.

That much was obvious within the first few pages of the book. I was a huge fan of Nikki Rae's novella, The Donor, so when she was giving out copies to beta readers, I had to snag on up. I will admit, I have not read the Sunshine Series yet, though I've really wanted to.

This book is apparently a spin-off of Sunshine, but you wouldn't know if you haven't read Sunshine. This book can stand entirely by itself, and for that, I have to give Nikki props. Writing a spin-off can
Jan 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016
This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I was excited to start reading Animal. I really like dark reads so I thought this would be perfect for me. Unfortunately it was a bit of a mess. I really did not enjoy the characters or the storyline. It had a lot of promise, but it just didn't pan out for me.

Ava had a traumatic experience in the past which left her with only her cousin Toni and panic attacks. She and her co
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kobo, kindle
Rae has created an intricate story that will keep you captivated while making you ponder the possibilities. This well written story will take you on a chillingly dark journey in Rae’s well constructed world. The storyline is disturbing in such a manner that you can’t look away. Rae’s short chapters make you feel like you’re getting glimpses into the lives of the characters, snippets that when put together paint the entire picture. The flashbacks and memories draw you back into the past, showing ...more
Jun 28, 2015 rated it liked it
I would like to thank the author, Nikki Rae, for providing me with an electronic copy to review. For the most part, I found the plot compelling and the characters well defined. With regards to the main plot of the book, this is not the typical vampire story. I found the unique aspects of the plot to be arresting and this kept me turning the pages. The problem that I had with reading this book is the shifting points of view and perspective, as this ruins the continuity for me. My favorite charact ...more
Louise Seraphim Reviews
Oh wow! I'm still quite stunned by this story.
It was dark, yet in a really weird way, quite beautiful. That's a bizarre explanation, I know. I'll explain more.

Animal is a paranormal book, but it's also quite dark, and very deep and can mess with your mind a little. The best kind of book, in my opinion. Plus if your a hopeless romantic, you can also see elements of something building there.

Ava, has never had the easiest of lives. After a traumatic event took her parents, when she was young, it h
Nicole M. Hewitt
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Animal is a really twisted and dark vampire story, even grittier than Rae’s Sunshine Trilogy. I didn’t realize it at first, but this book is actually a sort of prequel to that series. It can be read alone, but this tells the backstory of two of the characters in the original series – Ava and Evan. I absolutely loved Sunshine, so I was eager to see how Ava and Evan got to where we met them in the Sunshine series!

This is
Amy (Lost in a Good Book)
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, top-five-2015
Note: I was provided a copy of this book for review.

Animal is a story that is fascinating, eerie, and extremely captivating. I never once put the book down after I had begun and I was glued to each page that I read; always wondering what would happen, intrigued by what I had just read, and intense curiosity motivating me to keep going no matter what. Rae's writing grabs you and holds your attention from the start, even with the simplest of scenes, and while you do not know where the story will g
Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed

Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?

Animal is a spin off of The Sunshine Series by Nikki Rae. You don't have to read the series to fully get what's happening in this book, but if you have read the series, you get to see into the psyche of Michael a little bit. We are given the perspectives of Ava, Evan, and Michael. Ava is brought to hell and back a few times through this book. It was pretty emotional reading from her point of view as a victim and how she coped with her situation mentally and em
Paranormal Books R Us
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ever since the fire that took her parents from her when she was little Ava has been on the move. Never settling in one place for very long she knew she was running from something but she just wasn't sure who or what. Unfortunately for Ava that something finally found her and he has no intentions of letting her go.

I am madly in love with this author's writing style and Animal is no exception. She isn't afraid to dig into the darkest parts of her characters and they are each intense, scary, and ev
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Dark, Paranormal, Suspense
This is a really great paranormal read, it is what I would call a dark and twisted paranormal thriller novel. It is a very long read so I would suggest making plenty of time for this read, as it is pretty hard to put down. The suspense and intrigue kept me turning page after page, trying to anticipate what was going to happen. There are so many aspects of this book that made me shudder. I became very immersed in the story and felt so much while reading this book, as i
S.J. Abbo
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it
* I received this book in exchange for honest review.*
It's not so dark but it's not for everyone. I think this is not romance and I don't know why I expect one. Good writing and very interesting story. Maybe everything is not black and white but monster stays monster and it's very refreshing. Girl fight till the end and you must respect that because that not a case in many similar books. Honestly, not what I expect and that is why three stars. Maybe even three and half.
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: given-for-review
I was very kindly provided with a copy of Animal to read and review.

After losing her parents when she was still just a child, Ava has lived a regrettable and heartbreaking life, moving from town to town and trying to out run the monsters that claimed the lives of the two people she loved the most. Trying to stay one step ahead of the shadows, Ava and her cousin Toni are all each other have and all each other need. But no one can hide forever, no matter how far they run or how big a crowd they st
*An ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for my honest review.*

Ummm...yea. I had a hard time coming up with a review for this book. Why? I'm emotionally drained. A book hangover if you will. Now while it took a lot out of me, I must say that there's a giddy side of me that is just gushing with excitement because I've read the Sunshine series and this book is the pre cursor to Sophie's story. We see how it all began. We see the WHY but it isn't justified.

This story is one of survival. A
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Animal is quite the intriguing tale. I wasn't sure what to expect with this one because the cover doesn't give much away, nor does the synopsis. The novel starts out pretty slowly so I was a tad worried I wouldn't like this one as much as I liked this author's previous work. But before long, I couldn't put it down. The suspense in this novel is nearly overwhelming within certain moments.

You have your characters - the main female lead being Ava. She seemed drab to me at first but that was because
Jennifer  (BTH Reviews)
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Review originally appeared on Books That Hook

4.5 stars

I was pleasantly surprised by Animal. It was a great mix of horror and fantasy. The author kept the story going at a fast pace, skillfully limiting flashbacks and exposition of backstory. I appreciated that there were no information dumps and the story's goal became apparent very early on in the story.
Ella Drayton
I am in awe over this book. I am not really a huge fan of paranormal stuff but when I came across the synopsis of Nikki Rae's book, I knew I had to read it. I am so excited that she was kind enough to allow me an opportunity to review!

I connected with the main character Ava right from the beginning because of her love and affection for animals. Ever since the accident that took away Ava's family, she's moved around from place to place with her cousin Toni and as a result she does not do well wi
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Would like to thank Nikki Rae for gifting me this book for a honest review

I am a big fan of Nikki Rae's Sunshine series, this book is more of a prequel; you do not need to read the Sunshine Series to read this one, but it a great series to read.

This book Wow!! I was afraid to read this and read what Ava had to goes through, so much happens. Such a dark twisted story, very well written, so dark and emotional.

Ava has always known about Vampires and was taught how to detect them and block them m
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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In Animal, Nikkie Rae creates an unconventional hero for a demographic that is largely ignored: girls who are weak.

The main character, Ava, has a panic disorder that is at times debilitating. For most of the book, she's trapped by a foe stronger than her in almost every way. She is, for all intents and purposes, weak. And yet Ava doesn't let that stop her from being a hero in her own right.

What is a hero, really? Type it into Google and you get a bunch of images of s
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books.

You know, when you are reading?? Do you like to plot ahead?? See where a book might go and whether you are right?? I do, and sometimes I'm right and sometimes, I'm wrong. I don't mind either way, I like a book that keeps me on my toes.

This one??

This book kept me guessing right to the very end! I said to my partner midway through, " I can see this going one of three ways, oh maybe 4 ways" and then??? A fifth way happens! I did not see th
Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
*3.5 Stars*

Animal started out very slowly for me The setup was slow. I did understand the necessity of the details once I got into the story further, but it did make me worry initially. While it did eventually capture and hold my interest, the pace never gained any speed.

Ava is a young woman who grew up knowing about vampires. After losing her parents as a teen. she spent her life on the run. She never knew exactly what she was running from and she suffered debilitating anxiety and panic attacks
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: na-books, 2015
This review and more on So Bookalicious

Animal is a spin-off of Nikki Rae’s Sunshine Series. Ever since I read that series I’m in love with the author’s writing. We first got a glimpse of Ava in the Sunshine Series, back then I was intrigued with her story. So when I found out that Ava would get her own book I was so excited. Ava’s story didn’t disappoint me. Since Animal is a prequel to the Sunshine Series it can easily be read when you haven’t read the Sunshine Series yet. And believe me after
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was gifted a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

“On the outside there was not permanent damage, but inside I was scarred forever.”

We enter the story being introduced to Ava. She is an animal whisperer.  Dealing with animals is a breeze. Humans, not so much. At age 15 her life drastically changed.  Her parents had connections that introduced her to an irregular lifestyle. But, now they are no longer around to love and nourish her. She clings to routines and numbe
Shantal Oliver
Dec 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Ava has spent her life running from the monsters that lurk in the shadows, always the prey. She finally thinks she can settle down, have a normal life, and work on not being so scared of the world around her. That is until she runs into her worst fear.

He has finally found the potential family he has always wanted. All he has to do is make his little bird sing. Will Ava escape with her humanity intact?

When I began this book I honestly thought it would be another werewolf or some
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I picked up (actually, downloaded) a copy of "Animal" after reading "The Crow Box," Rae's latest release. I really liked "The Crow Box" and if anything, I liked "Animal" even better. It's the story of a young woman, Ava, who's on the run from...what? Vampires, it turns out. Only one of them has his eye on her and ***SPOILER ALERT****

ends up kidnapping her, while another vampire seems to be in love with her, but is helpless to do anything about it. If this sounds like a cliched plot, Rae rewrites
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
In ‘Animal’ we meet Ava, a girl with anxieties, trying to hide from her painful past. Although Ava’s life seems anything but happy, she’s managing the best way she knows how. But one night Ava makes a huge mistake and finds herself being taken by Michael, a very evil kind of man. From that night forward Ava lives her life in terror. The one little light in her current life is Evan, but even he is not safe from Michael.

What I liked the most about ‘Animal’ was definitely Ava’s character. Even in
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Nikki Rae is an independent author who lives in New Jersey. She explores human nature through fiction, concentrating on making the imaginary as real as possible. Her genres of choice are mainly dark, scary, romantic tales, but she’ll try anything once. When she is not writing, reading, or thinking, you can find her spending time with animals, drawing in a quiet corner, or studying people. Closely.

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