Goodreads: Anya Millar had no memory of her life or an instruction manual on how to navigate the insane world of humans, biting, and reality. Instead, Anya has had to learn to navigate the world of love, life, and sanity while avoiding those that would see her dead or enslaved.
This is the ongoing journey of Anya and Nicholas, human loving vampires and the human they love, Declán. What makes it all more complicated is that they are abominations in their own world and Declán is a natural born vampire hunter called a Guardian.
Anya must come to terms with who she is and her missing past, Nicholas must win back the object of his eternal love while dealing with new cravings in his silent heart, and Declán must learn to destroy the very creatures that he has unequivocally given his heart and blood.
What I liked: 1) There was definitely a unique writing style here. It's written from Anya's point of view, but we got her thoughts as well as her actions, every single one of them. Even those little impressions that she got of people while in general conversation. It was really interesting, and you were never left wondering what Anya was thinking. It was also very real, in that aspect. I know that my own thoughts are often jumbled, and jump around and take a while to sort out. This potentially could have made the flow of the book difficult to follow, but it actually made me enjoy it more. 2) The reveal. I thought that it was great how timely different pieces of the plot were revealed. Anya is suffering from memory loss, and as the reader, you are wondering who she is and why she's lost her memory and different pieces of that are revealed all throughout the book. It really helps to keep the reader interested. 3) The plot. It was clever and creative, and while it took a while to get there, it ended nicely and succinctly. 4) Anya. I liked Anya as a character, and enjoyed watching her figure out who she was, and really grow into herself.
What I didn't like: 1) The biggest issue I had with the book was that the writing seemed...anachronistic to the time period. The way that they all spoke was a little too...old-school for me to believe that it was modern day. Just as an example, there was a lack of contractions (don't, can't, haven't) that my brain just didn't comprehend at first. I would have accepted it if it was just the immortals, the vamps and the like that spoke that way, cause they are all old-school. But the human teens did too, and it messed with my mind! 2) I would have liked to get to know some of the other characters better. It was so focused on Anya, Declan and Nic that I didn't really understand the roles that some of the other characters were playing.
Overall thoughts: An interesting read with a really fun main character, twisty plot lines, and an intriguing mystery. I was thrown off a little by some of the speech patterns, but once you get into the story, it's easy to look past those and enjoy as the plot unfolds. Once you do, you'll get to enjoy a good story! Oh, and a romance that gets pretty steamy at times!
My rating: 3 shots
Cheers and happy reading!