July 7, 2012

Review: Twin Souls, by K.A. Poe

Author: K.A. Poe
Title: Twin Souls
Series: Nevermore (#1)
Publisher: K.A. Poe (March 29th 2012)
Disclaimer: Copy received for review purposes

Buy your copy: Kindle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Seventeen year old Alexis finds herself on the eve of her eighteenth birthday. What generally means a step into adulthood instead opens its way to a terrifying truth about not only her family, but herself. She comes from a long line of vampire hunters, and her real dad wants her to carry on the family quest. At the same time, she is falling for a new boy at school who has his own secret. He is a vampire. Alexis is forced to make a decision from which there is no turning back. – Will she deny this newly discovered heritage, or embrace it.

Twin Souls is the first book in KA Poe’s Young Adult Nevermore series. Watch for the next in the series due to be released in May of 2012!”
GoodReads’ blurb

This story was short and sweet, and I’m going to try to keep the review that way.

When Istarted to read this story, I feared a lot of things: when you put vampire love and The Raven in one package, the expectations sure are high! But luckily, Twin Souls didn’t disappoint. It’s true that it didn’t thrill me either, but I sense a lot of potential here and, thankfully, most clich├ęs and similarities to other well-known series have been avoided.

The story starts with Alex and her world turning upside down. At first, I thought it was just a convenient way to get the parents out of the picture, but soon we learned that there was more to her heritage than met the eye... and that parents had actually just stepped in! I don’t want to give much away, but while the situation struck me as somewhat odd, Alex reactions made her a likeable heroine, even though she’s quite easy to talk into situations.

That was perhaps the part I liked least. Alex goes from complete unbeliever, to renegade of what she is, to accepting it, to start practicing it... and it’s all pretty fast! I might have liked to see her stand by her decision not to hunt a bit more, or to have spent more time training... Though the fact that she didn’t become a kick-ass hunting ace right away is a huge bonus point!

Salem is a non-human-biting vampire, but before you compare him to Twilight, that’s the only thing they have in common. Salem likes to take care of Alex and to pamper her, and when she’s in danger it’ll drive him up the wall... but he’ll also respect her and allow her to act on her own, even if he thinks the risks are too great or would rather just be by her side and spare her the ordeal.  I liked that. I also liked that he wasn’t this all-knowing old boy, and his special powers? I definitely want to read more about that. I’m guessing it has something to do with his relation to one of the witches in the Salem trial, though I might be making that up because while it was mentioned in the beginning, it never was brought up again... And I definitely want to know.

All in all, this story is a sweet read, interesting for all those who love young adult vampire romances and with a lot of potential to get really good in future books.

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