Book Review: Fanged Princess

16095765Title: Fanged Princess

Author: Elisabeth Wheatley

Publisher: Chengalera Press

Release Date: January 22nd, 2013

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary: “I will not let my brother suffer the same loss…

Hadassah’s father, the Vampire King, punished her harshly for her choice to love a human. Now her brother, the only person in the world who still matters to her, has fallen for a human girl. Determined to keep the girl safe, the three of them flee from their home in New England and find themselves cornered with their father’s minions closing in. If they want to escape, their only hope may be to join forces with the mortal enemies of their kind…

Be ensnared in this dark tale of enduring love, revenge, and suspense from teenage author, Elisabeth Wheatley.”

The writing here was very crisp, (i.e. good), just as many have come to except from Wheatley. As for pace, sometimes it was a tad slow. Even so, once it picked up the story rocked right on through, and became very intense. Like, hardcore-bad-ass intense. (I ache so badly to give you an example, but I don’t want to spoil anything.)

On that note, the characters are great. I won’t give away why, since you’ll need to read and figure that out for yourself, but they’re diverse and well written, from delicate to deadly.

It’s a breath of fresh air to not have a protagonist in/pursuing a relationship, (at least for the first book; I don’t yet know what the future books hold!) Nope, instead she’s defending someone else’s relationship; that of her younger brother. The two of them have a healthy sibling relationship, which come on, we so need amongst all the YA constantly portraying broken families.

My one main complaint is how different the vampires are in this book to how we usually think of them. It’s not a bad thing to alter a creature’s mythology within the book world, but it can make things more difficult to follow if the author doesn’t explain. Some more clarification on how these vampires function would have done the story well.

For its writing, characters, and intensity, – deducted only half a point for some confusing mythology – , Fanged Princess scores a 4.5 out of 5.

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