Let's begin with a good look at the characters in this book. Our leading lady is Felicity and she has just started college. Young and naive, she doesn't know much about the real world out there and has never even done the deed with a guy. She works at a bookshop that has an attached cafe. Ben is a guy she works with at the cafe and she is interested in at the beginning. That is, until reality comes crashing down in a rather harsh way when she's attacked by some vampires along with Ben on her way home from work soon after arriving at school. Turns out that Ben knew there was a vampire problem in the little town. Enter Felicity's hero, Cain. Talk about bad boy. This guy is not only awesome at fighting them off, but he has the air of a true gentleman. It's bad enough that Felicity finds herself crushing hard on the guy. Then she's told he's a vamp. Well, that shakes things up a bit, but nevertheless, she is determined to see past that and finds someone she wants to spend more time with. Cain can't seem to help himself either when it comes to the beautiful Felicity. Ben, however, is not nice at all. The guy has a real hatred of vamps and let's Cain know it every chance he can get. Ben's seems like one of those shallow college guys only looking for one thing. As the story progresses, Ben and Felicity seem to constantly be in danger of Sindy, the local vampire causing trouble. Accustomed to getting what she wants, she finds herself continually rebuffed by Cain. Now, Cain is not like other vampires. He lives mostly off of animal blood and travels around trying to teach other vampires how to live more peacefully with humans instead of mercilessly slaughtering them.
I have to say, the story drew me in like a moth to a flame. And the thing was that I became rather invested. After all, sometimes you just have to know what's going to happen next. I assure you, it's not boring in any way! I did find several very interesting elements to this story, including the role of crosses and holy water, Cain's sheer determination when it comes to Felicity, and Alyson since she is a real person of interest at this point. Great read!
5 out of 5 stars!
(come back tomorrow for an account of the next book in the series!)
ALMOST HUMAN ~ The First Trilogy
In this paranormal fantasy, chapters alternate between a vampire and a young woman, as they join an ensemble cast to navigate difficulties of addiction and desire; perils of zombies and vampires; and struggles with abuse, morality and... college.
Volume 1: Fatal Infatuation
Felicity views going away to college as an opportunity to mature into a confident young woman, but her new beginning turns out to be more of an adventure than she bargains for when she finds that her school is plagued by vampires!
Cain is an elder vampire who displays quiet confidence even as he struggles to overcome sins of his past. Surprisingly, he found that in losing his life he gained his faith and a purpose.
His mission: find the hostile vampires that inhabit this small college town, and educate them to live in peace with humans. Their leader, Sindy, is a wicked temptress who has set her sights on Felicity's new friend Ben. She will be difficult to control, but after meeting Felicity, Cain's most difficult task lies in controlling himself.
*ALMOST HUMAN is a series of successive trilogies, not stand-alone books. Each trilogy is self-contained enough to be read alone as a 3 book set, but the story unfolds chronologically, and the characters do continue from one trilogy to the next. Main storyline closure is in each 3rd book, but there are also story-ties leading from one trilogy to the next in the series. *For series updates, visit: MelanieNowak.com