The Vampire Within by Laura Daleo #Review
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Brandon Cass is not your average teenager. He has a taste for blood—human blood. For sixteen years, he stumbled through life without a hitch until the enigmatic aroma of blood awakened something dark within him. Visions of a beautiful young woman with chocolate brown hair and ocean blue eyes haunt his mind, yet her identity is a puzzling mystery.
His hunger for blood strengthens, and the cravings become too powerful to control. No one is safe, not even his family. To safeguard all he once found dear, Brandon sets out on a quest for answers. In an unfamiliar city, he comes face-to-face with the beautiful young woman, confronts the dark force which controls him, and learns what he must endure to reclaim his soul.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Hearts
Review: In a market glutted with vampire novels, it takes a particularly unique take on the story to really grab my attention. To be perfectly honest, I’m not entirely sure if this one did or not. The take on how Brandon Cass, a sixteen year-old with a sudden craving for blood, became a vampire is definitely unique. However, some of the aspects of the book are a bit clichéd and derivative. As another reviewer pointed out, one of the beginning scenes where Brandon is practically intoxicated over the scent of Sam’s blood is extremely reminiscent of the Twilight novels. All of those criticisms aside, I still very much enjoyed the book, and enjoyment for me goes a long way to forgive a multitude of sins. And, between you and me, being derivative is a relatively minor sin. The novel was entertaining and well-written, though rushed in places and might benefit from a re-write to smooth out those rough spots. I would be interested in reading more novels set in this world; possible showing us what happens with Brandon’s tutor or how Brandon fares after the adventure. Despite some crude references and some minor violence, I would say that this novel is safe to recommend to mature readers 13+, particularly those fans of the aforementioned Twilight series.
Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock