Friday, January 9, 2015

REVIEW: Amaranth (The Resistance Trilogy #1) by Rachael Wade

Title: Amaranth (The Resistance Trilogy #1)
Author: Rachael Wade
Publication Date: July 27, 2011
Source: Via the author in exchange for review.

Hoodoo-influenced Southern Louisiana seems like the perfect place for Camille to escape her abusive past and dysfunctional family. She doesn’t expect to fall in love with the handsome Gavin Devereaux and plummet into the world of Amaranth, a place of exile for reformed vampires.

Wrestling to escape a deadly ex-boyfriend while giving Gavin a chance, Camille is confronted with decisions that threaten not only her life, but the lives of her inhuman friends she has come to love. Entangled in her friends’ quest for freedom, she dives into their realm and faces the threats of Amaranth’s ruler—the mother of all vampires—and her own inner demons.

Now Camille must decide whether she will derail her life and make the ultimate sacrifice for the monsters that interrupted her bumpy path back to sanity—what she still wants so desperately—or escape with Gavin before it’s too late for both of them.

I went into Amaranth with magical expectation. Southern Louisiana, Hoodoo and Vampires sounds like perfection to me. But I finished feeling a little bit let down.

Our main character, Camille, settles down in Southern Louisiana after running from an abusive relationship. After 2 years and another abusive boyfriend in her new home, she meets an unexpected stranger. Once Camille and Gavin's paths cross, her world is turned completely upside down. She's introduced to another place and creatures that she never knew existed in real life.

I wanted to like Camille, I really did. But I found her really hard to relate to. She's gone through so much abuse in her lifetime. I just couldn't understand her ability to fall in love with Gavin so easily. Especially when he always acted so shady. I did like Gavin. He always had good intentions, He just didn't execute things properly.

I felt like the story progressed to quickly. Once Camille found out the Gavin was a vampire, BAM!, we're thrown into the fight of our lives. Amaranth is the hidden world for reformed vampires and they believe that it also holds the cure. Amaranth was very fast paced and a quick read. I made it through in one sitting. I absolutely loved the plot for this story. I just closed the pages feeling like I could have learned so much more!

Rachael Wade's writing style was easy to follow. The only real "peeve" I had was that the story contains the phrase, "I let out the breath I didn't realize I was holding." TWICE! I loathe that phrase.

Overall, Amaranth was a good read. It has a great story line and some really good characters. I just wish we'd had the chance to learn more about them. This is a series, so perhaps that's something that improves in the next couple books.

At some point I may continue on with The Resistance Trilogy but for now, I'm good with stopping at Amaranth.

3 Hearts!


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