Monday, May 19, 2014

Review for What Kills Me

An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race.

So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive.

How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?
My review:
Axelia wants a summer of fun in beautiful Rome. When a gorgeous boy asks her to sneak out at night, this sweet 17-year-old decides to be daring and have a romance. The perfect night takes a turn for the very worst. Axelia falls into an ancient well filled with vampire blood and emerges a vampire without a sire. The vampire Monarchy wants her dead and places a bounty on her head. Axelia must fight to survive and finds help in a vampire bladesmith, Lucas. But can the two of them take on a whole army of immortals?

The YA paranormal romance drew me in with the beautiful cover, but the amazing story kept me reading, gobbling up every word. It started off slow for me. After Axelia (a.k.a. Zee) becomes a vampire and the Monarchy becomes involved, the plot picks up. I love the vampire history, the lore, the mystery, and the politics. There are several fascinating layers to the world Channing has created, and it holds many possibilities for what might come.

Zee is a chatterbox and a bit annoying in that aspect, but she has a compassionate heart and brave soul. She grows as things snowball into a mountain of trouble and becomes an admirable heroine. Lucas is a great complement to Zee. He's quiet, loyal, and steadfast. He's a modern vampire knight without the shining armor! He's the type of hero I love to see in YA books.

I can't wait to read the next one in Wynne Channing's What Kills Me series.
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  1. Ooh, I've had this book growing dusty on my Kindle for a while now. Glad to see it's worth the read! Based off your review alone, Lucas sounds like the type of hero I like to see in books, too... :)

  2. What an amazing cover! Gorgeous. Excellent review.

  3. Sounds like a different take on the vampire story. Congrats to Wynn.

  4. All my best to Wynn. You did a great job with your review, Christine.

  5. The story sounds awesome, and I'm completely in love with the cover. So pretty!

    Thanks for the review!

  6. Note to self - don't fall into any vats of blood in Rome.

  7. A great read and it was free! You don't want to miss this one.

    Good note to self there, Alex! *LOL*

  8. I love the cover and what great review, Christine!

  9. Love that cover. Nice to know the story is good, too.

    Great review, Christine. :)

  10. The book sounds wonderful... great review.

  11. It's a great title! I like that cover too.

  12. Sounds like a really good book. Great review!

  13. That is such an amazing cover!

  14. Hey Christine,

    Have you missed me? I know, who is this person...LOL

    It is so very good of you to bring such awareness. "What Kills Me" does entice. Your review, as usual, comprehensive and thoughtful.

    Penny tells me I'm a chatterbox.

    Gary :)


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