sexta-feira, 19 de abril de 2013

Blog Tour: Anomaly by JC Emery [Review]

Today I bring you another blog tour/book blitz, this time hosting a tour for Anomaly Release Day Blitz. 
Hope you all enjoy it!

Title: Anomaly
Author: JC Emery
Published: Left Break Press


How far would you go to save your sister?
Life as a college senior is stressful enough. Between mid-terms, stupid boys, and a rare blood condition, Eliza Landry is just trying to figure out what normal is—whatever that means—when she discovers that vampires aren’t just a thing of legend.
In a matter of moments, her life changes forever when she and her older sister Kate suffer a vampire attack which leaves Eliza with two puncture wounds on her neck and an allergy to sunlight. But she’s still human, or at least she thinks she is. It doesn’t really matter—her main concern is that her sister is missing.
Sorrow turns to obsession, leading Eliza to piece together the puzzle of that terrifying night. Even stumbling upon a millennia-old vampire assassin named Luke Conrad who either wants to kill her or kiss her (she can't decide) cannot deter her.
When bodies start piling up and one of them is supposedly Kate, Eliza and Luke set out to discover who is behind the attacks. Soon, Eliza is drawn into the dark and dangerous world of the undead, with no guarantee she’ll make it out alive, and no doubt that she won’t like what she finds.

I can’t ask for a better thing, a better feeling, than the one that consumes my soul whenever a book turns out to be a massive surprise. I’m still not quite sure what was it that I was expecting from this story, but no doubt in my mind that this wasn’t it. Anomaly is such a refreshing read in the vampire themed story that I continue to be astonished by it. Everything about it is odd and different and invigorating, and I find that to be extremely important when vamps are the creatures being portrayed. I’ve read so many variations of this genre before, with girls being turned and then falling in love with their masters, that I’m always looking for the next big thing, the next great novelty, the next risky fresh, creative vibe. JC Emery definitely pulled this one off successfully.

Eliza is the essence of this book but, for me, Kate was the one that constantly made me wonder and question her sanity, and that kept me on edge due to her unexpected growth and transformation throughout the story. She used to have this sweet and caring side, this charisma that would easily lighten up an entire room, but then everything was destroyed and all that was left was this bitter, mean person of hers. Her sister, on the other hand and because it is her perspective the one given to readers, sends out this strong sense of familiarity and closeness that’s from utter importance. In the beginning, she’s this fragile young woman who has been affected by an illness all of her life, but once she’s attacked and Kate disappears, something in her changes and she ends up becoming this kick-ass heroin that no one expects her to be.

I really did enjoy the way Emery built her story, although there were a couple of things more towards the end that didn’t completely convince me. I believe it was positively clever of her to show that the thing that matters the most is finding Kate, so that the vampire aspect of the story comes out in second plan. I felt much more attached to the story and to Eliza’s fears and despairs because of this choice than I would have ever had if Emery had decided to put all the importance and attention in Eliza’s transformation into some kind of weird and unknown creature. Too bad Luke wasn’t much of a supporting character. I can’t say I didn’t like him ‘cause I did, and he sure had his moments but I don’t think he was giving the care he deserved and, due to that, he wasn’t able to really fulfil the steps of mysterious love interest.

There were times, so many, many times, when I wanted to give this book a complete 5 stars… but as soon as the ending was coming clearer and nearer things just stopped happening with the same intensity has they had been happening. The pace slowed down, the majority of the questions kept unanswered and the way the book ended was way too weird. I wanted to know more about The Legion and The Guard, I wanted to try and understand what was it that really happen to Kate and the reason that made her act the way she did, but nothing was given to me and because of that I felt a bit numb and totally confused. I hope, with all my strengths, that the next book in the series brings some answers ‘cause I really want them now! Can’t stand this curiosity for much longer...

About the author:
As a child, JC was fascinated by things that went bump in the night. As they say, some things never change. Now, as an adult, she divides her time between the sexy law men, mythical creatures, and kick-ass heroines that live inside her head and pursuing her bachelor’s degree in English. As it is for most writers, finding balance is a challenge.
JC is a San Francisco Bay Area native, but has also called both Texas and Louisiana home. She was born to a pair of crazy amazing parents whom she often draws inspiration from and who have supported her no matter how flighty her ambitions may be. She is blessed with a sister, eleven years her junior, who she also calls her friend. With the support and encouragement of her parents behind her, JC set out to figure out what she wanted to do when she grew up. Most days, the jury is still out; but the thing that stuck with her no matter what she pursued was her love of the written word.
JC writes adult, new adult, and young adult fiction. She dabbles in many different genres including science fiction, horror, chick lit, and murder mysteries; but she is most enthralled by supernatural stories-- and everything has at least a splash of romance.
Marital Bitch is JC’s first completed novel and the first book in the Men with Badges series.

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