Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal Age Range: YA/NA Star Rating: 3.5 stars Series: Yes - book 1
In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well.
Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, a boy who believes in fairytales that Julia’s world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.
But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained.
Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that the humans have forgotten how to fight.
One way or another, the walls of the Blue are coming down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.
About the Author:
Josie Jaffery live in Oxford, UK, with her husband and two cats (Sparky and Gussie), who graciously permit human cohabitation in return for regular feeding and cuddles. The resulting cat fluff makes it difficult for her to wear black, which is largely why she gave up being a goth. Although the cats are definitely worth it, she still misses her old wardrobe.
This is a vampire book. I don’t like vampires (or paranormal), except I really enjoyed this book. I had it on my kindle for months, acquired when it was a promotional free book way back. It just sat there, a vampire book I was hesitant to read. When I saw there was a tour on, I jumped at the excuse to force myself to read it.
I’m surprised by just how much I enjoyed this book, considering it’s really not my cup of tea. It was a fun ride through an immersive world that felt like it dripped history. I think this is the second series set in the world, but I’ve not read the first but that didn’t pose a problem.
The two POVs were so separate. They might see each other at the very start, and then have a glancing meeting at the end. The rest of the book, they could be different stories and you’d hardly notice it. I would have liked links between them, for the two story lines to influence one another throughout the book.
Of the two POVs, I liked Julia’s more. There was a real sense of mystery in that one, even if she’s skirting around it. What is Rufus’ plan? She could have been more active in finding it out, but her world prevents her from doing more than. This said, she felt like she was actually influencing events – rather than floating along.
Her Noble (vampire) is her love interest. HOWEVER, he’s not way older than her. He’s about her age, a new immortal, which made me far more comfortable with the relationship than if he was a hundred.
Cameron’s POV is very active as he tracked through post-apocalyptic Europe (and, whoop whoop, less humans means more trees!). His story line really expands the world, and the ways in which people are surviving – or not – this dystopia with vampires roaming free. It was also a chance to explain the virus and vaccine that have created the status quo.
The ending doesn’t feel like much of a resolution, and left me a little unsatisfied. It felt more like the ending of a TV show segment that knows there’s more to come after the ads than a book that could stand on its own. I know it’s part a series, and the ending makes that very clear.
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