Monday, December 6, 2010

Review: Almost Human The First Trilogy 3-in-1 Edition by Melanie Nowak

Almost Human The First Trilogy 3-in1 Edition
Author: Melanie Nowak 
Release Date: July 3 2008
Publisher: WoodWitchDame Publications
ISBN: # 9780982410264
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Won from Bookaholics Book Club
ALMOST HUMAN ~ The First Trilogy ~ 3-in-1 Edition
In this paranormal fantasy, chapters alternate between a vampire and a young woman, as they join an ensemble cast to navigate difficulties of addiction and desire; perils of zombies and vampires; and struggles with abuse, morality and... college.

~ Volume 1: Fatal Infatuation ~
Felicity views going away to college as an opportunity to mature into a confident young woman, but her new beginning turns out to be more of an adventure than she bargains for when she finds that her school is plagued by vampires!
Cain is an elder vampire who displays quiet confidence even as he struggles to overcome sins of his past. Surprisingly, he found that in losing his life he gained his faith and a purpose.
His mission: find the hostile vampires that inhabit this small college town, and educate them to live in peace with humans. Their leader, Sindy, is a wicked temptress who has set her sights on Felicity's new friend Ben. She will be difficult to control, but after meeting Felicity, Cain's most difficult task lies in controlling himself.

~ Volume 2: Lost Reflections ~
Felicity has helped her friends to escape the venomous vixen Sindy, but cannot divine the motives of Cain, the vampire who captured first her gratitude, and then her heart.
She finds the historical account of Cain’s past enthralling and frightening. Now she must determine whether the addictive venom in Cain’s kiss is clouding her judgment, and if his thirst for her blood is a driving force too strong for their love to conquer.
It’s difficult to contemplate such questions while under the attack of a vengeful vampire and his zombie slaves. Felicity’s heart has already been lost to Cain; will she lose her life as well?

~ Volume 3: Evolving Ecstasy ~

The relationship between Cain and Felicity has crested to a peak that leaves them unsure whether to step back from each other for safety, or jump into a future united in death. Felicity is unlike any human Cain has known before. She treats him as an equal; a man worthy of friendship, respect and even… love. She embodies qualities of gentleness and loving trust that he has never found among his own kind. This makes her far more desirable to him than any creature of darkness could ever be.
The venom of Cain’s bite could protect Felicity from hostile vampires, but it would give him a measure of psychic control over her as well. Would Felicity only accept becoming a vampire, due to his addictive venom, coupled with the foolishness of a young girl in love?
Perhaps there is a brighter future for her in the human world. Is Cain’s desire for Felicity’s love worth the loss of her life?

I'm going to start with what I didn't like about the First Trilogy so I can get that over with. I found that in chunks of the book the story seemed to drag a bit and some things were over explained with information I felt I didn't need. Also the size of the book is intimidating to say the least.  I would probably go and buy the first trilogy in the 3 separate books instead of all in 1 if your intimidated by a huge looking book. 

Ok now that that is over I can start with what I liked. The characters were great. Felicity goes away to school to find out that vampires exist and ends up falling in love with Cain. Cain is a super old vampire that travels to teach the young vamps how to live a life without killing people etc, etc. Ben is Felicity's very first friend at school that hates vampires with a passion, Alyson is Ben's best friend since childhood and has a crazy streak in her. I cant really go into relationships much because that would totally spoil the book for you. 

I would defiantly compare Almost Human to Twilight, but a little steamier. Melanie was great with explaining things in the chemistry department. All in all, the heart of the story was enjoyable to read, you end up caring about the characters and what happens to them and I liked the ending of the trilogy. It was a good start for a new author and I will most likely continue the series to see what happens in Born to Blood.

I gave it 3/5

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