Although I do not write NA, I do enjoy it and respect all those who write it. So without anymore jabbering from me, here's my latest New Adult spotlight - a book the publishers asked me to read before the summer months, but hit some snags and the whole deal got delayed. I'm excited to share this one with you now!
The Last HYBRID: Bloodline of Angels by Lee Wilson
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Publisher: William and Keats Publishing
Released date: April 2013
I'd like to thank the publisher for supplying me with a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Favorite Line/Passage: "I got in a fight at the mall. I think it was a set up. He was probably trying to take me to the ones he works for. Or maybe he was going to kidnap you and force me to do something for them to get you back. I'd rather run, than risk your safety." (Daniel, pg. 131)
Description: When Hannah Sawyer dropped out of college after losing her scholarship she spent five years weaning herself of alpha males and alcohol, but when she decides to return to finish her degree she finds those things rolled into one in the intoxicating blue eyes of fellow non-traditional student Daniel Keith.
What she soon learns is that her newfound addiction to Daniel impairs her judgment beyond any mixed drink a frat boy could have handed her. She should have left when he cut his arm with a car key to show her his white blood. Or when he had a run-in with a dark angel on one of their dates. But Hannah stays, entranced by this man who remains a mystery to her.
Who or what is Daniel? And why does the small town of Spring Hill, Tennessee seem to summon his enemies? As romance lures Hannah further into a shadowy world most people never see, she realizes she s gotten herself in deeper than she knew possible. And this time there's no option of dropping out.
My Splats: Enter the energetic world of the twenty-somethings, filled with teasing, mystery, passion...and in this case, a world most cannot see yet has touched every life since the beginning of time.
Prologues are elements of a story that I can live with, but also live without. It all depends on the story. In this story, a prologue was used to capture attention and tease the reader to piece together what could possibly follow. It did its job - I wanted to read on and did.
From the onset, I felt a mature voice telling the story, which added stability to the somewhat chaotic and tumultuous age of new adult material. Clues, of the everlasting yet unseen world to most humans, dropped subtly before me as I read, working their magic to add intrigue and a need to discover what happened next. Odd glances or gestures by certain characters filtered in more clues about the underlining elements brewing below the surface of what could be seen.
The concept of fallen angels or them being referred as vampires is nothing new; however, Wilson adds a unique twist to their 'becoming', which flavored the world created - as well as the world the reader begins to foresee evolving. Relationships complicated this already troubled hidden world of angels and rebels (angels), who want to forge their own path. As Daniel and Hannah, along with most of their friends, sink deeper into prophecies and Daniel's true heritage, dangerous bargains are offered; some made, while others are refused, leaving the reader parched as the final few chapters approach and hoping for the thirst to be quenched.
The writing is crisp and eager, as is the dialog, which is often punchy and quick witted. I really enjoyed the flirtatious verbal rants between Daniel and Hannah - lead characters. Both showed tendencies to keep their relationship playful and free, with real passion brimming slowly beneath the surface. This tease yet feisty touches is classic NA and what sets it apart from mere young adult literature. There is a fine line between the two and in this case the line was walked carefully and eloquently, shown through gentle embraces as well as subtle nuances that upped the heat - all tastefully done.
Another element that was fully NA was the sense of dipping deeper into the emotional entanglements of the characters. Whether characters one on one or a multitude, the reader is given full knowledge that they are in their real world, making real decisions for themselves.
My only negative about the story was my confusion because of a few underdeveloped elements like those explaining the human - hybrid (half/angel) - angel - vampire (dark angel) relationships. In defense, there was a ton to explain. Overall, it was well written, described, and delivered. I'd recommend this book to any paranormal or angel enthusiast, romance lover, and even physical fight scene admirer-due to a few of Daniel's impressive fight scenes-of the upper teen, college, or adult age. Oh, and also for any sequel lovers because there will be a Book II to this book! I will definitely read the next book. I need to find out what happens to Daniel and Hannah.
Two questions: What do you think of this newer New Adult literary category and have you read a NA novel recently?