This is an amazing story! While it deviates completely from what the reader thinks it will be about, it's still a must-read for vampire fans of all kinds. I would definitely pin this as a story about understanding and acceptance of what is. No matter how you change the words human and vampire and make them other words, the story really doesn't change. I absolutely love how after so long, vampires are shown as they potentially really are. Young ones are a bit unruly, the older ones are more easily able to blend into our world almost undetected.
The characters are all well-developed and easy to love or hate; even Finn lol. I was almost instantly on Rau's side, which is rare for me. I tend to hate most "villain"-types, but Rau is definitely one of the most likable characters in this world.
The story itself is not only believable, it's written with in-depth detail so the reader will see this book play out like a movie. There's plenty of action and more than enough plot twists to keep the reader entertained. Though, be forewarned, there's a mild cliffhanger ending with a "to be continued"-esque end sentence. Unfortunately, book 2 isn't out yet, so I'll have to wait to continue this story.
I had a few issues with Micah. When her life takes a drastic turn, she goes on a rampage, which isn't what I had the issue with. That would be a normal reaction for the situation. However, there was no easing moment. There was no in between. One second, she was on her rampage, the next, she was back to normal. Even worse, she was almost docile after all was said and done. I feel her calming moment was a little rushed, not intentionally, but I can't see anyone going through that and hitting acceptance in the blink of an eye. It's almost an inconsistency that's been nagging at my brain since I read it.
There are a handful of errors sprinkled throughout the book, a couple will cause the reader to pause and reread to be sure that they did read the spot correctly. None of the errors really hurt the story, they are just in plain sight and should have definitely been spotted by the editor(s).
Other than that, I can't wait for Vlad (book 2) to release so I can continue this story and see how it all turns out.
I give this book 4 of 5 paws