Monday, 22 October 2012

Book Tour - Birthright

Title: Birthright (The Dark Gifts)
Author: Willow Cross
Publisher: Self Published
Pages: 226

For one-thousand years, Druid prophecies foretold of a young witch destined to alter the fate of both human and immortal alike. This witch-turned-vampire would be capable of harnessing the supernatural abilities of both and, in a bloody rise to power, would rule with unwavering control. Unwillingly thrust into a world she never dreamed existed, Liz Markum is catapulted into an ancient war between rival vampire factions. She must choose between those she loves and the ever-present darkness attempting to devour her very soul. Only one question remains: Will Liz claim her birthright or surrender to the dark gift? One choice. One chance. Two destinies.

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Willow Cross resides in Arkansas with her husband, two children still young enough to live at home, an enormous cat named Bitsy, and a neurotic dog named Tank. Her home has been known to host the occasional ghost and several of her friends profess to be witches. Although she dearly loves Vampires and Werewolves, they are never invited for dinner.

My Review
I was invited to take part in this blog tour and thought the book sounded really interesting. Just my sort of thing at the moment so I enthusiastically agreed. I received a free e-copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Liz meets Michael and feels an instant attraction to him, little does she know that he is a vampire - until she wakes up as one too and realises it was him that turned her. All of a sudden she is thrust into this new life and not only does she have to get used to being a Vamp, but there is a war starting between rival groups. Liz could be the answer or the problem.
This book had me torn, I felt like I should be enjoying it but I struggled to get into it. I didn't particularly like Liz as a character she didn't do anything particularly wow or heroin worthy. I just found her a bit whiny and annoying. Michael was a better character, dark, brooding, mysterious with a sense of power. I also liked Angie - Liz's companion in the Vampire world, she was sparky, hyper, talkative but hid a kick butt side. She started off as whiny - not wanting to train or work, but once she had she livened up.
There were moments when I would really get into the story and think - 'maybe this is getting better' and I would power through a couple of pages, but sadly it didn't last. I honestly don't know why. The writing was well structured and for the most part the plot was good, it just didn't talk to me the way other books do.
Then things got confusing for me, the characters discover 'time portals' and can travel back and forth through time, so when I thought I was following one storyline, suddenly they would go back in time and change it, meaning the chapters I had just read didn't really have a significance as that would now not happen. I got quite confused as to what really did happen and what was changed. Time travel always confuses me and it has to be done seamlessly for me to follow, but I'm afraid here I got totally lost.

It may seem like I am being totally negative here, I'm really not, this book had it's good and bad points. Things I didn't like others might really enjoy, As I said, there technically wasn't anything wrong with this book, it just didn't work for me. I couldn't seem to enjoy it.

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