"Scent and Shadow" [An Aether Vitalis novel] by Mercy Loomis
My Book Summary : Amanda has felt like someone has been watching her for a while now, and she would be right. However, she doesn't know until it's too late, or so she thinks.
Gabriel has been feeling the urge to turn someone for a while now, and the someone he's chosen is Amanda. After he attacks her, turning her into his fledgling, she learns that if she can hold out about a month without killing someone then she will be able to be human again. Gabriel isn't going to make it that easy on her though, as he's planning on luring her into being a vampire if it's the last thing he does. Will Gabriel be able to lure Amanda into becoming a vampire or will her freedom and humanity be more preferable?
Unbeknownst to them, though, Amanda becomes a pawn in a scheme that could not only hurt Gabriel but Amanda and the city they live in too. Will they be able to work together long enough and find out about the treat before it's too late?
My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! Dark, exotic, and intriguing are just some of the words I would use to describe this unique take on a paranormal novel. Before I read this book I took what this book was called an 'urban paranormal' as to mean 'paranormal romance,' why I don't really know, but I will say if you make that mistake too you still won't be disappointed! I say that because even though this book does NOT romanticize what a vampire is, it DOES talk about the connections Gabriel (the main vampire in the book) has with those he cares for and digs into what it means to be a vampire (based in the world the author has created).
I loved the characters and finding out their back-stories. However, the author bounced around a lot from different characters POVs during the first quarter of the book that it was somewhat hard to find (pinpoint) where the plot was heading. Thankfully though by the middle of the book the plot evens out a bit and you get swept away in the many new twist and turns never quite sure which way the story will lead you. Then the ending just wraps everything up very nicely!! I was very happy about Paul & Cecelia, and I'm curious as to how the new situation between Amanda & Gabriel will work out.
I recommend this for those who like reading the darker type of paranormal books. FYI -- sexual content (hot and steamy) is in this book.
My Review(s) for Blog Tour de Troops : Cinderella's Secret Diary (Book 1: Lost) | Scent and Shadow | BECOME
Book Teaser(s) :
Gabriel was quiet for the first few minutes of their trip back into town. Finally he said, glancing at her quizzically, “I hadn’t expected you to give in about the blood so quickly.”For more information on this book and/or any other books by Mercy, then please check out her website. If you'd like more information about the Blog Tour de Troops then click here.
“Oh?” Amanda kept her thoughts carefully blank.
“What made you change your mind?”
She shifted uncomfortably. “Well, I mean, you already had it on your lips, and, well... I wanted to kiss you, damn it. So I did.”
He laughed, low and deep. “What did you think of it?”
“The kiss or the blood?”
He gave her an amused glance. “The blood.”
She raised a hand to her lips. “Too brief,” she said at last.
“That I can fix.”
“Gabriel...” ~ within Chapter 15