It’s the last day of the summer holiday in The Hague when Leah Koopmans’s carefree life as a teen is brutally flipped upside down. Her pale skin turns a dazzling gold, her senses heighten, and her muscles possess an uncanny strength. But with these exhilarating new powers comes a thirst that can only be quenched by one thing: human blood.
While her body craves for fresh victims and her heart drowns in guilt, she meets inhumanly handsome Max Machiavelli, who claims that Leah is an immortal like him. Infatuation ignites into blistering passion when Leah joins his coven in Amsterdam. But as the mysteries shrouding her sudden change to immortality unravel, she quickly learns that her aversion to taking life isn’t the only thing that sets her apart from this group of herculean strangers.
From the picturesque canals of Amsterdam to Corsica’s limestone cliffs and the untamed Siberian wilderness; from first loves to fierce battles, The Fire of Dawn is an extraordinary tale packed with romance, betrayal, and bloodsucking suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat till the very last page.
This book didn’t start super strong, but the final third made the story worth reading. The ending was very satisfying, and I really felt for the characters during the final scenes.
I have to admit that I didn’t much care for Leah.I had no idea who she was, or what she was like before her powers suddenly developed. It was like her life only began once her powers manifested, or like her previous life was just gone. It felt odd, and left me with little sympathy for what she was going through.
The love interest Max didn’t make me happy either. He was a cold, jealous and manipulative monster. Not a swoon-worthy love interest, that’s for sure.
Overall, the story was quite exciting and moved quickly. There was a unique twist on vampires, and some of the secondary characters were quite real and enjoyable. I had a hard time connecting with the main characters, but the story was still a good read.
Challenges read for:
2012 Ebook Challenge
2012 Self-Published Reading Challenge