Published by Dell on Aug 26, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC from Netgalley
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For Sam Ryan, life began at age fourteen. She has no memory of her parents or her childhood. In a decade of service with the State Police, Sam has exhausted the resources of the force searching for clues to her identity. But all mention of her family seems to have been deliberately wiped off the record. Everything changes the night Sam’s missing partner resurfaces as a vampire . . . and forces her to kill him in self-defense. Now Sam is charged with murder. Suspended from the force, and with no one left to trust, Sam accepts some unexpected help from Gabriel Stern, a shapeshifter who conceals startling secrets.
While investigating the circumstances surrounding her partner’s strange behavior, Sam discovers that Garbriel’s been involved with a dangerous organization that’s planning a war on the human race. More immediate, someone is guarding the truth about Sam’s past—someone who’d rather see her dead than risk her knowing too much. To stay alive, Sam must unravel the threads of her past—and find out not only who she is but what she is.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This was a fun and action packed start to a new urban fantasy series.
The most interesting feature of this book was the inclusion of shapeshifters and shapechangers. These are two very different abilities in this book, and it was interesting to learn about the differences. The explanations were very clear, for this, as well as other paranormal creatures, which made the unique types easy to understand and keep straight.
Sam makes a good heroine as she has many puzzles in her past. They are mostly just touched on in this first book, with a few hints given here and there to lay the groundwork for her missing memories. It was intriguing, and sparked my curiosity. Sam’s a likable person, so I’m interested in learning more.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and really look forward to the next one. The paranormal setup, with several unique characters feels new and fresh, and combining that with likable characters makes for an entertaining and enjoyable read.