Thursday, July 3, 2014

Absolution by Angela Louise McGurk [Review]
Absolution (The Vampire Alliance #1) by Angela Louise McGurk
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: March 12, 2014

The Vampire Alliance
1. Absolution - Kindle
2. Allegiance
3. Antithesis

Angela Louise McGurk
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Absolution is a new story of heartbreak, betrayal, seduction and re-finding love.

Eve Blakethorn can barely remember what it was like to be unaware of the vampire world around her. Many years have passed since she met the stranger, the man who saved her life, gave her the world and promised her immortality. Unfortunately for Eve someone in power had not wanted her to have the world. Within days of her marriage her life is shattered. Everyone Eve cares for, vampire and human, is taken from her and she is left alone to fend for herself in a world she neither understands nor fits into. How can she hope to survive her dark and lonely existence while still plagued by the horrors she witnessed when her husband died? How can she avoid becoming prey to the monster who stalks her footsteps, the devil she has long suspected to be the one who brought about her husband’s downfall?

Desperation drives her every move, leading her into the darkness where monsters wait. Can Eve discover the truth about how her world came to crumble and who was really responsible? Is there another stranger out there capable of bringing her some sense of peace? And just what is the vampire government, The Senate, hiding in the dark tunnels under the city?
Thoughts on Absolution: This book had a slow build. While the beginning started with a bang, the narrative then slips between Eve's present circumstances and the story of three men (Eve's lost husband being one of them) who became vampires in the early 1900s. It isn't until a good way into the book that the threads of the past and the present begin to come together and you can see why we needed both sides of the story.

Frankly, I didn't always know what to think of Eve. I can appreciate that she managed to find a way to survive against terrible odds, but she was very disconnected in the beginning. She makes some choices that have devastating consequences for her. She pushes hard for answers at some of the worst possible moments.

As the truth of things begins to come out, she sees how she's been played. And it's not pretty.

An intriguing world filled with corrupt and corruptible vampires and a handful of humans who know what's what. Throw in a small force of vampires who want to stop the corruption in its tracks and you have the makings for something big. Eve's life isn't always pretty, but she keeps soldiering on. Some days, that's all you can ask for.

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