Sunday, January 15, 2012

Fatal Infatuation by Melanie Nowark

This reading suggestion came to me as part of a book club I belong to, Fatal Infatuation by Melanie Nowark is the first book in her first trilogy Almost Human.  Although I do think the book started out a little stiffly as it set up the daily college routine and introduced the characters, I thought it picked up nicely after that.   This novel centers on the lives of college students who become embroiled in the power struggle between two vampire factions.  On one side is Cain, the “good” vampire, who doesn’t believe in killing humans to survive and on the other is the local vampire Sindy and her cohorts who have less than noble intentions.  Although Cain comes to town in an attempt to “instruct” Sindy on a better way to live and feed, he finds himself infatuated with a new freshman at the local college, Felicity.  Felicity, on the other hand, who thought she was moving away from her tiny hometown to experience living on her own and college life quickly finds herself involved with vampires and drawn into their power struggle.   What I really liked about this book was that unlike the Twilight Edward vibe of a “perfect” humanized vampire, you can see Cain’s years of existence weighing on him and influencing his decisions. He manages to come across as other and different while still being an empathetic character in this story.  By the end I found myself wondering if instead of watching the Cain verses Sindy struggle, or the Cain-Felicity-Ben triangle that is developing, maybe I should be paying more attention to the dance Cain and Sindy are engaged in?  Will it lead them both to reunion, or closer to each other?  Either way, the power struggle culminates in a game of sorts between the two vamps that will play out in the next installment, and I for one can’t wait to see who blinks first

~  Melissa

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