4 Fabulous Stars!
Its rare that I can be surprised by a paranormal story. I love all things paranormal and even with the same recurring storylines, I always find the idea of a world hidden and different from the one I live in, exciting. So when I picked up this read, I was looking forward to it, but I never expected to be pulled in and completely captivated by it in the way that I was.
In short, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this book!
Lauren Grimley, in her debut novel, Unforeseen, paints a unique and fascinating world of vampires living secretly among humans, protecting them, all with a thrilling twist and individuality to her story. The vampires weren't your typical scary, hardcore vamps. They sleep in beds, had true feelings and ate real food. As a rule, they didn't drink human blood and not because they were abstaining but because they didn't like it and it couldn't nourish them properly. They depended on each other for feeding, needing their own essence to sustain them and keep them strong. It gave them human qualities and tames the traditional lore. Rather than being demonized or infected, they were a species just as humans. I loved this! They also had age ranges, allowing those who hadn't "matured", to still be part of daylight hours and venture into the sun. They had title and position within their society, allowing the elders the respect they earned throughout the centuries.
The main part of this story centers on Alex. When we meet her, she's your average human with a slightly enhanced sense of herself and others. As the story progresses, Alex becomes this promising, formidable force who could be indispensable if trained well. She decides early on she wants to be useful and not let her power, which could potentially kill her, leave her dead or insane. Each member of the house becomes an integral part of Alex's new life. Darian, her leader, Sarah and Rocky, her best friends, Sage, her mentor and Markus, her lover. Alex learns a lot of lessons during her time with her new family, some embarrassing, some hilarious but most essential to who she will become. The romance was sweet and unexpected. When the book begins, I thought we were getting a different pairing but as the story progressed, Markus and Alex become the romantic focus and they balanced each other out. She's a bit high strung and demanding and he's calm and reserved.
I really liked the backstory on Rocky. That vamp needs a hug if ever a vamp needed one! And though we didn't get much backstory on the other housemates, all the characters were well developed and had substance. It was easy to connect with each one because they were written so well, each having their own individual personality, making them intense yet intriguing.
I enjoyed the quirky dialogue and playfulness of the coven. Every minute, from the exciting beginning to the nail biting last scene had me glued to my seat!
Aww, not five stars? Why...
The only reason for not giving Unforeseen five stars was there were a couple of plot holes and questions I wish had been addressed. Why didn't Levi try to escape if he had all that power? Maybe he did and we just never learned it but I wish it has been covered. Also why did Darian question the Others having a Knower if Leonce and Darian were cousins? What did that mean? Why was Alex the only female Seer? Hopefully that question will be covered in the next book as well as what became of their histories. I want to know more about the fascinating Seer lineage.
But just to be clear, NONE of that distracted from how much I enjoyed this story!
The Wrap Up:
There are only a handful of books I've read where I immediately wanted to turn back to the first page and instantly do a re-read once I hit the last page. This is definitely one of them. As soon as I was done, I wanted to re-live the adventure all over again. Thankfully, I have book two in my hands to fulfill that wish.
Lauren Grimley entertained me with fun and exciting characters, a well developed and written story with a creative and different spin. She has a new fan to add to her collection!
NOTE:: I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.