Top positive review
Love the Violence
on 23 February 2016
This was a pretty good dystopian novel with vampires ruling over LA and Miami. With a Treaty emphasizing that they stay within their walls, so long as we leave them alone, the United States has turned into a horrible life of segregation- the rich escape to better places and the poor remain in the dust, to suffer. To eat or be eaten.
Which is why Selah Brown is way in over her head when she decides to go into the depths of Miami where her grandmother resides, all to find out what happened to her dad after he questioned one too many powerful people in the government. She goes there without thinking, without planning, and what happens instead is so horrific- so thrilling -that you can't not stop.
Selah (beautiful name) was a little annoying because of how young she was, which brought on a lot of the usual insecurities and fears one gets when the 'doing' happens a lot more than the 'thinking'. On one hand I love her recklessness, but in the moment, it was frustrating to see her do stupid stuff and feel surprise whenever things didn't exactly go to plan.
A little naive for one with a bit of cockiness, but again, I rather liked her for it. The details were nice but sometimes they took away from my flow of reading, especially when things got intense. I ended up trudging through some beautiful things just to get to the point.
Overall this was a pretty good read, especially when Selah turned extremely badass (YES). The gory scenes were most excellent, they saved me from the boring moments of Selah's reckless behavior, but in the end, I was hooked into this series. This is a 50/50 for recommending it. She ends up with a guy but not much romance in here to really make it at all believable. The action scenes and the world set up is incredible, but unless you have the patience for details and elongated scenes, this might not be the book for you. You'll either like it in the end or find Selah too reckless (I use that word a lot, don't I?) to enjoy the book. I went all the way and personally think it was worth it.