Author: D.L. Atha
Novel: Blood Reaction
So I'm reviewing another vampire novel, but this is a bit darker than my normal vampire novels. Let's tell why.
Synopsis: Annalice, a single mother and physician, is ready to immerse herself in the mundane chores of her farm as a diversion from her hectic professional life. But she becomes the victim of a home invasion, the supernatural kind. Vindictive and cruel, Asa, a century old vampire, takes brutal control of her life and home. Forcing her to strike a bargain in exchange for her daughter's life, Annalice must not only accept his presence but also bow to his depravity. Facing threats to her own child, she relies on her skills as a physician to unravel the clues to the vampire's existence, attempting to beat him at his own game.
Caught in a race against a genetic timeline, Annalice struggles to survive the Blood Reaction.
My Take: Annalice is a hard working mom who's going on vacation for two weeks alone in her nice farm home when a sadistic vampire holds her captive using the love she has for her daughter as a ploy.
The Review: This novel hurt me. The vampire, Asa, disgusted me so much that I couldn't actually enjoy him as a vampire. I know legend has it that vampires are all evil, but I didn't get this feeling from Bram Stoker's Dracula and wasn't he the original? I couldn't find anything in Asa to make me want to ever be around him or even trust him...period. I felt no sexual attraction what-so-ever. As I continued to read on and on about him he became repulsive.
I enjoyed Annalice, especially the love she had for her daughter. The honesty and abandon she felt for her to give her life away for her daughter's was the best part (in my opinion) of the novel.
I also liked how science was intertwined throughout the novel, I thought that was a new concept that no one has picked up on yet. I'm not sure whether or not this was a romance or if it was a horror. If it was a romance, I don't think (my opinion) that it was a good romance. In a romance, I'd expect to enjoy my love interest at least a little bit. Now, if this was a horror, spot on. Asa was repulsive (I think I said this once). He was a villain with a capital V.
Overall the book was well written and constructed and the scientific facts were correct, but I personally didn't enjoy it. Asa was just tooooooo demented for me. Of course others might think differently, but these are just my thoughts.