Saturday, 21 November 2015

Heartblaze by Shay Roberts

*ARC received for an honest review, thank you!

In your past life you were a legendary figure in a passionate relationship with a vampire. Now your enemies from the past have found you, determined to make you pay a terrible price for a life you lived more than 200 years ago. 

Emma Rue is an eager college freshman. For reasons she cannot understand, she attacks her professor in front of her stunned classmates. Desperate for answers, Emma goes to a psychiatrist who uses hypnotic regression to explore her troubled childhood. But when the regression goes too far, back into her past life, a remarkable revelation emerges that shatters Emma's world. Suddenly on the run from powerful forces, Emma seeks out a shadowy figure from her past life. 

Julian St.Fluer is the 18th century vampire who transformed Emma's soul. The beautiful and enigmatic Julian holds the key to Emma's past, but will he help her? Two hundred years of lonliness have twisted him into a wicked creature and his reunine with Emma is unlike anything she could have ever imagined. 

Stefan Hildebrand is a werewolf with legendary combat skills who is posing as a fellow student. Stefan's feelings for Emma are real, but his powerful masters have ordered him to kill her. As the mystery of Emma's past unravels, Stefan must make a choice, sacrifice Emma or listen to his heart. 

Who do you trust, Julian or Stefan? Or do you go your own way?

My Review:

The many twists and turns throughout the book kept me intrigued until the very last page, the mysteries and darkness entwined within the pages making for a novel that I did not want to end. However, while the characters eventually grew on me towards the end, I still felt that there was a bit of a disconnect between the reader and the characters, this disappointed me a bit because I really wanted to become fully engaged in their lives, but there was just something missing that made this a challenging thing to accomplish. Nevertheless, I became invested in the story of Cassandra and Emma due to the mystery and gothic element surrounding their past and present. There was something not quite right within the story and I was determined to figure out what that thing was, and while we eventually figure it out, I wanted more to read at the end! Overall, 'Heartblaze' is an interesting read filled with mystery and madness that will leave readers needing the next one like now!

Rating: 3.5/5

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