Monday, September 7, 2015

Review: Animal by Nikki Rae

by Nikki Rae
Pub. Date:  Feb. 28, 2015
Publisher:  Self-Pub
Pages:  552
Format:  eARC
Source:  Author / Kindle Unlimited

My Rating:  
Sultry Scale:

Ava has spent her life running from the monsters that lurk in the shadows, always the prey. She finally thinks she can settle down, have a normal life, and work on not being so scared of the world around her. That is until she runs into her worst fear. 

He has finally found the potential family he has always wanted. All he has to do is make his little bird sing. Will Ava escape with her humanity intact?

Let me start off by saying that there is nothing wrong with the writing of this book. The pacing was an even keel the whole way through, the writing was not stilted or choppy or anything like that. So the writing was fine, I just found that this book was not for me. Probably because I thought I was going to be reading a paranormal romance or dark romance... but this is not romance at all. This book is a vampire story that is dark and morbid and morose the whole way through. Normally I can do dark and twisty - but I need a little romance to help me connect with the characters, or some suspense or action to get my adrenaline going. This one was just slow-paced and gloomy for me.

Ava is kidnapped by a psychopathic vampire, Michael, who wants to own her. He treats Ava like a pet bird in a cage. He punishes her when she does something that he thinks she has not earned or if she misbehaves. He *says* he is rewarding her for good behavior but that's really not the case. Another vampire, Evan, is also in the picture. He doesn't want to hurt Ava or want her to be there at all. However, Michael is Evan's maker and can force Evan to do things he does not want to. Michael was creepy and cruel... a true psychopath.

As for Ava and Evan... I don't have much to say about them.  They were both victims for the majority of the book. Horrible things happened to them and they were surviving the best way they could. They didn't have the power or strength to save themselves.  So they were just punching bags. I couldn't connect honestly, despite trying.

The book was a little long for me, so I did feel like finishing it was a chore by the end. When you are reading something that is not your cup of tea, 200 chapters and 552 pages just starts to drag on. But if you like this type of dark and twisty tale, you probably won't mind that so much. Normally I probably would not have continued reading, but I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. So I wanted to try to finish... and like I said, there was nothing wrong with the writing. It just wasn't for me.

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