Sweet Vengeance by Aliya DalRae – 4/5

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Author: Aliya DalRae

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis:

Jessica Sweet is an orphan – Again…
At 26, the term may not truly apply, but having been abandoned by her birth parents at an early age, the death of her adoptive parents is like déjà vu all over again. Now she finds herself alone, facing a future that should be unsure; however, the visions she’s been plagued with since childhood are about to descend upon her, pulling her into a supernatural world where her deepest fantasies and most harrowing nightmares will soon come true.

A monster, even by Vampire Standards…
Raven has spent the better part of his five-hundred-seventy-plus years fighting the evil within. His capture by an ancient breed of Sorcerers, just surfacing in the Legion’s base town of Fallen Cross, Ohio, leaves him beaten and starving. Escape leads him to an old farmhouse, the single heartbeat within promising life. What he couldn’t know is that the blood he now seeks will sustain him in ways he could never imagine…

Review:

Sweet Vengeance is a beautiful take on an overused concept.  The vampire-based genre has begun to fade out, but as I read this novel I felt that it had been rejuvenated and I felt myself connecting to the younger me who only read vampire novels.  But perhaps the best element of this novel was that it didn’t just include vampires; instead, it included other supernatural beings to the mix while also enhancing the story line with romance.

Aliya DalRae is a master of understanding characters and what makes them tick.  Her characters were brilliantly developed, and I felt absorbed by the plot and setting as I fell deeper and deeper into the novel.  She avidly included the reader in her story, instead of having them as the audience, and that is something that I rarely see in today’s market.  Many times authors can talk at their audience instead of including them, but DalRae made it clear that her readers were a part of her story, and through that I felt as though DalRae had taken my hand and allowed me to explore the world she had created with her.

I loved getting to know the vivid characters in Sweet Vengeance, and as time went on I began to forget that they were fictional.  The only critique I have is that the writing was a bit choppy at times, but it didn’t hinder the story.  DalRae did a beautiful job of putting down her ideas onto paper, and I am very excited to read the rest of this trilogy once the books are released.

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