Author: K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Papoti Books, 284 Pages (July 15th 2011)
From: the author, Thank You! (eBook)
Synopsis: Evangeline has spent her teenage years in obscurity. Her foster parents have the emotional aptitude of robots and her classmates barely acknowledge her existence. About to turn eighteen and feeling like a social pariah, she is desperate to connect with someone. Anyone.
When Evangeline meets Sofie after literally stumbling upon her café, she believes she’s found that connection. Willing to do anything to keep it, she accepts a job as Sofie’s assistant and drops everything to fly to Manhattan, where she is thrust into a luxurious world of Prada, diamonds, and limitless cash.
With such generosity and kindness, it’s easy for Evangeline to dismiss certain oddities . . . like Sofie’s erratic and sometimes violent behavior, and the monstrous guard dogs. She’s even willing to dismiss her vivid dreams of mob-style murders, beautiful homeless people living in caves, and white-eyed demons that haunt her each night as figments of her imagination—especially when one of those figments is the gorgeous Caden. When she wakes up with bite marks on her neck, the fairy tale quickly turns into a nightmare. She slowly unravels the mystery surrounding Sofie and friends, and the reality of the bites and the “dreams.” What she discovers is far more mysterious and terrible than anything she could have imagined.
In a world where everyone has motive to lie for personal gain, Evangeline must decide which deception is least likely to get her killed.
Review: 4 Stars - Anathema, the first book in the Causal Enchantment series by self published author K.A. Tucker is utterly unique. Tucker has taken the paranormal genre and twisted it with bits of sci-fi and created a story I found myself submersed in and characters – some I quickly grew to love and some that made my skin crawl right from the get go making this a book that was hard to put down, that I didn’t want to put down.
Evangeline’s been lonely her whole life. Always just on the outside of things. When she was younger she was put into foster care and since has only thoughts of a better life. The loneliness she feels at the beginning of the book makes you instantly feel for her. You want more for her as well so when she by chance meets Sofie she’s eager and excited to take her up on the offer of a job.
Sofie isn’t all that she seems and it’s not until the end of the book that some of those puzzle pieces start to fit together, but you’ll have to read the book to know what I’m talking about. In the beginning Sofie wasn’t the easiest character to get a feel for, I felt she used Evangeline’s loneliness to somewhat trick her into things. One of those things, which set Evangeline’s life down a road she could only dream about, is a quick departure that whisks them off to New York for “business”.
When things and people around her start to drastically change her idea about the world, you follow Eve down the rabbit hole of sorts as she deals with many tests, tries to wade through the crud and can only hope come out better, stronger and with what she wants more than anything in life… friends, family and love.
I had no idea what to expect from this new take on Vampires and witches and let me tell you, when I say it’s a new take, that’s somewhat of an understatement. I had no idea what was happening, but things quickly came to light as many half truths and some truths came out. As a reader you learn more about the people and plans in the story just as Eve does, which only helps her grow up along the way.
Some other characters that I have to mention… I mean there’s just no way you can write a review without mentioning some of the true heart of the story - Caden, Amelie, Fiona, Bishop and Max. They might be part of the supporting cast in Eve’s journey, however I think the key word here is “supporting”. They were there for Eve, she trusted her instincts and finally found what she was looking for. Their relationships all fell into place and while the end is somewhat heartbreaking, we’ll have to wait until the next book to find out just what Tucker has in store for us and her characters.
All in all, Anathema was a welcomed read with characters that were a pleasure to meet and get to know and left me ready for more. This story was a quick read, so be sure you have some time set aside because with all the twists and turns you won’t want to put it down! I know I didn’t. If you are a fan of Vampires and are looking for something that’s so far from the usual vampire story, be sure to pick up or download a copy today! The sequel it set to be released in 2012.
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