What if there was truth to the vampire myth? And what if your fate was bound to that truth?
Desperate to escape her abusive stepbrother, Blaire accepts a scholarship to the exclusive private university Blackthorn Academy. Surrounded by Vasirian—the root of vampire myth—Blaire fears she has traded one cage for another. She is marked as a Korrena, the fated mate of a Vasirian. While she is attracted to the mysterious Lukas, whose gruff exterior hides a lonely heart, the expected ritual for the bond repels her. No one can guarantee her safety; a match between a Vasirian and a human is unprecedented. If she leaves Blackthorn, she could be killed, yet if she stays, Lukas could unintentionally drain her of life.
Facing danger by stepping into a den of monsters may be the only way for her to truly be free.
The dark and mysterious world of the Blackthorn Saga is a new take on vampire romance in an academy setting complete with a king and his court, fated mates, magic, and more!
– Official Cover & Book Blurb taken from Amazon
I Can’t Wait For Book 2!!
I deeply enjoyed my time in Stephanie Denne’s world with Blaire and Lukas! This was such a fun read! There was plenty of spice, great character interactions, and the portrayal of abuse/trauma was really spot on. I related to several of the scenes where the main character is triggered or dealing with her trauma and loved that her friends (and Lukas) were always supportive. I had to put the book down at one point to hug my husband as it made me realize how amazing he is in supporting me through my own traumas. Well done!
While I recommend this book to anyone who loves fun twists on vampires and the supernatural, there are a couple things I want to mention that are on the negative side.
1. The hands in the hair thing… it’s too much. They don’t need to violently play with their hair every time they say a line. After a while it was just annoying. Lamp shading doesn’t make it any better when it is “excessively excessive”.
2. Blair’s refusal to do the deed and seal their bond… Again, this got old. There was a point in the book where I got frustrated wondering when she was going to stop being so stupid. She started to seem really two-faced, especially near the end. One minute she was besties with the gang and the next she was horrified at what they were. Throwing the word “humanity” around like she was somehow better and pure for not being like them. It was very uncomfortable. I was so relieved when she finally stopped being ridiculous. I’m going to chalk this up to angst from having not bonded yet and hope for better in future books.
All that said, it is still a wonderful world to delve into when you’re feeling lazy and just want to curl up under a fuzzy blanket with a book.
Content Warning: Abuse, violence, profanity, and sex
4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐