The Dark Gifts: Birthright
by Willow Cross
Plot Summary:For one-thousand years, Druid prophecies foretold of a young witch destined to alter the fate of both human and immortal alike. This witch-turned-vampire would be capable of harnessing the supernatural abilities of both and, in a bloody rise to power, would rule with unwavering control. Unwillingly thrust into a world she never dreamed existed, Liz Markum is catapulted into an ancient war between rival vampire factions. She must choose between those she loves and the ever-present darkness attempting to devour her very soul. Only one question remains: Will Liz claim her birthright or surrender to the dark gift? One choice. One chance. Two destinies.
Expectations:I love a good vamp tale, and the paranormal aspects in this book sounded like a promising, eventful read.
Review:I was drawn immediately into the story by the first few chapters in this book. The author sets up all the drama and danger very quickly and expertly while relating the turning of Liz by Michael. The world that is inhabited by these vampires and the talents and powers they possess were very imaginative and added much depth to the world-building. Somewhere in the middle of the book I started to become a little disappointed. The danger and complications that arose from the war that starts among the vampires, started to become resolved very quickly. It felt like every hindrance to the good vampires almost immediately resulted in a deus ex machina appearance of someone or some power that would help solve the problem. It all felt too easy and lowered the stakes in my opinion, making the story less suspenseful as things were solved so quickly.
The characters and romance of Liz and Michael - which really came across beautifully in the first few chapters - was very well done, and if anything, I was sad that Liz did not appear more in the story. I thought she was such a strong and sympathetic character. The author does do a great job fleshing out all of her characters though, and making them feel realistic and well-rounded. I thought the character and writing in this novel was excellent, and only wished for better plot development.
review copy kindly provided by the author in connection with Young Adult Novel Reader Book Tours