Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Book Review-- The Scarlet Dagger (The Red Sector Chronicles #1) Krystle Jones.

Synopsis: The strength of Sloane’s heart is about to be put to the ultimate test.

After the Eclipse – the night vampires began openly slaughtering human victims – everything changed. Out of fear, the government salvaged what remained of the human population and enclosed them in massive, security-laden cities called White Sectors, while marking the vampire infested territory as Red Sectors.

When seventeen-year-old Sloane McAllister’s twin brother disappears, she seems to be the only one who thinks he isn’t dead, and vows to stop at nothing to find him. Gathering her courage, she braves the Red Sector to search for clues to his whereabouts. By chance, she encounters Aden, a handsome, charismatic vampire with a hidden agenda. He turns Sloane against her will, and whisks her away to his underground city. Enemies quickly become friends as Sloane struggles against her attraction to Aden, and resists her growing loyalties to the creatures that ruined her life. But the vampires themselves are the least of her problems. The city is harboring a devastating secret, one that could change the tide of the war and threaten to destroy everything Sloane has come to believe in.

Shelly's Thoughts:
Honestly, I'd rate this 4.5 overall. It's a really great book--and while I don't normally head toward YA especially YA vampire books, I'm really glad I took a chance on this. Sloane is a strong character, a strong heroine who stays consistently strong. She doesn't get stupid or act ditzy in front of either of the love interests, and frankly that was a breath of fresh air. I like that she has a few weaknesses, though a couple of the scrapes she got out of could have used a little more explanation.

One of the major plot points was predictable, but again, that didn't take away from the enjoyability of this book. The world building is beautiful and thoughtful, and I easily got caught up in this dystopian universe.

I look forward to reading the second book in this series.

Total Length: 300 pages
Format: Epub, Kindle.
Publication Date: October 23, 2011

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