Sunday, June 14, 2015

Prey by Alaska Angelini

Prey (Marko Delacroix, #1)Prey by Alaska Angelini

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This may be one of the most contradictory reviews I’ve written in a while. Although I enjoyed Prey, I really didn’t get sucked into the story until I was probably 75% into the book. It’s not that the early parts of the book weren’t interesting, because they were. Perhaps I wasn’t in the mood to read a vampire book today, but Ms. Angelini’s writing is so smooth that I had no choice but to read on once I began the book. I felt compelled to read the next page and the next until I reached the end. Prey flows well and the inner and outer turmoil that Tessa and Marko experience kept me reading on to see what happened next. At this point you’re wondering why I said I didn’t get sucked in from the beginning because it certainly sounds like I did. I did warn you that I was going to be contradictory.

What I mean is that while I enjoyed the story and how everything unfolded between Marko, Tessa, and Hunter, I wasn’t sure if I was interested in reading the second book in the series. Prey entertained me and kept me engaged, but did I want more? While the action was intense, the struggle real, and the sex hot, until the end neared there was no resounding yes, but rather a “hmmm… I’ll put in on my to-be read list for the next time I’m in a vampire mood,” which is a noncommittal maybe at best. But the closer I got to the end, the more I wanted to read on. I became more and more intrigued with why those around Marko were willing to take possession of Tessa despite knowing that her blood would not taste pleasant to them due to Marko’s claiming. I wanted to know what Julius’s vision was as he seemed to be playing Marko off of Tessa and vice versa. I wanted to know if Marie’s vision regarding Hunter would come to pass. I wanted to know if Tessa would survive Marko as he stalked her on that final fateful night. If she did, did he? If they both did, what would that mean for Tessa? Of course it helps none that my two sides are warring with themselves – the romantic who wants to see if Tessa can get through to Marko’s humanity and the action/adventure lover who wants to see the war commence between humans and vampires. But these two seemingly conflicting sides are what left me wanting Blood Bound, the next book in the series, because I need to know what the author has in store for Tessa, Marko, and Hunter and what their future brings for humanity. Well done Ms. Angelini, well done.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!

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