Series: The Descendant Vampire Series #1
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Published by KG Publishing on May 24, 2012
Also in this series: The Search
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Allison Carmichael wakes from a car wreck with no memory of the past three years. She doesn’t recall her husband’s death or how she alienated her friends, and she definitely doesn’t remember anything about her new boyfriend Vincent Drake -- a charismatic man with a penchant for rare and unique possessions. In fact, the only things familiar to Allison are her seemingly common ailments -- insomnia, lack of appetite, erratic body temperature -- which have gone undiagnosed and are worsening.
But Vincent knows exactly who, and what, Allison is -- a mortal descendant of the first vampire. He is a vampire who has watched over Allison and her ancestors since the biblical times of Cain and Abel ensuring their secret is kept. Once he realizes Allison’s symptoms are accelerating and transforming her, he’ll stop at nothing to have her.
Allison discovers that she is a descendant and the first of her kind to exhibit signs of vampirism. She must decide between risking her mortal death if she cannot control her symptoms or fully transforming into a vampire and daming her soul for eternity. A decision made even more difficult when Allison discovers that Vincent has manipulated her life, and everyone in it, so that he can have the one thing no one else in the world has -- the first descendant-turned-vampire.
First off, let me start this review by screaming, “GAAAAHHH!!!!!!” . That was basically my reaction to the ending of the book. I won’t tell you what happens, but only that it leaves off on a cliffhanger and you’re so involved in the book, that when it ends you simply want to scream, “WHAT WAS THAT?! COME ON!!!”. So, in my head, this makes it a fantastic book!
This book is celebrating its one year anniversary from its original release date last year. (I feel bad for the readers who read it last year and had no idea when the next book is coming out — which is supposed to be later this year, thankfully).
The Descendant opens with Allison at another doctor’s office trying to find out why she’s so hot at night, but cold during the day; why she is never hungry but always thirsty and why she doesn’t really sleep… she hasn’t mentioned the dreams that she’s had about this beautiful garden she visits when she actually DOES sleep, but that bothers her too…
Now, I, being the good Christian-raised girl that I am, knew what garden she was dreaming of, and where this was going. There are many literary theories about who or where the first vampire came from, including the biblical ideas of it being Lilith (in the Bible’s Apocrypha, Lilith is Adam’s first wife), or it being Cain, and after he killed his brother, the mark that God put upon him was vampirism, etc. etc. etc. I will give Kelley Grealis this — she gave that second theory a twist, which is how Allison came to be.
I love reading these types of things because it shows you just how awesome the imagination can be, and where you take things; taking such outlandish ideas and making them seem not only possible, but real! Grealis has done that with The Descendant. She builds complex characters: Case in point, Vincent: you know just from the description, he is a manipulating douche, yet as you read on, you believe, along with Allison, that he’s a nice guy, just trying to help, and maybe you were mistaken about him. You are inextricably drawn in and you just keep reading. Which is exactly why I scared the bejeesus out of my father while he was driving and the book ended, causing me to scream at my Kindle. This is what happens.
Thankfully, I was assured by a friend that the second book in this series should come out in fall of 2013. If it doesn’t, I will be forced to scream some more, and possibly hunt down Kelly Grealis and demand the next book. It. Must. Happen!
Five outta Five!