Amy, a forlorn fifteen year old girl from NYC, never thought that she would attend school on a magical mountain with wild animals as her classmates and that she would go to a prom on a flying carpet. Its love at first sight when Drake- a shape shifter rescues her from a pre-historic beast and befriends her. Little does she know that Drake’s father is the tyrannical leader who has always wanted Amy and her kind dead. In her struggle to challenge the supremacy in the magical world, she realizes her powers, confronts aspects about herself that she may not be comfortable with, makes lasting friends while excelling in her school - something which she had not been able to do in her human world. All hell breaks loose, as Drake goes missing and Voluspan mercenaries try to hunt Amy down. Amy and her friends use strategic warfare, pit adversaries among themselves and use every last drop of strength, skill and courage as they take on warriors far more ruthless and skilled than themselves. But Amy is in for a rude shock when she finally finds Drake.
***This book was given to me by Ray East in exchange for an honest review. ***
Characters: I didn't really enjoy the characters. They didn't really have personalities. I especially didn't like Amy. She seemed so naive to me and she wasn't very smart in some cases. She would give up something very important just for a guy, and while I understand that she was in love with him I don't think any rational person would give up the key to possibly the distruction of a realm just to save someone she liked. Drake is actually a character I somewhat liked, he was very loyal and brave and I think he was the only character that they explained his personality. I could really relate to him because he was always pressured to be perfect and had to live up to great expectations. What I found strange was that some of the characters just vanished in some parts of the books and then came back but some characters like Renata who I would've thought was somewhat important pretty much disappeared for the rest of the book.
Plot: The plot was very unique and I liked exploring Voluspa and I loved learning about the different clans and the history of Voluspa. It was very a very fun world and I just couldn't get enough of it. I had a lot of problems with the authors' writing style, it was in second person but I wished that they could've gone into more detail, I admit if the writing style was written a little more differently I would've enjoyed this book a lot more but I got used to the writing eventually. Some of the book was predictable but only if you really thought about it like me. I liked that the book was really action packed and sometimes I even had to put down the book to let everything that happen sink in, the pace changed from slow to fast. I also really liked all the creatures that Sam D. and Ray East created such as the Tyrannos and the Gangrels. I also liked the different clans and how you got to learn about their powers' and the different kind of jobs that they can do.
Overall: Overall even though there are a lot of things I didn't particularly like it was still a very unique book and I really liked the plot ideas and how creative the whole book was in general. I can't wait for the second book and this is definately going on my Favorites list. I would highly recommend this to both boys and girls. Great book and I understand it took me some time to finish but that was because I was in a bit of a reading slump, not because it wasn't good because as soon as I had the book in my hand again I was hooked!