This story was a definite surprise. V.V. Aku gives the reader plenty of twist in this adventurous tale. We are introduced to Leah, the main character, whom we think we’ve gotten to know. Just when you think you have it figured out exactly what she is, you Don’t. Leah is not alone though. She is hunted for what she is in more ways than one by several people.
We are introduced to a variety of characters. There is her friends, her parents, her true people who are looking for her, and then there is the Brotherhood. She is thrown into the middle of chaos and must either sink or swim. She was born with special abilities. She is the 1st of a royal blood line.
Then there is Max, the love of her life. But he isn’t the only one who ends up being special in Leah’s new life there is also Adam who just happens to be a part of the Brotherhood, an organization who wants her kind all dead. And yet there is good and bad in everyone. Adam is a man who believes there is hope that together Leah’s people and the Brotherhood can find a way to co-exist in peace so no one else has to die.
I loved the locations that she used for her story. My only problem with it was being able to pronounce the names of the towns, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the story in the least. V.V. Aku is definitely an author I have added to my list of favorites.
The Bookshelf by Tasha Baker
Review: It seems that every book I read lately is just as good as, if not better than, the one before it. (Which is a great thing for me!) The Fire of Dawn follows that same pattern. This was a fast-paced, interesting read that I could not bring myself to stop reading until the very last page. I really enjoyed it.
My favorite aspect of this book was the writing. A few books I've read lately have been redundant and just terribly written. I love the author's descriptions and wide vocabulary. I didn't feel like I was reading the same thing on every page, and that's what I've been needing lately. Someone who knows how to write well. V.V. Aku definitely passed that test.
I enjoyed the characters and the author's take on vampires. They aren't vicious creatures, but they aren't Twilight vampires, either. The characters make me like them, whether I wanted to or not. Something that I consider a very good thing.
The Fire of Dawn was a great read. It kept me reading into the early morning hours and then some. I could not put it down. The writing was refreshing and the take on one of my favorite supernatural creatures was very nice. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good vampire story or just a good book in general.
Fast paced, entertaining and very difficult to put down. V.V. Aku pens her characters strong within a great story line. I found the book refreshing as it was a different take on vampires than I am used to. I recommend "The Fire of Dawn" to everyone who loves the vampire genre. I give "The Fire of Dawn" a 4 star rating.
Book Review: So when I started the book, realizing it was about something along the lines of vampires, like a lot of people I imagined something along the lines of this well-known book: Twilight. And of course, my interpretation of Max, along with the other male immortals came out something along the lines of this: Sparkling Edward Cullen
Anyways, onto the review! It's needless to say that it definitely wasn't what I expected, otherwise I wouldn't have gave it a rating of 4. Although the vampires are quite stunning (and maybe sparkly), they definitely weren't passive. They were vicious, had lots of emotions, and were definitely fighters.
Let's start off with the heroine, Leah. By all means, she should have been a character I hated. She was pretty stubborn, let her desires overwhelm her, and, let's face it, didn't do much during the first half of the book but make out and lust for Max. But again, I didn't hate her. She's definitely a flawed and confused character. On one hand, she's controlled by the irreconcilable desire to attack humans in order to satisfy her hunger. On the other hand, she doesn't want to kill them or be seen as a monster. Of course, she's already realized she's a monster, and there's nothing she can do to stop it. It's kind of like reading a book about a drug addict. They definitely want to stop, but they aren't capable of doing so. Nevertheless, they have to try, and sometimes, their efforts are utterly heartbreaking.
This wasn't exactly Leah's scenario, but it definitely held some similarities. She shows remorse whenever she drinks, sometimes even breaking down and running away from the coven. Her emotion was very strong, and definitely seemed real. The author was able to show many sides of her throughout the story, and I was definitely able to connect to her. Eventually, she does grow stronger, and I liked seeing her journey in order to become a better person.
I also liked the author's portrayal on vampires. As I mentioned before, based on the past vampire books I've read (which, I admit, is limited to three novels, all of which I didn't enjoy), my picture of vampires is less than perfect. By portraying them as less-than-perfect, even as criminals, I definitely had a wake-up call. This filled the plot with suspense, some intense romance, and a lot of intrigue on my part. Moreover, I liked how the author also featured the Brotherhood's POV, which gave me an insight to the supposed antagonists, as well as another perspective on the immortals. This eventually tangles itself into the plot line in an interesting way, but also developing the characters in an original way!
My only complaint is regarding Leah & Max's relationship, which definitely shows signs of insta-love. I get that Leah had a lust filled, intense desire for passion and warmth, but it seems a little unrealistic that Max would go from a die-hard, loyal family member of the coven, to willing to do anything for Leah, even if it means betraying the coven, in a couple of weeks. However, Max is still another interesting character that's willing to make a lot of sacrifices, so I would say that The Fire of Dawn is still worth the read!
Overall, The Fire of Dawn is a refreshing read with a more original take on vampires, and definitely worth your time! I would recommend this to people who may have given up on the vampire sub-genre of PNR / UF - The Fire of Dawn definitely presents a new take and a realm of possibilities for those previously extra-sparkly creatures.
Leah Koopmans finds herself waking up after celebrating her 18th birthday to the most horrible dream. She remembers a fire, an explosion, her best friend being incinerated along with a lot of others. Surely this can't be true, but then she looks down and finds herself covered in soot and realizes that her nightmare is real. She takes off running, suddenly realizing that everything has changed. She notices that she can now see things she that couldn't see before. All of her senses are heightened. She has strength and speed that she can't explain. She also has an insatiable thirst burning her throat, and finds herself craving human blood. Not knowing who to trust, Leah runs, and when a group of beautiful immortals tries to help her, she doesn't quite trust them, but then finds herself being chased by something even more dangerous, the Brotherhood, who want nothing more than to see her dead. As she travels with her new immortal friends, she finds herself immediately drawn to Max Machiavelli. He is absolutely beautiful and Leah can't stay away from him. Max feels the same way about Leah. She joins his coven in Amsterdam and learns much about her family and her past. Leah desperately wants to find a way to avoid continuing to kill humans to survive. After being captured, she meets, Adam, a human and a member of the Brotherhood, who also has the same vision. Can they work together and come to an agreement between the immortals and the brotherhood, or will everyone end up dead in the process?
This was an interesting book. The immortals in the story don't claim to be vampires, but they do live off human blood, though they don't share all the common traits with your typical vampire. This was a different and interesting concept. Leah is very powerful, and destined to be the leader to bring the different covens together again. She is also very opposed to the killing of humans. Being raised as a human for the first 18 years of her life, she has an aversion to the slaughter of humans, even if only done for survival. It was kind of hard to get a grasp on exactly what was going on in the beginning of the book, but once it was made clearer what was happening, the story progressed at a fast pace. Max and Leah are mates, and there is quite a bit of hot romance between them. Max loves Leah dearly and would do anything for her. He is quite the hottie himself. Adam, the human, was a very nice guy and helped Leah out a lot. She cared about him a great deal. Several other members of the different covens were also interesting to get to know. The setting and locations in the story were all beautiful, and the progression of the story is interesting and keeps your attention. If you like vampire and immortal stories, or are looking for a fresh perspective on the vampire scene, then The Fire of Dawn might be something you would enjoy checking out.
The Story of a Girl by Gracie Lou
The Paranormal aspect of this book was great. I LOVED LOVED LOVED (did I say that enough?) LOVED the "vampires". I was so happy to read about vampires that were not all lovey dovey passive. They are out for blood and I LOVED IT!!
The Romance aspect well didn't really do it for me. The whole thing was a bit to fast and unrealistic for even a paranormal. So if you're into that then awesome. Me I'm not.
Over all the story did hold my attention and had some great adventure action scenes that kept me wanting to continue on in the story.
The Adventures Within by Ana
The beginning really did it from me from that point I knew I was going to enjoy this book. It was the most intense beginning that's the reason why it drew you in. I love when a book does that, the storyline, and the characters were put together perfectly. And the names are extremely unique some of them I had not heard of before. V.V Aku did an exquisitely written book. You can tell that she is a creative author and her talent is going to keep getting her further into the writing career. There's nothing better than an author getting such a used subject and putting her own touch into it, before reading this book I felt like nobody could really add any more to the vampire world but V.V aku did an excellent job in creating another amazing story. The Fire Of Dawn blew me away by far its been the most interesting and creative.
Like others I really thought that it was like Twilight but truthfully it was so much better than that, even though I do enjoy rereading the twilight books I am going to start reading this one a lot more. Leah was a great character really strong, she was basically the heroine of the story, and I really enjoyed her character more than I thought I would.
The author did a really amazing job in the description department, I really liked the way she described every smell, the feel of things, sounds, everything she got every single thing exactly right. And I love that about authors! I was really impressed I'm going to re-read this and I will definitely let my friends know about it so they can enjoy it as much as I did.