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(The Vampire Trials – Book 1)
by Storm Song
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Fast Burn, Dystopian PNR RH
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited
Down & Dirty
Entertaining dystopian PNR, though incredibly fast in pacing and plot. Free on Kindle Unlimited.
What is it about?
(Blurb from GoodReads)
Drax. Colt. Finn.
The three vampire bad boys that have been terrorizing the night life of this city since they were old enough to know what a party was. On top of being insanely rich and handsomely supernatural there’s one more thing that makes them untouchable- they’re next in line to rule this city.
For the last hundred years humans have been at the bottom of the food chain since the rise of supernaturals, and in our city vampires rule the roost.
Divided into three different triads, each section of the city has a vampire governor who is fit to do as he pleases.
Drax, Colt, and Finn are next in line for those thrones.
To keep their subjects in line every five years they do a purge where every adult man is fair game for any vampire to feed on for twentyfour hours. To determine which traids need to partake in the purge and which one will be exempt, three people from each triad are summoned to participate in a sick and twisted game to survive. The winner gets to guarantee safety for their community.
The losers die.
For years I had kept my head down, followed every triad law, and focused on keeping my mother alive. But an announcement that women will now be included in the summoning turns my world upside down.
The first person to be summoned from triad three is me.
I came into this prepared to fight for my life, but what I didn’t expect to fight was the city’s supernatural playboys’ sick attraction to me.
In the Vampire Trials only one thing matters to me- getting home to my mom. And when I say I’d do anything to get there, I mean it.
Thoughts on The Summoning
3.5 rounded up
This is hunger games with vampires, adult themes and far too much/fast action. Everything is crammed together and the plot lurches forward at a break neck speed. It’s not bad, by any means, in fact, it’s quite interesting – but it’s too quick.
The relationships, all four of them, develop with no build, the secrets are revealed with little pomp and the methods are thrust into the spotlight with no flair. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good idea, it just should have been stretched out a bit more for details sake and character connection.
At this point, I feel nothing for any of them. I was told a story, but I didn’t feel like I was part of it.
First Person, Single POV
4 out of 5
Character Age Range:
My Final Verdict on The Summoning
This Hunger Games’esque Vampire Romp was interesting, but it could have been much better with a bit more time and detail. We’ll see how the rest of the series plays out.
Published April 22nd, 2020
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