Friday, January 17, 2014

(W)REC(K) A BOOK: Forever Dead

Nocte Defunctorum... 

Also known as Night of the Dead. One night of every twenty years vampires can come into the human world and take Potential Mates. Audrina Knight has every intention of staying human, and not getting involved with vampires... unlike her best friend and classmates.

But just when she thinks she's in the clear, she is taken from everything she knows and loves into a world of dark fantasy she could have never imagined. Forced to compete for the love of the vampire prince himself, Nicholai Romano, Audrina must find a way to escape this world. But what happens when Audrina actually starts to have feelings for this cruel prince? Even worse... will she compete against her best friend for a love she doesn't want?

Full of twists and turns, Forever Dead is filled with love, hate, murder, sex and everything else in between. But the real question is, do all stories have a happy ending?
- Goodreads

Audrina is a girl with a good head on her shoulders who, unlike her classmates and the rest of the town, hates the thought of being outside during Nocte Defunctorum. If you're caught in public, before the twelfth strike for the next day, you're a free-for-all for the vampires who seek out flesh.

This was an intense read because the vampire bachelor prince is not nice. He hates humans, but he understands that as a prince and future king, he needs a queen, and so he chooses a bunch of them and then has them go through tests to weed out the ones who are strong and those who won't survive. For one thing, he has sex with all of them because a human who can't adapt to the liquids he gives them is a dead one, and therefore not adequate. Audrina originally wanted to fail on purpose to escape, but a girl told her that no one left the castle alive, and so she decides to win all the challenges in order to survive, all the while slowly falling for the sadistic vampire.

Sadistic... yup that's him. Nicholai is actually kind of an asshole in this, but when he turns up the heat, you feel it. Audrina certainly felt it, and it mixed a nice little margarita with her hatred for him and his treatment of the other girls.

Forever Dead was a bachelor story like The Selection with the dark flavor of The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire, and that drew me to the story. Add in the fact that it's a vampire prince with a sadistic streak, and you've got yourself a unique intake on The Bachelor. Although this was a great book, I feel that it could've been better, and here's why.

Errors were found throughout the book, especially towards the end, and some plots didn't add up. There was a huge error of misplaced paragraphs in the book I purchased, and then there's the sense of  the plot again to think about. For one thing, she fell for him, but then he had sex with her best friend, and that- along with a lie of rape -lead her to bringing him down for his enemy. That bit with her bf made my stomach ache because he's supposed to be in more-than-lust with her or something, so that was a turn off for me. And then there's the fact that although he hates humans and witches, he still acts hot and cold with her. Audrina's "love" for him was a little fickle considering that she turned on him with just someone's word to back it up. I think that if she really loved him, she wouldn't have believed such a horrible thing. She would've at least talked it out with him or something, but that doesn't happen, and so it makes me believe that it's not really love between them, but merely something more than an infatuation.

The end ruined the good feeling for me because the plot kind of just went everywhere. Nothing was clear or clean cut, and it was a lite messy for me.

Despite all the errors and weird plots, I still had fun with this dark streak of a bachelor style novel. I recommend that you try it out, as long as you don't take his having sex with others to heart too much. It was something I learned the hard way.

Happy Reading =^~^=

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