Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Expected publication: October 28th 2014
edition language English
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"I’ve abandoned all my principles for you... Broken laws I held to so firm for centuries, did things I never thought myself capable of..." He kissed her as he whispered. "Was it worth it?" His tears wet her lips. "I don't remember."~David
Helena K. Sharpe was raised by a man who had sympathy for supernatural creatures, for the vampires his bloodline hunted for centuries. She was too young to understand how he tried to help them, but she knew it was important. Her father made her promise never to hunt them and she would do anything to keep that promise.
Until he is murdered by the very things he dedicated so much of his life to.
Orphaned and alone, Helena takes to the street, afraid for whatever's left of her life. Without her family, she doesn't know how--or even if--she can go on. Until a vagrant takes her under his wing and gives her a purpose. Revenge.
For six years she learns about the monsters, studies their habits, until, at 15 years old, she feels she's ready to find the ones responsible for her parent's death. All she has to do is become one of them. She's cute, young, innocent...
They'll never see her coming.
My final verdict on Helena is that she started out a rather naive teenager whose only thought was enacting revenge for her parents killers not understanding that what she planned would have such an impact until it was too late.
As Helena learned from her mistakes she grew wiser, unfortunately though not wise enough to prevent the loss of several key players in the war which erupts between the vampire factions.
As a longtime fan of different incarnations of vampire characters I found this to be a mesh of known and unknown mythologies surrounding vampirism and magic, it was at times confusing but than would make perfect sense.
Not sure where author [a:Natasha Rogue|5167471|Natasha Rogue|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1316836006p2/5167471.jpg] is going with this in the follow-up but am curious to see when the next book comes out in 2015 what happens next to Helena and the rest.
[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]