Young Adult Paranormal Fiction
I received Charmeine – the first book in the Light-Bearer series, and going into it I had no idea what to expect. The blurb on the book says Can romance develop between a Heavenly Light-Bearer and a Hellish vampire Blood-Hunter?
I went into the book expecting something akin to Twilight, and I am pleased to say that it turned out better than I expected. There were a couple of places where I thought “But that’s not possible” until later on I realised that the male protagonist, Tabbruis isn’t an actual Vampire. They are similar in that they have to drink blood to survive, but they are in fact, Demons.
The book starts with the two leads, Tabbruis and Charmeine being together and professing their love for each other, and explaining where they stand in the way of things and placing a couple of key phrases that appear later.
It does become confusing for a chapter as it explains what Tabbruis is doing. It is not explained that this is years earlier at this point. When you realise it is, then everything starts to make sense. The first chapter is where they are now; the rest of the book is Tabbruis and Charmeine finding each other.
They both start with having no memory of who they are or where they came from. Most of the book is from the side of Tabbruis, and him learning why Blood-Hunters dislike Light-Bearers. Charmeine only knows that her name is Char, so she thought her name was Charleen. Going through the book, it picks up pace as well as Tabbruis having flashbacks over his long life, learning more about himself.
The author is quite happy to throw in male gay lovers which, although not gay myself, I do find refreshing as she does not shy away from it, or just have lesbian lovers.
Where the book ends, it is set for the second book to take off immediately and I look forward to reading that. If you enjoy young adult fiction, then you will enjoy this. It is an easy read and the plot – after the first two chapters – is easy to read and follow.
★★★★★ out of ★★★★★