I’m…not really sure what I’ve been doing the past two weeks. Have gotten almost zero reading done, and though I have added a few words to my stories, not nearly enough to justify two weeks gone. So when I checked my GoodReads account yesterday and saw that I was two books behind schedule for my yearly challenge, I figured I should, you know, get on that.
So I read two books tonight.
Short books, but they count. Kind of. Well. Okay. Both were by Alexandra Lanc, a woman I found while searching for New Adult books, and one of the “books” I read tonight is…a fragment of a book. It’s a first part.
This story does something that I haven’t seen before in a work that costs money. It’s being released in parts and the readers get to help tell the story. Read the book, then go to her website and vote on a poll about something that will happen in the next part. The next part is being released in July, supposedly with the readers’ wishes in mind. I don’t know how many parts are planned, but ultimately, the author will bring them all together into a novella.
At the end, the author explains that the reader-help was inspired by fanfiction. As in, it’s like the readers are writing fanfiction because we get to say what will happen. It’s also kind of like reading fanfiction, since it comes out in chunks and we have to wait months to get the next installation, but anyway.
The story itself is about a young woman, almost ready to head off to college, going on one last family vacation before she leaves. She’s got a very cute little brother, a frustrating mom, and a boring step-dad. Her biggest dream is to become a painter and get custody of her brother and give him all the love and affection he deserves that he isn’t getting from their parents. Sounds like quite the long shot, and she knows it.
While hanging out in France, she meets an attractive man who is almost too attractive. He’s captivating and keeps staring her down. When he invites her to a nightclub that is located inside a castle, how can she refuse?
Yeah, it’s about vampires. But it was first written right after Author Lanc read Stoker’s Dracula, so I rather enjoyed them. The main character, Lorine, isn’t that fascinating to me but she isn’t terrible. I had trouble relating to her, I guess. Her brother is definitely cute. Her mom is well written, and her step-dad has no personality whatsoever, though that might have been intentional. The vampire is great—but then, I like the charming vamps who have no problem ripping out throats. And I’m in love with the castle. Let’s just say there’s an unexpected twist to it that, had I spoken French, I may have predicted.
I have to admit that I was intrigued by the poll at the end of the book. I looked forward to it, and, well, I was disappointed. I wanted something big like, “Should Lorine live or die?” I won’t say what the question was, but it wasn’t anything like that.
Ultimately, fascinating story and any other parts that I read this year will not be counted additionally towards my goal of reading 55 books this year.
3/5 GR stars.
Posted from my phone, so please excuse extra typos! ESJ