Tuesday, June 7, 2016
A Change of Heart by Mark Benjamin
Bullied his entire life, orphaned university graduate, Gabriel Harper, is bitten by a Royal vampire moments before sunrise, transforming him over the course of six terrible and exhilarating nights into a hybrid—human by day, vampire by night.
Just as he learns to come to grips with what he has become, the Silver Legion—a covert, vampire-hunting organization kidnap him and his three friends, forcing them to join their clandestine crusade; however, they remain unaware of Gabriel’s nature until it is too late.
Each choice made sets in motion a turn of devastating events—from love-triangles and fratricide, lust and betrayal, broken dreams and the thirst for power, vengeance and the spilling of blood defines victory.
A Change Of Heart is set primarily in the fictional City of Penance; interweaving the lives of Legionnaires, humans and vampires in the course of a year.
Although I have reviewed a "vampire book" before, it is not the type of book that I typically read. With that being said, like before, I was contacted by the author and asked if I would like to read and review this book and I went into it with an open mind.
The book started out fairly well. There was a good level of excitement and intrigue. Then, there were times when I got a little confused. The chapters were each written in the viewpoint of one of the characters and were named after that character. During each chapter I found myself having trouble remembering exactly whose viewpoint I was reading from and, at times, who the character was speaking about.
The book moved pretty slow, perhaps because you would read about the same event a few different times when you would read it from different perspectives. It made it somewhat hard to get through which typically would make me just put the book down (honestly there were times when I did put it down and read another book to break it up a bit before I went back to it again) but I did promise a review so I knew I needed to finish it.
The storyline isn't bad, it's actually pretty decent, but it was just a bit hard to read at times. The ending was a tad anticlimactic as there were things left open-ended. I hate that I didn't love it. That always makes me feel frustrated. I think that I might give A Change Of Heart 2.5 to 3 stars.
*Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.