Bound by Night by Larissa Ione
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Larissa Ione, author of "Bound by Night (The Moonbound Clan Vampires)" (The MoonBound Clan Vampires) has a different idea of vampires, which I found to be refreshing. The story begins with an 8 year old girl, Nicole Martin, whose family's business is to capture & sell vampires as slaves to humans. The family company does research on vampires as if they were animals or aliens. But, the vampires rebel against the family; leaving 8 year old Nicole Martin barely alive and most of her family dead. Jump ahead twenty years and we see Nicole all grown up and she has her head full of ideas of what vampires are, and generally, vampires frighten her.
Riker, a member of the MoonBound Clan, a bunch of renegade and free vampires, kidnaps Nichole in hopes of using her as a ransom trade for a gifted female vampire recently captured by the humans. Riker must rescue the female vampire and return her to her clan before war breaks out amongst the clans. Throughout the story, Nicole comes to some realizations about her family’s company and the creatures she's been studying. During her time amongst the vampire clan, she and Riker find themselves drawn to each other.
As relationships developed between Riker and Nichole, and Nichole and the rest of the clan, I found myself hoping that Nicole would be turned into vampire. Eventually she was, but not when I thought she should be or even how I thought she would.
Ms. Ione built a great foundation for her characters and the world they lived in. It was an odd sort of believable to me. Even though she describes everything so well, I still don’t understand how vampires who are physically more imposing; stronger, faster, and formidable predators, become slaves to humans so easily. How can humans capture vampires? At this point, we are left to our own imaginations. Perhaps, this will come out better in the next books in this series!
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