My rating: 4 of 5!
Published: the 24th of March 2016
Written by: Tim O’Rourke
Narrated by: Keely Beresford
Series: Kiera Hudson Series One
Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
Source: Amazon Audible
Tim O’Rourke once again shows his mastery at building stories and characters that are larger than life. He has readers constantly guessing and changing their alliances.” Abibliophobic Book Reviews
Kiera awakens to find herself imprisoned. Experiencing horrific nightmares and visions, she slowly realises that she has been subjected to a series of sinister tests and operations. Now addicted to blood, and in pain, Kiera knows that if she is to survive, she will need to escape from her caged cell. More questions arise: Who is the secretive werewolf visiting her at night – and can she trust him? Where are her friends and why hasn’t Potter come to her rescue, as he promised? With no word from either Luke or Potter, she fears they both might be dead.
With only a chair and a book to comfort her in her cage, can Kiera escape? Even if she does, what will she find on the other side of her prison walls?
‘Vampire Breed’ is Book Four in the Kiera Hudson Series One.
I don’t remember reading another book, that has made my allegiance change so quickly. One moment I’m rooting for Potter, then Luke, then I think Seth might be alright, then I like Nick… and worse of it all, I do believe there’s a traitor in their midst. And I have many suspicions, but they’re all circumstantial and I have no idea who I should be rooting for – but I’ll get back to that, probably under the spoiler tag.
On a personal level I am finding it harder and harder to not just sympathise with Kiera – but to even stomach her. She’s so unreasonably self absorbed and whiny, that it’s just too darn much. Her self righteousness and entitlement is really unattractive. And she has a knack to turn everything into a sob-tale in her favour. Like when she gets jealous of how Potter spent his time, whilst she wasn’t around. Meanwhile she refuses to answer who she would choose when the time comes: Potter or Luke. Yes, how unreasonable of Potter to ask her that question! Or when a werewolf helps to free her and her half-breed comrades, she instantly turns on him for not also freeing Luke. Can you say ungrateful much? But worst of the worst is when she consistently continues to refuse to believe in things she’s being told. Things she must decide. Just because she simply doesn’t want to. Okay, in fairness of her I should mention that it is world changing stuff that rests on her shoulders, but nonetheless, it’s still annoying.
Luckily, Tim is bringing so much life to all the other characters around her, so I can focus on them instead. And what a joy that is! As of now, they’re all suspects (seriously, I have my eyes on all of them!) But they’re all three-dimensional and they are what really makes this book as great as it is, and as suspenseful as it is.
Let’s take a look at the suspects, shall we? Press the arrow if you dare *insert evil laugh*.
So here’s the thing: it’s been hinted many times over, that there’s a traitor in their midst. And it would make a lot of sense, as the bad guys keeps being a step ahead of them. So who could it be?
There’s the obvious suspect, the bad-guy werewolf Seth; he’s already betrayed Murphy. But he haven’t been with them long enough, to have able to be the betrayer.
Then there’s the mysterious Nick, the werewolf trapped in his form that helps some of them escape. Again, he haven’t been with them long enough to be the one.
Potter; that is a possibility and it would be one hell of a twist. But somehow I just don’t see it.
Luke; now that’s the way I’m leaning the most. Kiera refuses to believe it could be Potter or Luke, as they’re always by her side. However, that’s not true in case of Luke Bishop. When he was held down and captured in a sea of vampires, she doesn’t know what happened. When he was once again snatched from her arms in the cells, she doesn’t know what happened. It is a possibility that Luke just has the worst luck of them all, or perhaps – just maybe, there’s something more going on.
One thing is certain, when it’s finally revealed who it is, extremely surprised. I had not seen that twist coming. At all.
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