I had high hopes when I started reading The Cries of Vampira. The story is centered around a war between vampires and werewolves, two of my favorite things! This short novella is very dark and contains a surprising amount of fowl language given that the target audience is ages 13 and up. I’m no innocent but a few parts of this book actually offended me. I was taken aback by the author’s choice of words.
I enjoyed the way each chapter was broken down into a type of pre-war time frame. There are a few flashbacks to the past but the majority of the story takes place during the course of a day or two. The time stamps and the multiple council meetings gave an interesting glimpse into a kingdom’s workings before the launch of a full scale war. On the other hand, there was a near complete lack of anything supernatural. Considering this tale is about weres and vamps I found this oversight to be quite baffling.
The Cries of Vampira is not for the faint of heart. There are quite a few violently graphic parts that I found to be overkill. I’m not sure what this book is categorized as but personally, I’d put it in the horror genre. Robertson is donating 10% of this series’ royalties to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, great cause! But if the goal of this novella is to increase bullying awareness I think it falls short. Having never been a victim myself, perhaps I’m completely off base but the supposed message in this story eludes me.
Young love could have been this story’s saving grace. Princess Kristin hurriedly marries her sweetheart before heading off to challenge the Grey Wolves’ leader. *cue carnal diversion here* But, unfortunately, it never comes. Which surprised me considering how gory this novella is. I expected the author’s skills with descriptions to transfer over to some sizzling love making.
This novella just wasn’t for me. The unnecessary gore and foul language was a real turn off. The lack of paranormal content and two dimensional characters left me wishing that I had passed on this free download. Definitely not for the squeamish!
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