Not your ordinary Vampire Novel. You can ask my classmates. This became a class favorite during my first year in college.
Writing in first-person effectively is, I suspect, something of an art and Jennifer Armintrout has mastered it in The Turning, the first book in the Blood Ties series.
I’ve not read any of Ms. Armintrout’s books before, but this one came recommended from a friend (Hello Joyce. Ahaha). I have to say, I was impressed with the smooth flow of her heroine’s stream of consciousness. If any book could be a gliding read, this one was. I slipped from chapter to chapter with out even realizing I’d done so.
The Turning tells the story of Dr. Carrie Ames conversion to a vampire. She is a doctor working in an ER when a chance encounter with a horrifically injured vampire results in her “turning.” Confusion over what she’s facing lands her on the doorstep of the sexy vampire Nathan Grant, a vampire hunter working for the “Movement.” The Movement is a vampire organization dedicated to keeping the vampire population streamlined, weeding out the ones who kill and turn others at will.
Okay, enough of the spoilers.
The Turning is an excellent book, but readers should be aware that they may find themselves conflicted over the emotions it stirs in them. And, there are also a few gruesome scenes that are not for the faint of heart. If you stick with it, however, there’s a breathtaking scene later on between Carrie and Nathan. That scene alone is worth reading the whole book – but there’s a catch. You MUST read all that comes before that scene to understand its import for the characters, and for you, the reader.
Warning : Gory Sex.