Title: The Vampire Secret (The Amarant Series, Book 1)
Author: Tricia Barr
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Date of Release: March 17, 2018
Format: PDF (JA Culican Review)
What do you do when you’re a 17 (going on 18) year old who loves reading vampire novels and you notice some anomalies? You do what all other sane people do… you look up the author and lose your shit when you find out he’s an actual vampire! Well, not all sane people would do that… just Crimson. Crimson is obsessed with the author, Nicholae Albaric, an actual vampire who writes about his life adventures, never realizing someone would think they were true. Crimson isn’t all that she seems… but she doesn’t know it. She is a very rare and special breed, but the only way to know that would be her eyes. Can Nicholae save her or will an old enemy ruin his plans?
The characters are likable enough. The hard part is remembering Crimson is a teenager. It shouldn’t be too hard to remember she’s a teenager, given her dialogue. Some of her thoughts will make you frustrated or annoyed; which is why you have to keep in mind her age. I can understand some of the comparisons to Twilight, but I think this is slightly better. One of my issues with this book is how long it took to get to Crimson meeting Nicholae, and the synopsis to come to life. All of her interactions with her friends weren’t necessary. The book didn’t need a lot of fluff. You kinda got that with Benny. Benny is a loveable vampire when you get to know him. He provides a decent amount of comic relief. There was a point in the book where Benny’s name was spelled differently. While this didn’t factor into my rating, it definitely stood out.
I liked the story well enough, but it didn’t wow me. The synopsis is great and the cover is fantastic, it just takes a little too long to get into.