As a vampire, being hunted was nothing new, finding out that I had to protect those hunting us was. Katrina is a young royal blooded vampire from a very old vampire family, chronicles her journey as leader of the Five from the age of seventeen. She, along with young members of each royal vampire family have been called to council. Why? No one knows, but Katrina feels the danger all around them and feels that she will the one called upon to save them all. This fast paced historical saga begins here with Katrina as she begins the journey that will change all their lives forever. It’s full of romance, intrigue, danger and betrayal. To succeed the Five must become the many…Join us. John Daniels, author writes: “This is a page-turning, swashbuckling adventuure told by a gorgeous seventeen-year-old vampire on the verge of womandhood. Katrina and her companions are girls who love fancy clothes and romantic gossip; but when their race is threatened they becone Women Warriors, using their paranormal talents, lightning speed, and razor-sharp blades to wreak dealy justice. By turns tense, funny and sad, this is a great read for fans of bloodlust.”
I am always on the hunt for a new series, particularly one that is on-going and has lots of characters I can attach myself to. Such a series was precisely my hope when I downloaded Elizabeth Loraine’s Katrina: The Beginning. Though I made it through cover to cover, I found this first-in-a-series read to be somewhat lacking.
What I Liked:
*The Watcher’s: Each member of a vampire family has a Watcher, an individual human trained since birth to protect and train the vampire he is assigned to. The Voss family, a herd of beautiful and well-trained brothers have been with the von Dracek vampires for generations and each has become like family to the other.
*The Families: From the beginning, the reader understands that there are a multitude a vampire families spread out across the world. The families are wealthy and aristocratic and work hard to keep their very nature secret from the humans they live among. As with any powerful group, there are alliances and enemies to be found and those relationships are intriguing.
*The Five: The five vampire daughters who are the next generation of their respective families. These girls are beautiful, well-educated and extremely powerful. When the group comes together, their power is enhanced exponentially and it is a wonder to behold. What those girls will be able to accomplish once their powers are fully explored and mastered is going to be unbelievable.
*The Twists and Turns: Every time I thought I was settling into the plot and had a handle on what was happening, yet another twist or turn was thrown into the mix. While this can sometimes be off-putting in a read, I found it to be quite acceptable in this particular read.
What I Didn’t Like:
*Katrina: Yep, the main character is the only thing in this read that I didn’t care for but man, did I really, really dislike her. Here’s the list of how and why Katrina pisses me off:
1) Her sweetness: Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a nice and/or sweet character but Katrina is just over to top sweet – we’re talking cavity inducing sweetness. When you have the abilities that Katrina has, you can afford to be a little less sweet from time to time.
2) Her insta-acceptance: Katrina has a very nasty habit of accepting nearly every situation she finds herself in with only the bare minimum of questions and/or concerns. Without spoiling the read, I found it very, very difficult to believe that a creature such as Katrina, who has to protect herself and her nature from nearly everyone would just automatically accept the new people and situations thrown at her.
3) Quinn: I love Quinn and his dedication to Katrina and the rest of the von Dracek is absolute. He has been with Katrina for most of his life yet when another boy comes sniffing around, Quinn is set aside almost immediately. Though there is some explanation as to why this happens, the explanation is quite unsatisfactory.
The Bottom Line: For me, this read all comes down to how much Katrina pissed me off versus all the other stuff I truly liked. At this point, it’s about 50/50 and since this is such an extensive series, I am willing to give the next book a try in the hopes that Katrina will either play a lesser role or will become a character I can more easily accept or dare I say, even like. I like the other girls in the group and want to see how their powers develop, I like the Watchers and want to see how the Voss boys make out, I want to see how the mission to the New World plays out and I absolutely want to know who the big bad really is and what the long game is. And so, dear reader, onward and upward I go with the Royal Blood Chronicles.
**As of 03 April 2014, the Kindle and Nook formats of this title are free :)**