Thursday, May 11, 2017

Twilight Guardian by Maggie Shayne ~ Review

Title: Twilight Guardian (Wings in the Night: Reborn #1)
Author: Maggie Shayne
Genre: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Thunderfoot Publishing
Release Date: September 1, 2014
Source: Purchased
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

They told 20-year-old Charlie O’Malley that they had a cure for the rare blood condition that would eventually kill her–an untested, experimental cure. All they wanted in return was for her to join their elite military team and train to kill the Undead. 

She took the deal, not because she cared so much about extending her life, but because it would make her strong–stronger than ordinary humans. Strong enough to kill the vampire who’d pretended to love her, taken her blood, used her body, and murdered her mother. 

Killion was the last of his kind, or so he thought. When he found Charlie, he felt the pull. She had the rare Belladonna Antigen all vampires had as humans. Vampires were compelled to protect those rare mortals they called The Chosen. But with Charlie, the bond was different, more powerful than anything he’s felt before, and impossible to resist, even though surrendering to it will probably get him killed. 

Ancient vampire elders Rhiannon and Roland come out of exile, risking their lives to help their mortal friend Roxy reclaim her granddaughter. But before the tale ends, their lives will be forever changed. 

Join Maggie Shayne as she returns to her most beloved series of all time with this new beginning…. 

The world believes vampires are gone. They were destroyed and have not been heard from again. But the government is still using the threat of their existence to round up people with The Chosen, humans that are capable of becoming vampires. Charlie is one of those people, and when the government finds out, her life takes a drastic change.

Charlies was everything I would expect out of a confused teenager - but she was 20. At times she just seemed a tab bit immature, and I had a hard time remembering that she wasn't sixteen. She is faced with quite a decision to make though. On one side, her grandmother is a friend of the vampires that you will see many times in the original Wings in the Night series. On the other hand, she's grown up with lies about how the vampires are out to kill her because of her blood. I wasn't too surprised to see her jump at the opportunity the government offers.

Along the way, she meets Killion, who may be the last vampire left in America. I wish I could tell you more about him, he's the main male character, but he seemed more like a plot device at times. I really wanted him to be something really special, but it didn't play out that way. In a romance, I really like seeing a strong couple with both playing major roles in the story.

I really loved that Maggie Shayne was able to include some of my old favorites of, especially Rhiannon, I just love her. They played an important part in the story, so it isn't just a cameo appearance either. This was a fun re-introduction to the world of Wings in the Night, just not the great romance that I had hoped for.

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