Title: The Bite
Series: Book 1 of 3
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult, Romance
Charlotte is on the run from an abusive past to start a new life, turn a new page and begin again. Little does she know that the new life she is about to start, is one that is only supposed to exist only in fairy tales.
What was a minor decision put her in the wrong place at the wrong time; a decision that will be burned into her memory, a decision that forced her to fight for her life, a decision that will turn her into a thing of fairy tales- and it only took one bite.
The Bite’s story line is entertaining and there were moments that kept me on the edge of my seat, but I felt that not all parts of the book equally propelled along the drama of this fantasy. During the first half of the book, I found myself feeling impatient, waiting for something to happen. The “filler” scenes seemed to take up too many pages. Normally I like ‘filler’, but while reviewing the book’s proliferation from start to finish, I just felt that there was an imbalance. Through the first half of The Bite, ZeroWineThirty narrated what felt like an excess of descriptive “filler” rather than eventful story substance. Fortunately, the second half of the book actively progressed with memorable experiences and critical developments. After the book’s mid-point, the events and character involvement sustained applicable action and therefore held my interest, many times it more than just held it…I was captivated with the unfolding adventure.
While, I believe this author lacked a bit in maintaining consistent movement, I think she more than made up for that in her ability to contrive complex characters. As a reader, I fully enjoyed being able to understand and relate with all of these characters. The spirit and general nature of each personality is evident through dialogue and interaction throughout the entire book. The author is precise in delivering us rich characters, true to their core and consistent from introduction all the way to the cliff hanger ending of book one.
I believe providing a cast list is a risk for any author to take. Do you share with your readers your personal visualization of each character’s doppelganger and risk any alterations to your beloved family of characters? Or do you trust in your ability to convey strong distinction of each characters’ heritage? ZeroWineThirty is gifted when introducing and writing her characters, both physically and emotionally. I think she should trust in her talented ability to conceptualize and present her fantasy’s unique personality list. Each person has a well defined back story (which was revealed naturally, by the way) and everyone’s actions are true and believable according to each individual’s perceived personality. Although I was not always a fan of the cast list she chose, I acknowledge it can be fun to picture some of those famous actors portraying main characters. I just think it was unnecessary for the thorough depiction of The Bite’s Characters.
I have yet to decide if I will read the subsequent books in this series. As an obvious fan of ZeroWineThirty’s character writing and overall story telling, I will admit I am curious about what happens next and am starting to miss the family of characters in The Bite! I will review them as I read them…