By Tawny Stokes
Genre: Paranormal YA
During the summer before her senior year, 17 year old band groupie, Salem Vale, has been following her favorite punk rockers, Malice, from gig to gig hoping that one night she might get backstage and meet the sinisterly sexy guys. She’s been saving her virginity for the lead singer Thane. One fateful evening she gets her wish. It’s a dream come true.
Except the dream turns to a nightmare when she wakes up in a dumpster, tossed away like yesterday’s trash, with no memory of what happened the night before. She feels strange, different, as if something is trying to get out. Soon she realizes she’s changing…turning into something not quite human.
Now a hunger deep inside claws at her to feed, to siphon energy from those around her. Before she can do just that, Trevor, the band’s roadie shows up and stops her from killing. With his help she learns to control the hunger inside, because he’s just like her. And in return he wants her help to do one little thing…
Help him kill the members of Malice.
As much as I love vampire fiction it was fun to read something that was paranormal but different. I dont want to spoil it too much and say what the characters are. But they are not shifters and not vampires. And it was a great story.
The main characters of Salem and Trevor are well developed and you feel like you know enough about them to have their decisions make sense. Many of the secondary characters (members of the band Malice) are not as well-developed. But for being the secondary, evil character types they had enough detail. A couple members remained fairly mysterious though the whole story but it worked.
The only problem I had with the story was the actions of the groupies at the clubs. It was very 70s-80s like. It just had the feeling of how groupies acted then. I know in many cases its still like that, but those scenes with trying to get backstage passes, parties, etc just seemed to me way more dated and out of place than the rest of the story.
The story was interesting. It flowed well. I didnt notice any lag spots and I never got lost following the movements of the characters. It was very well written and I enjoyed reading it. I am looking forward to reading more by this author.