TARYN HAD NEVER BEEN NORMAL.
She wasn’t like other girls – not after that night, that thing, took her parents from her. She made it through hospitals, doctors, and therapy by playing by their rules and saying all the things they wanted to hear. But, inside, she held on to the truth.
She knew what she saw.
SHE SPENT HER TEEN YEARS PREPARING IN SECRET
With her two closest friends at her side, she dedicated herself to a mission. She would train and she would hunt. When the time came, she would be ready. No one she loved would be hurt by one of those monsters ever again
But with high school behind them, new-found freedom comes with new responsibilities and new problems. Instead of weapons and self-defense classes, she now has jobs and bills. The relation-ship with her best friend was suddenly shifting into new, scary territories. How could she take down bad guys if she couldn’t get her own life in order?
AND THEN THERE WAS HIM.
A mysterious stranger who pops up in suspicious places and throws off all sorts of bad vibes. His face now starred in her regular nightmares and plagued her thoughts in the day. Was she over-reacting? Or, was this finally the monster she had been waiting for? As the scars of Taryn’s past rise up to haunt her, she begins to question herself. With her mission faltering and her friendship off kilter, would life ever be the same again?
Would she ever be the same?
***I own a copy of this book. All thoughts are 100% my own!*
This book has a writing style that I’m not used to. It’s not the POV. It’s the fact that in this book, the journal used acts as a character as well. Telling parts of the story that Taryn cannot bring herself to tell. That is different for me and in this case it REALLY serves the purpose rather well. We get Taryn’s past, her monologues and just in general the place of where her head is much of the time without the character doing that for us. So when the character might act very oddly or seemingly out of character, the journal helps us understand. That being said, this book is at many times funny, sad, irritating, sweet and overall good.
Taryn had a HORRIBLE trauma in her past. Throughout all the years between then and now, she’s had three constants in her life. Her gramma and her two besties, Kenzie and Aiden. With her gramma moving down to Florida to retire, it’s up to her besties to try to keep Taryn’s feet on the ground. And sometimes that’s a lot harder to do than you think.
My heart broke for Taryn. To have went through what she did was horrible. And the fact that her perception of things might be a little skewed for it, is the grossest of understatements. And to say that Kenzie with her sweetness and Aiden with his goofiness are merely best friends are also gross understatement. These three LOVE one another in a way that is rarely seen outside of family. SHOOT, let’s be honest here. It’s rare even IN families.
Now, here’s the thing. This is a story about Taryn and dealing with the issues from the past with the help of her loved ones. Even in the unusual way that they do it. There IS a wee bit of romance there, but it’s only touched upon and not truly explored. So if you’re looking for a YA romance..this isn’t really the book for you. If you’re looking for a YA book with romance IN it, then read on.
Ms. Bailey writes a good tale. And to be honest, the title cracks me up! I LOVE it because anyone that knows me, knows how I feel about most modern vampire books. They tend to get a SOLID eye roll from me, even though I’ll read them because SHOOT I might get surprised! And I didn’t know whether or not to expect Vampires IN this book. I will let you do that discovery on your own. I will say the title is hilarious and definitely enough alone to pique my curiosity. Forget reading the blurb. So would I recommend this book. Yes, I would. This is good for all ages. 😀
Megan Bailey is a novelist and short story author. When not writing, she loves playing video games for way too many hours and reading everything she can get her hands on. Megan is married to her own wise-cracking, romantic hero. They live in Central Illinois with their two devious/darling daughters and three furbabies: Minna the boxer dog, Logan the black cat, and Gimli the dwarf bunny. You can keep up with Megan at http://www.MeganBaileyBooks.com