A review by Domoni.
I would first like to thank the author for allowing me to read her novel in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Melody ran away from The Colony. Desperate to find out what is happening to her friends, she recklessly escapes. Now on the run from the Sanguines, she finds herself the unexpected guest of Bastion. Though he is a sanguine, for some reason she trusts him not to eat her and stays on with him. They start to form a deep friendship as he helps her understand what is going on in the world around her. As she adapts they find her friends; many have become sanguine themselves. As Melody learns to deal with the changing reality, she discovers not all of them are monsters like she had believed. But what is The Black Swan Company? Are they stealing people and turning them into pets for the sanguines or just meals? Things, of course, are never what they seem to be.
This was an interesting take on the vampire story. Though the approach of “not all monsters are bad” isn’t new, the humans choosing to be pets aspect isn’t seen as often. The writer did an excellent job with her story. It grabs you from the first sentence and takes you on an adventure that is sometimes scary, endearing and humorous.
Melody is a great character. She is witty and real with frequent mental conversations with her father for perspective. She also keeps a journal of sorts where she writes correspondence, and this helps you understand her head space.
Bastion is a wonderful character to compliment Melody. He is endearing and they play off of each other well. I really enjoyed the banter and the amount of personality they both radiated. The author did an amazing job creating this world and its inhabitants.
This was a pretty quick read which thoroughly absorbed me and I hope it becomes a long series, because it is a world I would gladly live in for a long time.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
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The Black Swan Company
Genre: Paranormal Thriller, Urban Fantasy
Number of pages: 380
Word Count: 114,000
Melody Fields is an investigative journalist.
…Or, at least, she used to be.
An epidemic has swept the United States, turning the majority of its population into undead creatures called Sanguines, who sustain themselves on the life force of the living. Those who weren’t afflicted were given a choice: Enter a protected Colony or hope to survive.
Guilted by her father to flee while she still could, Melody has been marooned on Nantucket Colony for four years. Unable to turn off her vocational instincts, the tough-as-nails, Boston-by-way-of-Foxboro journalist can’t help but notice when her fellow Colonists begin to disappear.
After months of observation, Melody finds a pattern to the disappearances, and it doesn’t take long for her act-first-think-later mentality to kick in and follow a group of kidnappees onto a ferry. Once on the mainland, though, her seldom-seen sense of self-preservation causes her to abandon her mission and flee. Desperate for a place to hide, she winds up in the home of a lonely, soft-spoken Sanguine named Bastian, who seemingly breaks all protocol with his disinterest in eating her alive and his offer of safe harbor.
A slow-growing trust developing between them, Bastian tries his best to help Melody find her place in a now-unfamiliar world, but she doesn’t understand how different her place really is until she reconnects with her inner-circle. Melody and her friends discover that they’ve been unraveling the same unsavory story from opposite ends, and when they tie their information together, they realize they might be uncovering a scandal that could change everything if it’s brought to light. But if they fail, it could mean the end for countless lives…even their own.
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About the Author:
Luna DeMasi was born in New York, but currently resides in southeast Michigan. She holds a B. S. in psychology, a master’s of library and information science, and is a staunch advocate for human rights, animal rights, and gender equality.
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