Friday, 6 March 2015

Book: Animal by Nikki Rae

Title: Animal
Author: Nikki Rae
From: Review Copy
Genre: Paranormal
Challenges: Winter COYER, 2015 New Release Challenge 
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Ava has known about Vampires for years, her parents used to help them assimilate into human culture. Until the fire that is. Ava has suffered from breathing problems relating to anxiety ever since, and its only getting worse. Micheal has had his eye on Ava for a while, believing she is the girl he wants. Using one of his vampires, Evan, against his will to bring Ava in, they all face horrors in what persues.

That moment where you realise many of the characters are the same as in the other Nikki Rae books you've read! I agreed to read this because I've loved everything I've read from Rae so far, and didn't actually read the blurb (yes I know, I do it alot) but the moment it clicked was a good one for me! I liked how Animal not only gave back story to Evan, Myles and Ava from the Sunshine series (as well as Micheal) but tied in The Donor to the same universe as well.

One thing that should be said is that Rae's books aren't easy on her characters. The face horrible situations and you often end up questioning how they could possibly survive. As bad as that sounds, it does allow Rae to weave such a captivating story that you need to read on to find out how it ends.

It was very interesting seeing another side of Micheal in Animal. In Sunshine he was most definitely the bad guy, and though there is little doubt that he is still bad in Animal, there were other, more caring aspects to his character. Though I think the parallels between Ava and the canary make it very clear how he should be seen.

There felt to be a lot of symbolism and parallels in Animal, both using animals themselves, like the canary and the cat, but also between characters. Mainly between Ava and Katya (who wasn't actually a character but a memory) and also between Evan and Ava. It all interwove well and gave more layers to a book that had a small cast of characters.

I really enjoyed Animal, both in a story as itself and as a companion to Sunshine, though it was a bit strange knowing what would happen to several of the characters in the future!



Synopsis:

Ava has spent her life running from the monsters that lurk in the shadows, always the prey. She finally thinks she can settle down, have a normal life, and work on not being so scared of the world around her. That is until she runs into her worst fear. 

He has finally found the potential family he has always wanted. All he has to do is make his little bird sing. Will Ava escape with her humanity intact?

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Hi, guys! I FINALLY have everything you could possibly need for the upcoming release of Animal. Some things to be aware of: I've changed the genre of this book to New Adult Paranormal Suspense (with Dark Romance Elements) There may still be a few errors in this. It's not the final, final version. I'll be sending out the preorder link when I have it sometime after the 16th. : ) I know some of you wanted me to do interviews or guest posts, but I can't remember who. Just let me know/send the questions. Reminders: February 16--Cover Reveal and start of Blog Tour February 28--Release Day! Tour runs from February 16-March17 If anyone is unsure of when they should post, just ask! Now on to all the STUFF! Attached are ARCs and teasers and things. Use what you want, take what you need. I'm also attaching a teaser, but feel free to make your own! Synopsis: Ava has spent her life running from the monsters that lurk in the shadows, always the prey. She finally thinks she can settle down, have a normal life, and work on not being so scared of the world around her. That is until she runs into her worst fear. He has finally found the potential family he has always wanted. All he has to do is make his little bird sing. Will Ava escape with her humanity intact? Giveaway code: a Rafflecopter giveaway