I had a hard time with this book. Romanov: Vegeance never dies by Samaire Provost brings back the horror-film vampires. They can run on walls and ceilings, they drain their victims dry (unless they’re turning them), they can change into mist and bats…Pretty much if there’s a classic vampire talent, provost tosses it in the ring. This makes for an interesting character development, as these tropes don’t tend to lend themselves to the good guys, however, we find our MC being a vampire–one who is stronger than most her age.
Provost makes reference to a lot of things that don’t make sense and kind of broke my suspension of disbelief: tesseracts, cheetahs in the swamp forest, etc. However, she is definitely not afraid of throwing out details and frequently, describes things in great detail. Her style of writing almost feels as if somebody dropped Dickens into the 21st century, let him hang out for a while, then asked him to write a book. It varies between very modern and very classic, but that can be a plus in a book about vampires that are 100’s of years old.
The sheer number of storylines in this book can get confusing. Within the first 50 pages, you’ve discovered at least 3, if not 4 of them. My favorite is the “white creature” paragraphs that book-end that chapters. These actually feel like the least forced bit of writing, and really add to the tension that seems to dissipate when you’re in the main story line.
Overall, the book was decently written and carries an interesting and new main storyline, however I had a hard time staying engaged with so many different POVs and side plots.
Publication date: January 24th 2018
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy
In an abandoned warehouse in Manhattan, two enemies battle to the death, while outside, a malevolent entity watches and waits and plots, eager for blood. On an island in the heart of Seattle, an immortal princess struggles to lead a normal life just as a flood of terrifying creatures starts to pour in through a portal that should not be there. A young man meets a classmate while walking home from the college library, and embarks on the most dangerous adventure he’s ever known – will he survive? A deranged madman hunts the girl he’s lusted after for a century, in a relentless pursuit for vengeance. A prehistoric, mythical beast jealously guards a primeval land, which is leaking into present-day Seattle. A sweet, forbidden passion blossoms between two lovers who steal moments whenever they can, while unbeknownst to them, they’re hunted by a deadly creature.
A royal family threatened at its weakest – yet lethal in its own right – is stalked by an ancient evil that will not rest until they are utterly destroyed: a nightmare incarnate that has waited millions of years for revenge threatens the very existence of the young lovers and their family.
Will they prevail?
Samaire Provost lives in California with her husband and son.
Her love of paranormal stories, odd plots, and unique tales as well as the works of Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Susan Cooper, Madeleine L’Engle and Stephen King has deeply influenced her writing.