Riley Spencer has spent most of her life doing what is normal for her: attending school, spending time with her mother, and training to hunt vampires. It was how she grew up as part of the organization and when Nick comes to town and joins her team everything changes. Now Riley and the rest of her team begin to question everything they have learned about vampires and the organization that trained them to hunt the vampires that hide in the world.
For a debut, independent novel, I really liked Blood Pact. It had a great plot, good characters that ran the entire spectrum of personality possibilities and enough mystery to keep me reading.
There were some things, like a lack of a true narrative voice. Itdidn't sound like a teenage girl was the narrator of the story, but an adult looking on. There also could've been a little more passion bwhind the characters' words.
But Ms. Mayes made a great, solid effort at a YA paranormal novel. It probably won't transcend through to the adult market, as some YA novels do, but she still wrote a good story for teens today. It reminded me of how this genre was a decade ago, when I was a preteen myself. It was nice to read an author who still believes in a basic paranormal tale for those under eighteen.
I definitely want to read more from her and see how she progresses as an author!
4/5--a great start!
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