Unable to contain the deadly nature of her family secret and powers, nine-teen year old Romarin Demetri hails from California, U.S.A, to unearth her heritage as a descendant of serial-killer, Countess Bathory, the woman that lent Dracula his legend, and cursed Romarin with an appetite for blood.Unenthusiastic about relocating to her birth city of London, a charming paranormal investigator with claim to the throne could change her mind, as he leads her to the only living and distant relative she has: a raven-haired recluse named Talia, who has taken refuge in an old castle in the heart of the city, and doesn’t seem to have a heart of her own.
After a rough introduction to the lethal, inappropriate, and enchantingly sarcastic people she calls her housemates, perhaps the other misfits will be her first true friends; However, as much as these people are like her, they still have hidden vendettas, a taste for revenge, and will struggle between what is just, and what will settle their psychological upheaval. There is only one way for Romarin to become part of the Supernatural London Underground: Can she be the one who challenges them to put down their ghosts and demons and make their world together?
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Hello, paranormal fantasy, my old friend! Every so often in a reviewer's life they receive a book they get so excited about it restores their faith in their favorite genre. A Mirror Among Shattered Glass is one of those books.
Featuring a cast of unforgettable characters and gorgeous yet seedy London locales, when you open this book you're immediately transported to Romarin's world of death, danger, and blood. Romarin is a great main character. She isn't weak, nor is she overdone. She's a character whom you could imagine being real, and I loved getting inside her head.
Her "housemates" are all darkly delightful, and made my vampire-loving heart go all aflutter. They reminded me of the books I read about ten years ago, before Twilight and romance overtook the paranormal genre. Books like Kate Cary's Bloodline series and Darren Shan's Cirque Du Freak series.
I couldn't put it down, and I can guarantee than any vampire lovers who pick it up won't be able to either. Bring on book two!
5/5 (can I give it a six?)--perfection!