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I wanted to love it, but something was missing for me
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 21, 2019
Interesting premise, but something was lacking. The idea of a pirate, always romanticized of course, who is also a vampire that cannot come on land, intriguing. A slayer of such things is expected, and the two partnering is not surprising. How Sea Shadows are made is still a mystery, along with why Kelia's father was murdered. I get that the first book is to set the stage for the second. One big shock at a time, and her learning that The Society is not all it's cracked up to be and it's subsequent treatment of her, along with who creates Sea Shadows was probably the big reveal for this one. The tone was a little depressing, and too many questions still unanswered. Such as who is Christopher's fiancé, how did they get her, who is she to Drew, how does Emma factor in, what really happened to Kelia's mother are a few of them, and what is Drew's story. There are more mysteries to solve, so I'll read the next, but I can't say I was completely vested in Kelia or Drew. Maybe it is the indoctrination or her belief that Drew should be more forthcoming. She is young, while he has lived awhile and knows she most likely could not deal with all of the truths. Or is he too cold still? Again, there was just something about the writing style in this one that was a tad bit off for me. I was engaged in the story as I needed to know what was going to happen next, but somewhat let down too.