Unrequited by Emily Shaffer

Posted October 1, 2014 in Blog Tour, Book Review / 0 Comments

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Unrequited by Emily Shaffer

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Unrequited by Emily ShafferUnrequited by Emily Shaffer
Published by Swoon Romance on September 23rd 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 151
Format: eARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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three-stars

In the town of Belle Ridge there are doctors, lawyers and teachers... but there is only one vampire. Will Leighton has become an expert in making a life for himself amongst the unsuspecting small-town inhabitants, as the high school history teacher. He has spent hundreds of years crafting an identity and routine that make him feel almost human, but he is always missing that important final element, love.

Ashton Wallace is beautiful, smart, and angry. She was forced into an eternal existence, and now her family has moved her away from everything and everyone she knows. In Belle Ridge she is supposed to finish high school and start her life again, but how do you make plans for the next several centuries?

Will has never met another of his kind, and is immediately intrigued by Ashton. He longs to show her that the perceived vampire lifestyle, so popular in storybooks, is far from reality...but will she let him be a friend and guide in this new existence? Can Ashton accept Will into her life, or will she be led astray by a dark stranger with whom she shares an unknown connection?

Main Points
Writing Style:
The writing was pretty good. No complaints.
Plot:
Is this just another vampire love triangle? That’s for you to decide.
Only, it’s a bit more complicated than that. All the relationships are vampire-vampire, so…I guess that makes things easier, not more complicated. But there is an even better twist in the appearance of a FOURTH vampire. Surprise! Suddenly vampire are popping up everywhere.
Clearly Will was the safe choice the whole time, and Griffin was the dangerous one. But I wasn’t so ready to accept Griffin’s change. When we were first introduced to him, it seemed like he had some kind of evil power to influence Ashton. And suddenly he’s actually a good guy? Hm. It’s not actually quite that simple, usually. But I guess in the end she needed both of them on her side.
The ending was kind of inconclusive. I wouldn’t necessarily ask Ashton to choose between the two at that point, but it’s obvious that things can’t go on like that forever. They can’t be a happy little threesome. That’s just not going to happen.
One thing I did like was how supportive Ashton’s family was throughout. That was really good for her, and for the story.
Good vs. Bad
Good:
  • characters
  • plot
  • setting
Less than perfect:
  • romance
  • ending
Bottom Line
This may have been another vampire-love-triangle story with a few twists, but it was still an interesting one. The characters were all intriguing and 3-dimensional, and the plot had several fun twists. Would I read more by this author? Maybe, but probably not. Would I recommend this to others? Sure.

About Emily Shaffer

I am a Tennessean by birth, and have lived pretty much everywhere. My Dad always says that when I was born, and the doctor tried to slap me to make me cry, that I stood up on the table and slapped the doctor instead…and from then on, I never did anything that I didn’t want to do.
Luckily, what I want to do is write…and not carjacking or vandalism.
Like the main character in my debut novel, I love making random lists…so here are some random facts about me:
-I’m nearsighted in one eye and farsighted in the other. The world looks like a fun-house mirror if I don’t wear my glasses or contacts.
-I was almost kicked out of Graceland for using flash photography in the peacock-mirrored front room, and my tour group shunned me the entire rest of the tour. That made for a lonely trip through the Jungle Room.
-I was once mistaken for a member of Hanson…granted, they all had long hair at the time, but still….not what you wanna hear as a girl.

Rating
Plot
three-half-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-stars
Setting
three-half-stars
Romance
three-stars
Cover
three-stars
Ending
four-stars
Overall: three-stars
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