My third encounter with the Unholy Alliance series, this is a wonderful addition to the clever interweaving stories of survival and love that this author has penned. I would suggest readers start at the beginning of the series: they are quick and engaging reads and you will find several characters are wandering through each story.
The book starts a bit slowly, we are reintroduced to several characters and discover a new cast member in Genevieve. A much younger than her peers student at MIT, she is determined to make her way at school, and doesn’t allow her lack of a social life to bother her: much.
In the last story, we had just met Genevieve as she was being tossed into the back of an SUV by our curious mix of vampires and those people who love them. Not convinced that she is in the safest place she can be, and completely thrown by the existence of vampires, Genevieve uses her not inconsiderable intelligence to formulate a plan to escape, and is foiled each time, the last by Chad: he of the caramel eyes and pointy incisors.
The entire story and series is a mélange of loves lost and found, Hunters and Vampires in collusion to destroy an enemy even greater than themselves, and the repeated displays of friendship and growth that each character, human and vampire, experiences throughout the story. Action packed, with several insets of internal dialogue as the characters deal with their own issues that prevent their getting closer, each character has a unique voice and feel, with a sense of their own issues and history that informs their current actions.
A quick read at just 147 pages, the novellas in this series are a curious mix of character driven stories and action filled moments that are fraught with danger. The mixing of hunters, vampires and humans is a clever one: each character in the series has a purpose and a skill that expands the group’s ability to succeed in their quest to protect those they love, and by extension the world. This is a story that will let you escape into another world, where the familiar is just tweaked enough to be new, and the freshness of the interactions and powers of this oddly teamed cast of characters is engaging and unlike any of the ‘vampire/human teen/YA fiction stories that have come before.
Title: Beloved Enemy
Author: Lacy Yager
Genre: Teen Reads, Urban Fantasy, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches
Published by: Self-Published
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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She's the unlikeliest vampire hunter ever. A scientist.
Seventeen-year-old science prodigy Genevieve Quinn never thought she would be kidnapped from her college campus by a vampire. Or that said vampire would want her help on a science project. Genevieve has no intention of complying, but when an escape attempt turns deadly, it is a vampire that comes to her rescue.
Vampire Chad Matthews is an atypical specimen. He’s good-looking, in a dangerous kind of way. But that’s not what attracts Genevieve… it’s the shadows behind his eyes. As Genevieve and Chad team up to find a way to defeat a monster even worse than killer vampires, she discovers that not everything can be explained by science—like falling in love.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.