I had not read the first in the series, and while there were some moments that took a bit of backstory filling-in for me to grasp who knows who, the story flowed fairly simply with several clever twists and unique voices to give characters depth and feel.
Rachel has disappeared to London to hunt the vampire responsible for threatening the safety of her youngest sister. Caught in her mission, she is attacked by a mob of vampires and turned: with her family comprised of chasers she doesn’t feel that she can return home.
Alex is tasked with watching Rachel for the General, a vampire that is building a curious sort of army of vampires with a purpose yet unknown. A vampire for many years, he Is instantly attracted to and challenged by Rachel.
Told in contrasting points of view, the story manages to imbue the character’s own concerns and thoughts, as well as their fears about their natures and their own self-esteem issues from before they were turned. Both characters are ostensibly teens, although Alex was turned a century before: yet emotionally they are both speaking and relating with that late teen angst so common to their age.
Although this is action packed, this story also has a sweetly developing romance that allows the characters to fight their darker natures and decide on the path they will take: this means that both characters need to explore their own strengths and weaknesses, and make amends for the wrongs they have lived with ever since.
This was a fun read, a bit different from the normal teen vamp trope and all the more welcome for it. The issues that both Rachel and Alex need to deal with for their own growth, and to make room for a relationship that will help them continue to grow toward the positive are well documented and realistic, and both have come to find a level of acceptance in their new situation that is fitting.
While I didn’t read the first in the series (Unholy Alliance) I would recommend that readers start there, and then read this and the companion, Rival, to get a fuller sense of the characters and the back story that will enhance the experience.
Title: Shadow Allegiance
Author: Lacy Yager
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Vampires
Published by: Aspendawn Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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A vampire hunter-turned-vampire seeks to destroy her enemies. Until she falls for one of them.
A Chaser born to kill vampires, sixteen-year-old Rachel Campton has grown up in her older brother's shadow. Until she wakes up a vampire, her own mortal foe. She's stronger, faster than her human self, but haunted by bloodlust and the loss of her beloved younger sister. Friendless and lost in enemy territory, Rachel must rely on Alex Wellington, a former nemesis and centuries old vampire who looks like a college football player.
As Rachel goes deep into vamp territory, she learns there is more to the vampire life than killing humans. She also discovers another side to Alex. He is more than a murderer, he is someone that she starts to fall for. Rachel faces the ultimate choice--her new life and unexpected love or the family she left behind, the family that may now want her dead.
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.