Thursday, 3 November 2011

Sweet Bytes by Kimber An (Young Adult)

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October 2011, Noble Young Adult 
Review copy 

Young Adult

Themes: vampires, living with diabetes, grief, coming to terms with having special powers, being a teenager, bonds of sisterhood, teen romance, lots of gripping moments, an awesome grandmother, danger, a lot of humour, some teen romance 

Summary from Noble Young Adult
Ophelia's escape from Martin, an Addicted Newblood, came at a terrible sacrifice. Adrian, the boy she loves, is now infected and hunted like vermin. 

As her new Protector, Tristan Li represents the Oldblood determination to destroy Adrian, along with all the Newbloods, addicted or not. 

In her grief, Ophelia hates everything about Tristan, until his subtle strength empowers her to resist being turned into a vampire by the High Prefect. 

As Tristan helps Ophelia harness her empathic ability, his need for redemption rings in her heart. Her own strength grows, along with her passion for freedom. 

The veil of mourning lifts. 

The evil of Martin returns. 

Ophelia seizes ownership of her destiny. 


Nayuleska's thoughts
This is actually better than the first book, which was pretty awesome. I think it shows Kimber An's growth as a writer, because I couldn't find anything I wasn't keen on. Ophelia is still a lovable character, although her sister had me wishing I could hear the story from her point of view some of the time. There is another sewing machine incident, in which the tables are turned. Bianca struggles to accept the reality of the situation, of who she and Ophelia are. The way Ophelia and her grandmother Bianca made me laugh a lot. Together Ophelia's family can face anything that comes, with a bit of help from new friends and neutral allies. 

This is definitely a 10/10 read. 

You can find out about Kimber An over on her blog. In conjunction with the book release, here's the interview she had with me. 

Suggested read
Obviously read the first book, Sugar Rush, but do check out Amazon Ink by Lori Devoti, which has brilliantly fun and surprising grandmother playing a significant role. 


Kimber An said...

Thank you, Nayu!

I really enjoyed Amazon Ink. What a family! Lori Devoti has great writer's resources at her website too.

Nayuleska said...

I remembered that you like her. I'll check out her website soon.