Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Book Review: Shadow Born by Nicole Camp

Shadow Born (The Shadow Bled Series) Bk. 1
By Nicole Camp
Publisher: Entranced Publishing
Published: October 12, 2013

Amazon Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Raffin has been in hiding on Earth since before he was born, but he’s more comfortable in the shadows anyway. He’s part of one of the most hated races in the universe. It’s a secret he’s forced to keep from everyone he meets. 

On his first day at a new high school, Arianna Val crashes into his world, literally. One tumble on the track field and suddenly she’s acting like they’re best friends. Worse, Raffin doesn’t mind her 
invading his shadows — and that’s before he realizes she knows his secret. But, she’s not quite human, herself and her very life force is what Raffin feeds on. 

Can he trust her to keep his secret? Can he trust himself with Ari when his body yearns to drain her soul? The closer he gets to Ari, the closer he gets to his past. Assailed by memories of death and destruction that aren’t his own, Raffin has to come to terms with the truth. He is shadow born. 

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My Thoughts:

Raffin is very much a loner as he enters his final year of high school. He’s mostly been home schooled and is only going to the local high school this year to learn how to socialize. He’s way beyond anything they have to teach him here anyway.  But Raffin doesn’t want to be here, because being here means he has to take the guise pills to change his appearance from what he really looks like.

Then on the way to gym class, Ari crashes into him and they literally fall for each other, becoming best friends. Ari discovers his secret and brings up a past Raffin only thought was a nightmare.

Shadow Born was a clever novel with a hint of Romeo and Juliet and Beauty and the Beast, but only a hint because the book is unique.  Eighteen-year-old Raffin has had nightmares every night of his life as long as he can remember. His nightmares feel so real. When one of Ari’s relatives turns out to be one of the people in his recurrent nightmares, everything starts to unravel.

Shadow Born is fast paced and Raffin is a terrific hero. He struggles with who he is as we all do and comes out making the right choices. As a love story, it is beautiful. The romance is pretty clean, nothing graphic. There are a few twists and turns in the plot that keep the story fresh and interesting and make the sequel a book to look forward to as well.

I enjoyed  Shadow Born and if you are a science fiction fan I think you will too. I gave this novel 4 stars out of 5. I would definitely recommend this book.

Thank you to the author Nicole Camp for providing a copy of Shadow Born in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About Nicole Camp:

I'm a rabid writer and ice cream lover living in Arizona. 

When I'm not writing, I usually explore the world through amateur photography, happily and randomly snapping pictures of my surroundings.

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