Author: GG Atcheson
Book Description: LX (or Alex for us Earthlings) is a Navigator. From the moment of his birth until he became of age, he prepared for his calling. On a routine exploration mission that shouldn't have taken more than a few months, an incident propels his spaceship light-years away from his destination, leaving him stranded on the third planet from a star called Sol.
The laws of survival are strict; he must not fraternize with the natives. However, an encounter with Mellie changes everything. She has speed and strength unknown to Earthlings yet strangely similar to his own species. This new discovery compels him to learn more about her and those who call themselves vampires. For her, he will break rules, his people's rules, until there is no turning back.
Meanwhile, mysterious storms are devastating cities. When they learn of their origin and humans fail to see the threat, he, and his new friends, might be their only chance, but to save them and the one he loves, he may have to break his primary Oath: the vow never to take a life.
Let me begin by saying that I don’t normally read sci-fi. For that reason alone, it took me a little time to get into this book. I decided to read it because I just love something creative and new. Vampires and Aliens certainly fit that description. The story is written from the perspective of LX/Alex, an alien. While I was skeptical of this decision it turned out to be a brilliant choice. Alex’s perception of the world and the vampires was essential to this story.
The book is very descriptive and entertaining. Once the story got moving, it progressed nicely and kept my interest. I found myself disappointed when it came to an end and glad that the next book is coming out soon. I was actually surprised at how much story was in this 329 page book.
This book is part of a series so it does end with somewhat of a cliff-hanger but not one that left me feeling irritated or cheated. I can’t wait to see what is in store for Alex. No spoilers here, but the last chapter was a truly an OMG! moment for me.
Overall, I gave this book four stars and consider it a great first novel for a promising new author.
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