[Pegasus Publishers] Volf, Book 1 of the Amethyst Trilogy by Sarah Elliot
On my way to California a few months back I ended up packing this book in hopes of finishing it during the plane ride because it was taking me too long to finish it. And what better way than to have nothing else but this book in my lap for four hours? : )
Volf: Silver tells the story of Ekata Monet who is a Volf, a half vampire/werewolf hybrid, who is running away from her vampire family (who is trying to kill her). During her run she ends up in werewolf territory and is taken in by a guy named Jared. Jared takes her to his family, knowing there’s something more powerful at work. He gets part of his answer when his cousin Fiero and Ekata know each other and act like mates even though it’s their first time meeting.
As a first book, Volf does a few things that are good and bad. Some of the good things are that we get a lot of background information from the characters, a sense of where the story is going, and explanations. We know what a Volf is, we know Ekata is running away from her vampire family because they want her power, the main pairing is established as Ekata/Fiero through an inexplicable bond that we experience, and we learn that Ekata being picked up by Jared wasn’t a coincidence.
Some of the bad? Nothing really happens until the end of the book. We’re bombarded with so much information that, halfway through I started to wonder if Ekata’s vampire family was truly as dangerous as they were made out to be, however, considering there’s two other books I figured the pace would pick up in the sequel. I didn’t let this bother me too much.
What did bother me, though were the constant grammatical and punctuation errors that I found and edited after a few pages of reading. At first I thought it was just me reading too fast and jumbling up my words but as I slowed down I noticed more and more errors.
For example, there was a passage on page 50 where ‘but’ was used three times in the same sentence.
Part of him thought that she looked like a doll, one that should be kept in a beautiful case to be viewed but never touched by anyone but the majority of his mind couldn’t help but be blinded by an overwhelming sense of joy and a love which shouldn’t yet be possible.
Similar things happened on other pages where ‘which’ was used too many times, or where the timing (the past) had been mentioned repeatedly when it had already been established.
Disreli had not been against the youngest son of his father joining, he just didn’t want the then young, rebellious cub to be in a position of danger and Rosario being the then determined terror that he was back then, had insisted upon taking the most dangerous missions… (pg 31)
Some sentences were also too wordy at times and overall my copy of Volf is filled with pencil/pen marks and questions because I was confused half the time. And if anyone knows me, they also know I’m a bit of a grammar Nazi so I couldn’t let this go.
Overall I give this book 2✯ for had a good idea but bad execution. Since I already read the first book and found the idea interesting, I really do want to continue it regardless of what surprises may await.
Honestly, I can’t say I recommend buying this book for the above reasons but you can find it on Amazon for $11.99