*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has in no way influenced my review.*
This book was sweet, funny, and just a great story about two friends figuring out who they are and falling in love. There was some action and fighting and a plot about vampire hunters who were after Emery, but it was pretty subdued as far as vampire books go since the focus was really on the characters’ lives and relationships.
Emery was adorably oblivious. As if it wasn’t bad enough that he was the only one in the school who didn’t know about Connor’s feelings for him, he then kept misinterpreting everything that happened after he became a vampire. He could hear the way Connor’s heart sped up whenever he noticed Emery looking at him, so he worried Connor was afraid of him. He had the urge to sink his fangs deeper and pull Connor closer while feeding, so he worried he was just becoming dangerous and wanting to hurt Connor in his bloodlust. I was itching for Connor to just admit his feelings already and for Emery to realize his and for them to just end up together! But it was all in a good slow-burn kinda way.
And this book didn’t just have an adorable romantic relationship, it had sweet friendships and family relationships too that made me smile.
I also liked the trope-free portrayal of high school, as well as the way characters sometimes acted immature (as some teenagers do, like breaking up with someone in a note), but those things were never treated as being the normal or smart way to handle things, and other characters always called them out on it. Another great thing was that Emery and Connor were into theatre and robotics, something you don’t see often in YA books.
The only possible negative thing I can say is that I’m not sure it was realistic the way Connor’s robotic prosthetics worked just as perfectly and fluidly as a real hand. Especially since there was no mention of him having had the surgery that, from what I understand, would be required in order for him control a prosthetic using his mind, which was what he seemed to be doing. (I did a little of my own research about mind-controlled hand prosthetics—I’ve included links to some really cool videos at the end of my review.) I could be wrong though since I’m not an expert, or there might’ve been more to his prosthetics that just wasn’t explained to the reader. And though I would’ve liked to see more struggles simply for the reason that most people with missing limbs probably do struggle more, I can’t say his lack of struggle detracted from the story. It was just that, except for the times when he took the prosthetic off and felt insecure about his arm, it was like he simply had a flesh-and-blood hand.
Overall though, this was an adorable and funny YA about finding yourself, falling in love… and vampires!
More Info about Robotic Prosthetics:
The Robot-Arm Prosthetic Controlled by Thought
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This Mind-Controlled Bionic Arm Can Touch and Feel
Anyone who likes sweet YA LGBT romance and vampires.