Bianka is normal teenager just finishing up high school and planning on heading to college with her friends, that is until she finds out her whole life and the world that she knows is an illusion. Sitting at the school on her last day chatting with her friends a group of men in black suits show up. After heading home those same men are in her house talking with her parents who then allow them to handcuff Bianka and shove her in the back of a car.
Bianka is taken to an underground cave system where she finds humans are being harvested for blood and her reality was all a lie. The world is actually owned by the vampires and when humans come of age they are either harvested or tossed into what is known as the Vampire Games to compete to the death to possibly be turned into a vampire themselves.
Before reading this I saw a few comparisons to Twilight and The Hunger Games, I’d have to say after reading I’m not really sure why Twilight is mentioned at all other than there’s some attraction to a vampire. As far as the Hunger Games, Bianka does get tossed in the games in this book but it’s a coliseum type fight to the death, not really the same at all. I would say not to expect to be reading a rewrite of either of those as this has a story all it’s own.
I would also warn readers that this story is a bit light on the world building and character development. There was just enough for me to learn what was going on and end up enjoying the story but it may have been a five star read if the author had gone a lot deeper into the details. There’s an insta- attraction element but the relationship side is not really developed at all yet in this first book. Still a nice start to a new series that I would love to continue on with the next installment.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.