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Koven, Vanessa Skye's new Paranormal book, the start of a series or trilogy or something, is a rather interesting read.
With some of the vampire norms (drinking blood, fangs, heightened sexual desire etc.), and some new ones, the book takes the reader on a twisted little ride through Celeste's past and present all filled with danger.
I liked Celeste, I liked Striker too, our male lead, but I felt their 'relationship' was a bit rushed (bordering on insta-love), and while there were complexities, I felt it was purely fuelled by sexual attraction and nothing else. (minus one star.)
The weaving threads of the story and how they tied Celeste and Striker together, was really enjoyable. I particularly liked the ceremonial initiation into the Koven; it was a great idea and one that sparked many interesting thoughts about the vampire society as a whole.
The belief system of the vampire society was also a fresh and exciting part of this book. I loved the idea of corruption and deceit amongst the vampires, the introduction of a hybrid (not unlike some of the other vampire inspired shows these days) race and all the complexities that come with these new facets of their society.
Some of the plot twists felt really obvious to me, almost signposted, and this is why I've subtracted another star, because I know Vanessa can do better. I've seen it in her Enemy Inside series.
BUT that does not mean that I didn't enjoy this book. I did! A lot! It just wasn't Vanessa's best. However, I would still strongly recommend this book to vampire lovers, paranormal romance lovers and those who enjoy reading books with sassy heroines and hot male leads.
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**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**