new adult · romance · vampires

The Cardinalis Code by Avery Sterling

The Cardinalis Code by Avery Sterling

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book is a hidden gem.

When I started reading this, I was surprised at how clean and well the writing flowed. There were barley any grammatical mistakes, which is rare in e-books. I didn’t expect much from the novel since the past couple of e-books I’ve been reading have been in the 2-3 star range, but this definitely exceeded my expectations.

I requested this as soon as I read the premise of the novel on LibraryThing. It was much shorter than the Goodreads synopsis, but it captured my attention. The story is about a girl who works in a nightclub to pay off her tuition, and one night she meets a handsome stranger there while trying to escape a man who keeps following her around. Yes, I know how that sounds: cliché, overdone, boring. That’s what I thought too, but as I continued on with the book, it got so much better.

Not only were the characters crafted and written well, but broke molds and stereotypes. This book was really good and engaging as well. I COULDN’T stop reading, which is always a good sign, except when it’s 12 in the morning and you’re left staring at your screen, wishing for a sequel, which was literally me after finishing this book.

I did have some problems with the novel, the mc’s first encounter with Michael left a sour taste in my mouth. But I literally have nothing else to complain about, WHAT HAS THIS BOOK DONE TO ME? The concept of this story was really good, and even though I’ve read books like this in the past, this is by far the best.

Also, a guy from Italy whose actually written like a normal human being (well, technically as normal as Cardinalis get) and not mafioso? WHAT EVEN, THANK YOU AUTHOR. I feel like every book with Italians in it always depicts them as mafiosi and it really bothers me as a fellow Toscana.

I really can’t comprehend why this isn’t more popular? It’s probably one of the best romance novels I’ve read so far, and this book deserves so much more love. I definitely reccomend checking this out if you’re looking for a romance novel with fleshed-out characters, vampires (or rather, Cardinalis), engaging plot, and a potential new book boyfriend.

Thank you to LibraryThing for my free copy. This is no way affected my opinion of the book.

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manga · vampires

No Vampire, No Happy Ending, Vol.1 by Shinya Shinya

No Vampire, No Happy Ending, Vol. 1 by Shinya Shinya

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This was such a weird book but I low-key loved it.

The characters were all really lovable, and the plot was strange but funny. I loved the animation and the humour was on point. I kept laughing because Arika was just hilarious and a little (okay, maybe very) crazy. The characters had consistent personalities and began to grow on me as I got farther into the book.

I thought the concept of the novel was unique and executed well. Arika discovers a vampire but he doesn’t live up to her fanatic and slightly (to say the least) high expectations. She begins to train him, but encounters obstacles along the way, like a sweet tooth and enemies that stand in their way.

I’ve never read something like this, but I still enjoyed it immensely, even though it very bizarre at times, it managed to be light and funny without coming off as forced. It’s a great read for when you just want to laugh and have fun with a book.

Now I’m off to sulk because I love the characters and I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!

Review copy provided by the publisher and netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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