Another Teen Vampire/Werewolf Book? My Review of Darkride

Written By Laura Bradley Rede
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Ander McNair used to be the favorite son of a great monster-hunting family – until he was bitten by a werewolf and the hunter became the hunted. Now anything that makes his pulse race, even a kiss from his girlfriend Cicely, is enough to turn him into a monster. When he finally gets a chance to earn his cure by killing a vampire prince, he finds he has to choose between his own past and the future of the girl he loves. Can a guy who’s not even human learn what it means to be a man?Luke Marianez used to be an immortal vampire prince – until the witch he loved betrayed him and cursed him with the ability to die. Now he lives in the world of vampire blood bars, where the waitresses are the drinks, and dreams about killing the last of the witch’s line so he can live forever. But revenge doesn’t just mean breaking the curse. He wants to break the girl’s heart, too. Can Luke seduce Cicely without falling in love himself?

Cicely Watson doesn’t believe in werewolves or vampires. She’s not even sure she believes in true love. But she’s about to discover what every werewolf knows:

People change.

My Toughts

This is the first book in the Darkride series. I received a copy of the second book in the series to review, but obviously I needed to read the first one before I could read the second. Going into it I thought, here we go, another teen werewolf/vampire story, which it is, but it’s also a very good one.

Cicely is the leading girl of the story. You know the type, a beautiful odd girl who doesn’t know she’s beautiful and the supernatural boys all seem to love her, kind of girl. She isn’t some damsel in distress, which I love about her. She’s quick witted, smart, tough, and strong minded. She’s the type of girl who will do anything for someone she loves. Speaking of those she loves, Ander is on the top of that list. Unfortunately for Cicely, he’s secretive and distant even though they are best “friends”. Truthfully, she’s in love with him and he’s in love with her, but given the fact that he’s a werewolf who can’t control himself, he keeps her at arms length. Ander is very likeable. He’s a good guy, kind, caring, smart, strong…..he’s just what any girl would want, other than the fact he’ll rip you to shreds if he turns.

Then there’s Luke. Oh my, Luke. Where to even start. He’s arrogant. He’s rich. He’s beautiful. He’s a vampire. Of course he is, all the good ones are, aren’t they? At least, it seems that way to me. No matter how unlikable they are, I tend to always pull for the vampires. I guess they’re my monster of choice. Anyway, back to Luke. Luke’s timing couldn’t have been more perfect. He shows up just as Cicely has had about enough of Ander’s hiding. Luke has an agenda, a cruel one really, but is derailed by his love for Cicely.

This book is full of energy. It’s never dull. You have a strange alliance formed, with sworn enemies, over a common goal and a mutual love. These characters form an eclectic pack that you can’t help but get attached to. I’m very much looking forward to jumping into the next book to see what happens.

Did I like the book? Yes

Did I love the book? Yes

Would I recommend the book? Yes

Overall rating? Really Good

Favorite Quote: “Kill you? No. And in the future I would say, if you suspect someone wants to kill you, you shouldn’t follow him into the woods.” Luke


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