Under the neon lights of Tokyo, vampires live out uneasy nights in a city where anyone can lose themselves. Dragged from her native England, one of the youngest vampires in Tokyo acts out her anger and grief through endless hollow nights. Rachel's existence has shrunken in on itself. Violence, blood, and running from her memories keep her going, the city serving as safe haven and prison.
When someone starts killing the vampires of Tokyo, Rachel will be forced to confront everything she's fought to forget for over a hundred years. Trapped between her vicious mentor and the implacable force of the monsters she shares the streets with, she will have to confront the most painful secrets of her past to survive... or she and the woman she loves won't see another night alive.
I received this book for free from Publisher Gifted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
While I was snooping around the interwebs I came across Evil Girlfriend Media which specializes in paranormal books. Since that is what we do here at Fang Freakintastic Reviews I reached out to them to have a reviewing relationship. The first book they sent me was Rachel. I will preface this up front, I did not like the book, but that does not affect my affinity for the publisher.
Rachel is a British Vampire who is living in Japan. Dragged when she was but a young vampire by her “mentor” and I use that word very loosely, she must learn to defend herself from not just those who are seeking to kill her because she is a vampire, but also those seeking to kill her because of who SHE is, not the vampy part, but the Rachel part. As the story progresses Rachel must discover who is killing vampires in Japan, and the truth will not only possibly set her free, but allow her to work through the issues of her lengthy past.
All of this is combined with her relationship with a woman who Rachel must learn to either trust or to discard as she moves through the underbelly of Japan evading both her mentor and those hell bent on killing her.
Sounds good doesn’t it? That is what I thought and so I got all excited about the prospect of a Japanesesque Vampire book. Sadly that is not what this is, I mean it is based in Japan, and there are Japanese and non Japanese Vampires, but it is lacking what makes a book a good book. It is missing the soul essentially, and instead it is just a running commentary by Rachel either in vocal form with conversations with others or inside her own head. Some people really like the introspective type book, I find it to be grating after awhile and really turns me off from the story line.
The conversations in many instances could have been shortened or cut all together and instead of it being a 316 page book, it could have been like 150 pages and really told the story, with the blood, sweat, sex, and acid that is IN the book already, but without all of the talk talk talk. Yes, I am the kind of girl that doesn’t really like chick flicks and so maybe that is why this book doesn’t do it for me. It is very chick flicky in that chick flicks have a lot of emotion, a lot of talking, and feelings being discussed. I am more of the Mad Max type movie, that has feelings, has talking, even has emotion, but does to with bombs, cars, and blood. This book does have the blood, I will give it that.
So overall while I did not like it, it may be of interest to those who like a more conversational book, one that really digs deep into one’s past to discover who and what they are within a specific time frame or else heads will roll, literally.