“The Fire of Dawn by V.V. Aku is her debut novel and a book I couldn’t put down. This story took me in from the first page and kept me reading till it was done. I was drawn to this book when I read the book description and I have to say it didn’t disappoint me.
Leah Koopman’s is a young woman who just turned eighteen and that is exactly the time when everything changes in her life. She finds out the hard way that she isn’t quite human and that some brotherhood is hunting her since the day she was born. Beside that she cannot seem to help herself when her body craves for one thing: human blood.
Soon she meets Max Machiavelli and is immediately attracted to him. It appears he is an immortal and he tells her that Leah is one of them. The immortals have been searching for her since the day she was born too, but not to kill because she might be the key to reunite all the covens and hopefully get rid of the brotherhood who hunts them once and for all.
I simply loved Leah, she is strong, determined and easy to love; after her first experience with the whole immortal thing I have to say she handles things just the way it should be. It was good to see she didn’t trust anyone that easily, she even doubted Max at first, but of course she can trust Max because he is her mate and he would die protecting her.
V.V. Aku has written a fabulous novel with amazing characters and a great storyline that will take you on an adventure through Europe and Russia. This author really took me by surprise with this debut book and I’m definitely going to keep my eye on her to see what else she’s going to write.”
“4.5 Stars from Between the Bind: http://bit.ly/NtqksU
This book begins with our heroine, Leah, celebrating her 18th birthday at a club with her friends. Then, she wakes up vaguely remembering an explosion, not knowing where she is or how she got there. As she's running through the streets trying to find her way home, Leah discovers that she can move extremely quickly...and her throat is burning...and blood is all over her body.
Finally finding her way back home, Leah's watches her parents cry and comfort each other in through the windows. Wanting to see them but knowing something isn't quite right, she keeps her distance. This is where she smells others "like her." Meeting the most beautiful man she has ever seen, a ferocious woman with formidable powers, and learning she has never been who she thought she was, Leah quickly acclimates to her new world and family.
Although they do not call themselves vampires, these Immortals are rather similar - they drink blood to survive, have unique powers depending on the immoral, and are amazingly beautiful. They even form family units based on their creators. But that is where the similarities end.
Since creation, these creature have warred with the Brotherhood, a group of devout humans bound to protect and serve human kind, eliminating the immortals whenever possible. V.V. Aku creates these antagonists in such a smart way. They are protecting who we, as readers, are. They aren't innately evil, torturing immortals and being inhumane, they are only trying to stop immortals from feeding and murdering humans. I was intrigued by the Brotherhood and sympathized with their cause.
My only qualm was how quickly the relationship between Leah and Max moved forward. Leah hardly had one day to adjust to this new life before she had an incontrollable attraction and developing relationship with Max. Although I didn't always like Max, the reader can understand his need and desire to protect Leah from all harm, even if that requires him being overprotective and jerky.
This was a lovely book! V.V. Aku is an incredibly talented writer, with a style that pulls the reader in from the first page and leaves you with an ending you'll never guess on the last. I truly enjoyed every moment of reading this book - so, go grabs you a copy! ;)”
“ Leah Koopman finds herself waking up after celebrating her 18th birthday to the most horrible dream. She remembers a fire, an explosion, her best friend being incinerated along with a lot of others. Surely this can't be true, but then she looks down and finds herself covered in soot and realizes that her nightmare is real. She takes off running, suddenly realizing that everything has changed. She notices that she can now see things she that couldn't see before. All of her senses are heightened. She has strength and speed that she can't explain. She also has an insatiable thirst burning her throat, and finds herself craving human blood. Not knowing who to trust, Leah runs, and when a group of beautiful immortals try to help her, she doesn't quite trust them, but then finds herself being chased by something even more dangerous, the Brotherhood, who want nothing more than to see her dead. As she travels with her new immortal friends, she finds herself immediately drawn to Max Machiavelli. He is absolutely beautiful and Leah can't stay away from him. Max feels the same way about Leah. She joins his coven in Amsterdam and learns much about her family and her past. Leah desperately wants to find a way to avoid continuing to kill humans to survive. After being captured, she meets, Adam, a human and a member of the Brotherhood, who also has the same vision. Can they work together and come to an agreement between the immortals and the brotherhood, or will everyone end up dead in the process?
This was an interesting book. The immortals in the story don't claim to be vampires, but they do live off human blood, though they don't share all the common traits with your typical vampire. This was a different and interesting concept. Leah is very powerful, and destined to be the leader to bring the different covens together again. She is also very opposed to the killing of humans. Being raised as a human for the first 18 years of her life, she has an aversion to the slaughter of humans, even if only done for survival. It was kind of hard to get a grasp on exactly what was going on in the beginning of the book, but once it was made clearer what was happening, the story progressed at a fast pace. Max and Leah are mates, and there is quite a bit of hot romance between them. Max loves Leah dearly and would do anything for her. He is quite the hottie himself. Adam, the human, was a very nice guy and helped Leah out a lot. She cared about him a great deal. Several other members of the different covens were also interesting to get to know. The setting and locations in the story were all beautiful, and the progression of the story is interesting and keeps your attention. If you like vampire and immortal stories, or are looking for a fresh perspective on the vampire scene, then The Fire of Dawn might be something you would enjoy checking out. ”
“It might be strange for an author to post a review of her own book, but I just wanted to drop a note to everyone who has read or is reading The Fire of Dawn. I hope that you may find yourself wandering around the streets of Amsterdam and sloshing through the snow of eastern Siberia. Get lost in the maze of twists and turns and fall in love with the characters, the way I did. It was an absolute honor creating such diverse personalities, which such different backgrounds, nationalities, and ages. I think that Leah, our heroin, is an inspiration to all eighteen-year-old girls who find out that their lives are changing and that the choices they have to make about their future aren't easy. Like, Leah, they shall have to find the courage to follow their heart and stand up for what they believe in. For there is nothing more important. Live your life the way that you want it. Enjoy!”V.V. Aku wrote this review Sunday, April 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No