Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
In this third installment in the series that began with In the Forests of the Night, Atwater-Rhodes focuses on teen witch (and vampire killer) Sarah Vida, who "never asked for anything more complex than the simple good and evil definitions she had been raised on" but gets more than she bargained for when she befriends vampire siblings Nissa and Christopher. This is trouble: it's harder to kill when you know your prey, and her mother the most infamous witch of all will disown her if she finds out about the friendship. Her conflict intensifies when she discovers that Christopher's twin is Nikolas, the same vampire who long ago murdered a Vida witch. Atwater-Rhodes chooses an interesting theme (no one is purely good or evil), and she builds some creative elements around it. SingleEarth, an organization of all creatures, for instance, includes vampires and witches who work together for peace. Her description of Nikolas, whose home and clothing are completely black and white, plays into this well, and provides for some striking visual images. Some of her writing, though, as in Sarah's final faceoff with Nikolas and Christopher, is over the top ("I want it as much as humans want to breathe, but I have control," Christopher says of Sarah's blood). Still, fans of the teen goth writer will likely find plenty to feast on here. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
With each of her books, teen author Atwater-Rhodes delves deeper into her vampire, witch, and witch-healer world, where by this third outing (Demon in My View, 2000, etc.), humans have practically ceased to matter. Vampire hunter Sarah is a witch in her own right as well as the daughter of Dominique, one of the strongest of her line. Determined to find and kill the infamous vampire Nicholas, Sarah heads off to high school pretending to be human, and discovers that a growing friendship with weak vampire siblings Christopher and Nissa may be as dangerous as it is forbidden. The combination of the mundane high-school scene, broadly painted evil, and the superpowers at war ensures horror fans will be captivated. A quick read, there is less interior exploration and atmospherics than in previous titles, but Atwater-Rhodes will continue to please her many fans with further delineation of the terrible powers and emotional sufferings of her particular brood of vampires and witches. And the rather abrupt conversion of Sarah (though from what to what shall go unspoiled in these pages) is more of a jolting transformation this time around. The power of love and blood rules the creatures we meet in this alternate universe and the only sure things are the horrifying threats to victims, and that further revelations are planned for the future. (Fiction. 12+)
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