Thursday, March 20, 2014

Review: The Third

The Third
The Third by Zhu Hsia

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was a completely unique spin on your typical YA vampire romance. There's a wonderful love story that had me choking up towards the end, but delivers a very rewarding HEA.

I will freely admit to having not read many books with a non-US setting, but don't let that scare you off of reading this really good read. Mun Oh, teenage "bloodsucker" extraordinaire (if he does say so himself) inherited the role of Lee family heir when his older sister chose to live among the humans. The only thing missing is a formal ritual that he must ask her to perform. The last thing he expected when he went to see her was finding out that she was married and had a new (annoying) step-daughter, Hyeon Jin. Watching the two of them bicker was over the top insane, but was clearly fueled by denied attraction. One thing leads to another, and suddenly the stubborn and snobbish bloodsucker is ensnared by the headstrong and angry human. Hyeon Jin is just as dumbstruck by her feelings for Mun Oh.

This started out as a very childish, YA-type romance and quickly escalated in the last half of the book to a full blow, cry your eyes out romance. It kind of snuck up on me how intense their love story becomes. The combination of easy writing style and YA setting sucked me in and had me finishing up this story in an evening. It really delivered a solid story with a lot of heart.

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