February 2, 2014

Radiant Shadows: Beginnings by Sarah Baethge

Radiant Shadows is broken down into three parts. They all follow the same story, the only difference is that they are told by different points of view.

Part one is told by Stephen who appears to be the main character. He meets with his vampire-hunter friend Caroline as she sets out to hunt a dangerous vampire, Randy.

They end up meeting up with a witch who decides it would be a good idea to make Stephen into an anti-vampire. Doing so cripples Caroline in her hunt of Randy as it puts her in a state between becoming a vampire and dying. Stephen and Caroline’s minds are linked in this adventure and he is not in his physical body, but in Caroline’s mind.

On her way to hunt Randy, Caroline runs into her boyfriend Marshall and he insists on sticking with her.
This eventually ends in him being transformed into a vampire and Caroline ending up dead at the hands of Marshall.

Part two is written in letter form by Marshall. He is writing to Phyllis. She is a friend of Stephen’s. Marshall is writing to her to explain what happened as she ends up in the house with them, but she cannot see him because she is a human and he will lust for her blood.

Part three is written in the point of view of Phyllis. She decided to take killing Randy into her own hands.
She runs into a bit of trouble with the vampires, but they let it go after hearing about the pain Randy had caused.

It ends with Phyllis coming up with a way to help Stephen take care of Marshall, and that is where it ends.
While the writing was okay, there were some grammar and spelling mistakes. There were times in the book where Stephen turned into Steven, then it corrected itself again.

The beginning of the book puts you right into the action with no real introduction. It makes you try to catch up in your head while you are reading. It is pretty confusing at first. It begins to shape up as the story goes along, but the beginning really throws it off a bit.

I don’t feel that I learned very much about the characters. Maybe that is because this seems to be a series, but in that case, I feel a book one should lay down some background on the characters so that they are more familiar and understood moving forward.

2.5/5 stars

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