Series: Casual Enchantment #1
Publisher: Self Published on July 15, 2011
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Evangeline has spent her teenage years in obscurity. Her foster parents have the emotional aptitude of robots and her classmates barely acknowledge her existence. About to turn eighteen and feeling like a social pariah, she is desperate to connect with someone. Anyone.
When Evangeline meets Sophie after literally stumbling upon her café, she believes she’s found that connection. Willing to do anything to keep it, she accepts a job as Sofie’s assistant and drops everything to fly to Manhattan, where she is thrust into a luxurious world of Prada, diamonds, and limitless cash.
With such generosity and kindness, it’s easy for Evangeline to dismiss certain oddities... like Sofie’s erratic and sometimes violent behavior, and the monstrous guard dogs. She’s even willing to dismiss her vivid dreams of mob-style murders, beautiful homeless people living in caves, and white-eyed demons that haunt her each night as figments of her imagination—especially when one of those figments is the gorgeous Caden. When she wakes up with bite marks on her neck, the fairy tale quickly turns into a nightmare. She slowly unravels the mystery surrounding Sofie and friends, and the reality of the bites and the “dreams.” What she discovers is far more mysterious and terrible than anything she could have imagined.
In a world where everyone has motive to lie for personal gain, Evangeline must decide which deception is least likely to get her killed.
“Caden, kneeling beside me, gripped my face and gave me a peck on the lips. ‘I love you,’ he whispered.”
Favorite Character: I really liked Caden. He seems super sweet!
“‘Trust me,’ Sophie whispered. her delicate hands sliding up Nathan’s chest to slip behind his neck.”
My Musings: Anathema was not what I was expecting. I am usually weary in trying out self published novels. However, this one was one of the best that I’ve read! The cover of the novel is interesting, and that is what drew me to the novel in the first place. Although I’m still somewhat confused as to the flower that the girl is in on the cover, it did not matter much to me.
Anathema had an interesting plot line. Today, there isn’t much variation in writing in regard to vampires. However, Tucker managed to create a world where vampires are cursed, and earth is..special. I won’t say more, because I don’t want to spoil anything! However, the novel’s plot was great. It was full of adventure as we followed Evangeline on her trek through worlds.
Evangeline was a cool character. She wasn’t remarkable, but she wasn’t horrible. She’s trying to do what’s best for everyone. Sophie was sweet. I think she’s misunderstood; she is lonely and she really has a maternal feeling for Evangeline. Caden was a great male lead. Him and Evangeline have some smoking chemistry that I cannot wait to see in the upcoming novel.
Overall, Anathema was an amusing read. It had a good plot, good characters, and was just overall good!