A copy was provided for review
Knowledge changes everything…
Hoodoo-influenced Southern Louisiana seems like the perfect place for Camille to escape her abusive past and dysfunctional family. She doesn’t expect to fall in love with the handsome Gavin Devereaux and plummet into the world of Amaranth, a place of exile for reformed vampires.
Wrestling to escape a deadly ex-boyfriend while giving Gavin a chance, Camille is confronted with decisions that threaten not only her life, but the lives of her inhuman friends she has come to love. Entangled in her friends’ quest for freedom, she dives into their realm and faces the threats of Amaranth’s ruler—the mother of all vampires—and her own inner demons.
Now Camille must decide whether she will derail her life and make the ultimate sacrifice for the monsters that interrupted her bumpy path back to sanity—what she still wants so desperately—or escape with Gavin before it’s too late for both of them.
I liked this book right away, and I instantly liked Camille. One of my favourite things about this whole book was the Camille and Gavin relationship, they barely knew each other but there was instant chemistry that made me wanna read it even more. I really like the world-building Rachael has done, with the whole vampire secret society and the city Amaranth. There were also a few twists and turns that are totally unexpected and you don't know what's going to happen next, I totally loved it. Seems like most vampire books are all about blood-sucking and blah blah blah, but Amaranth isn't really about that, which is one of the things that makes it so good. Most of the story is told from Camille's point of view, but there's a part in the book where we get to see a little from Gavin's, which is nice. For a first book in a series, it's really good, builds up a lot of background and story, so hopefully the 2nd book is even better! :)