Thursday, August 2, 2012

Blog Tour: The Fire of Dawn by V.V. Aku

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Fire of Dawn, by V. V. Aku.  The tour is hosted by Reading Addiction Blog Tours.  There is a giveaway going on associated with this tour and you can enter that below. You can also visit the rest of the stops on the tour here

Paranormal Romance
Title: The Fire of Dawn
Author: V.V. Aku

Date Published: April 1, 2012

It’s the last day of the summer holiday in The Hague when Leah Koopmans’s carefree life as a teen is brutally flipped upside down. Her pale skin turns a dazzling gold, her senses heighten, and her muscles possess an uncanny strength. But with these exhilarating new powers comes a thirst that can only be quenched by one thing: human blood.

While her body craves for fresh victims and her heart drowns in guilt, she meets inhumanly handsome Max Machiavelli, who claims that Leah is immortal like him. Infatuation ignites into blistering passion when she joins his coven in Amsterdam. But as the mysteries shrouding her sudden change to immortality unravel, Leah quickly learns that her aversion to taking life isn’t the only thing that sets her apart from this group of herculean strangers.

From the picturesque canals of Amsterdam to Corsica’s limestone cliffs and the untamed Siberian wilderness; from first loves to fierce battles, The Fire of Dawn is an extraordinary tale packed with romance, betrayal, and bloodsucking suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat till the very last page.

My Thoughts:  Leah Koopman finds herself waking up after celebrating her 18th birthday to the most horrible dream.  She remembers a fire, an explosion, her best friend being incinerated along with a lot of others.  Surely this can't be true, but then she looks down and finds herself covered in soot and realizes that her nightmare is real.  She takes off running, suddenly realizing that everything has changed.  She notices that she can now see things she that couldn't see before.  All of her senses are heightened.  She  has strength and speed that she can't explain.  She also has an insatiable thirst burning her throat, and finds herself craving human blood.  Not knowing who to trust, Leah runs, and when a group of beautiful immortals try to help her, she doesn't quite trust them, but then finds herself being chased by something even more dangerous, the Brotherhood, who want nothing more than to see her dead.  As she travels with her new immortal friends, she finds herself immediately drawn to Max Machiavelli.  He is absolutely beautiful and Leah can't stay away from him.  Max feels the same way about Leah.  She joins his coven in Amsterdam and learns much about her family and her past.  Leah desperately wants to find a way to avoid continuing to kill humans to survive.  After being captured, she meets, Adam, a human and a member of the Brotherhood, who also has the same vision.  Can they work together and come to an agreement between the immortals and the brotherhood, or will everyone end up dead in the process? 

This was an interesting book.  The immortals in the story don't claim to be vampires, but they do live off human blood, though they don't share all the common traits with your typical vampire.  This was a different and interesting concept.  Leah is very powerful, and destined to be the leader to bring the different covens together again.  She is also very opposed to the killing of humans.  Being raised as a human for the first 18 years of her life, she has an aversion to the slaughter of humans, even if only done for survival.  It was kind of hard to get a grasp on exactly what was going on in the beginning of the book, but once it was made clearer what was happening, the story progressed at a fast pace.  Max and Leah are mates, and there is quite a bit of hot romance between them.  Max loves Leah dearly and would do anything for her.  He is quite the hottie himself.  Adam, the human, was a very nice guy and helped Leah out a lot.  She cared about him a great deal.  Several other members of the different covens were also interesting to get to know.  The setting and locations in the story were all beautiful, and the progression of the story is interesting and keeps your attention. If you like vampire and immortal stories, or are looking for a fresh perspective on the vampire scene, then The Fire of Dawn might be something you would enjoy checking out.  

Author Bio
V.V. Aku has always believed in beautiful stories. She found the man of her dreams and her way in complex China, and wrote a fairytale of her own: The Fire of Dawna scintillating tale about strength, self-discovery, and a girl who dared to follow her heart.
Born and raised in The Netherlands, V.V. Aku (Veerle Ackerstaff) soon discovered that the world was a place worth exploring. After graduating high school, she set out to travel the globe until she finally touched down in China. On the border of Tibet she met Anzi Aku, a wild Black-Yi man who lives at the foot of the Himalayas. She has joined his clan and tries to find her place among the tribe and its shamans. When she’s not researching the clan’s mythology on vampires, she shamelessly gives in to the compulsion to write about the countless characters that haunt her dreams.

V.V. Aku is the author of The Fire of Dawn and Black Dusk. She has been the creator of stories since the age of three, and has a Post-Graduate Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults from The University of Cambridge ESOL. After nearly a decade of working as an English language teacher and TEFL trainer in China, Thailand, The Netherlands, and the UK, she now devotes all her time to writing, her family, and practicing Kung Fu. The Fire of Dawn is her debut novel.

Twitter: @VeerleAku


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  1. Hi Ellen

    Thanks for the review. For a writer there's nothing better than hearing a reader's honest opinion.

    Good luck on your blog!

    V.V. AKU


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