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Rites of Passage by Douglas Robinson

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
ebook, fiction, paranormal, douglas robinson

Three separate lives, three separate paths, and one common thread that binds them; vampyrism.

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Thomas, a college student that was accidentally exposed to Maijken’s vampyric blood when she saved his life, struggles to survive while hiding his disturbing symptoms caused by “the Change” from his family.

Maijken, a 200-year old vampyre that underwent “the Change” gradually when she was younger, feels through her connection with Thomas that he is changing, and makes her way to his side in the hopes of helping him to survive “the Change.”

Jeanine, an unwilling member of a blood cult, became a vampyre after drinking human blood. Bound to the cruel leader of a human blood cult, she witnesses blood sacrifices and endures humiliation by his hand in order to feed. The only ray of light in her dismal existence is his daughter, Alecia. When she uncovers his plans to kill Alecia in a desperate attempt to become a vampyre, she escapes the blood cult with Alecia and begins a journey that leads her to Thomas and Maijken.

The cover art and writing style of Rites of Passage might appeal to younger Twilight fans; however, with its depictions of sexual assault and violence, this book is better suited for adults ages 17 and up. The writing isn’t as dark as Anne Rice’s, but it’s not as whimsical and romantic as Twilight’s.

The storyline is compelling as you follow these three vampyres on their separate journeys to discover when, and where, their paths will cross. The only time that I got bored with the book was near the end, when Thomas’s sister goes searching for him after he and Maijken are temporarily separated; however, I really had a hard time putting the book down for the most part.

If you like vampire books, but thought that Twilight was too romantic and whimsical for your taste, give Rites of Passage a try. It has a nice balance between the darker side of vampires and the gentler side of human nature.

I enjoyed the book and the characters, but I like Anne Rice and Stephanie Meyers better. Given my past history with sexual assault, I don't enjoy reading about it; even when most of the really graphic details are left out.

If you'd like to get your hands on Rites of Passage by Douglas Robinson, you can get it on your Kindle (or Kindle app) for $4.99, or you can buy the paperback from B&N for the ungodly price of $45. While I'd appreciate the commission on a $45 purchase, I cannot in good conscience ask you to pay that price for a paperback. So, unless you've read it and REALLY like it; don't do it.

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