Restraint: A Novel by Sandra Madera
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review.
Summary: Tragic circumstances bring two sisters, Laura and Linda, to a foreign land where they are stripped of their fortune and are at the mercy of their estranged uncle. However, strange happenings force Laura to believe their current situation was no accident. Something is after her. (YA Fiction Novel, intended for ages 16 and up)
After the abrupt death of her father, Laura Carter and her sister, Linda, are shipped off to England by an uncle they barely know. They are taken to a large house in Annesley to begin a life of service. When Laura becomes a governess to a young boy named Marcus, she begins to experience strange things in the night... horrible things.
Creatures in the night. Bite marks on her body.
Laura is about to discover a secret that has existed in her family for generations... Something wants to possess her. It wants her blood, but it didn't expect her to resist and lose all restraint.
Review: A suspenseful young adult vampire novel.
Vampire novels are a dime a dozen these days, especially young adult vampire novels. I know the craze has turned to other creatures including angels, demons, and werewolves. As much as I shamelessly enjoy reading YA paranormal novels, it is nice to find one that isn’t cookie cutter with perfect female characters who don’t realize how perfect they really are. I liked the setting and the fairy tale feel (one sister is loved by her father, while the other sister seems to be despised by her father). I like the love interest and found him to be a sweet guy although I am not sure if any relationship will ever occur.
I liked that Laura was so suspicious of the situation with her father, her “uncle”, and one of the servants. She does a very good job of speaking out when she feels something is wrong. I don’t like how she eventually gives in though, although that might have something to do with the time period and the view of women at that time. There is a lot of build up to the action that occurs in the prologue. I love that Laura was able to escape the situation on her own.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that enjoy young adult vampire novels.