Okay, so I was super shocked when I checked out that I had yet another review on Amazon.com for the book “Alexander: Sacrifice. Instinct. Rebirth.”, biting my fingernails and freaking out, I scrolled down the bottom of the page, praying it wasn’t a bad review, until I saw….
And then I was like, “OMG OMG OMG!!!!!” and I ran jumping around my house, my dog gave me a high five, and it was awesome! If you want to read the review, I posted it below so that way it’ll give you some insight into my first novel. Also, if you haven’t purchased it yet, you can right here and make sure if you like it, leave a review, tell your friends, and like my author facebook fan page or my “Alexander” Facebook Book Fan Page
Alexander: Sacrifice. Instinct. Rebirth. is a romantic fantasy novel for young adults that deals vampires and werewolves. As the name of the book suggests, it has three parts, each dealing with the destiny of Alexander, the main character of the novel.The book is quite long (more than 500 pages) and comes with lots of detailed description, well-developed characters and plot that has many twists and turns. I would highly recommend this book to all teenagers who love all things fantasy, romance and history, but they should be reminded this is not a read as easy as Twilight. It’s definitely more complex and requires full attention of the reader, but promises a lot of excitement There were a few parts I wish were a little shorter, but I have to say the description was beautifully written. I also have to note that some of the dialogues were a little repetitive–when something bad happened, the characters seemed to be apologizing a lot to each other. But there’s one truly interesting thing about his book–as the story progresses, the main character seems to switch from Alexander to his lover Laurel, leaving you puzzled (in a good way) how’s that happened…
Now onto the story.(ATTENTION: There are a few SPOILERS in this review!)
Prologue: Alexander is the the only survivor of his family, seeing the death of his parents who ask him to run away before he meets the same fate as they did. While on his way to escape, he meets a girl, Laurel, whom soldier father is partly responsible for the death of Alexander’s parents, but he can’t find out more as he’s coming back and has to leave Laurel, promising to see her again.First book, Sacrifice. Fast-forward a few years later. Alexander and his friend Alucard is still trying to find the murderer of his family and his sister Elizabeth, who might still be alive. He meets Laurel again, only Alexander doesn’t remember her. But things get strange. One day Laurel thinks she saw a vampire, but could that be true? Probably not, as vampires are thought to be only a myth.When Alucard’s father suddenly dies, they go to see his grave. There they find a ring with name Constantine on it and we learn that Constantine is Laurel’s missing brother. She didn’t know what has become of him since their father made him to join Dracula’s army. Later she finds him and as Constantine, a former beast hunter, meets with Alucard and Alexander, he explains he dug into his father’s grave because he was a vampire. Suddenly, Alexander seems familiar to him. He recognizes his face, because he knows his sister Elizabeth. In fact, they’re lovers and now that he’s free, he needs to find her as much as Alexander.When Constantine is joined with his two friends, Reed and Velmir, they tell him Elizabeth is very sick. When she’s found, Alexander finally remembers Laurel from past and they become lovers. Things get complicated as we learn that Alexander’s family was actually killed on Dracula’s behalf. Now he knows whom he’s after. The trouble is he needs to become a monster–a werewolf–himself to be able to kill his biggest enemy. In the end, it seems like he finally gets his parent’s revenge, but has to leave Laurel and his friends to save them from the monster he’s become…Second book, Instinct. This part deals with Alexander’s leave and Laurel’s feelings towards the man who saved her from death, but also left her because he became too dangerous to her. Her brother Constantine and his friend Reed now stick around to protect her, while the people around are afraid of the beast that lurks around the town. It’s only Laurel that sees the man she loves behind this creature and she can’t let others to hurt him. After all, the real threat are still the vampires who were not defeated–says Vlad when Laurel and her crew get to Thalindor, and he promises to help them, even though he has a very “dark past”.Meanwhile, Reed can no longer deny his feelings to Laurel, but she turns him down as she’s still in love with Alexander. Unfortunately, he finds out and attacks Reed in his monstrous form and proves to be too dangerous for Laurel again. He can no longer meet her again, but at the same time has to protect her from Dracula who is regaining his power back and building an army, meaning the war between people, vampires and werewolves is approaching.To destroy the evil, they join Giedrius, the son of the king of Garamond, but bitter end is expected when Vlad is threatened to see the death of his lover Evellin if he doesn’t betray Alexander… then, a boy named Trystan claims to be Constantine’s and Elizabeth’s son, and Laurel starts having bad visions about Alexander, worrying about his death as the battlefield is closer every day…Third book, Rebirth. Laurel’s worst dream comes true, but it turns into a nightmare when she finds out the death of Alexander means nothing more than another transformation for him. He’s turned into Dracula himself, but more powerful than the previous Dark Lord. The battle has not ended, it has only begun and this time it’s going to require even more sacrifice. All men, including Constantine, Giedrius, Reed and Vlad, are forced to protect their loved ones and the kingdom, and it tears Laurel’s heart to send her own brother and put everyone in danger to kill the men she’s loved for so long…Innocent get hurt or even killed, but in the end, will finally Laurel choose to love this monster or will she move on and live peacefully after all that’s happened? Her life seems a little bitter-sweet, but eventually Laurel has to stay strong. This is something I really liked about this book. I mean, isn’t it always about the the character that has the power to move you? Well, it should have and I think this one does.