Saturday, March 14, 2015

Review & Giveaway: Animal by Nikki Rae

by Nikki Rae
NA PN Suspense
Released February 28, 2015

*Ebook obtained directly from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Ava has spent her life running from the monsters that lurk in the shadows, always the prey. She finally thinks she can settle down, have a normal life, and work on not being so scared of the world around her. That is until she runs into her worst fear. 

He has finally found the potential family he has always wanted. All he has to do is make his little bird sing. Will Ava escape with her humanity intact?

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Nikki Rae is a student and writer who lives in New Jersey. When she is not writing, thinking, or reading, she is most likely hanging out with her gecko, Neil Gaiman, drawing in a quiet corner, or drinking tea by the gallon. Sunshine is her first book.

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Animal is quite the intriguing tale. I wasn't sure what to expect with this one because the cover doesn't give much away, nor does the synopsis. The novel starts out pretty slowly so I was a tad worried I wouldn't like this one as much as I liked this author's previous work. But before long, I couldn't put it down. The suspense in this novel is nearly overwhelming within certain moments.

You have your characters - the main female lead being Ava. She seemed drab to me at first but that was because she's so used to hiding and never letting herself be comfortable. She's always looking over her shoulder, fearing what goes bump in the night. She has horrible anxiety & panic attacks. I've had my share of those when I was a teen and the author captures the feeling quite well. She loves animals. Good ones. Ones that are furry or feathery. But she's learned about what really goes bump in the night from her parents. Part of me wonders what would've happened if her parents had never been killed... Or if she never knew about the vampires at all. Would she have gone blissfully into the arms of Michael in the beginning before her cousin swept her away into hiding? Hmm things to think about.

Anyways, then you have Michael. Dark, scary, warped, Michael... He's scary because he's so unstable. I never knew what he would do one moment from the next. I definitely wouldn't have been able to keep my wits about me like Ava does had I been stuck with him. Evan... I loved Evan's character. He was a great balance between the sane and the crazy psycho.

The other supporting characters were great & I would even be up for another story featuring them again.

The plot keeps you on your toes. You think Ava is getting stuck into Stockholm's syndrome, beginning to really have feelings for Michael... but it's all a part of her plan. Keep your enemies close. She does it wayyyy better and more dedicated than I ever could. Bravo to her.

As the reader, you want her to do something and take action against Michael, save herself, but she does the exact opposite of what you really expected her to do. Loved that. It kept me on my toes as the reader.

The climax... which one? It felt like there were moments that left you so high strung that you thought they were the climax, leaving you no where to go but down... But then it keeps going! I really enjoyed the way the story built and built.

Overall, great novel once I became attached to & invested in the characters lives.

Huge 4 star novel for me. This novel was just another reason proving why I love everything this author has published. Nikki Rae has a way of spinning the plot into the exact opposite direction you expect it to go. She leaves you wanting more. She builds and builds onto the story until you think you can't handle anymore... then she throws something else at the characters, leaving you feeling sucker punched. You can't turn the pages fast enough.

Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Cover Rating: 4 Stars
Characters: 5 Stars
Plot: 4 Stars
Climax: 5 Stars
Ending: 4 Stars

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