Titles are Meaningless by Alex Finnegan
Titles are Meaningless by Alex Finnegan is Olivia’s story. She’s a vampire, and once she is mated into her powers, she’ll be a really powerful one. So powerful, the council that rules her clan, is willing for her to risk the pain of her powers being awakened three years early instead of waiting for the usual age of twenty-one to do so. They think her powers will consume her before then and she needs to be mated so the clan can benefit from her powers.
The story opens with the clan’s council debating this, and Olivia’s mother wanting another option that will basically condemn her daughter to a lonely, miserable death instead of an arranged mating. She tells Olivia, who claims to be old enough to handle it, and later that night is almost kidnapped, but saved by the human man she was trying to eat. There’s a lot of plotting afoot, and Olivia isn’t sure who is friend and who is foe.
Considering the age range of these characters, (and the excessive eye-rolling on Olivia’s end) I consider this to be a YA type book. Olivia is 18, Seth 19 and Lucian 22. The character’s reactions, attitudes and decion making skills reflect that rather well. But as an older reader, the same reactions i.e. sighing, eye rolling and declarations of love only hours after meeting, came off to me as a bit juvenille. But, it fit the characters. I would just suggest that the readers still be interested in the YA genre or you may not get along with the characters so well.
The story is told third person omniscient, and the author does a good job of spacing out the “head jumps” between characters, and only doing so when necessary, which is harder to find these days, so kudos to the author. I like how Olivia grows into a formidable force, though I’d have preferred her to work at mastering her powers instead of taking the easier way out.
There are a lot of cliches in this book. One character declares their love hours after meeting the other and there’s a resulting love triangle. The third member of the love triangle doesn’t want to be involved, and of course, Olivia realizes she loves him, though the other guy is just so nice to her. The bad guy is also pretty obvious. It’s an easy, but predictable read, save for one twist. I’m curious to see where the author goes with it in the next book.
I do have to say that the author’s take on vampires is different. They’re mortal in every sense of the word. They just drink blood, have telepathic powers and can’t go in the sun. It puts an interesting spin on things, knowing that they look young, but can die of old age and injury. The way the males can rise into power from the mating with the females is also interesting.
Now for the writing. The writing style is pretty basic, but easy to read, which isn’t a problem. I finished this book in an hour, so if you want a quick escape, this would be a good read. That being said, this book could use another pass by an editor. There’s a lot of passive voice, incorrectly used prepositions, awkward phrasing and repetitive wording.
Unfortunately the new take on vampires isn’t going to save this book from the pretty predictable plot and characters when they’re combined with the errors and cliches. I’m hoping the next book will be better.
My Rating: 2.75/5
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