Series: Vampire Games Book #1
Author: Stephanie Archer
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Dystopian
Blurb: My name is Bianka, and I live in a world a lot like yours. Or at least, I used to.
Then I got harvested.
Taken into eerie darkness underneath the surface of my world, I’ve learned that cities like mine—Hidden Oaks—are just places that the vampires keep humans until it’s time to drink their blood.
Now it’s my turn. They’re harvesting me.
But I’m fighting hard, and the vampires have noticed. A sponsor is buying me. A handsome, mysterious vampire with piercing eyes, who wants me to fight other humans in The Vampire Games. If I lose, I’ll be harvested. If I win, I’ll join my sponsor, Phillip, as one of them.
I’ll be turned into a vampire.
All I must do to spend an eternity with Phillip is sell my soul.
The scary part? I’d do a lot worse for him than that…
Thoughts: Every now and again, a YA will catch my attention and this happens to be the latest title to do so. The story was an odd mashup that reminded me of a mix of Twilight, The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner all rolled into one, with a little twist of something distinctly its own. The story reeled you in from the beginning, with just enough questions and mysterious circumstances to leave you needing to finish just to see what exactly what is going on with this dystopian world – and leaving you wanting to discover all of its secrets. Like many books these days, it leaves off – very obviously – for a next book, just when things really get interesting. I was also left with far more questions than answers. All in all, it was quite an interesting read, particularly for the YA genre. Not quite a knock out of the park for me, but definitely a hit on base. I will be keeping an eye out for the next book in the series.