Sixteen-year-old Lola is a daredevil. She likes playing hooky, making out with bad boy Everett James, and stealing cars. The reason behind all of her rebellious antics? Because she can. But what can one girl do against a horde of murderous vampires?
Aided by her sometimes sober father, her best friend Travis, and Maximus, the mysterious stranger who appeared out of no where to save her life, Lola must accomplish what the rest of the human race has failed to do in the aftermath of the world wide massacre: survive.
But how do you survive when everything you know has been destroyed... and the one person you thought you could trust ends up being the most dangerous person of all?
4 Smokin' Kisses
I think this novella was good enough to become a novel. actually, it would be quite easy for the author to do so if she wished; adding some more detail in the beggining, some more obstacles in the middle- a little more detail & imagery... BAM 300 pages easy. Personally i think Eaton should take on the challange, enough people enjoy the novella that i think it would do well as its own novel. I was excited when i recieved this from the author (thank you!), im all about kick-ass, monster fighting females (blame Buffy The Vampire Slayer for that), and this novella had exactly what I needed. Lola is a bold & fiesty female heroin, and it was great reading from her perspective. However, Eaton doesnt make Lola completely fearless, which makes the story of a mortal who is caught in this post-apocolyptic attack more believable. Lola is scared, and even runs away and leaves Travis behind at one point- but quickly discovers that her key to survival is to keep her fears locked deep inside. You can see that she's courageous, when she goes back to save Travis from Angelique, but shows her mortal female side when she gets there & almost pisses her pants.She's the perfect heroin, and with the right amount of fear mixed with courage... Lola is in it to stay alive.
I like Travis. He reminds me of Simon from The Mortal Instruments . I love when nerds become brave hehe, its SO cute!
I didn't like the Dad. He annoyed me.... they are being attacked by drinkers and he wants beer??!?! I understand the addiction, but seriously... survival man. C'mon.
MAXIMUS :O . I loved the kid. He's so badass, and shows up in the randomest moments to save Lola. Love it. He's the thug that falls in love with the fiesty female, but they pretend to hate each other when they're actually head over heels. love it. love him. even though the ending was a shocker, I have a feeling we'll be seeing our dear Maximus once more. Dont lose faith!
The idea of the drinkers is really cool. being marked and such, and not turning into one of them right away. If the novella ever became a novel, i can only imagine all the detail that could be put behind the idea! it's great. Props to Eaton for creating a believable species of Vampires .
However, I do have a couple of complaints. I know that this is a novella, so there naturally isnt as much detail... however, these points could be fixed.
1) we never find out how Travis stays alive in the Drinkers house. He went into the Drinkers house for gods sake , yet the next day when Lola goes to save him, he's perfectly fine. extremely unbelievable without a proper explanation.
2) WHY would angelique take Travis, while he was sleeping RIGHT next to Lola, and then blackmail Lola into handing herself in for Travis.... when she could have just taken Lola instead? even though he was left at the Hotel, but he wouldnt just get up and leave Angelique was clearly there and moved Travis and such, and left the note.... but why not just take Lola? that whole concept is sort of a blur, unless i missed something. When he's found in one of the rooms later on, I wonder: what left him there? why didnt he scream? was he tied down? did angelique take him & bring him back? why would angelique hide him in the hotel if she could just take him as hostage? that scene needs to be fixed with more detail.
3) When Lola & Angelique are fighting... what was Maximus doing? Lola literly had enough time to wrestle with Angelique, try and shoot her, get thrown into a locker, attacked & then shoot her before Maximus came to help her up. was he just watching her? I dont understand, he's the one hellbent on keeping her safe. so that doesnt completely make sense.
Other than those 3 complaints, the novella is great. Cant wait to read the next one... TEAM MAXIMUSSS !!! I'm telling you.. the kids fine. I know it. I just do D: