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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Emmy’s Heart by Christy Trujillo

Emmy’s Heart (book 2 in the Maldito series) by Christy Trujillo
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Full Length (273 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 4 suns
Reviewed by Snapdragon

The day she met him, Emmy thought she was meant to be with Cale Cruz. After discovering her blood was the cure to the curse his family had suffered generation after generation, she knew it was true. Now Emmy is the center of an ancient battle between vampires and Maldito, a race of half-vampire, half-humans, and is fighting for her own life. Betrayed and alone, Emmy will come face to face with the enemy, and the lines will blur. Caught between good and evil, she will have to make a decision which side she is on. Will her love for Cale help her to stay in the light or will her taste of darkness send her spiraling out of control to a place where no one can reach her? With each passing moment a choice is not made, the possibilities for disaster grow. But as we know, when love is stronger than death, anything is possible.

Humans vampires and half-vampires populate Emmy’s world; quite an alternative universe from the ordinary world she grew up. Her love for Cale Cruz and her acceptance of a destiny with him, sets her on an unpredictable path into deadly danger, and worse.

Worse than deadly danger? It will be, for Emmy will be caught between the Maldito and the others, and between good and evil. She will be threatened, but also tempted. There are things out there that she doesn’t even know enough about to fear – but Cale will struggle to both warn and protect.

High drama blends with suspense in the way of the best of the vampire stories, but with a super original twist. The incredibly likable main character could be anybody – she’s ordinary enough, except in the way she is not. She’s in the midst of a first love… but is it a true love? As the story moves forward, Emmy becomes less heroic and more reliant on Cale. It’s cleverly done, and incredibly humanizing.

Cale Cruz could suit any girls dream… but he is about as far from boy-next-door as one could imagine. Still, he seems so incredibly loyal, above all else, that every reader will have to fall for him a little, too.

Trujillo has a gift for tense and revealing dialogue. Combative dialogue fuels the fast pace throughout, so much so you’ll wish for a breather every once in a while. Still, no one lets Emmy have a break.

Emmy’s Heart will appeal to paranormal fans, and certainly to adults as well as YA audience.

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