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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
In Runaway Girl, Lucius, leader of the vampire clan, wants his daughter Amelia to take over his reign alongside Damian, a half-blood. Unfortunately there are several problems. Amelia’s soul is scattered and resides in several human females, which they must find first in order to fuse Amelia’s soul whole again. Another problem, perhaps the hardest one, is Damian’s reluctance to accept Amelia’s return to the clan, let alone rule it together with her. Yet, Lucius is adamant and their search for his daughter’s soul begins. First installment of The Secrets of Avelina Chronicles, this vampire-themed paranormal novel is written by Elaine White.
Due to Amelia’s soul being broken and residing in several people, there are several ‘possible’ humans vessels which leads to several female protagonists. I think Elaine White did well in maintaining good transitions from one female lead to another without overwhelming the readers with each of the characters’ details and story points. I instantly gravitated towards Maria, a human that advocates vampires just like her late mother. Her personal belief in treating humans and vampires equally is risky but admirable. It is unfortunate that she suffers betrayal from the very species that she has helped throughout her life. I find myself caring for this character more than the other female protagonists.
The prose is excellent; it is straightforward yet deft enough to make the reading flawless. The chapters are comfortable lengths – not too long yet not too short either. All in all, a good start for a series and no doubt it will garner loyal fans in no time.