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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Stolen is a work in the paranormal adventure, interpersonal drama, and fantasy subgenres, forming the second Dhampyr series novel. It is written for the young adult reading audience but can also be enjoyed by adults with a penchant for suspenseful vampire dramas and is penned by V. M. Nelson. Following the first novel's events, we find our protagonist Tasi in a tailspin as she and her sister Emily hide from the Deity and their wicked plans. But when the Deity gets ever closer to developing the vampire virus, Tasi decides to take action against the advice of others.
V. M. Nelson has crafted a high-stakes adventure in this second-in-series novel, and one which is sure to stir the pot and ramp the stakes up even higher for fans so far. I liked Tasi’s guts and how she’s developing and coming into her own, despite the perceived mistakes she might be making, because you can see her character being tested. Her persona is toughening up and forming because of those challenges. She felt like a realistically drawn heroine amongst a cast of interesting and dangerous figures. I felt like the twists put on the vampire lore by Nelson added to this gritty, urban, and highly credible feel that the plot has. Overall, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Stolen and the Dhampyr series for fans of atmospheric and well-penned paranormal fiction, especially if you love great concepts and character work.