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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Vampire Within: Immortal Kiss is a dark paranormal fantasy novel written by Laura Daleo. Brandon groaned at the everyday tedium of getting up tired and taking the bus to school. He dreaded the thought of spending his morning trying to stay awake during Mrs. Clark’s history class. He was half-asleep and already bored out of his mind as he sat down in his usual seat in class, but then suddenly an aroma grabbed his attention as Sam walked past his desk and sat behind him.
Sam was gorgeous and blonde, and everyone was crazy about her. She noticed him looking at her quizzically and smiled in response as he continued to try to understand the effect her odor was having on him. It was somewhat akin to being at the fine point of intoxication before you get sick. She misunderstood his confusion for flirtation and invited him to go with her after class. He did follow her out to the park as she asked, but things went from boring to cosmically awful after that. What kind of monster was he turning into?
Laura Daleo’s dark paranormal fantasy novel, The Vampire Within: Immortal Kiss, follows Brandon Cass as he tries to understand the sudden obsession he has with blood and to cope with the anger and viciousness of his former friends from school. Daleo’s plot is imaginative and compelling, and her characters, particularly Brandon, his little sister, his mom and tutor, Rick, are complex and grand fun to follow. This well-written and decidedly different vampire novel works on so many levels. The Vampire Within: Immortal Kiss is most highly recommended.