Sunday, January 20, 2013

5 Star Review: Darkride by Laura Bradley Rede

5 Star Review
by Laura Bradley Rede
The Darkride Cover is Gorgeous!
Darkride description from
Ander McNair used to be the favorite son of a great monster-hunting family – until he was bitten by a werewolf and the hunter became the hunted. Now anything that makes his pulse race, even a kiss from his girlfriend Cicely, is enough to turn him into a monster. When he finally has his chance to earn his cure by killing a vampire prince, Ander finds he has to choose between his own past and the future of the girl he loves. Can a guy who’s not even human learn what it means to be a man?

Luke Marianez used to be an immortal vampire prince – until the witch he loved betrayed him and cursed him with the ability to die. Now he lives in the world of vampire blood bars where the waitresses are the drinks, and dreams about killing the last of the witch’s line so he can live forever. But revenge doesn’t just mean breaking the curse. He wants to break the girl's heart, too. Can Luke seduce Cicely without falling in love himself?

Cicely Watson doesn’t believe in werewolves or vampires. She’s not even sure she believes in true love. But she’s about to discover what every werewolf knows:

People change.
My Review
This review for is everyone, but especially those who may be skeptics when it comes to the paranormal/supernatural romance genre. Apprehension, is a one word description of the way I once felt about this genre. Being that in my day to day life vampires, werewolves, witches, and the living dead are not necessarily beings that I believe in or that I relate to. I wasn't sure that I would be able to connect with the characters and believe their story and I need that from the stories I read in order to fully enjoy and appreciate them. For that reason I stayed away from the paranormal/supernatural genre for a while. Thankfully, I live fairly open-mindedly. The saying 'Don't kick it til' ya try it' comes to mind. My apprehension was solely based on ignorance. Ignorance is: simply not knowing or lack of knowledge. I am certain that many other readers out there have or have had the same skeptical pretenses that I once had towards the paranormal genre. Fiction is fiction whether the story pertains to human characters or supernatural characters or both...all are the creation of the author's imagination...and perceived by the reader's imagination.
Darkride is a lengthy novel that captivates your attention from beginning to end. I was sucked into this mysterious, creative, imaginative, intriguing, dangerous world. A world in which humans, vampires, werewolves, witches, and live the living dead exists. I became apart of that world...and I completely BELIEVED! I believed in the characters, the dangers, and the love.
Cicely is a skeptic a non-believer of supernatural being, but her life is turned upside down and her disbelief is transformed as is she. She is in love with her best friend Ander, but is unable to share her feelings with him because she knows he is emotionally resistant to her, but she doesn't understand why. Ander has a deep dark secret that he as been able to keep from Cicely for years, by not allowing himself to be anything more than friends with her. A secret that she is soon to discover.
Enters: Luke!...Gorgeous, charming, chivalrous, and perfect, Luke. Luke has less than admirable loving intentions with Cicley, but those intentions change. A love triangle quickly forms between Cicely and her two supernatural male admirers. There need for her means everything to them...including life and death. They are willing to risk everything for her.
Cicely loves Ander, she's loved him for years and nothing is going to change that not even the revelation of his secret. Cicely is drawn to Luke in away that feels natural as if there is a connection between them with depth and years of existence. She doesn't understand the connection and as it grows is reluctant to admit she loves him. I believe it's mainly due to her stubborn nature and refusal to betray Ander.
Ander and Luke are on opposite ends of the supernatural spectrum. They live to hate each to kill each other...each believing the other is the bad guy.
In this compelling love story the saying 'Love Conquers All' couldn't rein more true. Enemies coexist and join forces to protect the one they have a mutual need and love for. They turn against their own, and risk everything to ensure her safety. ...It truly is a beautiful concept. <3
The characters go to hell in back throughout the story. They are on a dangerous journey, a quest in the name of Love. A true, undeniable, need, mind, body and soul to be with the one they absolutely cannot be without in life or death.
The sequel Crossfire is available now! I cannot wait to see what happens with these characters!...I'll be starting it today! 
I recommend Darkride to everyone who enjoys a good read...This book offers a beautiful love story and so much more!
It's a Must Read...
Favorite Quotes
"I've forced myself to stay tied to this human world because it's Cicely's world. Withour her, there wouldn't be a me any more. I'm human because I love her." ~Ander
"'Everyone's going to hurt you, I read, '''You've just got to find the ones worth suffering for.'
~ Bob Marley & Emmie
"I don't want her to die for me. I don't want anyone to." I feel sick. "I want someone to life for me, somone I can live for." ~ Ander
"I cannot live with you, and I will not live without you." His strong hands grip my shoulders, pulling me closer. "I'm sorry, muneca, but dying with you is the only choice left." I feel the brush of his fangs as he nuzzles my neck. "It will all be over soon." ~ Luke & Cicely
"I wish for enternal Love." ~Cicely
"The near-bond between us has been severed. I can feel it pulsing like a phantom limb but I know it will never be the same. I will never bite her again, never complete teh connection that might have been." ~Luke
"Brutally beautiful" ~Luke
"The whole good-bad thing gets grayer for me every day." ~Ander
"People Change" ~Darkride
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