Unseen, The Heights Vol 1, Lauren Stewart
Genre: Romance, Sci-fi and Fantasy
This sounded intriguing so I delved in eagerly – well, its vampires and I’m always hoping for a new series to love. I’ve kind of mixed feelings about it though.
Its a whole new world though that Lauren has created, where the Supernaturals – and there’s all sorts of them – live alongside the humans, but hidden within it, under the terms of an uneasy Treaty hammered out a long time past. Of course just as in our world there’s winners and losers, those at the top live pretty, I’d have said for them its all sunshine and roses but as they’re vamps….well blood and sex I guess, and of course down at the bottom for the seers, humans who died and are reborn as seers, life is pretty grim. They get treated as disposable in a way, have all the dross jobs, no way to work up the ladder, no hope of an improvement in their lives. I guess its this divide, the Treaty itself and the way it all blends yet stays hidden, that took me such a long time to figure out. Then when i finished the book I found a handy glossary at the end. Doh – wish that was at the front, would have helped me with my questions.
I really wasn’t sure about Addison at first when she “rescued” Rhyse, it was more a sense of self preservation than wanting to help, but given the way her world works its understandable. Rhyse was an arrogant ar se, and I wasn’t impressed by him as a leader, as the Prime. He had no idea what life was like at the bottom and like most at the top, didn’t really care. The cynic in me says this bit’s really true to life! Then somehow – and I can’t pinpoint where it changed, he and Addison began to feel differently about each other and that’s when things finally start to move on, when the drama stars, and the action begins. I found it really slow, though I did need time to work out how it all fitted together. I liked it much more when something actually began to happen, rather than Addison constantly ruminating on the best way to get Rhyse to die without her actually having to kill him, and how she can ensure no-one knows….
Overall I enjoyed parts of it but found it slow paced and it didn’t really pull me in. I’d give the second book a whirl just to see how it works out. First books in a series, especially when creating a non standard supernatural world have a hard job to do.
Stars: Four, a good start for a potential interesting series.
An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley and publishers