The Arotas Trilogy by Amy Miles

Roseline Enescue didn’t ask to become an immortal, to have all of the guests at her wedding slaughtered, or be forced into marriage with a man whose lust for blood would one day ignite the vampire legend.

Willing to risk everything for a chance at a normal life, Roseline escapes to America, but her transition into the human world isn’t easy. Mortal men flock after her while cutthroat girls plot her demise. Roseline soon discovers that cliche is sometimes based on reality. Yet she remains relatively unfazed by it all until she meets Gabriel Marston. As their lives entwine, Roseline realizes that he is more than he seems. His ability to grind concrete into dust pales in comparison to the glowing cross tattoo that mysteriously appears on his forearms.

Despite the forbidden bond between them, Roseline can’t help wondering what Gabriel is. He’s not human. He’s not immortal. So just what is he?

The Arotas Trilogy isn’t really a typical urban fantasy in that the main character is the supernatural creatures, instead of being introduced to a supernatural world.

Another thing that is different is the portrayal of vampires. They aren’t sparkly or sensual, but rather bloodthirsty (I guess literally in this case) and sadistic villains. Roseline strives to do everything she can to forget her life and who she is. Sadly, it doesn’t really work.

I liked the details that Amy incorporated,  especially about Rosaline’s transition from the Immortal world to the human one, such as her language and mannerisms. Another thing is that I really loved the descriptions of her conflict with her past. Though some of it was macabre, it was also very touching and I think Amy Miles brought those deep emotions out really well. The background stories of characters were pretty well done and made you want to know more about them.

Couple of things, though. By contrast, I found that there was very little character development. Also, because of that, the books were generally pretty monotonous, and a whole lot of scenes were quite repetitive, which wasn’t a nice thing. It also meant that there was very little happening plot wise.

I also found the end of book 1, Forbidden, pretty random and slightly unclear,  because I felt that there was no real conclusion or even a cliffhanger – things just… stopped happening.

All in all, I have mixed feelings. It won’t hurt to check it out if you have nothing else to read, because it really might be your thing. But you also may not be missing out on that much either.

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