Book I of the Black Ice Trilogy
by Mikayla Elliot
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Pub Date 31 Jul 2017 | Archive Date 30 Oct 2018
Mikayla Elliot, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
Taken from all she has ever known and loved, Neva finds herself swept into a world of vampires where she learns she will determine their future. Yet she quickly discovers she is the target of a vampire, Zachariah, seeking to stop her from altering the vampire lineage. She must decide which path she will take while trying to protect the family she left behind, and discovering a past she cannot escape.
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Average rating from 43 members
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The vampire theme has been so overdone in the last ten years, but Mikayla Elliott did a great job writing an original story with some old myths sprinkled in at the end! This story is a clean-read. No sex, profanity, etc., which is also refreshing for a vampire series!
The world building could have been better. I didn't even realize the story was taking place in an alternate world until halfway through the book. That being said, the pictures that the author creates of every scene are detailed and vivid.! I felt like I could see exactly the same room/scene/yard that the characters were in every time.
Reincarnated Lady Neva has been taken from the human world she knew and thrust into a strange world of vampires. She is the only one who can liberate her newly found brethren in a long standing war. She quickly finds that she is the enemy's main target. Can she triumph and protect her knew family while still looking after her old kin?
Great adventure in this Anne Rice meets Underworld tale of vampiric war. Very well written. This was a very enjoyable read. The recounts of Lady Neva are written on par with the great tales of The Vampire Lestat.
I thought it was very interesting how the vampires had made a conscious decision to not drink human blood. Very Louis de Pointe du Lac. LOL A great addition to the story was the ending. A great tie in to the Dracula mythos. Very well done.
A great book for all vampire lovers! I highly recommend this book.
This was definitely at first a total cover grab as I was scrolling, but than I read the synposis and my interest was peaked! So I'm a sucker still to this day for vampires, its such a guilty pleasure for me.
Star Rating~ 4 stars
This story was interesting new story about vampires with what is seeming to be a interesting refreshing new back story for the vampires creation. Neva was a likeable main character and I loved Thedryk. It included great plot twists and the villian in this story is more of a morally grey villain which I just look to see done and can't wait to see how it plays out for the characters!
My biggest issue for this book was the beginning, it was kinda bouncing back and forth for a bit (present/past mixing) without giving good hints of it. It confused me quite a bit for awhile and made me nervous that I wasn't going to enjoy the book, but as you move forward in the story her writing grew and it flowed so nicely.
I will definitely be following the series and the authors growth and highly recommend checking it out if you love vampires or a great fantasy!
Initially I chose this book as the cover drew me in, after reading the blurb I thought I would enjoy it. It took me a few chapters to get into the story however - I found that the story jumped around a bit at first, past and present intermixing yet as you read on it makes more sense. The story revolves around the “heroine” of the book Neva who is a reincarnation of a vampire who is then re-turned back into a vampire. Overall I quite enjoyed the story and it leaves a huge cliff hanger after a few plot twists which makes you want to read on. I would recommended the book to people who enjoy a vampire story and will be reading the next in the series.
This book was an interesting and fun read! Some parts predictable, but not all of it! I can't wait to read the next one!
This cover is so gorgeous! This is a vampire tale full of revenge and politics but without the romance stigma most vampire stories have. I found the beginning slow but it picked up quickly giving the gothic tale room for growth in the next book but I never lost interest.
Neva is a victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time when she catches the eye of a Lord. Rose, who is infatuated with the Lord, decides she doesn't want him giving his attention to anyone else and puts a spell on Neva.
Neva is transformed into a reincarnated Lady and finds herself learning of a vampire world that she never thought existed and learning the politics of their kind. Twists and turns ensue and Neva has to figure out how she is going to survive in this cutthroat world.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me an ecopy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
When I started reading this book, I thought that it was going to be a vampire Snow White type of book. I don't know why I thought that, but I did. If I paid more attention to the blurb, I would have seen that. Oh well.
I don't understand how Snow was labeled as a young adult novel. Neva, the main character, was married. If I were to guess at her age, I would put her in her early to mid 20's. I thought that his book was better suited for the NA genre than YA. But that's me. Someone else could have a different take on it. Which is the wonderful thing about writing reviews. No one's opinions are wrong. Unless you didn't read the book and give your opinion, then I don't pay attention to the review.
I liked the plot of Snow. I thought that it was original. Neva is brought into the vampire world when her life was almost taken in an attack. She is thrust into the middle of a conspiracy that will leave everyone reeling. Can Neva bring Zachariah to his knees and save the vampire lineage? Or will she become a pawn in an ancient war?
I liked Neva but I found her whiny for most of the book. Yes, she had a terrible shock when she was turned. It would have been a huge shock for anyone. Even after Thedryk explained why she was turned and who she was, she still whined about it. She didn't understand the danger she was in. For an adult, she didn't act like one. I did like that she wised up during the last half of the book. Seeing what happened to her family shocked her into wising up.
I didn't think that Zachariah wasn't that bad of a guy for most of the book. Yes, he didn't like Neva and yes, he was only with Eliza because he cared about the power. The author showed a 100% different side to him when he was interacting with his adopted daughter. He cared for them. I honestly don't think that he is going to be as bad as he was made out to be. I do think it is awful what he did in the last half of the book. But it didn't go with what the author showed. I wonder if there is more to his story and if it will be revealed in book 2.
I loved what the author did with the vampires in this book. While these vampires need human blood, they don't need it that often. They can eat regular food but it doesn't do anything for them. Not everyone can be turned into a vampire, though. The author explained that the people can be turned into vampires have a special aura. The vampires can see it but can only turn if they have permission from the Council. If someone is turned who doesn't have the special aura, they become something out of a nightmare. The author also had the vampires have a special gift. Some are stronger than others but everyone has it.
There is even a science fiction angle of Snow. There is a vampire that can open portals into different dimensions. It is explained more thoroughly in the book. I found it fascinating and wished that it has been added sooner in the book.
The end of Snow was action packed and moved very fast. What happened to Zachariah, he deserved it. But it was the end of the book that made me go what. First with the introduction of a famous fictional character. Then it was who was introduced in the very last pages of the book. It is that revelation that makes me excited to read the next book in the series.
What I liked about Snow:
A) How the vampires were portrayed
B) Neva's storyline
C) The science fiction angle
What I disliked about Snow:
A) Neva. She was a whine bag for most of the book
B) Zachariah. I was on the fence with him for most of the book. But the ending events turned me
C) What happened to Neva's family
I would give Snow an Older Teen rating. There is no sex or sexual situations. There is violence. There is no language.
I would reread Snow. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.
I would like to thank Independent Book Publisher's Association, Member's Titles, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review Snow.
All opinions stated in this review of Snow are mine.
**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**
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I've been trying to come up with a world that describes 'Snow' and honestly, just Wow. Straight away I was blown away by the detailed graphic transition in our protagonist, Neva, becoming a vampire in the first chapter. It was intense. For a completely fictional experience, it felt like Mikayla was reliving the torment to bring the thoroughness in the narrative. It's been a while since a book has managed to grip me so quickly the way that this one did. I read it in one sitting which kept me up until 3am. It was worth it.
Neva, or rather Lady Neva has she is now known, is pulled into the world of vampires within the first gripping chapter. You discover that she was a widow who had lost her unborn child many years ago, who was living with her family in their bakery. A world she wasn't ready to leave behind, she had no choice but to continue on her new path.
After being attacked by Rose, an uncontrollable jealous vampire, Thedryk, a 1200 year old vampire who was commanded to look out for Neva, made the decision to change her into a vampire in order to save her, as well as other things. It turns out that Neva has been a part of this world before, as well as many other lives she has lived since then. Returning back to the world of vampires, she is the key to ending the war with demons.
It's a lot to take in but she doesn't fight it. Her unique abilities allow her to see into the past, to witness the lives of others as well as her past life self. It's enough to convince her that for now she needs to follow Thedryk to the 'House', home to the council of vampires and their queen Lady Eliza.
The book overall was fantastic, I loved the detail in the scenery both inside and out, the characters were great, I even found Zachariah fascinating, especially the way he acted around his adopted daughter. I can't wait until the next one to find out what happens next!
I enjoyed reading this story and, after the twist ending, am psyched to read the second book. I loved the nod to traditional vampire lore through character names and other situational commentary.
The beginning grabs your attention right away with the first person perspective of such a violent changing. From then on I couldn’t put the book down. Seeing and experiencing the world through Neva’s eyes as a newly changed vampire draws you in like nothing else. Once she starts seeing her past lives and has to reconcile that with her current surroundings the story flies by. The character development of the secondary vampires is intriguing enough to care about them during the final fight scenes. And discovering their gifts along with Neva makes it seem so natural. Throw in the idea of parallel dimensions and time travel and this story has it all.