Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider by Ellen C. Maze
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I've been thinking about how to write this review all day. It's going to be very difficult to explain all the different reasons why I loved this book, but I'll try:
It's a totally new concept. The story is fresh and I didn't know what to expect. I was so pleasantly surprised that I could be surprised. I have this horrible habit of trying to guess the outcome of a book (I guess it's the writer in me), but the story of a race of vampires (Rakum) and their social structure, living amongst the human population, feeding from volunteers (cows). Some of them even develop emotional bonds with their "donors". Life for the Rakum has been privileged and spoiled for thousands of years. They take extremely beautiful women and use them as breeders to enlarge their numbers, raising the "pups", teaching them their ways.
If a Rakum becomes a traitor or a human threatens to expose them or put their way of life into danger, they are marked as "Rabbits". They go on the run, but because they have been marked, they live forever, therefore their punishment is eternal. They are hunted by the Rakum, caught, played with, tortured, until the Rakum become bored and set them free to be hunted by more Rakum. It is the ultimate punishment.
Enter Beth Rider: Author of a series of Paranormal Christian books where her vampire characters become Christians. She is marked as a Rabbit because her novels are bringing Rakum to Christ. She's not alone as she finds comrades in the most unexpected places, Rakum who are willing to die for her and her God. Oh and there's Michael Stone, the Rakum who doesn't understand her strong faith but nonetheless is inexplicably drawn to the beautiful Rabbit. It's a battle between good and evil that will leave you gasping in anticipation!
Ellen Maze's book kept me mesmerized. I didn't want to put it down and I can't wait for the sequel.
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