Number of pages: 304
Cover Artist: Greg Simanson
London emerges from the Blitz, and every corner of the city bears the scars. In the East End—a corner fairing worse than most—thirteen year-old Beth Wade endures this new way of life with her adoptive family. She also suffers the prejudice against her appearance, an abiding loneliness and now the trials of adolescence. But with this new burden comes a persisting fatigue and an unquenchable thirst that ultimately steals her into unconsciousness . . .
What happens next is the start of something Beth will fear more than the war itself. She begins to change in ways that can’t be explained by her coming-of-age, none more frightening than her need to consume blood. The family who took her in and the former best friend who’s taken refuge in their house can never know. Aware of the danger she poses to everyone around her, Beth has never felt more alone. But someone else knows Beth’s secret . . . someone who understands just how different she really is. He alone can decrypt her past and explain her future. But he’s been sworn to destroy her kind, and as Beth grows ever more dangerous, he’s forced to take sides.
Can Beth keep all of the secrets? Can she trust a man sworn to kill her? And can she stop the vampire within from taking her humanity?
I enjoyed this interesting story. I did not know what the Blitz was when reading the blurb for this book and for others who could have no idea, it is 1940's London, where citizens had homemade shelters to protect themselves from dropped bombs. I was slowly pulled into caring for Beth and felt for her in her confusion and fear in this scary time period. Her struggles to just get through the days, between her mysterious disorder and being bullied in school. This book did start out slowly but eventually did inch its way into my mind until I did not want it to finish. The mystery surrounding Beth was so absorbing and intriguing that I was disappointed when it ended. I am truly looking forward to the next book in this saga, hoping that more of the enigma is revealed. This tale is filled with dramatic suspense and leave you craving more.