My Thoughts: A dystopian world with vampires and treachery…what wouldn’t I love about this book?! I loved that the start jumped straight into the story, with us finding out that the parents of our main character were called away, in the same way she just has been, but they never came back. She isn’t willing to go, and soon she’ll find out more about both herself and the broken promises of the vampires, but is she ready? The dystopian wasteland the author created was excellent. She really brought to life – or death – the world around them, so that I felt as though I was standing in the wasted shell of the states. I could see and completely understand why there had to be a pact made with the vampires. It truly was the only hope for survival, in a world that is completely dead, or so they thought. The characters were brilliant, as they were filled with depth, character and passion. Our main character was excellent. She was smart, intuitive, strong and able to see through the veil. Angela wrote her with layers of both emotion and intellect, as she seemed to always be in the right head and every time we turned around she had seen through lies, worked her way through something or found the truth. I like that it also involved her finding herself, and getting to know who she really is. From the beginning, I found this book to be engaging and completely consuming. I struggled to put it down and often found myself staying up way to late to read just one more chapter. I highly recommend reading this book if you are a fan of fantasy, paranormal or dystopian reads, as I can imagine you’ll like it just as much as I did!
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Tsunamis reduced the USA into a shell of itself, called The Fold. Surviving humans and vampires joined forces to form The Colony, where registered citizens do as they're told.
They donate blood quarterly and dream of being chosen as Attendees for the Jubilee celebrations, that is, everyone except Macie Breen. With high school graduation near, she’s anxious to ditch the rules in hopes of starting a new life with Thane, an unregistered and also her best friend.
Her hopes fizzle when Macie is selected as an Attendee, forever registered. Any future with Thane…impossible. Being chosen comes with another unexpected price.
Truths about The Colony blaze into ashes and lies when she discovers the vampires haven't kept their part of the bargain. Worst still, Macie’s life unravels as her stint in the city of Bliss forces her to face daunting truths about who, and what, she really is.
14+ due to violence and adult situations
As promised, a tent hid in the darkest corner. I could barely make it out. Although my long sleeves kept me warm, the inside of the tent felt cozy, quaint and much warmer since it blocked out most of the wind.
“Didn’t think you’d make it.” He offered me a seat on a pillow. I thought that was nice, because I didn’t much like the idea of sitting on the ground.
“I try to be a girl of my word…I mean, when I can.” Breaking my promise about donating still irked me. All I could do was hope he understood. Although we never promised to share every little thing with each other, we practically did. Keeping the bike incident from him needled at my heart. I wanted to tell him, but I still didn’t know how to explain it.
“You’re right, Macie. We got different situations. I shouldn’t have asked that of you in the first place. I overreacted. I’m sorry.” He pulled his pillow closer and sat beside me. The tent grew warmer all of a sudden.
“Good. I’d hate to lose my only friend over something like that.” I tucked a few loose strands behind my ear. I had my hair down the way he’d said he liked it. That was important to me. He was important to me. Since the day he found me hiding in this very same spot, eight years ago––a little girl crushed, confused, and alone––he’d become so much more than a friend. I wanted him to know, so badly. But how to say it?
I checked out the rest of the tent. Small packs of smoked meat and cheese. Two solar powered holo-visors he probably bartered to get for us, green lit and fully charged. They probably had some cool movie from the banned list on them…hopefully a horror one. There was even a flower. A flower?
“Look, can I confess something to you?” His question pulled me from my little survey and stopped my heart. Maybe I wasn’t alone in feeling something special between us.
“Sure. Go ahead.” I gathered my hands in my lap to hide my trembles. I don’t know why I was so nervous. It was just Thane. Okay, so yeah, maybe that was why I couldn’t still my pounding heart.
He cleared his throat. “I’m not sure how you’ll take it.”
My body fought every command. Don’t look at him. That failed, as my gaze trailed the leanness of his arm. His skin held a soft glow, a moonlit cascade that clung to him like an aura. First time I noticed it.
Don’t stare at him. That failed, too.
He took my silence for listening. “I didn’t know what to expect when I first met you. You were so young, innocent, and beautiful.”
The air grew shallow. A breath stuck in my throat. Don’t look in his eyes. Quicksilver pulsed, radiating as I failed that command as well.
“We’re not kids anymore, Macie. You’ve learned what little The Colony had to say about the vampeer, wights and devil spawn. There’s something else they’ve hidden from you. From all registered citizens. I’ve wanted to tell you for a long time why we met. Just how special you really are. But you won’t want to be my friend anymore once you know the truth. Losing you would be…”
Words trickled from my mouth unfiltered. “I, what do you mean I wouldn’t…”
He turned to me, chewing his bottom lip. The last time he did that was the day I broke first blood.
We were playing at knight warriors, a favorite of ours since we were kids. I thrust my wooden sword forward. It clattered to the ground as I doubled over from a sharp spasm in my stomach. I tried to shoo Thane away, deal with the pain on my own. But, noticing the grimace on my face––I really tried hard to be quiet, but I cried out anyway––he wouldn’t have it. When he glanced at my yellow cargo pants, he chewed his bottom lip, eyes wide. My gaze trailed down to the bloody mess I’d become. My face couldn’t have flashed hotter if I set it on fire.
Now he was doing it again, chewing his bottom lip. What could he possibly have to say? He opened his mouth to speak when the tent flap ripped away. We jerked our heads around to face a tall being covered in shaggy, brown fur from scalp to hoof. A shadowy glow encircled it like a dirty aura. Two arms protruded from both sides. Jagged teeth crowded its mouth. Drool leaked down its chin. Reptilian eyes shone bright white with a red slit down the middle. One set of eyelids blinked side to side as the second set followed up and down. It snarled, spat and drooled some more. My bladder felt one moment away from losing it.
“Frag me,” I whispered, as my world collapsed into a nightmare.
I received this book from the author, Angela Brown, and from Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock. The story starts out with Macie stating that she does not believe her mother and father are dead. Macie’s parents have been missing, or dead according to the Colony, for eight years now. This gives the reader a kind of quick snapshot into the society that Macie is living in here. This story starts off with Macie over sleeping and having to hurry to get to school and the Jubilee Assembly so she doesn’t get into trouble. After getting ready Macie is on her way to school when she is further slowed down helping an elderly lady, and this gives the reader a first glimpse that maybe Macie is not a normal girl. Macie gets knocked down by a boy who is unregistered, since he is described as unregistered due to his clothing and not being tattooed on his ear. This further gives the reader an idea that this society that Macie is living in may have some problems. The Colony that Macie is living in has registered and unregistered citizens. Registered citizens get housing and jobs and other things to help their lives and in exchange they agree to give a gift of blood on a regular basis to the Vampire overlords. The unregistered citizens do not want to give this gift of blood and as such do not have access to the luxuries, education and jobs that the registered citizens do. Macie plans to stop being a registered citizen after she becomes eighteen and can receive her parents’ belongings, but something happens before she can get to that point. Macie is chosen to go to Bliss, and this is what happened to her parents right before they disappeared. This book was really interesting and a very different way to do a paranormal story. While there is some romance in this, there is adventure as well. I found it hard to put this book down. I would read this book again. I’m giving this book 5 fangs.
Wow! What a delightful and imaginative book! I had no idea how Brown would write vampires whenever I began this book. Sometimes I really love how vampires are portrayed, other times not so much. But I loved the way that Brown wrote hers! There is so much mystery shrouding this story, and I was unable to look away for even a moment! Beacon is filled with action. There's never a boring moment in this book! So many elements are streamlined into this story and work so well with the world that the author has created. The world building is absolutely awe-inspiring. I enjoyed Macie so much. She was a great character that I loved reading about. I can't wait to tune in for the next book in this series! Angela Brown has started her YA dystopian series in an explosive way with Beacon. I have no double that the rest of this series will be just as incredible! **I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
What an imagination Angela Brown has! As the book progresses we are treated to continual mystery and surprise and the constant unveiling of an amazing dystopian future. Not content with vampires, this world has all manner of creatures, some working for humanity, some against but I never quite trusted anyone. What a ride! The poor heroine faces an endless stream of adventures during which she discovers the reality of the fake world in which she grew up, and learns who (or what?) she really is. I'm not a fast reader but I read the last third of this book in one night because the action wouldn't stop and I couldn't put it down. I didn't want it to stop. First of a series, and I can't wait to find out more about this fascinating world. Very refreshing to find something deeper and more complex than your average paranormal. Great read.
In this dystopian novel, humans and vampires are living together in what was formerly the USA. Macie is struggling against the rigid rules, so she can live life on her own with her friend Thane. When she’s chosen to be in the Jubilee, she’s crestfallen and discovers things about people, creatures, surroundings, and herself that she never knew before. There’s also the mystery of her missing parents on her mind. I liked the world building—the slang, the glimmer and the glamour, the monsters and the winged. You’ll have to read the book to relish the setting. There’s also a lot of suspense and action. I enjoyed all the surprises Macie had in her path.
Living is easy when everything seems so perfect. It's when that smokescreen gets pulled away that things get interesting. Beacon provides suspense, action and a turn of events that will take you by surprise and tug at your heart.