A vampire hunter-turned-vampire seeks to destroy her enemies. Until she falls for one of them.
A Chaser born to kill vampires, sixteen-year-old Rachel Campton has grown up in her older brother's shadow. Until she wakes up a vampire, her own mortal foe. She's stronger, faster than her human self, but haunted by bloodlust and the loss of her beloved younger sister. Friendless and lost in enemy territory, Rachel must rely on Alex Wellington, a former nemesis and centuries old vampire who looks like a college football player.
As Rachel goes deep into vamp territory, she learns there is more to the vampire life than killing humans. She also discovers another side to Alex. He is more than a murderer, he is someone that she starts to fall for. Rachel faces the ultimate choice--her new life and unexpected love or the family she left behind, the family that may now want her dead.
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First off since I tend to rant about books in a series not standing alone, I wanted to give kudos to Ms. Yager. I knew when I choose this book that it was the second in a series but I had totally forgotten all about it when I went to read this book. I wasn't reminded until I finished the book and there was a little blurb in the back of my e-book about the first one. Well done! SHADOW ALLEGIANCE does a wonderful job of standing all on it's own.
This book is mainly about Rachel and Alex but it does also touch base with a few other characters. Since each chapter is being told from different person's perspective, I did really appreciate the fact that along with chapter numbers there is also the character's name. Otherwise I know that I would have been lost. As it was, I got to know intimately a few different characters, all with different strengths, backgrounds and voices.
I found that the plot moved along at quite a clip and was easily able to keep my interest. I would have appreciated just a tad more background on the villain but I can't really complain since the main encounter with him occurred in the first book (yeah the one I didn't realize I had missed). There was a lot of violence but what does one expect from a book contain vampires and the ones that kill them. I will admit that it slightly bothered me to watch a vampire that has over two centuries falling in love with a sixteen year old girl but I can see it as each was willing to accept the other as they and their past regardless of how long it was.
Since I plan on going back and reading the first book along with watching out for further releases, I am sure that it comes as no surprise that I do recommend this book to my readers. I do recommend this book to any of my readers who enjoy the paranormal and vampires. It has romance, danger, friendship and love so what else could a person want?
****** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.