So all last weekend I had The Twelve beside the computer, planning on writing my book review of it. Then company came over, and I got sidetracked by pretty butterflies and life events, so here it is, Wednesday, and I discover that my friend Bride over at Bride of the Book God has already written a review of The Twelve today! So here is the link to her fun review.
I pretty much agree with what she says, so I'm going to say what I want to say about the book, starting after (and which includes) everything she says.
The evil of the Twelve is what they do to their followers, as the vampires are called (each main vampire spawning his own group of vampires). Maybe it was just the sense of menace was missing, because the groups had defined - the survivors in their areas, the vamps in theirs. Although the vampires are still hunting whoever they can find, and leaving a known safe area is still extremely risky. I just missed the real wrongness that is a vampire, although there is plenty of darkness, and some horror, and lots of bravery and good souls in this book. I do enjoy this series very much, and highly recommend it. These are mostly minor quibbles about why I found this book less scary than the first one, and I'm in this series to be scared. I want to see it written to scare, to terrify, like the first book, so I'm hoping Book 3 will be all that, and more.
Amy is still a fabulous character, and developing along interesting lines in the book. I like Peter, and Alicia. Alicia is kind of scary, actually.
I will be reading Book 3 whenever it is done! I also really enjoy the different covers, interesting how the publishers thought it would appeal over in the UK, and here. Nothing about Fear the Dark, as her book cover has.
I also read this book in less than two days, that's how much I enjoyed it and couldn't put it down. So if you are a little bit worried about being too scared, this is a good book for you :-) A very good vampire series, so far.
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