Synopsis and Details:
Deep within the Carpathian Mountains, a clan of vampires seeks solace. Born of the shadows, raised to rule over their vampir kingdom, they’ve been forced to hide their claim to a lineage older than time itself… But this one curse is about to thrust them into the light.
I’ve lived so long in the shadows, can you blame me for not giving a rat’s ass about humanity any longer? This lost village in the middle of the Carpathian Mountains is our latest hideout, lest the enemies of our royal bloodline find us again. And by us, I mean me and my six equally psychotic siblings—except, really, two of them are sweet as angels.
Anyway. Da, we’re vampiri. And not the sparkle and vegetarian kind, either. The last thing we should do is attract attention and risk exposing ourselves. But when my sister falls mysteriously ill, the only person who can help her out is the old healer in town. And when he turns up dead? That leaves me with his way-too-stubborn and modern daughter. Very human daughter.
I need Natasha to help my sister, but she’s got questions of her own about her father’s mysterious death, and our presence here. And an attitude to go with said questions, one that’s reminding me what it’s like to feel.
How much can I reveal, without it affecting the rest of us?
How much will she take, before running away screaming?
And how long until I fall head over heels for her?
One day, I’m staring at the mysterious castle on the border of my village, wondering what mysteries it hides. The next, I’m in said castle, basically sequestered by a vampir who saved my life, and five others who’d like nothing more than to snack off me. Well, except maybe Violeta, but she’s sick and that doesn’t count.
I should leave. Really, that’s what any human with half a brain would do.
But I can’t—not when they’re the link to finding out what happened to Daddy. And maybe, just maybe, I can save one of them from imminent death. Out of all them, surely she deserves it?
Never mind I’m starting to have sexy dreams about Nico, and then more weird shit starts happening as all the lore around me unravels faster than a Maserati running at full speed.
I never believed in curses, but now I’m living in one.
I never believed in myths and legends, now I’m proven wrong.
I never believed in love, and now I’m wondering again.
The only question is, will I escape with my life and heart intact, or become food for these royals?
Series: Lost Royals of Transylvania #1 | Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance | Release Date: March 21, 2021 | Publisher: Luna Imprints | Length: 280 pages | ASIN: B08KSS4Y4L | Format: ARC | Source: Author
Review with Rating:
Immortal Illusion is the first book in the Royals of Transylvania series and what an exciting series this is shaping up to be. If you are a fan of this Author’s Moonlight Rogues series, there is a wee bit of a crossover in this story that has promise to play a larger part within this series. I am soooo excited about this! No worries, though, if this is the first book you have read from the Author. The crossover would only be recognized by readers who knew that series. This book can be read as a standalone without the feeling that you are lost.
As one of the first vampiri created, Nicolae had been around for a very looong time. During that time, he had seen and done much but there was also an event that rocked his world to a point that he had yet to recover. Present day, Nicolae was a very morose character who was lost in apathy. I can’t say I was a huge fan of him at the start of this story because he was so sullen and only took action with much prodding from his sister.
With vampiri living so long, I can understand that they would all fall into apathy after a while. For that reason, I tried to keep an open mind about Nicolae and over the course of the story he grew on me.
There was more to Immortal Illusion than two souls finding each other. I liked the complicated sibling relationships. Especially how the siblings rallied together for their sister, Violet. Even Nicolae snapped out of his self-isolation funk to do what he could to help her. Though, the shining star of the story for me was Tassa. She was a strong character who took an incredible situation and made the best out of it. She took her time to analyze the life changes she was going through and tried acting in a way that was best for who she was. I liked that she didn’t lose herself to passion or the situation at hand.
The other characters who are a part of this series were all introduced in Immortal Illusion and some of them are not what I would consider likable. I am curious to see if the author can bring me around to giving them a chance as the series goes on. This story also has an ending which promises more to come with a much larger overarching plot that I am interested to see come to fruition. Which, of course, makes it obvious that this is a series that I would like to continue and hope you would give it a chance, too.
*Thank you to author Alexa Whitewolf for this eARC of Immortal Illusion*
This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
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About the Author:
Alexa Whitewolf is a fiction writer, newspaper columnist of daily issues and author of the critically acclaimed Moonlight Rogues shifter series.
Alexa has been a lifelong writer and first began creating other worlds and characters at the ripe age of 12. Growing up in the Transylvania region surrounded by epic mountains and a never ending stream of legends and stories was bound to create an overactive imagination. This shines through Ms. Whitewolf’s writing by creating worlds filled with unique folklore, life wisdom and plenty of furry creatures.
An avid traveler, Alexa writes under a penname and spends her days between an office job and writing, in Canada’s capital when she’s not flying somewhere with lush landscapes and plenty of hiking trails.