Published by Smashwords Edition on November 27, 2015
Series: Tainted, #1
Genre(s): science fiction, fantasy, paranormal
Format & Length: e-book, 200
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Nothing has ever been quite ordinary for Ariella Malgrovech. At four years old she witnessed her mother’s surreal murder, and then years later on her eighteenth birthday, while attending her high school prom, her school catches aflame with her father trapped inside. With both of these tragedies come unexplainable supernatural circumstances. The series of unfortunate events that seemingly make up Ariella’s life, manifest into millions of questions that desperately crave answers.
Soon does she not only receive the answers she seeks, but she discovers that the world around her isn’t as she’s always thought it was–supernatural creatures exist among humans and her own father is one of them. What does that make her? Trust turns to betrayal and knowledge turns to danger in this thrilling paranormal romance as Ariella ventures out into a world where witches, vampires, and immortals exist among humans, and a power hungry witch is out to kidnap her and force her to become as dark and wicked as he is. Will love prevail or will it be her undoing?
Let me preface this review by saying, this was not the kind of story I would usually read, but it was a free nook book so I figured I’d give it a shot. And I was pleasantly surprised.
The premise of Tainted Crimson intrigued me. I was curious to find out more about Ariella and her story, which felt mostly unique. Some parts very much reminded me of Twilight, like when Daymon was running like lightning through a forest with Ariella on his back. I saw the romance between Ariella and Daymon coming from a mile away. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing. The chemistry and tension built between them made for an enjoyable read.
While reading, I noticed several spelling and grammatical issues. There were also some particularly confusing sections. Granted, the whole paranormal aspect here was quite confusing, with all the different types of beings Marie described. That being said, I feel strongly that some extra editing would have made a world of difference.
A fairly short read at 200 pages, I raced through this and finished it in two days, despite work and other obligations. I will be continuing this series to see what happens next. If paranormal fiction is your thing, consider giving this a chance (and the ebook is free through both Amazon and Nook).