- Title: Beautiful Sins: Leigha Lowery
- Author: Jennifer Hampton
- Series: The Thaneaddus Chronicles #1
- Genre: UF, PNR
- Format: eBook
- Source: Own Copy
- Reviewed by: Valerie
- Rating: 2 out of 5
Description: In the year 2025, the U.S. is severely suffering, divided over an a military experiment gone terribly wrong, blocking the sun over the entire western coast. Patricia Lowery, a single mother from Detroit decides to make an impulse decision and marries a successful doctor from Banks, Oregon. She pulls her only daughter, Leigh Lowery along into the Dark Coast, disregarding the rumors of monstrous creatures and high murder rate to live a life of wealth, instead of the poverty they left behind. However, with the sunless days, they begin to discover that there is a price to their wealth… Alexander Madden, Bank’s high most beautiful, wealthy, and prominent boy in school has taken a fascination to Leigh and quickly pulls her into the world of vampires, werewolves, witches, and many other creatures that have decided to claim the Dark Coast as their home. But he’s not the only thing that’s taken a fascination to her…
Review: I will give Jennifer Hampton credit; I believe she started with an interesting concept. She also created a storyline that pulled me in (despite the numerous and annoying editing issues).
HOWEVER, this is not a complete book. I wish authors would please, please, please realize that there is a difference between a series and serial. If you are writing a series, each book should be a complete story and be able to stand upon its own. You should not be forced to purchase the next book to find try to get the conclusion. If you are writing a serial, then it should be marketed as such.
I am not a big fan of YA, but I thought that (mostly) the angst was held in check enough for me to get pulled into the story and the world-building. However, it did contain the obligatory (yawn) love triangle and intense inexplicable attractions to boys better avoided. It also included that everything-seems-oh-so-mysterious vibe common to YA.
While I only gave this one 2 stars (really I was in a generous mood), I was intrigued enough to buy the second book to see if there was improvement. I had nothing to lose, after all, it was only 99 cents!! Bargain? We’ll see.
However, you will have to read my next review to see . . . mwuhaha!