Dark Secrets (Dark Secrets #1)
A. M. Hudson
Release Date: May 12th, 2012
Rate: Enjoyed it
If you were looking for a vampire story with a fresh ending and plot this is your story. A. M. Hudson creates a strong, yet emotionally weak character that has suffer the loss of not one, but two loved ones: her mother and her little brother and she blames herself for what happened that night.
After some struggling with dealing with the memory of that night, the main character, Ara Rose, finds herself drown to David a hot and inaccessible boy. He's known to be all mystery guy and no girl was able to inspire some interest in him until Ara Rose shows up. The insta-connection between the characters is obvious and from the first lines of this book you know that Ara Rose would do anything to be with David.
If you're comparing right now this book with obviously the YA most famous book of vampires, Twilight, don't. Because Ara Rose has a logic mentality. She's freaked out, like not talking to David and not wanting to see him, when she finds out about him. Bella is all like bite me! No, girls, Ara Rose has some sense of danger here. Not saying we don't like Twilight!
What we liked about David is that he accepts what he is and he understand why, the person who turned him, did it. It's nothing like he was dying and that person took him off from his misery. Not at all, was something practical and logical. He also makes some confessions to our main character like that he enjoys killing and it's not ashamed of it. I mean, it's his nature, it's what he's now. He would be lying if he would say that he didn't enjoy it and he makes clear to Ara Rose that. No matter how much he loves her, he's afraid that the beast inside him, his vampire side, wins over his heart. So we get back our bloody, merciless vampire stories without loosing the part of love story and fighting for what is worth in life.
About Ara Rose... We have mixed feelings for her. I totally understand her loss. She thinks it's her fault what happened back in Australia to her family and she's mourning. I understand that. What I don't understand is the part where she swears to David that without him her life has no meaning and when the other australian (that was a mixed feelings, too. Later we would talk about it) boy shows up at her door claiming that he always love her and was about to proposed when the accident happened and she accepts now his proposal, I was like: What the hell happened here?
Seriously? If you love someone that you can barely breathe without him or that you cannot think of a life without him, you don't go marry another man after he says you and him cannot be together for what he is. For God's sake! He's a vampire! He'd have to turn Ara Rose, meaning she could die in the process, just to be together. He's not willing to do that, to lose her that way and she goes all girly crying and saying she doesn't want to see him again and marries the australian boy? Come On! I know you can feel the frustration here.
And for the australian boy... We don't like him, because you could have figured out by now that we're on team David at the moment, but the guy is sweet and clueless and hot and... sweet. He's just too damn sweet and australian! That accent is like a huge plus to be on his team. He confesses her undeniable love to Ara Rose and explains everything that happened that night, the night of the accident; his point of view. And then we feel bad for him and angry with Ara Rose to act like a baby and wake up her mom just to pick her up when she could have walked to her house, because she was near.
Wow... too much feelings here. But guys, you should read this book, because it's not another vampire story, it's much more and we have the strong feeling that you're gonna love it.
A.M. Hudson loves her life in Australia and, despite wishing it would snow at Christmas, couldn't imagine living anywhere else in the world.
She fell in love with her husband at just sixteen, and since then, has added three boys to the mix.
A. M. prides herself on writing the shocking, the depthy and the highly-emotional subjects other writers steer away from. She addresses the uncomfortable with conviction and enjoys taking stories down dark paths.
Some of her heroes are Stephen King, Walt Disney, Hamish and Andy, Muse and 30 Seconds to Mars, and with influences like these, one can only imagine what stories will unfold.
When she's not writing, A. M. reads books, watches movies and chats with fans on facebook.
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