Review: Turned / The Vampire Journals bk 1 / Morgan Rice

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Eighteen year old Caitlin Paine finds herself uprooted from her nice suburb and forced to attend a dangerous New York City high school when her Mom moves again. The one ray of light in her new surroundings is Jonah, a new classmate who takes an instant liking to her.

But before their romance can blossom, Caitlin suddenly finds herself changing. She is overcome by a superhuman strength, a sensitivity to light, a desire to feed--by feelings she does not understand. She seeks answers to what’s happening to her, and her cravings lead her to the wrong place at the wrong time. Her eyes are opened to a hidden world, right beneath her feet, thriving underground in New York City. She finds herself caught between two dangerous covens, right in the middle of a vampire war.

It is at this moment that Caitlin meets Caleb, a mysterious and powerful vampire who rescues her from the dark forces. He needs her to help lead him to the legendary lost artifact. And she needs him for answers, and for protection. Together, they will need to answer one crucial question: who was her real father?

But Caitlin finds herself caught between two men as something else arises between them: a forbidden love. A love between the races that will risk both of their lives, and will force them to decide whether to risk it all for each other


My Take

This book was a let-down. It started out slow, then about half way through I finally started getting into it. I thought, well okay, slow starter but it's picking up now, then the main character did something really stupid and it ruined the whole book for me.

Caitlin and her brother don't have a stable home, their mom keeps moving them around from place to place. They end up in New York and Caitlin makes a friend, Jonah. On her way home after school one day, she happens upon some guys beating up another guy. Once she gets a really good look she realizes that it's Jonah they are beating up. She rushes to help him. She feels something change within her. She ends up beating up the three guys that attacked Jonah.

To condense this review, Caitlin ends up attacking an opera singer and her mother (which isn't really her mother) and then runs away. She's found and captured by a clan of vampires who want her to answer to the death of the opera singer. They douse her with Holy water as a punishment, only to find out it does nothing to her. When she makes a run for it, she surprised to find out one of the vampires is willing to help her escape.

Caleb helps Caitlin get out only to take her to his people (the "good" vampires). He thinks that she is the half-breed messiah they have been waiting for. This is where I get totally turned off with this story. Caitlin has no other interaction with Caleb at this point other than he helps her escape, but she tells him she loves him. This was the most awkward moment in the whole book. This ruins the whole story in my opinion.
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