Animal by Nikki Rae

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Ava has spent her life running from the monsters that lurk in the shadows, always the prey. She finally thinks she can settle down, have a normal life, and work on not being so scared of the world around her. That is until she runs into her worst fear. 

He has finally found the potential family he has always wanted. All he has to do is make his little bird sing. Will Ava escape with her humanity intact?


*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I was excited to start reading Animal. I really like dark reads so I thought this would be perfect for me. Unfortunately it was a bit of a mess. I really did not enjoy the characters or the storyline. It had a lot of promise, but it just didn't pan out for me.

Ava had a traumatic experience in the past which left her with only her cousin Toni and panic attacks. She and her cousin keep moving around trying to stay away from the bad vampires that might be out to get them. She knows not to go out in the night, not to be alone in the dark, as she knows what is really out there. Her parents worked with the "good" vampires who wanted to fit into the human world, but she knows not all vampires are good. Her character didn't make much sense to me. She has a weird connection with animals and the way she talked about that was just off. I love animals, love all of them, but it just felt strange to me how Ava was with them. I was waiting for some kind of explanation, like she is part something, or has some secret power or whatnot, but it was just she loves animals and is good with them.

Ava is also one of the stupidest girls I have read. She was so frustrating. She knows some things about vampires, but when she gets captures and held captive by some it is like she knows nothing. And she got on my nerves big time. She just kept making stupid decisions. Like before she was captured she kept hearing a cat crying outside at night. She knows not to leave her house at night, but the cat is crying out there! She really wants to go save it! She knows if she could just get it in her house they would both be okay since vampires cannot come in unless asked. So she hears the cat scratching at the door so what does she do? Puts on her coat to go wander around outside. I was just like what? Why are you doing that?!? If the cat is right outside why not just open the door and let it in? You can stay safe inside, you can help the cat, win win win right? No need to go wandering around in the made no sense. This was like the whole book for me. Why are you doing this? Why did you think this was a good idea? What is wrong with you?!? It was frustrating.

Michael is the bad guy in the story. This vampire who just wants a family. He just wants some people to be with him and love him and never leave him. I am not sure if we were supposed to feel bad for him or what cause I sure didn't. He was a monster for reals, really a horrible person/vampire, but at times it seemed like his sob story was supposed to soften out hearts towards him. Odd.

Then we also have Ethan who Michael is forcing to stay with him. Ethan has been with Michael for a long time and he hates that Michael can force him to do things (like help with Ava). He seemed like a good guy, but there was also this almost love interest thread between Ethan and Ava that I didn't get at all. Ethan definitely wanted to help her, wanted to keep her safe because she was special. And the way it ended? Just kind of open and not fulfilling at all. It was just not a very good read for me. It was all over the place and didn't make a lot of sense.



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