Airel by Aaron Patterson and Chris White

This is one of those books I started writing notes for from the second paragraph. Which means so far the book has not managed to capture my attention, it starts off bad as I hate the name Airel, gah what an awful name considering it is the name of the book you would think I could choose a book better but the synopsis made me what to read it and in the end that's what always wins out.

All Airel ever wanted was to be normal, to disappear into the crowd. But bloodlines can produce surprises, like an incredible ability to heal. Then there’s Michael Alexander, the new guy in school, who is impossibly gorgeous…and captivated by her. Somewhere in the back of her mind, she can hear the sound of pages turning, and another, older story being written. It is the story of an ancient family, of great warriors, of the Sword of Light, and the struggle against an evil so terrible, so far-reaching, that it threatens everything. Airel knew change would be an inevitable part of life. But can she hold on when murder and darkness begin to close in and take away everything she loves? Will she have what it takes when the truth is finally revealed?

However Airel is conceited, thinks she's the most amazing thing in the world and is the only person in the world with decent parents. Gah and the first site of the 'boy' opps 'man' is nauseating. I hate insta-love moments. Then there's the issue with her running her hands through her hair when she clipped it back!

And it's things like this line, that make me batty
"The solors, the smells, the fresh rain in the morning made me want to break out into song. Lucky for anyone within earshot, I kept my composure. No one wanted to hear my melodious voice."

or this line
"I had a few friends that I hung with, but for the most part, I used them like camouflage. I flew undder the radar. I mean, I liked my friends, but only one or two of them were real."

And well I got a little further to where she see's the boy/man again and that's where I stopped reading. I read a short story by Aaron Patterson and he was a decent writer. I really enjoyed that story. I am sad that I won't be reading this one through. I want a story with no love triangles or insta-love or stupid girls. I do want blood, guts and vampires! Maybe it gets better, maybe it doesn't but I just want a strong female protagonist who's not out for boys.

Hopefully I like the next book I choose!

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