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This is a different, and rather refreshing, take on the classic vampire story. Background information is woven into the storyline, supporting the reason for Zorya’s exile to the farm and her further interactions with paramilitary groups. The writing is compelling, the characters are intriguing, and the situations are realistic. I am hoping that Zorya’s story becomes a series since I can’t wait to find out what happens next in her rather complicated life.

4 1/2 Stars

– DrLed | Dec 17, 2022


[This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.]

ZORYA has some interesting concepts and could easily be the start of a series, but it’s not refreshingly original either. Terms like “Daywalker” and “Nightwalker” are used instead of “human” and “vampire”, and there are several Romanian (of course it’s Romanian!) terms sprinkled in, and I guess I was just hoping for something fresh. Honestly, Miruna was more interesting to me than Zorya, and I would happily read a book about her. As it is, Zorya’s life seems strangely lacking in important female characters: her mother is basically there to worry and serve meals, her best friends are barely described, and then there are a few random adults (teachers, trainers, etc.) who are little more than names. I found the story dragged in the middle and then the ending was so abrupt that it was rather unsatisfying. ZORYA is by no means a bad read, but if you’re looking for an exciting new take on vampires, this isn’t it.

3 Stars

– flagpith | Dec 16, 2022


[This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.]

I admit that I am a fan of vampires in literature and film, and I have read a lot of different takes on vampires, vampire society, and what vampires really are. I really like the history and mythos that the author has created in this young adult story, with his vampires, err… Nightwalkers, being natural born, not made, and not just human+.

Mr. Brosz weaves this information into a well-constructed coming of age story, packed with adventure, suspense, teenage angst, and a dollop of romance. And, I like the characters. That is important to me, when it comes to appreciating a story. Zorya is likable, and she grows as a character as she learns about who she is and what the world is really like.

4 1/2 Stars.

– flagd_perlo | Jan 4, 2023