Cat Colvin is pretty much your typical run-of-the-mill teenager. Sure, she’s taller than most girls, has a mane of fiery red hair that’s impossible to tame, is left-handed, and her eyes are two different colors, but that’s where the differences end… unless you include the minor detail of her slow transformation into a Childe.
High school can definitely be challenging, and for Cat it’s no different. This is especially true when she’s faced with the daunting task of trying to hide her budding Childe traits as they begin to reveal themselves at the most inopportune times. To make matters worse, her family is oddly dead set against Ryan, the boy she grows to like. But everyone has their secrets: is Ryan really what he seems to be, and what is Cat’s family not telling her?
The Childe is the first book in this coming-of-age fantasy series which follows Cat’s life through the twists and turns toward finding out whom and what she really is. Come and take the plunge with Cat into a world filled with mystery, biting humor, and the paranormal.
I picked up this book mainly because all my blogger friends have written rave reviews of this novel and, since I really wanted to know what a Childe was, I decided to read it. Unfortunately for me, this book didn’t leave me with the same sentiments as it did my friends. I liked it, but I felt that it was a little pushed—too fast paced for my reading style, and I had a hard time connecting to the characters because of it. Events just seems to unfold too quickly for me, jumping from events to event, leaving me feeling like there was no build up, which I intensely love in my novels. I also am still uncertain as to what a Childe really is, what its merits or detriments are, etc. I think, and someone please correct me if I’m wrong, that a Childe is a half vampire and half human mix… and as intriguing as that is, I think I got lost in my inability to connect to the story on the level I anticipated, and might have missed something vital in the story. I think the concept is ingenious, but the novel just didn’t draw me in. Am I curious to know what will happen next for Cat? Certainly! Will I read the sequel? Of course! I still want to know what’s going to happen to the characters, and the storyline is good, but, like I said, it didn’t grab me and hold me captive, which I feel is no fault of the authors’, but a reflection of my own personal story preferences. Three stars.
I purchased a copy of this novel from Amazon.