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What Kills Me

By: Wynn Channing

What Kills Me

“Fortune favors the bold” and being bold is just what 17-year-old Axelia has set out to do while studying abroad in Italy. In Wynne Channing’s What Kills Me an innocent teenager is accidently brought into the secret realm of vampires that have remained undiscovered on Earth since the beginning of time.

Axelia has lived a painstakingly normal life until she gets the chance to say goodbye to Canada and study in Italy. Taking this as a chance to reinvent herself and live on the edge, Axelia agrees to meet a man named Paolo again after he walked her home when she got lost in town. Sick with worry, for she came home late, Axelia’s host family sets curfew much earlier in the night since the streets are “too dangerous” at that hour. Not wanting to abandon her newly found courage, Axelia disobeys her host family’s wishes and meet Paolo. They decide to spend the night out on the town, where Paolo and she sneak into a church. Once inside, Paolo reveals his true nature that has Axelia fighting for her life. By mistake, she falls into a vat of blood and emerges in the purest form of herself: a vampire.

Within moments of her awakening she learns that she is the subject of an ancient prophecy that depicts a girl that becomes a vampire by unethical means will be the cause of the extinction of the entire vampire race. From then on, Axelia is hunted down by the vampire monarchy, until she receives a reluctant ally, Lucas, whose family was set against the monarchy before their untimely death. Together they seek to prove that Axelia does not intend to wipe out the vampire race, and instead wants to live quietly and unnoticed, but knowing whom to trust and evading captors could prove more difficult then expected.

This is NOT your run of the mill, average vampire tale, so if you’re the type of reader who is into the whole cliché insta-love vampire romance deal this is not the book for you. For those who like a little more spice to their young-adult paranormal romance than check out this self-published read. Wynne Channing miraculously made Axelia actually seem like a teenager complete with attitude and spunk rather than whiny, child-like protagonists that plague teen reads. Besides, there is some seriously intense plot that is impossible to predict. I don’t want to spoil anything, but oh my gosh, the ending ranks high on my hypothetical list of cliffhangers because this one just might be too extreme since the plot won’t be resolved until the next book is released.

Overall, the writing style is nothing but consistent and chock full of witty banter between Axelia and Lucas. In addition to that, the cover is absolutely gorgeous! The book would have gotten five stars, but the ending is a little too nerve-racking and action-packed without the proper amount of resolution. Considering that, Wynne Channing’s What Kills Me earns 4 stars!


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