Reviewed by Melissa Brus
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
This is one of those stories that doesn’t fit neatly into a category. It has a love story but isn’t a romance. It has scary scenes but isn’t a horror tale. It has vampires, but isn’t a typical paranormal story. What it is, is a fantastic and tragic story that is all encompassing and heart wrenching and definitely a book that will stay with you after you finish it. It will be so interesting to see where Maguire takes this series if this is our introduction!
Asagi is one of those characters that is complex from the beginning. They do not fit into traditional Japanese culture. To begin with, they do not fit into gender norms. Life takes so many bad turns for Asagi, it is easy to sympathize and root for them. Mahiro offers sanctuary, which Asagi has a hard time trusting his motives. When that sanctuary is threatened by a jealous friend, Mahiro makes Asagi different yet again, and it might just be more than they can handle.
While it is not a traditional romance, there are definitely love stories in this book. The love between Asagi and Tsukito was so beautiful. It was sweet and pure amidst everything else that happened. Mahiro and Asagi’s love may or may not survive the changes in Asagi. I hope we get to see more of them in future books. The overall capacity of Asagi to love, despite all they are put through is my favorite part of this book.
Despite the amount of tragedy, there is a pervasive sense of hope in this story. The reunions characters and the full circle moments keep you guessing as well. I truly can’t wait to read what comes next!