[ARC Review] A Change of Heart by Mark Benjamin

// Published 29 May 2016 by Regina

A Change of Heart Book Cover A Change of Heart
The Royal Blood Chronicles #1
Mark Benjamin
Mark Benjamin
29 May 2016

Bullied his entire life, orphaned university graduate, Gabriel Harper, is bitten by a Royal vampire moments before sunrise, transforming him over the course of six terrible and exhilarating nights into a hybrid—human by day, vampire by night.

Just as he learns to come to grips with what he has become, the Silver Legion—a covert, vampire-hunting organisation—kidnap him and his three friends, forcing them to join their clandestine crusade; however, they remain unaware of Gabriel’s nature until it is too late.

Each choice made sets in motion a turn of devastating events—from love-triangles and fratricide, lust and betrayal, broken dreams and the thirst for power, vengeance and the spilling of blood defines victory.

A Change Of Heart is set primarily in the fictional City of Penance; interweaving the lives of Legionnaires, humans and vampires in the course of a year.

A Change of Heart is the first installment in The Royal Blood Chronicles. If you’re an adult reader of The Vampire Diaries series, you might enjoy reading this.

Disclaimer: I received the e-ARC of this book from the author in exchange of my honest review.

Meet Gabriel Harper, an orphaned university student who never expect his life would change drastically because of a vampire’s bite. Gabriel’s life is in misery, he is constantly being bullied. He’s having an alcoholic uncle as one of his guardians. He is in agony until he meets Lucas, one of the Royal vampire who is seriously injured by an ambush commanded by a captain of the Silver Legion (vampire slayers).

The story starts out well with the bite that changes Gabriel’s life. I particularly enjoy reading his daily progress in transforming into a human-vampire hybrid, human by day and vampire by night. The idea of making Gabriel into a human-vampire hybrid instead of a vampire is what stands out in the story. That makes Gabriel possessing the strength of a vampire but also keeping his humanity. His humanity is what keeping him sane and not being a cold-blooded killer.

The story is told in short chapters, alternating among characters of the story. Although at first I’m happy to read in other characters’ viewpoints, but when I progressing more into the book, the subplots and the chapters of the minor supporting characters confuses me. Even though the book is considered long to me, I would prefer to read more on Gabriel, i.e. to focus more on Gabriel’s development.

In overall, I enjoyed reading first part of the book most. The writer’s writing in describing some graphic violence scenes are quite detailed that it sends shiver down my spine. But this also means that the writing is able to bring me into the world of the story. I sincerely hope that the next installment will be more focus on the main characters of the story to avoid distraction from the main story line.

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