From Steven A. Roman, bestselling author of X-Men: The Chaos Engine Trilogy, comes the debut of a thrilling dark urban-fantasy novel series! Sixteen-year-old Goth girl Pandora Zwieback has a major problem: she's just discovered that her New York City hometown is the stalking ground for every monster and ghoul out to raise a little hell (literally!) . . . BUT she's apparently the only one who can see them. That means she can't tell her friends or family about the dangers around them--not unless she wants to spend the rest of her life locked up in a psychiatric ward. But before Pan has a chance to make sense of her increasingly weird life, she finds herself in the middle of a war among rival vampire clans. Elegant Gothic Lolitas from Japan on one side, silk-suited London vamps on the other, leather-clad hunters from Eastern Europe in the middle, and all after the same prize: a mysterious crate recently delivered to the horror-themed museum owned by Pan's father. What is the terrifying secret of Item #179? How do its contents tie into an incident from the blood-drenched past of Pan's new friend, a 400-year-old, shape-shifting monster hunter named Annie? And, more important, will Pan survive long enough to get any answers?
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 15th 2011 by Starwarp Concepts
I really wont be able to praise this book enough, it is fantastic!
Pan is not a regular 16 year old girl, from the age of 6 she she has been plagued with what she calls 'monstervision.' Her mum and dad have supported her and she has been attending a psychiatrist. Pan's mum and dad split up and she is living with her mum in Schriksdorp 'the dullest place in America.' Its hard for her to fit in with people there as she is a goth chick and they would rather make fun of her. Pan hits a girl who is making fun of her parents in the mall and her mum packs her off to stay with her dad until things cool down.
The story really begins when Pan steps off the train to meet her dad, she sees a monkey with a trash bag, meets a cute guy (Javi) and a monster Huntress (Annie). The book is action packed with vampires on their quest of seeking 'the prize', which jus happens to be in Pan's dad Dave's possession. Things get messy from there on in as you can imagine!
Pan is such a strong in depth character, which I instantly liked and related to. She has a great relationship with both her parents, and she is a great friend. I would love to be friends with pan. there are quite a few strong characters in here that I would love to hear more about.
The ending was just amazing, keeping you on the edge of your seat for the next but giving nothing away.
All in all a 5 star read. Action packed, fast paced with very interesting characters. I cannot wait for the next instalment 'Blood Reign.'