Publisher: Jet & Jack Press
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
My rating: 5/5 stars
Synopsis from goodreads:
An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race.
So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive.
How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?
*Special thanks to Wynne Channing for providing me with a copy of her novel in exchange for an honest review!*
What Kills Me is a truly sensational read that is centered around a remarkable girl named Axelia, A.K.A. Zee. Her life changes one night when she falls into a well while running for her life, only to emerge as something she never dreamed could be real. I tore through this book so fast because I just couldn't get enough of Zee's story, and when I was finished there was no doubt in my mind that this book will continue to stick with me for quite some time! I have always been a huge fan of vampires, and Wynne Channing has managed to take this genre and make it her own; producing an addictive and mind-blowing plot that is unlike any other story involving vampires I've ever read. I find it very refreshing that this author added new rules and circumstances to my favorite group of paranormals.
To say that Zee's journey is very transformative is kind of an understatement. As I said before, she's human one day, and then the next she wakes up to realize that she is a vampire and her old life no longer exists from this point on. But then she soon finds out that the Empress, the leader of the vampires, wants her dead because Zee is a part of an ancient prophecy stating that she is going to be the destroyer of the vampire race. From that point on the book is all about Zee running for her life while the Monarchy's soldiers and mercenaries try to capture her so she can meet her swift demise.
Fortunately, Zee has the help of an incredibly handsome, yet seriously moody, vampire named Lucas. Together they kick some serious butt and leave a trail of bodies in their wake while they come up with a plan to save Zee. Lucas is deadly with a sword, and I must say that I quite enjoyed his intensity. Plus, I can't even tell you how much I adored the blossoming relationship between him and Zee! They had a very sarcastic and witty banter at times that had me laughing out loud, and they never failed to put a grin on my face when they were together. I also like how their romance didn't feel rushed at all; it took time for them to recognize and sort out their feelings for one another, especially because they were both dealing with a lot of personal tragedy.
Something I enjoyed even more than the romance, though, was Zee's growing power and confidence. When she started to really defend herself against those who tried to take her down, she did it with a fierceness that was almost palpable, and I did several fist pumps in her honor out of excitement while reading this book. I'm pretty sure I even shouted something along the lines of, "IN YOUR FACE!" at the end of the book when some outrageously climactic events took place! The ending had me reeling due to the profound information that was revealed. I'm not sure if there is going to be a follow-up book to this one (I would LOVE to hear that there will be!), but it ended in such a way that you get enough closure. It's easy to get lost in your own thoughts imagining what the future holds for Zee!
Please do yourself a favor and get your hands on What Kills Me, because it is such a thrilling read and you will not be disappointed. I definitely look forward to reading anything else this author writes!