I really loved how the story was told first from the human perspective, which told us how much vampires were hated and how they used humans as blood cattle, but then it was told from the perspective of a vampire, which shed a whole new light.
I was beginning to hate the vampires for what they did and everything (which I suppose is what Julie Kagawa is trying to get us to feel) but then when Allison get Turned into a vampire, I was reeling, and came to understand the vamps. Or most of them anyway.
Allison Sekemoto is a girl living in a city ruled by vampires. Humans are their blood bags. Well, most of them. In the Fringe, doing what they can to survive, are the Unregistereds. Those who refuse to live by the vamps' rules. Allie is one of them, living with her gang, Stick, Rat and Lucas.
One day, Allison discovers a jackpot: a whole basement full of cans of food that could last the gang the whole winter. But when they all go to collect them, something goes terribly wrong. They are met by a pack of Rabids, the worst thing you could ever meet. Rat and Lucas are both killed instantly, and Allison nearly sacrifices her life to try to save Stick. She is saved by a vampire. She chooses to be a vamp over death, and begins her training.
But there is a lot to learn. And not much time for it. Her teacher is a wanted criminal and suddenly Allison finds herself all on her own. She hooks up with a gang searching for Eden. But how can she keep up this charade of being a human? She can't go without blood for very long...
This is an absolutely brilliant book which had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. If it was possible, I'd give this book more than five stars.
I really loved how the main character was the monster, instead of one trying to escape from them. And I really loved how Allison didn't choose to succumb to the demon, instead to fight it all the way through. This truly shows that, even if you are a monster, you can still be human. You only have to choose to be.
If you are familiar with the Iron Fey series, my advice is this: Don't try and go looking for resemblance. This book is so different to the Iron fey series.
Trust is something you give only when you are sure of someone, love even more so. Because you never know when someone will stab you in the back.