Becoming Darkness by Lindsay Francis Brambles
I had wanted to read this story for a while now and thankfully I had to read an alternate historical book for one of my Goodreads challenges and decided on this one. I have recently studied World War II in school and thought it would be an interesting read since all the information was fresh in my mind. Need less to say the story is AMAZING. I mean who in the right mind would ever create a story about World War II ending and Hitler winning because he explodes a virus that killed everybody or made them vampires. I don't think I would have forgiven myself if I hadn't read this book.
The story has a very powerful narration. It is set in the 1990's in a world that didn't go through modernization. There is no phones or laptops. The Immunes, people who were not affected with the disease, were sent to live in Haven. This was after a Peace Treaty between the vampires and the humans was set that allowed them to roam peacefully around each other. In Haven, we meet the main character. Sophie Harkness is a typical immune, however she has fallen in love with a vampire called Valentine After Sophie's best friend is brutally murdered, the reader understand Have is not so safe after all. It seems that Valentine has all the answers but he doesn't want to burden her with the ugly truth. After many deaths occur, Sophie decides to go to NY (one of the places inhabited by the vampires) and learn the truth about her home and her family.
At first, I was a bit skeptical about Val and Sophie's relationship. I mean we learn that Val was going to marry Sophie's grandmother Grace and that he also dated Sophie's mother Mary. That part was a bit sick for me, and I hated that as soon as I started liking him <spoiler alert> another vampire kills him. I think I would have given the book a 5 if it hadn't been for this ending. I mean, I just don't understand why authors feel it is necessary to kill of the main characters love interest. It is just unfair for the reader :(
I liked the fact that the story didn't revolve around Valentine and Sophie. The story was more about Sophie learning the truth about who she is and who her family is. There were many twists and turns that I didn't expect, some where really obvious but some were not as clear.
One thing I didn't like about the book is that it left me wanting more. I don't think it really ended and I have no idea if a new book will come out, but I definitely think it needs it because many questions were left unanswered.