What happens when your childhood nightmares of being bitten by strange creatures in a dark wood aren’t just dreams?

Sixteen-year-old Arden St. John’s life takes a strange turn when she finds an unusual animal injured near her new house on the south east coast of Australia. When she takes it to the local vet, a terrible truth is inadvertently exposed to her. 

She discovers a secret underworld, where witches are commonplace and trolls masquerade as queen bees, terrorizing the other students with impunity. A world where vampires traffic in the lives of children, draining their bodies once they reach maturity. Where adults auction their own children to extend their lives.

Arden finds out she’s one of those kids, her life traded by the mother she never knew. Now she’s caught up in this ancient and corrupt economy operating just below the surface of modern society. She’s a hot commodity, and it’s only a matter of time before the vampire who bought her comes to claim his prize. 

But Arden’s not going down without a fight. (Summary and cover courtesy of

Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of YA Bound Blog Tours.


Love, love, loved this one.  It was definitely a new take on the paranormal world and I really intrigued the conundrum of pseudo-human trafficking in years.  I can tell the politics of the whole situation have been thought out, which lended itself to being believable. 

I wish the circumstances around a “familiar” had been explained a little better though as I found that somewhat distracting and confusing.  I also found it odd that her dad was gone all the time.  They did briefly mention a potential reason why mid-way through the book, but I was assuming that he had been kidnapped at points because he was never around.

Mild confusion at times aside, I generally was pleased with this book and it was one of the better paranormal reads I’ve had in a while.  I’d certainly continue the series.

Warning: Contains violence

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Paranormal fans looking for a modern twist.

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