Review: Persuade by Wendi Wilson

About the book:

Vampires don’t exist.

Everyone knows that, but after a drug experiment gone wrong, a new generation of children share a frightening number of characteristics with the fictional bloodsucking monsters. Needing blood to survive. Advanced hearing capabilities. The ability to control people with their minds…

I’m Savanna James. Loner, outsider, whatever you want to call it, I have no friends, and that’s okay with me. Or at least, it was. Everything changed the day I met the Patton brothers. I knew what they were. Homo Altiorems, or Alts, the children born to participants in the XRT-90 trials. Three dark-haired, silver-eyed, smokin’ hot Alts, at my school, in my cafeteria, staring right at me. They insisted on getting to know me, because something about me was different. Special.

I went from having zero friends to having three boys devoted to me in every way. And they were right. I was different. There’s one thing I can do that no one else can, and it changed my life.

It changed theirs, too.

Review by Katy Haye:

I’ve heard a lot about Persuade, although when I finally picked it up I nearly put it straight back down again! It starts with that bizarre and persistent YA cliché of the heroine being bumped into by a hot, arrogant but strikingly gorgeous boy and her schoolbooks scattering everywhere.

Fortunately, I gave it more than a page, because it’s actually superb. The concept of altered humans (aka vampires) was fabulously plausible in a world otherwise identical to our own.

Persuade is a reverse harem book, so the heroine has several love interests, and the relationships were flat-out wonderful. The feelings and bonds between Savanna and her boyfriends evolved  from tentative to secure in a way that was true to life and utterly convincing, as well as being delightfully nuanced and realistic.

At its heart, Persuade is a vampire book, but it resonates with real life issues and problems that teenagers might face as they navigate into adulthood.

The writing is strong and the pacing’s superb – I’ve moved straight on to the next in the series because I can’t wait for more!

Katy Haye writes speculative YA fiction. Check out the first book in her new YA fantasy series, Awakened by Magic. Kyann only wants to save her sister, but a greater destiny of myth and magic awaits her in the Empire of Charnrosa.

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