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January 23, 2011

Cara Mia
by Denise Verrico

First of all, let me start by saying I have never read any of Denise Verrico's writings before. I was actually pleased when I found out that the book I was reading was based on vampires which  is my favorite genre. Denise is a wonderful and talented writer who goes to great depths to make sure the reader gets as much detail as possible so they can be pulled into the book. However, there are parts in this book, in which I felt there was too much time spent on the detail.

The book is about two vampires, Mia and Kurt who are in a experimental lab. Each one in their own room with their own demands as what they need. Joe, who worked at the lab was instructed to talk to Mia and Kurt to get as much information from them as possible. In doing so, Mia needed to start at the beginning telling Joe her entire story, beginning with how she became a vampire and ending with how they ended up at the lab. During a few chapters with Mia giving her story is where I felt the book sort of dragged on and it was hard to keep my attention because during those times, nothing real exciting went on. Mia's master Ethan, was a little disappointing because he turned out to be mean and abusive to Mia. I guess I am used to vampire stories where the master of a newborn vampire took them under their wing, protected them, and loved them unconditionally. I felt sorry for Mia a lot in the book because she was raped several times, hit, and humiliated.

This book has all the components of a great book, love, betrayal, violence, all the goodies. And yes it was a bit slow in some parts but I did enjoy seeing the vampires not being the 'norm' and seeing them from a different perspective. I feel it can be enjoyed by those who read it for they will  follow in the footsteps of Mia and her struggle to keep her independence while searching for her true identity and love. The reader will find out what the lab wants with them and what they are willing to do in order to get it. The Master Vampires are also wanting answers to the secrets from Mia
I give this book four stars

Reviewed by
Nora Barteau

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