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A Bargin In Silver by Josie Jaffrey is an intriguing read that surprised me in so many ways. As someone not accustomed to reading post-apocalyptic, vampire or zombi-esque style novels this was very far from my usual reading genres. But by the end of the book I quiet enjoyed learning about Jaffrey’s new world order and the characters who twist words and reality to their own advantages. Now I have to preface this review by saying that the author sent this book to me for an honest review, so let’s get into it.
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A deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience. It’s not a deal that Emmy’s willing to make, but as her world burns around her she finds herself in the arms of the enemy and the line between oppressor and saviour begins to blur.
After an attack by the infected, Emmy is rescued by the handsome Drew who introduces her to the world of the Silver. Desperate to escape subjugation and confused by her attraction to him, she gathers what remains of her surrogate family and plans to make a break for freedom.
But despite her efforts to resist, she is drawn further into the intrigues of the mysterious Silver through the agency of their ruler, the Primus: Solomon. Emmy refuses to submit to the cold and detached Primus and an attempt on her life makes it clear that he is unable to protect her from the political machinations of his race.
As the connection between them deepens she must choose between her desire and her will to rebel, but can she trust his intentions when everyone is after her blood?
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So this book was so much more than I thought it would be prior to reading it. Initially I was hesitant, as the premise sounded somewhat ridiculous but having finished the book it’s clear that Jaffrey isn’t messing about because it works. Zombies, vampires, the apocalypse; it all works.
Now the main character Emmy at times is a little annoying to follow initially because she is so human in a world of vampires. There were times where I wanted to yell at her because the reader is privy to whats going to happen but she’s not always so switched on. Like in horror movies where you scream at the TV not to go into the creepy basement but they do and well… shit hits the fan. But at the same time I grew to love her character because of her humanity and her strong resolve to constantly fight for her freedom in a world of blood slavery. She is cocky, sarcastic, fiery and stands up for herself to those in power no one else dares to. The more she gets sucked into this world of deceit you see her struggle and get thrown into some pretty dangerous situations, but she also strives her best to survive it however she can. She’s a character I can get behind because she is relatable and I saw a lot of myself in the way she deals with her situation. I was totally rooting for her by the end of book.
Now this book does feature a love triangle with the stunning Silver aka vampire leaders Drew and Solomon. Both character’s relationship with Emmy is vastly different and there is so much depth to the development of each. Throughout I wasn’t sure who I actually want Emmy to be with because both have redeeming and damning qualities that the reader is left feeling the exact same as Emmy; confused about who they stronger feelings for. There is some sexual content but it isn’t the focus on their relationships. The ongoing theme with both men is their struggle to gain Emmy’s trust and her struggle to accept how she feels.
The story itself is quiet interesting to read even though for the most part there is not a great deal happening action wise. Emmy prior to the end of the world worked at Parker’s, a bar in London. Post end of the world under the new Silver world order she continues to work there as a bar tender to the vampire elite. There’s a heap of political tension amongst the Silver and because of her closeness to Solomon, the vampire leader, and Drew, his second in command, her life hangs in this precarious balance. The humans are jealous of her and the vampires hate her. So it is unsurprising when someone tries to kill her, but just who is behind it surprised me and caught me a little off guard. I though I knew who it was but turns out I did not see it coming. The ending was intense and finished on a note that means you have to read the next book because there are so many questions left hanging in the air by the events that transpire.
Overall I did enjoy this book and I will pick up the next book in this series to find out what happens next. It’s a good story and well written. This is a great read for people who want to read a vampire series that has some grit and seriousness whilst also being throughly entertaining when it comes to the friendships/relationships of the main characters. It felt refreshing and new, a fun read that any vampire romance fan will enjoy.