Blurb (from Goondread):
"With one last look, one final search of the lines of his face for some sign, Kira turned and ran away from the sound of the man she loved laughing in the face of her death."
When Kira Dawson moves to South Carolina, she meets Luke, a blond goofball who quickly becomes her best friend, and Tristan, a mysterious bad boy who sends shivers down her spine. Kira knows they're keeping secrets, but when she discovers Tristan's lust for blood and her own dormant mystical powers, Kira is forced to fight for her life and make the heartbreaking decision between the familiar comfort of friendship and the fiery passion of love.
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"Slowly, like a whisper almost blown away in the wind, two words streaked across her mind: 'Kiss me.'"
Kira may have survived the eclipse, but her troubles are far from over. She's headed to Sonnyville with one goal in mind: to learn more about her parents. But with Luke and Tristan competing for her heart and Diana gunning for her head, time is running out on the search for her mother. And the closer Kira gets to answers, the more terrified she becomes. The conduits fear her, the vampires fear her, and Kira is starting to wonder if maybe they're right...
Simmer is the second book in the thrilling Midnight Fire Series. It is approximately 65,000 words.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis.)
This is book two in the ‘midnight fire’ series, and kicks off a few months after the end of book one – Ignite. **Warning: unavoidable spoilers for book 1 – Ignite**
Kira has recovered from her coma, and has had time to graduate from school. Now she’s going off to a conduit town to get in some training over the summer, to learn how to control her power, and to learn how best to use it when fighting vampires. Her best friend Luke who is also a conduit is going with her, and her boyfriend Tristan, who is a vampire, will be away from her for the summer.
Things never go right for Kira though, and there’s a lot for her to deal with in this book. She needs to know if her real mother is still alive, what being a half-breed means, and to learn how to control her powers, before they control her. This involves a trip to the conduit town – Sonnyville, and no shortage of fights with vampires, including Diana; who tried to kill Kira in book 1.
There’s also plenty of other things distracting Kir;, what do the people in Sonnyville think to her half-breed status? Is her power a blessing or a curse? Can she really be with Tristan when so many people disapprove? What are her real feelings for Luke? Will she ever be able to control her powers?
I liked this book, and I actually think it’s better than the first. Kira is a likeable character, and although I hate love triangles you can sympathise with Kira for having to choose between her tall, dark, and handsome vampire boyfriend Tristan, and her best friend and fellow conduit Luke.
There are plenty of secrets revealed in this book, and also plenty of secrets hidden. Kira has to decide which boy she wants to be with, and find a way to stop the vampires too – no small task considering how new to all this to her, and work out what being a half-breed means and the powers she has.
I liked the storyline, and there was no awkwardness like there was at the beginning of the first book. I liked that Kira isn’t a snivelling girl who needs to be protected, but at the same time isn’t stupid enough to go into things without thinking first, and admits when she does need help.
I really like both Tristan and Luke, and I really feel for both of them. Tristan has the worry that he will lose Kira, whilst Luke is in pain because he’s worried he’ll never have her the way Tristan does. I don’t know how she’s ever going to choose between them!
Overall; I enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to the next book – Blaze!
7 out of 10.
(Book length: 3576 Kindle locations)
Interview with the author -
What inspired you to write Ignite/Simmer/Blaze?
I’ve been writing books ever since I can remember! I’m not sure what it is, but once I get an idea I just have to put it down on paper – first as an outline and then, if I really like it, I’ll start writing the story itself. Of all my complete and half-written manuscripts, Ignite was the first one that I was really proud of and happy with, which is why I decided to give self-publishing a go!
How did you come up with the idea of harnessing sunlight to fight vampires?
I’m a summer girl! I absolutely love warm weather, the sun, dresses, and my flip-flops. One afternoon while I was walking on the beach, the idea for conduits just popped into my head. The sun has always been an integral part of vampire lore, so I took that foundation and sort of ran—very far—with it!
Describe Ignite/Simmer in 3 words: (You can use three words for each book, or three for them both – up to you!)
Thrilling, shocking and, of course, romantic!
What are your favourite things about Kira?
I love that she is a very real person, at least to me! She’s not perfect and she has her insecurities, but she is stubborn, strong-willed and not about to let any bad guy get the best of her.
Are you team Tristan, or team Luke, or are you as torn as Kira?
Oh…I’m definitely on a team! But, I can’t give that away! It would ruin the ending :)
Do you know how Kira’s story will end or does it come to you as you write it?
A little bit of both! I went into the series with a very general outline of each book. But when I started writing Ignite, it changed a little. Halfway through Simmer it changed even more. And now with Blaze, I’m coming up with even more plot twists to add. But I love writing this way! The deeper I sink into my world, the more interesting my ideas become and the more exciting my series grows.
When can we expect the next installment ‘Blaze’ to be published?
Tentatively, early September 2012 – mark your calendars! I’m about 40% of the way done and I’m loving it! Just like the title suggests, things are definitely heating up to a huge climax.
Random question – what’s your favourite treat?
Yes! I love random questions and I love them even more when they’re about sweets! Candy canes are my absolute favorite candy – seriously, I raid my pharmacy at Christmastime! After that, I have to go with Good’n’Plentys. My friends think I’m crazy, but I love licorice! Gooey, homemade brownies are also a to-die-for!
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