Title: Vincent, Survivor (Vincent Series #1)
Author: O.L. Eggert
Where you can buy it: Amazon.uk
Plot summary: Vincent Li always assumed he’d die in Oakwood. If the local gangs didn’t get him, then cigarettes and alcohol eventually would. Now, he’s pretty sure minotaurs will kill him instead, and if not them, the ghouls dragging people into the dark will. In the wake of an unexplained spike in homicides, a masked figure opens portals to another world—a world filled with dangerous magic and mythological monsters.
Creatures that shouldn’t exist suddenly do, and they don’t mix well with humans. Vincent is trapped in Oakwood as the city is torn apart, but he’s no stranger to violence and will do whatever it takes to survive
I received a free e-copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review and I’m happy to say that yes I sincerely loved the book.
“Vincent, survivor” is a real gem of paranormal thriller. The action starts from chapter one and the pace never slows down, in fact even during the rare moments where you get to catch your breath you can still feel the tension in the air, you already know that something’s potentially bad is going to happen soon enough.
The plot was good and kept you turning the pages as fast as possible, there were shocking twists at the end of the book that left my poor jaw hanging. I really had not seen them coming.
The characters were well defined, with a main character that I’d define “prickly” but – in the end – like Elise you end up liking him just fine. Not that the secondary characters were less likeable, especially Flea—I really wanted to adopt him ha ha. The bad guys were as bad and twisted as you they could get. I won’t give anything way but---oh well, it was so easy to totally hate them.
The author’s style was great, sleek but detailed giving you clear and vivid images, very film-like. Be warned: there is a fair amount of swearing in this book, violence and gory descriptions. However, it didn’t really disturb me (And if you’re fan of Games of Thrones or The Walking Dead you’ll do just fine!) as I see it as part of the world building. Besides, “Vincent, survivor” gets some extra points in my eyes for not giving me any unnecessary romance and for not sugarcoating the harsh reality described in the book. I really appreciated the attitude “I don’t take shit from anyone” that seems to permeate the whole book.
Last but not least, I found the book’s paranormal twist very original. Seriously, an apocalypse-like catastrophe brought on humans by minotaurs? A wizard pug-dog (and so cute at that!)? I really wasn’t expecting any of that (not from this book) and I was pleasantly surprised. So---what are you waiting for? Go and get the book, you won’t be disappointed!