Review of Snow by Mikayla Elliot

“Taken from all she has ever known and loved, Neva finds herself swept into a world of vampires where she learns she will determine their future. Yet she quickly discovers she is the target of a vampire, Zachariah, seeking to stop her from altering the vampire lineage. She must decide which path she will take while trying to protect the family she left behind, and discovering a past she cannot escape.”

Snow paid great respects to classic vampirism with the vampires remaining as monsters similar to the ones present in the Anne Rice novels – sensuous but staying well within the realm of horror. There were graphic scenes of bloodlust paired with centuries of romantic tension. The imagery was rich and engaged all of the senses, and the fluid movement between not only various points-of-view but also between several timelines was impressive.
The most refreshing aspect of this book is that as the twists and turns of the story are divulged, the reader must reflect in order to connect the dots. The plot is far from being spelled out step-by-step and instead encourages the reader to puzzle together the world that is being revealed throughout the pages. This is a kind of storytelling that is becoming too sparingly used in the field of young adult novels. The story speaks with a much different tone than what is usual for the genre, and that did require some acclimation. Mikayla Elliot gracefully dodged any awkwardness of this tone by setting the book within an eloquent old world which made her strong female lead all the more enticing.
I was cautious about this book at first. Writing a world of vampires is tricky, and reading all of the different opinions on vampires can be exhausting. Elliot worked the angle with a seasoned hand, and the amazing twist at the end definitely set the plot up to be an excellent beginning to a series I look forward to continuing. This is what vampires should be – Five stars!

Snow is currently available through Amazon and is free with Kindle Unlimited

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