Teen romance and Young Adult Romance often feature the theme of "finding oneself". The teen character wants to be popular or wants to fit in, only to discover that they are liked for who they are. This self discovery is at the heart of growing up as we strive to be less like our parents while still attempting to find out who we want to be.
In Nicole Sobon's latest release, THANKS FOR THE VENOM, the main character of Harley thought she knew who she was until an accident leads to her questioning everything she knew. This story is at heart a search for self. THANKS FOR THE VENOM features an amazingly strong heroine in Harley. She reminds me of Buffy Summers. Harley has the physical strength to take on the vampires but also the emotional strength to find love among the danger.
Harley Sanders has always known one certainty in life: Vampires suck.
As a student at the League, Harley is expected to protect the innocent from the undead, even if her methods might be considered reckless.
While out on a hunt, Harley finds herself face-to-face with the enemy, and in the midst of fighting, ends up becoming the one thing she’s been trained to kill.
A fact only made worse by the newest student of the League who has taken a keen interest in her out of the blue.
Vampire bite? Check.
Venom soaring through my veins? Check.
Annoying cute guy disrupting my life? Super check.
High school definitely bites.
THANKS FOR THE VENOM is a Buffy/Underworld Mash-up where Harley Sanders must face a wall of secrets…from her family, from her bosses, and from the one boy she’s interested in. With newfound powers and a bullseye on her back, she’s got to help the very people she’d been trained to kill. And you thought your high school experience was bad…You’ve got nothing on Harley!
“You don’t understand it now, but I am keeping you safe,” he insisted. “Trust me, if it wasn’t for me, you would have been dead by now. They’ve also kept you alive because they knew I would kill them if they hadn’t.”
“Oh, I’m sorry, is that supposed to make me feel better?”
I wanted to hate him. My goodness did I want to hate him. The problem was, no matter how much he had pissed me off, I couldn’t bring myself to write him off. He was a piece of crap for allowing me to be captured. But I had to believe there was still good beneath the boy who stood before me. It couldn’t have all been a façade, could it?
Don’t be an idiot, Harley.
I just wanted to be happy, and Drake had presented a possibility of something I had wanted for so long but refused to admit aloud. For so long, the idea of wanting to be with someone terrified me. Heck, a future with someone seemed to be a novel idea. Then this frustrating and wonderful boy had entered my life and threw it into utter chaos. It was exciting, and I hadn’t wanted to consider my life without him.
But I also knew I had to question how much of what he’d displayed with me was real.
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