Blog Tour ~ The Night House by Rachel Tafoya ~ Review (by Jaime!) and Giveaway

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By Rachel Tafoya
Published on December 9, 2014
Published by Month9Books, LLC
Source: Chapter by Chapter/ Month9Books
Bianca St. Germain works at a Night House, a place where vampires like the aristocratic Jeremiah Archer, pay to feed on humans, and she doesn’t much care what others think of her. The money is good, and at least there, she’s safe. Bianca also doesn’t care that the Night House is killing her. All she cares about is: nauth, the highly addictive poison in vampire bites that brings a euphoria like no drug ever could.

But when Bianca meets James, a reclusive empath who feels everything she does, for the first time, she considers a life outside of the Night House and a someone worth living for. But Jeremiah has decided to keep Bianca for himself; he won’t allow her to walk away.

As she allows her feelings for James to grow, she struggles to contain nauth's strong hold on her life. If they are to have a future, James must make her see what she's worth, what she means to him, before Jeremiah and nauth claim her for good.

My Thoughts

 I love this book! I had high hopes for it, but I was concerned that it would be "just another vampire book". Now, that is just laughable. This is anything but. Rachel Tafoya brought vampires back to life for me, made them mysterious and intriguing again. I am so excited to share my thoughts on this one with y'all!

 Bianca lives in Night House, a place where vampires come to feed. When they bite, they inject the human with a drug called nauth. Bianca is addicted to nauth. When Bianca was 13, her parents, who were "hunters", were killed and another vampire saved her life. Now, all these years later, she hates that she is basically a slave to the same things that killed her family. There is mystery surrounding her, questions. How did she end up HERE? 

 James was a foster kid who couldn't keep a family, until finally he was adopted by a family at 12, and gained a sister, Ally. James is different. He is an empath, but it is different for him. He doesn't just know what others are feeling; he FEELS what others feel. A cut on someones arm, he feels like his own arm was cut. When he is in a crowd, he has panic attacks from the overwhelming emotions of others. So, he stays home, with only his sister and his best friend Shiloh who know his secret. He can easily attach himself to the people he loves, and sometimes find them over a distance. It has never happened with a stranger. Until he goes out one night and meets Bianca. Bianca changes everything. And James is determined to do whatever it takes to save her.

 I loved both Bianca and James. Bianca is broken, she is addicted, she is scared, and she is lost. James is broken, scared, lost and wants to find someone who understands. Together, they are tentative, but hopeful. I loved their very slow building relationship. When Bianca is bitten, James feels it and he hurts, and Bianca hates it, but James refuses to walk away. They are a beautiful, broken couple and I root for them 100%. Ally and Shiloh are amazingly loving and supportive characters. I enjoyed every scene they were in. They are a few other notables, Finn, Micah, Jeremiah... Fantastically written characters, with their own depths, emotions, feelings, uniqueness.

 The Night House is a great story from page one. The pacing is perfect, feeding you enough information to keep you going and leave enough mystery to keep you invested. The vampires are not your normal vampires. This story is exciting, unique, interesting, heartbreaking and REFRESHING. With characters you can root for, a plot that keeps you on your toes, The Night House by Rachel Tafoya is easily one of my best books of 2014. 

About the Author

Rachel Tafoya studied creative writing while at Solebury School and was published in their student run literary magazine, SLAM. She attended a writing program for teens at both Susquehanna University and Denison University, and the Experimental Writing for Teens class and Novels for Young Writers program, both run by NY Times bestselling author, Jonathan Maberry. Rachel is the daughter of crime author Dennis Tafoya.


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