||June 7, 2010
Rose Stevens is a fourteen year old girl, living in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. She attends Shrewsbury High School, which is four houses away from where her family is renting a ranch home. Her life is one of a typical teenager, until the day she goes for a walk. Her walk will turn her life upside down, and now there is no escaping her purpose, her destiny. Teenagers have been murdered. Teenagers have gone missing. The human/beast has given Rose no choice but to help him in his killing spree. Is she brave enough, is she strong enough to stop the town's serial killer beast? Will she be able to get her life back? Or will she too get killed in the process?
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Fourteen year old Rose lives in a home where she is regularly aggravated by her siblings. When she goes out for a walk to escaSpe them she is attacked by a human beast and her Shrewsbury town goes into a frenzy of fear and suspicion.
Eventually Rose has a personal meeting with the human beast, who is a complex character with most of the vampire tendencies but with a kind of soft heart reminiscent of the chief adversary in the TV series, Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, yet he is not a vampire.
An odd kind of relationship nurtures and grows between them and Rose is on the verge of falling in love with the human beast she has named Quench (for his thirsty needs) until she is turned off by his needs and his murderous ways.
In order to save her own family from Quench’s threats she is forced to lure her friends to their deaths at Quench’s claws.
She learns that Quenchs’ powers and the source of his very life are in his claws so she sets out to de-claw him. But not before a lot of blood is spilled and a lot of trauma comes into Rose’s life.
He is close. I can feel him. I sit up and there he is looking in my window. What is he doing? I jump out of bed and head outside and he grabs me, suddenly we are in the woods again, I am not even sure how we get there. “You are going to help me,” he says. “Help you, how?” I ask out of breath from the adrenaline rushing through my body. “You will help me get my prey.” “WHAT?” I yell. “Are you crazy? I will not help you kill people.” I must have been crazy to think there was anything good about you, just because you spared me doesn't make you good! I know I went too far because the next thing I know his eyes were glowing, and his face turned red. He looked evil! Now I am afraid! I start to back away, and I take a chance turn and start running. I run as fast as I can all the while he never moves. I glance back and see he is still standing in the same spot, and then he speaks like thunder. “YOU CAN NOT ESCAPE ME; YOU CAN NOT ESCAPE YOUR PURPOSE!” I am so frightened I don't know how I am running, my legs feel like they are glued to the ground, but I just keep forcing them along. It was pointless, within a few moments of running he suddenly has me pinned to a tree, and then he wraps his arm around my waist, and with his other arm climbs the tree to the very top.
Mike Valentino, Professional Editor
It is spine chilling in places, philosophical in other places and teenage cute in yet other places. A complex but very entertaining read that would make an excellent addition to your list.
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (5/11)
When fourteen-year-old Rose Stevens ventures out for a walk to let off some steam, her life is forever altered. A creature with red eyes, claws and human-like features finds Rose and takes a liking to her. This beast has been around since the beginning of time and is lonely. He has to live off of the body fluids of others. He uses his claws as straws to quench his thirst. On the day that he finds Rose, he leaves behind the desiccated bodies of two of her classmates. Rose decides to refer to him as “Quench.” In spite of how he has to live, Rose feels some attraction for him, yet she is wise enough to know that she cannot have someone like him in her life.
Deciding to make Rose his life mate, as Eve was to Adam, Quench takes control of Rose’s life. He also uses her to draw his victims to him. Living in fear of the pain that he inflicts upon her and threats towards her family, Rose does his bidding, and feels horribly guilty about it. Turning to her brother for help, she desperately tries to find a way to destroy Quench and free herself from his clutches. Together they discover that trying to solve this problem is going to be painful for the both of them.
I totally enjoyed reading “I’m Not Your Eve!” I was pleased to discover that it is Book One in The Domen Series, which means that there are sure to be more books to follow. In this tale, the author does an excellent job of writing a story in which teenagers will be totally able to relate. It is obvious she has some experience in dealing with teens in her personal life. Brusa’s in-depth development of her characters also makes the story appealing to adults. Her characters are much more than one dimensional. Even the “evil” Quench has some redeeming aspects to his personality. An example of this would be that he has no choice about doing what he does, because it is the only way that he can survive.
The author of “I’m Not Your Eve!” also weaves a very important message to teens, about avoiding abusive relationships, into her story. I really appreciate that she does this because as a college counselor, I see this as a common problem. She does this by allowing Rose to recognize that she does have an attraction to Quench, however, she processes through how this attraction would be damaging to herself. She sees that his treatment of her is similar to that of girls who are in relationships with guys that abuse them. She knows she doesn’t want this for herself. Of course, her situation is a bit more complicated. I look forward to reading future books in this series to see how the author resolves Rose’s predicament.
Shoma Mittra, Professional Book Review and Editor
Tracy Brusa’s first book in the Domen series is a good, fast paced read. Only 116 pages long, this racy, thrilling page turner will keep you engrossed till the end.
Also lookout for Tracy Brusa’s next book, ‘My Future is in His Claws.’
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