I was given this book to read for free in exchange for an honest review.
Corcitura is written by Melika Dannese Lux is a mythological, thriller, suspense, historical fiction novel. It entertains the reader with a lot of new and in depth vampire mythological ideas, as well as a surrounding environment that you can imagine being in.
I feel like this book had a lot of great ideas. I loved the vampire mythology and having the book told from the perspective of the “victim.” It was also interesting to have nothing told blatantly about a vampire type until about a quarter of the way through the book. With that being said I had a lot of problem really connecting with the story. There are wonderful landscapes and buildings described, but it felt like the characters were lacking and that the events had a lot of holes.
Given the longer length of the book it allowed for the characters to slowly come out over time, but there were many déjà vu moments, and I had a distinct problem with the scene in the first Part of the book where Eric was in the wax museum and it described him taking the necklace and then after an action filled romp he returned to the same wax figure and took the necklace again… It felt like there were a lot of little sections of the book that would have ended up in a “movie errors reel” if this was a movie to show different things that didn’t add up.
The biggest problem I had with this book was that there didn’t seem to be any backfill between some of the characters. There would be a scene with something going on and then skip forward and be into another scene like walking into a room halfway through a conversation and never getting filled in on what was missed. Reading this book was like watching a movie about a book but there were certain parts that had to be cut and so they were just left missing.
Don't be discouraged, it was still quite an interesting story. Lux did a lot of extensive historical research and mythological research in regards to different creatures of the night, with her main focus on vampires. I enjoyed reading from the different perspective, but by the end of the book, I still felt like the relations between characters were lacking somewhat, and could have gone more in depth. I still think it is worth a read, but I would love to see an edit of it with more character relationships expounded upon and brought more to life. I wanted to feel more of the connection with Leonora; I wanted to feel more of the betrayal that Eric felt from other characters. I wanted to feel the anger and the rage and the in depth emotions that were talked about, but not brought to life enough for me.
Description of environment was superb; character ideas were great, but just give them more life and more depth and this would be a phenomenal book. Given the way things stand right now I did enjoy the book, but it felt like some parts were missing, so I leave it at a 3 out of 5 stars and love this start to the story.