Relentless by Karen Lynch review


Pretty cover right?!


Sara Grey’s world shattered ten years ago when her father was brutally murdered. Now at seventeen, she is still haunted by memories of that day and driven by the need to understand why it happened. She lives a life full of secrets and her family and friends have no idea of the supernatural world she is immersed in or of Sara’s own very powerful gift.

In her quest for answers about her father’s death, Sara takes risks that expose her and her friends to danger and puts herself into the sights of a sadistic vampire. On the same fateful night she meets Nikolas, a warrior who turns Sara’s world upside down and is determined to protect her even if it’s the last thing she wants.

Sara’s life starts to spin out of control as she is hunted by an obsessed vampire, learns that her friends have secrets of their own and reels from the truth about her own ancestry. Sara has always been fiercely independent but in order to survive now she must open herself to others, to reveal her deepest secrets. And she must learn to trust the one person capable of breaking down the walls around her.”


It has been a while since I have read a book. My excuse is that life has gotten in the way, but really, I’ve just been lazy and indecisive. But I came across this pretty little cover and then saw the even smaller price tag and went for it.

Relentless is about seventeen year old Sara Grey who has known for a while that the world is not as it seems. That what killed her father nine years ago was vampires and not just a demented person. Her best friend is a troll, imps live in her attic walls, and she has a power that no human should have. In comes the night that Nikolas saves her and the day she learns she’s not what she thought she was.

Now I know what you’re thinking. “Oh, this sounds so cliché. He tells her she isn’t human, they fall in love, blah blah, whatever. I’ve heard this all before.” Nope. Not what happens. At. All.

Karen really went for game changers here. She didn’t want predictability for her story, oh no. She wanted to surprise, demise, and disguise. Yes, the rhyming of writing was accomplished here. And this author did it frustratingly well.

Sara was a well rounded character but had a few down falls. Those included wanting to do everything herself and making the same freaking mistake a thousand times. Sometimes it felt like this book repeated itself over and over. But then she involved her friends and they made those same mistakes with her. The more the merrier, right?

That brings me to her friends. I loved, loved, LOVED Peter and Roland. I thought they were the best side kicks ever. And I don’t know why, but I liked that there weren’t any chicks other than the heroine in this book. It kind of reminded me when I was younger and only had guy friends too. A bit of nostalgia if you will.

Okay, now we get to the good part. And his name is Nikolas Dashkov. He is Russian and he acts like it. Don’t confuse him with Dimitri from Vampire Academy, no, no, no. That is such an insult to Nikolas. This dude takes charge people. He is protector personified. If he met Edward Cullen, he would curse him out in Russian for being a pansy and then behead him. Yeah, intense, but holy crap he is awesome. And yes, there is some tension between him and our little Sara, but not the good kind, sadly. I have a bit of a prediction on something regarding that, but I don’t want to spoil it for the rest of you 😉

This story was great if you like mythical creatures like fairies, vampires, witches, werewolves, trolls, demons…basically any creature ever thought of and then some. All rolled into an amazing action packed story that will have you reading until 2 am to finish it.

Relentless by Karen Lynch = 4 stars


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