on January 1st 1970
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Julie Sparks thinks life as a teen is difficult, but she didn't realize just how bizarre life would be once three men in Armani suits storm into the museum where she works and try to steal Michael, a famous, winged statue. When one of the men starts to hurt Julie, the statue breaks apart, revealing a beautiful, pale teen. He rips them apart.
Despite how terrified Julie was with how easily Michael killed those men, she falls for his charm and beauty. More men come for Michael. The mystery turns into conspiracy. Julie is in too deep now. She must do everything in her power to not only save her friends and family, but the whole world.
“Set some time aside because you will not be able to put this one down”
Vampire novels these days seem to receive an equal amount of love and hate, receiving both positive feedback from young adults and negative criticism for those that claim to have a better taste in literature. But whether you adore or despise books about vampires, there’s an addictive quality to them that simply draws us in, and has us reading for hours.
For those that have been searching for a vampire novel different from the generic forbidden love story between a human and an immortal being, Bending Nature might be the book for you. A certain kind of infatuation does exist between a human girl and vampire teen, but not in the sense that we usually see in these types of books.
Written and edited by the duo Samantha Stone and Jennifer Durfey, Bending Nature is about a teen named Julie Sparks that thinks that the woes of teenage years are what make life so difficult for her. That is, until three men barge into the museum that she works in and try to steal a sacred statue called Michael. Trying to stop the men from taking the famous winged statue, a pale breaks away from the stone and kills the man hurting Julie, as well as the rest of the gang. Julie is struck with fear, but finds herself enthralled with his beauty and charm, which leads to more trouble down the line as more men come after Michael, only to suffer the same fate as the first three robbers. This turns into a conspiracy that soon endangers her community and beyond, thus she has to discover a way to rescue everyone from certain death. It might not be the kind of love story you were after, but this is definitely a refreshing take on the genre.
It’s hard to explain why we obsess over plots surrounding the dangerous and all-consuming interaction between mortals and vampires. Although the Twilight sensation has faded, the craze with bloodsucking love affairs and vampire themes has been seen across all age groups for centuries now, with gothic novels like Bram Stoker’s Dracula being studied in classic literature to the multitude of vampire television series currently dominating networks such as The CW. These mythical creatures continue to be a central motif in all sorts of media, even manifesting in gaming portals like Pocketfruity, which main focus is to release popular titles such as Slingo Extreme but has began tapping into the immense regard for their fantastical themes with games about Dracula and other mythical creatures. While not every vampire novel has been well received by the masses, these beasts will always be a fascinating subject for us to explore in literature, movies, and games.