Review of “Animal” by Nikki Rae

Ava is afraid of vampires.

That much was obvious within the first few pages of the book. I was a huge fan of Nikki Rae’s novella, The Donor, so when she was giving out copies to beta readers, I had to snag on up. I will admit, I have not read the Sunshine Series yet, though I’ve really wanted to.

This book is apparently a spin-off of Sunshine, but you wouldn’t know if you haven’t read Sunshine. This book can stand entirely by itself, and for that, I have to give Nikki props. Writing a spin-off can be difficult, especially if you’re trying to make it so that it can be read before or after reading the series that started it.

The story revolves around Ava, who has spent most of her list recently running from vampires. At first, you don’t really know why, but with Nikki Rae’s unique writing style, chapter layout, and story flow, you get to see bits of the past and of the present. Along with getting chapters told from the past and the present, you also get inside the head of a lot of the other characters in the novel, including Myles, Evan, and Toni (who I believe are also in the Sunshine series).

Besides the creative writing, the story itself was phenomenal. Nikki really knows how to capture your heart and pull you right into the story. Ava clearly suffers from an anxiety disorder, and has panic attacks multiple times throughout the book. For me, this just added a whole new realistic layer that I wasn’t expecting, although I should have after reading The Donor. As a sufferer of an anxiety disorder, I totally understood how Ava felt a majority of the book.

In this twisted and haunting tale, you really get to know each of these characters, their motives, why they are the way they are, and you come to love them. Even the main antagonist gave me some good feelings a few times, because this novel just goes to show you how some “evil” people may really be feeling.

All in all, this book was perfect and I couldn’t have asked for it to go any other way. I really look forward to reading more of Nikki’s work soon, and am silently praying that she writes another book that follows this.

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Also, just as a side note, I got to see the cover early, and it’s GORGEOUS. I can’t even handle it.

You can add it to your “to-read” shelf on Goodreads here!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21893582-animal

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