Author: Michele Drier
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Online Ratings: 3.5 out if 5 stars
*I RECEIVED THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW*
SNAP, a multinational celeb TV show and magazine, is the holy grail for Maxie Gwenoch. When she snags the job as managing editor, she’s looking for fame, fortune and Jimmy Choos. What she finds is a media empire owned by Baron Kandesky and his family. A family of vampires. They’re European, urbane, wealthy and mesmerizing. And when she meets Jean-Louis, vampire and co-worker, she’s a goner.
The Kandesky vampire family rose in Hungary centuries ago. They gave up violence and killing to make a killing on the world’s commodities markets and with that beginning they built SNAP, an international celebrity multimedia empire. Now cultured…and having found food substitutes for killing…they’ve cornered the world market for celebrity and gossip journalism.
They haven’t fully left the past behind. Their Hungarian neighbors and rival vampire clan, the Huszars are starting to ramp up attacks, maybe looking to start a war to take over all the Kandeskys have built.
Maxie believes she’s found her ultimate career. She doesn’t realize that she’s found a family feud like none other, a centuries-old rivalry between vampire families, with her as the linchpin. Bells ring with Jean-Louis, but she doesn’t realize they’re alarm sirens until she learns that Jean-Louis is second in command of the Kandeskys…but by then it’s too late.
SNAP- The World Unfolds by Michele Drier is a fantasy novel based on the interaction of a human and vampires. This novel was a fast pace, fun, interesting and a captivating read which definitely will appeal to readers of any age. I loved the whole idea, concept and the uniqueness of the novel. SNAP: The World Unfolds begins with an introduction to the main female protagonist, Maxie Gwenoch, who just scored one of the best jobs as a managing editor at a multinational TV show/ magazine. SNAP, the tv show/ magazine Maxie scored a job at, is run by a family of vampires known as the Kandesky's. This family of vampires are vampires with new eating traditions and culture which evolved so humans can remain unharmed but another Hungarian family of vampires, the antagonists, Huszars are trying to ruin their plans of continuing this lifestyle.
The main female protagonist is represented as a smart, dedicated lady but at times I felt her character was a bit childish. In the following novels, I am expecting a lot of character development from Maxie. Overall this novel was a great introduction to her character and personality- I can not wait to see her grow into a mature lady in the next few novels. My favourite character would have to be her assistant, Jazz, who is an unknown to the world of vampires but is still bubbly and devoted to her job. The male protagonist, Jean-Louis, definitely made this novel an even more enjoyable read. His character was sweet, caring and protective- the ideal male fictional character. There was quite a bit of world building since this was the first novel of a new fantasy series so at times there was a lot of information thrown your way. Another negative would have to be the romance between Maxie and Jean-Louis seemed a bit rushed at times. But aside from those small faults this novel was a promising beginning novel in a new series. I recommend readers who love fantasy and vampires to read this novel. Thank you Michele Drier for allowing me to read and review your excellent novel- I can't wait to continue this series!
- Erisha <4