Author: S.G. Redling
Publisher: 47North, Seattle
Type of book: Vampires, Nahan, bees, storytelling, cult, coming-of-age, career, rituals, tradition, 2000s, humans
Year it was published: 2015
An ancient, nature-loving race, the Nahan have protected their secret world by cultivating the myths of fanged, bloodsucking monsters that haunt legends. Yet they walk through our world as our coworkers and our neighbors, hiding in plain sight and coexisting in peace. They survive?and they prosper.
A shy young dreamer, Tomas wanders through his life with help from his good friends and influential family on the ruling Council. Now, he's decided his future lies with the Nahan's most elite class: the mysterious Storytellers. But his family is troubled by his new choice?and by his new girlfriend, Stell, a wild, beautiful, and deadly outcast from a fanatical Nahan sect.
As Tomas descends into the dark wonders of the Nahan's most powerful culture, Stell answers her own calling as an exceptional assassin. But when a lethal conspiracy threatens their destinies, Tomas and Stell must unite their remarkable talents against the strongest?and most sinister?of their kind.
There are quite a few characters such as Tomas, Stell, Antoine, and Tomas's cousins. In beginning Tomas struck me as very shy and uncertain about himself, as if he doesn't know how to really live his life and he often depends on his two cousins for survival. Stell is a runaway from a vampire cult and she is best described as rebellious, independent and a bit angry. Frankly I'm not surprised at her career choice in Ourselves. There are other characters as well such as Antoine who could be seen as the male version of Stell, but besides these three, the others didn't really stick in my mind.
No idea what the theme should have been
The story is written in third person narrative from many characters' points of view. I felt that the beginning of the story is pretty strong, especially when Stell and Tomas meet. I also was very intrigued by Stell's background and would have wanted to know more about her. The middle and ending were a bit confusing for me because I'm not sure why they decided to do what they did and what motivated them. I also was pretty confused by the politics that were going on.
Vampires. One word and already the reader is either picturing the Twilight vampires that sparkle in the day or is picturing the tormented souls vampires that go out in the night. What the reader isn't picturing are vampires that are able to procreate, that have very fascinating rituals and that live and work among the ordinary humans. They also aren't picturing the vampires that fall in love with their own kind and that aren't instinctual and could choose when to kill and when to leave alone. Curious? These are the type of vampires that the reader will encounter in Ourselves. Despite the late review, I really did enjoy reading the story and seeing a different side of vampires that's not explored in today's conscious mind as well as adding very complex layers to these vampires' personality and complexes. These vampires are not ashamed of who they are, but pride fills their very beings at the long and complex history that's woven through their souls. Also, the book is about 320 pages, not 800+ as stated in goodreads and amazon.
My apologies for publishing the review so late
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)