Sep 30, 2014

{Book Tour: Review + Giveaway} of Unrequited by Emily Shaffer

Seeing Night Reviews is the next stop in the Unrequited book tour for Emily Shaffer. I have to say I absolutely love the book cover! It doesn't scream vampire book but it makes you really think!

Unrequited by Emily Shaffer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

THEME: Romance/Vampires
In the town of Belle Ridge there are doctors, lawyers and teachers... but there is only one vampire. Will Leighton has become an expert in making a life for himself amongst the unsuspecting small-town inhabitants, as the high school history teacher. He has spent hundreds of years crafting an identity and routine that make him feel almost human, but he is always missing that important final element, love.

Ashton Wallace is beautiful, smart, and angry. She was forced into an eternal existence, and now her family has moved her away from everything and everyone she knows. In Belle Ridge she is supposed to finish high school and start her life again, but how do you make plans for the next several centuries?

Will has never met another of his kind, and is immediately intrigued by Ashton. He longs to show her that the perceived vampire lifestyle, so popular in storybooks, is far from reality...but will she let him be a friend and guide in this new existence? Can Ashton accept Will into her life, or will she be led astray by a dark stranger with whom she shares an unknown connection?


Even though I love my shifter books I always have a soft spot for vampires, especially when there is romance and some unique storytelling. Lets just say Shaffer is pretty awesome not taking the typical vampire story, but kicking it up a notch having vampires be pretty much human. Vampires in this book don’t sparkle or hiss at the sight of a cross, nope these guys are pretty much like ninjas; they are hiding among the humans pretending to be normal.

So here is the real twist, Will our lead male vampire believed he’s the only one of his kind that exist. But then he meets Ashton, thus an interested teacher student relationship begins. Will is very, very old and thought he’d spend the rest of his life alone, but with Ashton appearing, the two get to know each other. Even with all the tension (thus Will being the one falling for Ashton more), their chemistry is undeniable,. I liked these two together, even though Will is the easier one to connect too. I think Ashton will start to grow on me but I had a few issues with how she treated Will. All in all Ashton has to go through a lot, her life changes in a terrible way to begin with and reading from her point of view I could just imagine how hard it is to have your life suddenly change.

Overall there is a lot that happens in this first book, I almost wish this was a bit longer and we got more details and background to each of the characters. Especially with the introduction to Griffin, I can’t wait to know more about him. Now don’t get me wrong I adore Will, but I always love the bad boys, especially the ones I can tell the readers are suppose to hate. But nonetheless Griffin has come into the picture and created the dreaded love triangle, but I’m hoping Ashton comes to terms with what her heart really wants. Or at least let Will find a love that will cherish him a bit more than she has shown. The best tidbits about this was reading from Will’s point of view, as you do get Ashton, I loved how Shaffer created the voice for Will and it was interesting to see from his perspective.

In the end this was a quick read with a nice twist to the vampire genre, the ending was a bit of a killer and not sure how I felt about it. But it does get me curious to see what’s going to happen next.


This is a young adult/new adult paranormal novel. Fans of the Vampire Academy series and the Morganville Vampire series will enjoy this interesting romantic take on vampire with Unrequited by Emily Shaffer.

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About the Author
Whether writing stories to entertain her younger siblings, or typing up an essay for a class, Emily Shaffer has been a writer for as long as she can remember.  Her stories may have changed from talking cartoon frogs to angsty young adults, but her goal to write a compelling story remains the same.  When not writing, she lives in Nashville and enjoys all the music, food, and excitement that city has to offer.  Her first novel, the well-received chick-lit title That Time of the Month was self-published on Amazon in 2012.  Her latest novel, as the others before, are fueled by diet soda and pie.

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