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Emily Mah
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Chasing Sunrise
Emily Mah, author

Children/Young Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Publish)

Liana Linacre used to think of herself as the boring good girl, because that's what she was before sexy vampire, Evan, came to her window. What begins as her fantasy romance ends with a curse that threatens her life and that of everyone she loves. In less than a week she goes from pampered prep school student to an orphan on the run from dark forces that want her soul.

This lands her in Taos, New Mexico, a quirky artist colony and the home of her even quirkier Aunt Cassie, who is willing to give her a place to stay, but refuses to be the adult role model in her life. Left on her own in a public high school serving a low income area, Liana captures the attention of the mysterious Corban Alexander. He makes it clear right away, he wants her gone, but that isn't an option for her.

The only way for Liana to survive is to outsmart the ancient evil that wants her dead. Corban needs to decide if he can forgive a girl who made the one mistake he believes is unforgivable. Only together can they help good prevail in a battle that evil has always won.

Reviews
Elissa Blabac - InD'Tale Magazine

PARANORMAL:  Liana Linacre’s life has been turned upside down following the murder of her father.  Relocated to Taos, New Mexico for her own protection while the murder is investigated, Liana finds herself with her eccentric aunt who is in no shape to serve as a guardian. But that’s the least of her problems.  Suddenly, she’s gorgeous with amazing hair, which is great, but the sunrises make her bones turn to molten lava, which is not so great.  Then, instead of simply escorting her to her first class as requested by the school secretary, good looking Corban Alexander stuns her when he accuses her of being a vampire and vows to kill her.  But if she’s a vampire like Corban claims, why doesn’t she drink blood and why is it only the sunrise that burns? As Liana and Corban piece together what happened to her, they realize that her father’s murderer is now after her. 

Compelling from the get go, “Chasing Sunrise” is a fresh take on the vampire mythology. Liana’s confusion draws the reader in as she unravels the mystery of what she has become with Corban as her guide.  Warm friendships and the high school setting strike a tone that is just right for a young adult novel.  Unfortunately, a mythology information dump stalls out the plot halfway through the book, while Liana’s culture shock at Native American life in New Mexico doesn’t ring true to her characterization as a nerdy, well-traveled and highly educated boarding school student.  Fortunately, the book wraps up neatly with enough unanswered questions that readers will want to know what happens when Liana and Corban meet again.

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