Book Review: Exile: The Prequel by Jodie B. Cooper
Exile is a YA paranormal romance novella. It’s a prequel to her Sidhi Summer Camp series. It deals with Sarah Trellick, a teen girl who is the true elf monarch, a secret she must hide from everyone, even her LifeMate Nick, a vampire who hates her. Or at least, she thinks he does.
This was a very good book. In about 100 pages Cooper has set up a great world without going into boring world building monologues. Some elements are thrown into the story with no explanation, but a helpful glossary at the end of the book helps. It is an interesting world that I liked visiting.
Sarah is a great character. She is a kick-butt heroine with an icy demeanor. But you learn her ruthless reputation, her ice-cold heart, is a facade she has had to maintain. It’s a nice blending of having a character with attitude but still being likable. Her relationship with Nick is well-written and interesting. I liked the chemistry (or lack of) between them. Each has secrets of their own, an even in such a short time I wanted to yell out “Just tell each other and get it over with!”
I haven’t read the other books in the series, but the premise is interesting and writing solid, with great world building. Exile: The Prequel is a great fast read that leaves me wanting more, like a good novella should.