Review: Birthright (The Dark Gifts #1) by Willow Cross

Genre:YA Fantasy / Paranormal
Published: March 2, 2011
Series: #1 (The Dark Gifts)
Length: 226 pages
Source: (author) review copy
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“For one-thousand years, Druid prophecies foretold of a young witch destined to alter the fate of both human and immortal alike. This witch-turned-vampire would be capable of harnessing the supernatural abilities of both and, in a bloody rise to power, would rule with unwavering control.

Unwillingly thrust into a world she never dreamed existed, Liz Markum is catapulted into an ancient war between rival vampire factions. She must choose between those she loves and the ever-present darkness attempting to devour her very soul.

Only one question remains: Will Liz claim her birthright or surrender to the dark gift?

One choice.

One chance.

Two destinies. “


So I was part of the Birthright tour during the month of October and unfortunately this book wasn’t my cup of tea and that is why I posted a teaser instead of a review during that time. I really like the cover though, it matches the plot of the story and it convinced me to read this book. Honestly the only part that was interesting to me were the first two chapters of the book. The rest had a lot of awkwardly phrased sentences and spelling mistakes. This book has potential, but wasn’t developed. There were great ideas that were left hanging and it moved quickly to a new scene. Also, I could see how the title fits the story since Liz was turned into a vampire but she found out that her family’s a witch, but the book is mainly about war.

For the characters, I couldn’t really relate to them. They all looked the same to me so I couldn’t distinct what type of person they were, meaning their personalities and characteristics. That really disappointed me because if you can’t relate to the characters then it’s like you’re reading space. If you can’t attach yourself to the characters then how can you even understand and like the whole story? Of course there’s romance between our boy and girl (Michael and Liz) but it was just like “We will be together forever.” “I love you.” “Nothing can tear us apart.” Now that wasn’t exactly from the book, but what I’m saying is they were just saying that to each other and not really showing that they loved one another. How was I suppose to believe that they really felt in love when they didn’t show it? There wasn’t any efforts and most of the time they were apart. It was only once or twice when Michael crossed in Liz’s mind and vice versa. For me, if I love a guy, then the guy would cross my mind like everyday because I miss him. Not in their lovey-dovey world. I don’t know what love means to Liz and Michael.

Overall this book left me very confused especially when the time traveling was thrown in during the middle of the story. Like I said, the author had some great ideas, but there was just something lacking so that the idea would actually attract the reader. I found myself most of the time pushing myself to read up to the end and sometimes I just fell asleep because the whole story was TELLING NOT SHOWING. You know what I mean? I also read other people’s reviews on Goodreads and I see that you will either love or strongly dislike Birthright. It’s up to you to read it, I’m not convincing or stopping you. I’m just stating what I got out from the book.

Until then guys! Check out the teaser here.

1 Response to “Review: Birthright (The Dark Gifts #1) by Willow Cross”

  1. 1 Teddy November 4, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Too bad you didn’t like it more.

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