REVIEW: The Bellum Prophecy (The Vella Series #1) by L. Marie Horton


Two Wars, One Destiny. Seventeen-year-old Edyn Vella always knew that her strange dreams of the future made her unique, but she never knew what they meant. However, when she fails to stop her aunt’s murder by an ominous vampiric creature, Edyn learns that her prophetic visions aren’t the only superhuman ability she possesses. Following her late aunt’s clues, Edyn finds herself in New York City attempting to save her last surviving relative, the powerful and reclusive billionaire, Ethan Roux. Edyn not only discovers Ethan isn’t exactly human, but that she is at the center of an ancient prophecy and could determine the outcome of an impending war. As Ethan’s Omega, his only human descendant, she’s thrust into an enigmatic world full of new supernatural creatures where both good and evil vampires and warlocks have waged a centuries-long battle for the fate of humanity. Just as her relationship with the mysterious and handsome Brendan begins to blossom, Edyn’s complicated new life quickly spirals out of control when ancient evil becomes determined on making her one of them. Edyn must discover her inner strength while making the choice between a long life without love and a potentially short life full of it. The Bellum Prophecy is a dark, suspenseful new novel that explores the loss of innocence while coming of age in the midst of a battle between good and evil. Combining the best elements of vampire legend, the supernatural, and even magic, L. Marie Horton uses exciting action and a cutting-edge story to craft a refreshing new take on young adult fiction.


I’m always a little skeptical when it comes to vampire novels – there’s just so many out there that they all seem to blend together as glamorized chick-flick style action stories. This book gives me hope for vampire novels once again!

Horton’s style of writing reminded me exactly of Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series, so if you’re a fan of those I would highly, highly recommend you check this out. Similar to The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, this is about a normal teenage girl who is thrown into the dark world or magic and monsters. Yes, it is an overused plot where a normal girl is the “chosen one” who has unimaginable power and must fight to stay out of the hands of the enemy. But all the details and twists made it much different than other books and plus there are NO LOVE TRIANGLES in this YA fantasy book – FINALLY! Love triangles tend to annoy me. There is some romance, crime, mystery and lots of fantasy and action packed into the 327 pages that make up The Bellum Prophecy.

I have to admit that at times the story was a little unrealistic. Such as having a 17 year old work for a detective, conducting important interviews to find missing people. But I could totally can look past it since this is, after all, a YA fantasy novel. 

Highly recommended to fans of YA fantasy books. And if you too are skeptical of vampire books – please give this a try, you won’t be disappointed!!! I promise 🙂

Rating: 5/5 Stars



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