Running Home (Shinigami Vampires Book 1)

by Julie Hutchings

Let me just say I don’t usually read stories about Vampires. I wasn’t sure if this one would be similar to Twilight or not. As I started reading the book, I was pleasantly surprised. The story line flowed and we learn that Shinigami Vampires are compelled by purpose and fate and rooted in Japanese lore. Eliza goes to a black tie event with her friend Kat. There she spots Nicholas. Nicholas and Eliza have a conversation and that is what starts her being drawn to him. Eliza is mainly all alone and everything in her life has died off. Eliza feels she has no real purpose in life. She is an outsider who never fit in. She works across the street in a small gift store. And eventually wanders into the small bookstore across the street. Eliza (Ellie) meets Nicholas French again and she is immediately fascinated with him. Nicholas is drawn to her as well. He invites her to his cabin and she reluctantly accepts. She cannot figure out why she is so attracted to him. Normally she wouldn’t go to a stranger’s house without knowing them better. Eliza continues to get to know Nicholas and their relationship grows. We learn that Shinigami Vampires are predators. And there are some things that cannot be avoided without consequences. By the time I got to the end, I wanted more. It continues in the next book –  Running Away. The only other thing I expected was more risqué events. But the buildup is there, maybe we will read about it in the next book!