Nettie is an orphan taken in by a couple. They raise her, not kindly or as their own, but as someone to do all of the work and not get paid a dime. She realizes that it's easier to pretend to be a boy, so she does. She also sees herself as more male than female. Nettie is also bi-racial (half Native American and African American). This is fantasy, but modeled after 1800s old west.
Mam and Pap are horrible people and I'm glad when Nettie is able to take off. She avoids a rape by killing her attacker. It turns out her attacker is a vampire and thus Nettie is introduced to a different world. After the kill, she is able to see the "other."
I liked this. A lot darker than I typically read, this is a hard, awful, and unforgiving world. Especially if you happen to be a woman. More so if you are a woman of color. I loved that Nettie matures and grows as she learns things throughout the book. She isn't the same person as the book nears the end. I also want to give a warning- this ends in a cliffhanger (literally).
I will be buying a copy of this book for a friend of mine. Eagerly awaiting book 2, I will either get from my library or will buy it.
eARC courtesy of Hachette/Orbit and NetGalley.
Trade PB release date: Oct 29th 2016 (HB in Oct 2015)