Brenik has always been envious of his twin sister, Bray. Growing up as fairy-like creatures, known as bats, everything came easier to Bray. While Brenik spent his time in her shadows, never feeling he was enough. After escaping their world of Laith, and living on Earth for ten years, Brenik attempts to strike a deal with the Stone of Desire to become human. Though true humanity is not an option, he will accept the curse that will alter him to get as close as he can.
Living in a tree trunk for the past year hasn’t been easy for Bray, more so after her brother disappears again. When a human boy and his brother, Wes, find her, a new friendship is struck. Through Wes, Bray learns there can be more to life than waiting within a tree. But worrying over where Brenik has vanished to always remains in the back of her mind.
When Bray reunites with Brenik, she realizes she must help him break the curse after she discovers the need for blood is beginning to overpower him. The curse not only damages those who get close to Brenik, but it could also destroy whatever is blooming between Bray and Wes.
“Brenick’s not a vampire – he can go out in the sun. He isn’t immortal if he doesn’t drink the blood.” Bray grimaced.
“This is just like the whole bat argument. I let that one go, but I’m right this time. He’s some type of damn vampire. I don’t care what you say.”
Well, Clouded By Envy was certainly unique. And probably the weirdest things I read all year so far. I’m not exactly certain what I expected out of this when I started it, but it certainly wasn’t what I got. Yet I really enjoyed reading it because it was just so bizzare. Also it had some really cool concepts I’m not certain I have seen before. Some I definitely haven’t.
The uniqueness was really the best part of this book. It just had some amazing concepts. The main characters are twin bats from another realm, Laith, and they’ve come to Earth because their kind is being hunted to extinction. They’re afraid and they don’t really know how to function in this new, weird world. Bray and Brenik and they have two wildly different personalities and he book alternates the perspective between the two siblings.
The main conflict in the book is their two different personalities, even. Bray was born with everything, pretty much perfect. Yet she is still kind-hearted. She makes certain that Brenick, who was born with every disadvantage, feels accepted and like he is just as normal as she is. Brenick, on the other hand, is a jealous creature and blames every disadvantage he has on everything and everyone else. He is consumed by it his envy.
And did I mention they were bats? Because Brenick, consumed by jealousy, goes to make a wish that he would be human. The Stone of Desire grants his request, only it will come with a terrible curse. He’ll have to drink human blood. MAKING HIM A VAMPIRE BAT! I laughed so much. So, so much. If Brenick doesn’t drink human blood, he’ll die. It also brought in a lot of the “old” vampire myths which I really liked.
While Brenick is off doing his vampire routine, Bray is making friends with a human family. Which was slightly weirding me out a little bit because it felt the entire time that the author was trying to set up a Bat x Human romance. Yet it was also cute to watch Bray learn to be happy without her brother to always take care of, and to watch her become her own person.
I certainly had a fun time reading this. Partly because it was so bizarre. The writing wasn’t the best ever, but it was completely readable. There were some holes in the story and a lot of things that just didn’t seem to make sense, since things just didn’t always feel like they were explained cleanly and clearly. Yet despite this I just had a blast while reading.
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Candace Robinson, The Parliament House, and Netgalley for providing the opportunity to review this copy!