I’ve always been a little tentative about reading reverse harem, and I think it’s because polygamy used to be a mystery to me. Back in the 90s, when I was growing up, polygamy was framed as sinful, indulgent, and selfish. As the true nature of polygamy became apparent in later years, i.e. a collection of consenting adults who had the emotional maturity to make such an arrangement work, it seems reverse harem as a sub-genre/trope became acceptable.
On account of my former hesitation, I’ve decided to unreservedly dive into the sub-genre and see what it’s all about. Here’s where I’m going to start:
“Drax. Colt. Finn.
The three vampire bad boys that have been terrorizing the night life of this city since they were old enough to know what a party was. On top of being insanely rich and handsomely supernatural there’s one more thing that makes them untouchable- they’re next in line to rule this city.
For the last hundred years humans have been at the bottom of the food chain since the rise of supernaturals, and in our city vampires rule the roost.
Divided into three different triads, each section of the city has a vampire governor who is fit to do as he pleases.
Drax, Colt, and Finn are next in line for those thrones.
To keep their subjects in line every five years they do a purge where every adult man is fair game for any vampire to feed on for twenty-four hours. To determine which triads need to participate in the purge and which one will be exempt, three people from each triad are summoned to partake in a sick and twisted game to survive. The winner gets to guarantee safety for their community.
The losers die.
For years I had kept my head down, followed every triad law, and focused on keeping my mother alive. But an announcement that women will now be included in the summoning turns my world upside down.
The first person to be summoned from triad three is me.
I came into this prepared to fight for my life, but what I didn’t expect was the city’s supernatural playboys’ attraction to me.
In the Vampire Trials only one thing matters to me- getting home to my mom. And when I say I’d do anything to get there, I mean it.
But piece by piece the trials chip away at who I thought I was and what I thought I knew about supernaturals.
The worst part? I love it.“
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The Hunger Games meets the supernatural sub-genre, intriguing! This book already has some pretty good reviews online – nearly 500 with an over 4-star average – so it’s a good place to start. Although at 226 pages it might read a little on the short side.
Hell, I’m unravelling the chains of societal expectations today and throwing them in the recycling. Someone else might need them.
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