Book Review | The Birth of Jaiden
Title: The Birth of Jaiden
Author: Jennifer Wright
I have been reading vampire novels steadily since I was at least 12 years old, and much of the recently published fiction is all starting to look and sound exactly the same. Jennifer Wright’s The Birth of Jaiden, the first in a series, offers something a little different.
Alex is the protagonist of The Birth of Jaiden, a century-old vampire with a conscience. Reminiscent of Anne Rice’s Louis and Joss Whedon’s Angel characters, Alex loathes his unfortunate existence and tries to feed only on humans who possess little good in them. He is particularly unique because he has a relationship with God, often praying to him and reflecting back on the family he once had but lost to a terrible tragedy.
Alex then becomes the father figure to an abandoned newborn whom he calls Jaiden. She is the hope for humanity, and Alex must keep her safe. If she falls into the clutches of his nemesis, Malcolm, her prophesied powers will be used to unleash demons into the world. With the assistance of the beautiful mortal Isabella, Jaiden will be raised as their own child. Hynoptized by Isabella’s beauty and good nature, Alex has a second chance of being both a husband/lover and a father–if he can remember how.
The Birth of Jaiden is a solid premise for a novel, but ultimately I found myself to be slightly disappointed. Though I read a finished copy (The Birth of Jaiden is available now on Amazon in e-book and paperback format), it still felt a little too rough to me to be the final product. Because of Alex’s strong faith in God, there are pages devoted to Alex’s various prayers throughout the novel. I felt this could have been condensed, and that Alex’s faith could have been shown in other ways, not just prayers. Additionally, Alex’s family’s tragedy is revealed all at once through several pages and one long passage, but may actually not have been all that necessary to the novel.
Lastly, I felt that Wright really needed to hire someone to proof The Birth of Jaiden. Unfortunately for me, I completely become distracted from otherwise good stories due to wrong punctuation, words, and typos, all of which I came across in her first novel.
If you’re a die hard vampire fanatic looking for something different, then I do recommend The Birth of Jaiden. I think that Wright has potential, and I am curious to see where the sequel takes Alex, Isabella, and Jaiden.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*