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Kindred is the first book in the Kindred Series by Nicola Claire. WOW, what a start!I love the character of Lucinda Monk. She is a feisty, kick ass, vampire hunter. Lucinda knows she is a vampire hunter with supernatural abilities. However, she does not know why she is different and why she feels a pull toward vampires preying on innocent humans. Throughout the book, Lucinda makes discoveries about her family history and her fate. Telling the story from Lucinda’s POV enhanced my connection to her character. I really enjoyed her internal monologue and her sense of humor.Now, what can I say about Michel? Sexy, Sexy, Sexy Vampire! He is the master vampire, who feels a connection to Lucinda. His goal is to protect Lucinda and make her his. I adored Michel; however, Michel’s characteristics caused me to flashback to Jean Claude of the Anita Blake Series. Michel is the Master Vampire of the city, he originated from France, had a pet name for Lucinda and was determined to make Lucinda join with him. I wished Michel’s character would have been a little more original. I loved the originality of Lucinda’s best friend, Rick. He is a Taniwha shape shifter. This type of shape shifter is original to me. In so many books, the shape shifter is a werewolf. I really appreciated learning about the Taniwha’s appearance, supernatural abilities, and their connection to Lucinda.Oh Nero. I wish you would train me! Nero is Lucinda’s friend, who teaches her about her heritage and abilities. Her description of him is so intriguing. I’m really hoping for a love triangle between Lucinda, Michel and Nero. I appreciated the glossary of terms provided by Claire. It enhanced the reading experience because I understood the terminology being used. It also allowed me to easily flip back to refresh my memory, as needed.I highly recommend this book to adults. The writing flowed nicely and kept me wanting more. I found myself staying up late to read. When I finished the book, it remained with me. I would find myself daydreaming about the characters and the Kindred world. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series titled, Blood Life Seeker. I think I’ve located my new favorite series!I rated The Kindred 4 STARS! Special thanks to Nicola Claire for providing me with a copy of The Kindred for review. I loved it! Looking forward to staying up late and reading the other books in the series.
Kindred

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Kindred is the first book in the Kindred Series by Nicola Claire. WOW, what a start!I love the character of Lucinda Monk. She is a feisty, kick ass, vampire hunter. Lucinda knows she is a vampire hunter with supernatural abilities. However, she does not know why she is different and why she feels a pull toward vampires preying on innocent humans. Throughout the book, Lucinda makes discoveries about her family history and her fate. Telling the story from Lucinda’s POV enhanced my connection to her character. I really enjoyed her internal monologue and her sense of humor.Now, what can I say about Michel? Sexy, Sexy, Sexy Vampire! He is the master vampire, who feels a connection to Lucinda. His goal is to protect Lucinda and make her his. I adored Michel; however, Michel’s characteristics caused me to flashback to Jean Claude of the Anita Blake Series. Michel is the Master Vampire of the city, he originated from France, had a pet name for Lucinda and was determined to make Lucinda join with him. I wished Michel’s character would have been a little more original. I loved the originality of Lucinda’s best friend, Rick. He is a Taniwha shape shifter. This type of shape shifter is original to me. In so many books, the shape shifter is a werewolf. I really appreciated learning about the Taniwha’s appearance, supernatural abilities, and their connection to Lucinda.Oh Nero. I wish you would train me! Nero is Lucinda’s friend, who teaches her about her heritage and abilities. Her description of him is so intriguing. I’m really hoping for a love triangle between Lucinda, Michel and Nero. I appreciated the glossary of terms provided by Claire. It enhanced the reading experience because I understood the terminology being used. It also allowed me to easily flip back to refresh my memory, as needed.I highly recommend this book to adults. The writing flowed nicely and kept me wanting more. I found myself staying up late to read. When I finished the book, it remained with me. I would find myself daydreaming about the characters and the Kindred world. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series titled, Blood Life Seeker. I think I’ve located my new favorite series!I rated The Kindred 4 STARS! Special thanks to Nicola Claire for providing me with a copy of The Kindred for review. I loved it! Looking forward to staying up late and reading the other books in the series.
Wisteria (Young Adult Paranormal Romance)

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Leyton creates a world destroyed by Nero Disease, which turns individuals into flesh eaters (more commonly known in the world of fiction as a zombie). The world she creates shows most humans as only caring about their own safety and survival. Of course, Wisteria is different than most individuals. She is a caring teenager who risks her life multiple times throughout the story to save others from flesh eaters. Wisteria, her mother and brother live on the Smythe Island, a small community of survivors. The leader of the community is Major Coles. He has created an orderly community in which all residents must pull their weight or be exiled beyond the walls of the island. Throughout the book, Wisteria, is exposed to cannibalism, human trafficking, and bullying. Yes…teenagers will be teenagers no matter the circumstances surrounding them. In times of survival, humans will do unspeakable things to ensure their own safety. I must say, Wisteria is a very resilient young woman. Wisteria is herself saved by a mysterious teenager, Bach. He takes her back to his apartment where he and two friends live. He is not human and not from this realm. He and his people view Terrans (humans) as animals. Bach is only here to witness the death of Terra (earth). Soon, Bach realizes Wisteria is a girl from his past. However, she doesn’t remember him. This is where the book starts to really become interesting. How does he know Wisteria? Why doesn’t she remember him? Why are they drawn to each other? Then, they are attacked by a group known as Red Phoenix. Who is Red Phoenix? After the attack, Wisteria returns to Smythe Island with Bach. Finally, both of them realize they love each other. However, Bach knows they cannot be together as it is forbidden for his people to be with a Terran. If they continue their relationship, he is placing Wisteria in grave harm. The ending climax reveals so much. Bach learns of a heartbreaking betrayal and Wisteria begins to learn a lot about her parent’s involvement with Red Phoenix. Is Red Phoenix responsible for the Nero outbreak? How is Bach’s people involved with the outbreak? I’ve a ton of questions I’m sure will be answered in the next book or books. I must say this is a great start to a new series. My only constructive criticism of the book is the need for more editing. I rated the Wisteria 3 STARS!
Faelorehn: Book One of the Otherworld Trilogy

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eh is the first book in The Otherworld Trilogy. Jenna Elizabeth Johnson created an interesting world based on Celtic myths. The book started a little slow. I must admit some parts of the book were dull, especially the parts describing her daily routines while waiting for Cade to return. However, the mystery surrounding Meghan's heritage and the blooming romantic relationship with Cade kept me reading and wanting more.I enjoyed the characters introduced in Faeloreh. Meghan, abandoned as a child and adopted by a loving family, is bullied by her peers in school for being different. Many would describe her as delusional and suffering from auditory and visual hallucinations. She often sees things no one else sees or hears. Meghan learned at an early age to keep these thoughts to herself to prevent her parents from seeking psychiatric treatment for her. Meghan's character grows and develops in the book. She goes from a misfit teenager to a teenager researching and learning about her true identity. I loved the mysterious Cade! He's handsome, strong and has important information about Meghan's heritage. However, he only shares pieces of information with Meghan. So, I followed along with Meghan on her discoveries about the Otherworld. It drove me crazy when he would talk cryptic...come on just spit it out! Of course, I'm sure I'll learn all the secrets about her heritage and the Otherworld in the next books. Faeloreh does an excellent job setting up the background for the next two books. I'm intrigued enough to go out and buy the next book. I would recommend this book to young adults and adults. My rating is 4 STARS!I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Jenna Elizabeth Johnson for providing me with a copy of Faeloreh for an honest review.
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