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NetGalley Review: Running in the Dark (Running in the Dark #1) by Inger Iversen

Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing Published April 19, 2014 Ebook
Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Published April 19, 2014
Ebook

Trace is a watcher. His job is to watch vampires as they end their lives and sometimes assist in their death while also making sure that no human sees or reports what they’ve seen. For years, this has been his life and he is ready for something different.

What he didn’t expect was different to show up in a form of a beautiful girl named Bessina, who’ve witness the death of two vampires. What would be a easy job to eliminate the witness turns into Trace running for his life to save this girl. 

Surprise. Surprise. A beautiful and quick read this book is.

Not only was I attracted to this book because both the author and the main character are of women of color but vampires trying to kill themselves is a new thing for me. I have no idea why that is the case but it was.

What I loved about the book was how the fluff was to a minimum. But an appropriate minimum; meaning there was still a need/drive to continue reading the book despite things moving at a faster pace. The only downfall with this is there isn’t enough meat on the characters to really fall in love with them.

I liked Bessina to a certain extent. Although you find out about some of her backstory, I wanted more. I didn’t want to see just a broken girl, who in my eyes took events too easy, but I wanted to see some spunk . . . some kind of excitement from her. I felt that although she was 19, I couldn’t help but picture a small scared child.

I liked Trace though. There was something about him that made the book enjoyable. He was fairly direct, a smooth talker yes but not a womanizer. The author kept him simple, which allowed the internal turmoil to come from falling in love as opposed to being a really really crappy person. I also liked being able to see his and Bessina’s point of view. The transitions was great. I loved the fact that the author was able to ease into it without stopping to say “Now Bessina.”

Overall, I thought the author showed her talent with this book. I wish it was longer and there was more depth to the characters personality but most importantly I wish there was more detail to the characters that affected Bessina’s life such as her relationship with her father. Yes, the author cleared everything up by the ending but I wanted more so bad.

3.5 Pickles

 

 

NetGalley Review: The Donor (The Full Novella) by Nikki Rae

Self-Published Published Oct. 30, 2014 115 Pages (EBook)
Self-Published
Published Oct. 30, 2014
115 Pages (EBook)

After her father’s accident 18 year old Casey Williams and her family have to move into a trailer home. Her mother is over working herself and it still isn’t enough to keep the lights on. To make matters worst, Casey is having headaches and nose bleeds and the medical bills are piling up. 

But when she joins MYTRUEMATCH.COM, Casey is able to find a man who helps pay her bills and is nothing short of the perfect man for her. But as her symptoms get worst and her feelings grow for a man who seems uninterested, Casey finds herself stuck in wanting to do whatever it takes for her family or leaving the man with too many secrets.

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Really rich gentleman, who happens to be a vampire, who happens to have a huge heart and is a sucker for defenseless girls. NOPE.

This is a novella, so it was a really quick read. I am thankful for that. It felt as if the author was just writing this to be writing this.  There was no real conflict, no character development not even a great description of the scenery.

Casey is broke and dying. . .  that is all there is to her. Her rich vampire is using her not only for her blood but for other things that he wouldn’t had told her if she didn’t happen to stubble upon some things.

This entire book was a pity party. Casey pitied herself and her vampire pitied her. Love between them? Might as well be nonexistent. There was no passion in either one of them, there was no passion in the writing either. It felt like the author was throwing things in to appeal to all types of readers; the vampire lover, the sad story, the unconventional love, online dating and the sacrifice.

Although I love some of those aspects, the author didn’t execute them well and it was too much for a novella.

1 Pickle.

Kindle Review: Thirst (Ava Delaney #1) by Claire Farrell

Kindle Edition Published Nov. 28, 2010 154 Pages
Kindle Edition
Published Nov. 28, 2010
154 Pages

Ava Delaney is what vampires call a hybrid and what humans call evil. She is a day walking human that happens to have vampire blood running through her. This means that her body craves human blood.

However, Ava doesn’t want to drink blood. So she spends her entire life not only fighting the thirst but saving humans from vampires. When she accidently enslaving a human in order to save  him, her life becomes full of complications.

Looking for someone to help break this bond between her and this man she indirectly puts herself in the middle of a vampire civil war. Not only must she trust people she has just met but she also must fight the thirst.

Sometimes covers can be so misleading. Look at that cover! Doesn’t it scream hunger, sex and passion. Well this book was a dull as it comes.

Ava is one of those who doesn’t draw outside of the lines but no one can really blame her since her grandmother tried to beat the demon out of her. Therefore, she stays to herself and tries to be as human as possible.

This means that she is boring. Ava really has no personality and believes almost everything everyone tells her. When she does get some balls the next scene its gone. Yes, at the battle scene she does show some strength but she still had the ‘well, I don’t know mentality.’

What bothered me the most was that the author kept alluding to some kind of romance between Ava and her new slave or Ava and the man that tried to kill her. It was frustrating because it did seem like Ava and the vampire killer were going to try something but we find out he has emotional issues and left her high and dry.

The only good thing I can say about this book is there was potential for it to be a great story. I would have been completely okay if the characters were amazing. *Sigh* Overall, this book gets

1 Pickle

Adult Only: NetGalley Book Review: Heartbitten by Aubrey Rose

                Kindle Published March 12, 2014 212 pages
Kindle
Published March 12, 2014
212 pages

ADULTS ONLY

*I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Robert Chatham is a billionaire vampire that doesn’t attach himself to anyone. With a different girl every night, Chatham is trying to find a cure. When sponsors a chemistry lab, he meets grad student Liz. 

Liz is trying to find a cure after losing her little sister to cancer. Not only does Chatham and Liz have the desire to find a cure in common, they are both instantly attracted to each other. 

Innocent to everything that involves a man, Liz is about to jump head into a relationship with Chatham, thinking the only issue would be his status as her boss.

This story felt rushed. However, it was a decent read. Liz is a very witty character and I actually liked her. Despite the fact that she was a virgin and haven’t been on a date in forever, she wasn’t naive at all. The only thing that bothered me was the fact that she really couldn’t mind her business. I really thought she passed the line of being curious to invading this vampire’s privacy. Its very weird saying that but yeah.

Chatham was an extremely sensitive vampire. He was holding a torch for his first love and every time he thought about her or even looked at Liz he was crying. For what exactly? I have no idea. After 400 years he just wasn’t getting over anything. I felt that this character was over done.

The story was too short for me to fall in love with it. After a week of dramatics, they both decide they are in love with each other and although Liz gave the hell no to marriage she did decide to stay with him. Meanwhile, she never lost her virginity just did other stuff.

I felt the story was a big pull but it wasn’t horrible just needed more words. Overall it gets 3.5 Pickles.