Hybrid (The Evolution Trilogy)

Rated 4.50/5 based on 9 reviews
Vanessa Wester’s debut novel takes you from the University of Southampton to the depths of the Amazon. An imaginary citadel is waiting to be discovered full of interesting characters, traditions and cultures. There are so many twists and details you will not be able to put this book down. More
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About Vanessa Wester

When Vanessa Wester decided to start writing she found an outlet for her imagination. It is the best way she can think of to express herself and escape from everyday life.

She has a lot of eggs in her basket since she is a qualified Secondary School Mathematics Teacher, ASA Swimming Teacher, has a degree in Accounting & Law, has been a competitive swimmer and enjoys art, singing and drama. In addition, she is bilingual in English and Spanish, and speaks some Dutch, since she was born and raised in Gibraltar and has lived in Rotterdam.

However, since her son was born, she has been a stay at home mum who gives up a lot of her time towards voluntary organisations.

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Review by: My Book Fairy on June 28, 2014 :
This is a story that could be considered a paranormal romance, but it’s so much more than that. The story starts out with a young woman, Caitlin, headed to college and introduces you to her and her four “roommates”, getting right into the feel of starting out in a new place in college and the different types of people you will meet. I immediately liked Caitlin and could understand her situation and the feelings she had of being in a new place, both excitement and intimidation. A new place, new people and an unsure environment and the last thing she’s worried about is a boyfriend or falling in love, even though it seems that people are looking all around and yet she bumps into Steven, a “tall, dark, handsome and athletic” guy you expect to be another womanizer and yet he’s not. Steven is a complex character and he’s sincerely intrigued by Caitlin. You spend the first half or so of the story learning about Caitlin and Steven and watching their relationship develop. Then there is an unexpected turn of events, which sets the baseline for the remainder of the story. You see Steven taken away from everyone he knows and everyone he loves, no one knows who he is, or that he exists. You come to learn about the next evolution in humankind and their trials and tribulations, their wants and needs and the story leaves you wanting for more. All of the main and supporting characters are well built with complex personalities which brings the story to life. You can feel the pain they feel and understand their feelings from excitement, fear, love and lust to sorrow and uncertainty about the future. I couldn't put this book down and read from the start to about 63% in before I stopped and by the time I was about 80% done I knew I’d be buying the remaining two in the trilogy.

I gave this book a rating of 5 out of 5 stars because aside from a single sentence which didn't seem grammatically correct, the story was nearly flawless. The characters and story had me enchanted from day one and the plot unfolded at just the right pace. This isn't your typical paranormal or vampire story, but it will keep you on your toes and isn't full of “fluff”, but has a lot of deeper issues going on in the sidelines along with the main plot. When I found out this was the authors debut novel I couldn't believe it. I can’t wait to see what else Vanessa writes in the remainder of this trilogy and beyond. I've already borrowed the trilogy on the Kindle so I can decide if I want to buy them all in the Kindle edition or in a physical book.
(review of free book)

Review by: Stan Adelman on May 12, 2014 :
The book is a very interesting and unique take on the vampire story genre. I enjoyed the read, and I'm looking forward to reading subsequent books in the series. I found the characters' actions to be logical within their individual mindsets, and that added to my enjoyment of reading the book.
(review of free book)

Review by: Devorah Fox on Feb. 09, 2014 :
Stories about paranormals are not my usual read but I was intrigued by the title. Indeed I found the concept of a "hybrid" original. I enjoyed the different take on how the people in the story became vampires and what abilities that gave them. The suggestion that they might contribute to an evolution of a different species was thought provoking. I am curious to see where the author takes the notion of a human/vampire "hybrid."
(review of free book)

Review by: Steph Lewis on March 30, 2013 : (no rating)
This was a different take on the usual vampire story, completely unlike any others Ive read. I'd highly recommend it, I was totally absorbed in the story and the well thought out back story of the evolution of the vampires. A brilliant debut and I cant wait to read the next installment
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: S. A. Williams on March 07, 2013 :
Initially I was attracted to 'Hybrid' after reading a great, shorter piece by the same author--so I decided to give this a go. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed.

The plot of this book revolves around a 19 year old University student (Steven) who embarks on the typical adjustment to university life (takes classes, occasionally oversleeps, makes friends, meets a girl, etc.). But Steven is going through a very atypical transition as well (at first unknowingly), and this other transition (along with the intersections between the normal and abnormal) is truly the heart of the story.

I liked this book because the plot was engaging and it kept me reading. (In truth, I had a hard time putting it down because I was so invested in the characters and the outcome.) Beyond that, Wester has taken an interesting and pleasantly surprising angle on what would otherwise be a tired plot device (think vampires, though strictly speaking it's a bit more than that). And before you count this book out due to the genre, I will note that the plot is far more engaging than some other recent works in the same vein (pun certainly intended), and in my view better written.

It's not a perfect novel to be sure. At times Wester's prose and dialogue come across a bit clunky (and with dialogue specifically: at times it was overly formal). The book could also use another round of editing to eliminate the remaining typographical and grammatical problems. But that said, none of these minor drawbacks stopped me from reading or really pulled me far enough out of the story to be bothered--and the quality of the writing, overall, more than made up for them.

In summary, this was a pleasant read and I'm hooked. I definitely recommend it and will, without a doubt, be reading the next book in the series.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Sarah Hagen on May 22, 2012 :
Really enjoyed this book - actually I could not put it down. I would recommend this book highly. Cannot wait for the next book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Adam Cuadra on May 11, 2012 :
This is a very exciting read. Would appeal to the Twilight fan-base, but has definitely put it's own twist on the genre. A very well constructed piece, all the more impressive for being a debut novel. I admired the language and story-telling craft. The second half of the book in particular flowed really well, and it got to a point where I didn't want to put it down. Many congratulations to this exciting new author - I look forward to reading what happens next, both with the saga itself and also with the author's writing journey. 5 stars!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Katie Elliott on April 20, 2012 :
Loved it! I couldn't put it down. I am so looking forward to the next book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: lynn collinson on April 09, 2012 :
Fantastic! Not my usual genre but has whet my appetite and I will be tyring a few other paranormal books in the furute. Already looking forward to book 2!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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