Charmeine

Rated 4.00/5 based on 8 reviews
Can romance develop between a Heavenly Light-Bearer and a Hellish Vampire Blood-Hunter? More

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Published by PDMI Publishing, LLC
Words: 45,040
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301307845

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Review by: Jemima Pett on July 26, 2013 :
Charmeine is the first in the Lightbearer series. Emily Guido introduces us first to the origins of the Light-Bearers and Blood-Hunters, with some mythology in their original world, then we find Tabbruis on his own, trying to make sense of the earth. Blood-Hunters live here, encouraged by their Elder Council to make the most of the blood provided by the population of humans that spawns everywhere. Tabbruis and some friends decide that humans are, for them, off-limits, which is a slight relief if the reader's stomach is not up to the bloodthirstiness of their usual lifestyle.

Charleen (who we discover is really Charmeine) and her friend Shane are woven into the story deftly. Two lost souls who ended up caring for each other as they grew up in an orphanage, Shane gets a job to drive Tabbruis around New York City while he's visiting. It's fortunate that Tab has felt the need to be there, as Char has been singled out for an attack by other Blood-Hunters, who envisage a very nasty end for her indeed. Tab fights them off, with Char discovering her own amazing powers that assist in very special ways. And then Tab and Char realise their mutual attraction, against all Tab's instincts as a Blood-Hunter - since he realises that Char is a Light-Bearer.

The rest of the story covers a few more attacks and how they grow to understand each other better. There are plenty of loose ends to be followed up in the rest of series.

On the whole I felt the story was well written, fast-moving and full of excellent imagery. I cared what was happening to the characters; I wanted to know how it would be resolved. I found the typesetting confusing since sometimes italics was used for thoughts, and other times it may have been used for intensity or emphasis, but there was no clear distinction. I wondered if they thought-read at one stage, and thought that would be a nice power, but I think I was wrong.

I felt it was an excellent introduction to a story and a world with new rules. If it's your sort of thing, I think you'll be driven very quickly to the second in the series. It's exciting, pacy and thought-provoking, with delightful characterisation.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Johnni Cervantes on May 28, 2013 :
Good book. I felt like there should be more of a story line. Maybe reading the next book will clarify some unanswered questions. I would recommend this book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Michael Phoenix on May 23, 2013 :
Definitely read this one! Charmeine is a combination of romance / suspense / historical and fantasy. High believability factors combined with excellent character development and a “not knowing what to expect next” factor. The way Emily ends part 1 will leave you saying “What the hell??? I need to find out what happens!”
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Michael Phoenix on May 23, 2013 :
Emily does a great job of getting you interested in the story right off. From the start of Chapter 2, she takes you to a completely different scenario. It is, literally, a slingshot!

The main setting for Charmeine is modern day. Emily uses current and past events to help set up the story. In chapter 4, I was sitting in a limo, enjoying the conversation between Shane and Tab. Not literally, but the story was that visual and consuming.

The character believability factor is very high. At points in the story, you forget Tab is an immortal. Charmeine: One hot female who is vulnerable with an invincible side you really do not want to mess with. Shane and Dmitri, even though they are supporting characters become essential to the storyline shortly after they are introduced. Shane is pretty much your best friend.

Conflict: Internal / External. Emily does a very good job of separating and then combining the two. Each character has morals and real life, emotional, struggles. The external part? One, main, source is calling the shots. With a serious pain in the ass to Charmeine / Tab / Shane thrown in.
What I really loved about the book? The overall story. The way Emily kept me off guard by switching up without any warning. Honestly, I think Shane is my favorite character. With the setting in actual places and true events, every moment became more real. When I was reading it, I was so into the story I jumped when my phone went off. No joke here! The way Emily showed how light and darkness exist in each person.

What didn’t I really like? You know I have to give the low points. At times, Emily dragged the story out by being a little too descriptive. Especially in some of the interactions between Charmeine and Tab. I am talking about some physical descriptions that are repeated. Technical: Not being able to go right to a specific chapter from main page / side navigation.

Overall Recommendation: Definitely read this one! Charmeine is a combination of romance / suspense / historical and fantasy. High believability factors combined with excellent character development and a “not knowing what to expect next” factor. The way Emily ends part 1 will leave you saying “What the hell??? I need to find out what happens!”
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Bethany Moyer on May 12, 2013 :
I liked the author's creativity but the story kind of lost my interest after the first few chapters.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Celeste Hunter on May 11, 2013 :
I truly enjoyed this book, there was a lot of story and character build up, but worth it. The author was creative in giving the reader a twist on the norm. I look forward to reading more from this author and continuing the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Daven Anderson on May 10, 2013 :
The beginning of a saga that will amaze and astonish you with its creativity, imagination and insight. What at first glance may seem to be a simple love story evolves into an ingeniously crafted epic tale for the ages. True love is never simple, as Emily’s prose proves. But it is worth fighting for. Your journey into the brilliance of the Light-Bearer Series starts here!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Daven Anderson on May 10, 2013 :
The beginning of a saga that will amaze and astonish you with its creativity, imagination and insight. What at first glance may seem to be a simple love story evolves into an ingeniously crafted epic tale for the ages. True love is never simple, as Emily’s prose proves. But it is worth fighting for. Your journey into the brilliance of the Light-Bearer Series starts here!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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