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Andrew earned his BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, holds an MA in Human Behavior and an MS in Education with a concentration in Higher Education. He currently works in the field of Higher Education in Southern California.
This book is the culmination of thirteen years of creativity, imagination, and procrastination. He is currently working on book two in the Reborn series and hopes it will not take another thirteen years!
Andrew is an avid reader of the paranormal and fantasy genre and has spent the better part of his life daydreaming about subversive cultures and the endless possibilites of what might be lurking out there.
He currently lives in Southern California with his partner and enjoys long walks on the beach... oh wait, wrong profile.
on July 25, 2013 :
R2R LoP: The Striga Chronicles – Reborn
I received a free copy, through LoP, in exchange for a review.
Elizabeth comes from a privileged life, during the 18th century, in England. She has a housemother that she bickers with as if her own mother, a caring brother, but a somewhat distant father. None of this matters, since a plague has entered into their lives and are killing people throughout the country and slowly takes her family. Or so she thought...
She has been reborn, into a new family and should not remember her human memories or ties, but on the night of her wedding, she relates all that has happened to her, to her trusted friend and sister and this is where we learn about what Striga is and how she became part of them
'Just then my bedroom door swung open behind me and I could hear Elfleda's voice calling me. I walked to the door turning to look over the room and the crumpled Maggie lying on the floor and it all felt foreign to me. The room that had once held me safely at night, that had protected me for so many years, that was the only place I felt the most happy was no longer my home. I again heard Elfleda's voice calling my name through the door and I turned to walk through happy to finally be going home.'
I really enjoyed the flow of this book, switching from the present day, to the main characters past life. It was an interesting way to introduce you to the world of Striga and what they are all about. I am really looking forward to reading what happens next, in the saga.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on July 17, 2013 :
I received this book from the author free in exchange for an honest review (LoP). Reborn is the telling of how the main character Elizabeth became a Striga. Elizabeth is a girl who is the sole female in a family who has a dark secret. There is a plague sweeping the country, and she stays hidden at home on the directions of her father. Suddenly what remains of her family and household are murdered. Escaping the estate with the only other survivor William, they flee into the surrounding forest. There they are captured, and thus begins Elizabeth's fight for survival and understanding of secrets that her family has harbored for generations, and trying to figure out fact from fiction in the tales told to her by her captors, who is friend and who is foe. Leading up to the night of her "rebirth" and the start of her new family.
I thoroughly enjoyed this debut book. The Striga are not your typical vampires. There are no dark dank crypts. These vampires can go out during the day (no sparkles thank God), but they are very ruthless in going after what they want. The young pampered girl is totally believable as her world is turned upside down, as she does everything she can to survive and finds herself betrayed time after time. I definitely look forward to reading the rest of this series. Well done Andrew!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on July 17, 2013 :
I read Reborn for a R2R and really enjoyed it. It follows a young girl, Elizabeth, on her journey to becoming a striga (vampire). It kept me interested and entertained throughout. It follows some "traditional" vampire lore but also refreshes the genre enough to still be interesting and engaging.
It is difficult to write a historical novel and I am intimidated by the idea of doing so myself, but this author does so convincingly. While purists might pick apart the finer details of the language I didn't find anything anachronistic or distracting about the setting. And I did look some stuff up to check for accuracy. You can tell that the author did his due diligence.
The main character, Elizabeth, is interesting and it's easy to feel for her and her situation. She experiences a lot of pain and instead of crumbling under it, she chooses to fight and accept what she must do. Having said that, I would have liked to have seen her grow as a character a little more. Even after becoming a striga she, at times, seems to rely on social convention of allowing someone else to take care of her. Such as screaming for help, or being overcome with fear.
This novel does a good job of setting up for a bigger story. It doesn't go out of it's way to try to be overly mysterious. You know from the beginning she is going to become striga. So, instead of spending the novel wondering if she will or will not become one of them, you get to focus on other aspects of the story. The relationships between characters, the history, etc.
I look forward to seeing where this story goes. There is enough resolution at the end to make the story feel complete but enough is left open to make you look forward to the sequels.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on April 21, 2013 :
When I first came across this novel from an unknown author I was skeptical I would like it. I went ahead and downloaded the sample and was surprised to see how easily I was hooked! It typically takes me a few weeks to get through a book, but I couldn't put this one down.
The author takes a genre that the market has been flooded with and offers his readers a new perspective.
The story opens with an immortal young woman preparing for her marriage, but is plagued by her human past that shouldn't have been remembered. The reader is teased with the notion that she is immortal, but doesn't know how it came to be nor why she's different. As the flashback of her humanity is slowly revealed, the suspense of her death looms over her head and the reader is kept on edge until the last words of the novel.
I absolutely can't wait for book two to find out how it all comes to fruition and what will come next for the main character!
I HIGHLY recommend this book to any and all who desire a great coming of age story and the birth of a heroine!
(review of free book)