The Dark Gifts Birthright

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Throughout the ages, the druids have passed down a prophecy from one generation to the next. A young witch will spark a war that divides the vampire nation. This witch will either save humanity from vampire reign or be the end of it. Liz Markum is that woman, and this is her story. More

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About Willow Cross

Willow Cross is a self-proclaimed vamp enthusiast, were-hunter, prankster, dreamer, story teller, benevolent dictator of minions, and chocolate lover. She resides in Arkansas with two children still young enough to live at home, an enormous cat named Bitsy, and a neurotic dog named Tank.

Her home has been known to host the occasional ghost and several of her friends profess to be witches. Although she dearly loves Vampires and Werewolves, they are never invited for dinner.

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Review by: Debbie Saraceni on Feb. 10, 2014 : star star star star star
What a wonderful story of mystery....danger....learning one's destiny... above all else love. Liz finds herself intrigued with a handsome man who lures her away from her friends only to find herself attacked by a vampire. Michael had only planned to feed from Liz but also found there was something else about her that drew her to him. What neither counted on was her turning into a vampire after the one and only bite from Michael. Because of the vampire laws Michael is forced to take Liz and go before the vampire council. That is just the beginning of their journey. Through Liz's time staying with the council she learns of others planning on war against the council. She is forced to run with Michael and they take the only friend Liz has made while there with them. They move around to stay hidden and make plans on what they need to do to keep the war from happening and if they can't.... they prepare for war. Liz learns many things along the way about who she is and what her family has kept from her all her life. Like the fact that she comes from a line of witches and there is a prophecy told and Liz is a major player in that prophecy. Liz is destined to become leader and Queen of the vampire nation. I don't want to give too much away here...need to save it for the reader to discover. Willow Cross did a fantastic job of telling her story. It was interesting from the very beginning. The cast of characters that complete this story were all such an asset to the overall storyline. I really enjoyed what Liz's went through in order to find her place in the world of vampires. And it has only just began. I was given a copy of this for an honest review.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jenny Bynum on May 17, 2013 : star star star star star
OMG!! What a wonderful story of vampire romance!!! The things you would do for love is all in this book!! From Micheal and Liz's story of romance and love to Cass' love and loss and regain! The story is wonderful! It talks about the present and past events of each character and how they came about and is basically family in a vampire-sire kind of way! The main characters had to fight through their problems and I love how Willow incorporated each problem into the story one at a time and yet how each problem was part of another problem. Everything started just because Micheal made the first mistake and the whole chain-of-events happened! I loved the how magic was incorporated into the story as well. Just an overall MUST read! Thank you Willow, and lots of love!!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sara Wyers on March 12, 2013 : star star star star star
WOW!!! Is all I have say....That was an amazing read!! Lots of action, a little bit of love, and all out good read! It was a nice change to what I have been reading.(more romance) So all the action and alittle love was wonderful! I was so into the story, that I about died when my Kindle broke right in the middle of the book :( it was hard to go back to my small phone. But I got it done lol. I can't wait to see what the next book has for us. And I recomend this to anyone looking for a good vampire book :) now go get yours, you wont be disaponted!!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: jennifer rohrbaugh on Oct. 20, 2012 : star star star star star
Birthright is the perfect vampire book to start out with. This is a great read and I would actually leave my kindle open if by chance I had to put it down. Was not afraid of my kids reading it.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Tanja Varney on Oct. 18, 2012 : star star star star
OK so I started this series off by reading Afterlife and it was great! And then I was gifted Birthright to read and i thought how AWESOME!! Also I thought I knew kind of what I was getting myself into when starting this book because of my previous read. That was not the case I was looking for Angie, Micheal, William ANYBODY from Afterlife when I picked up this book. I found myself lost in the beginning and had to will myself through I frequently lost concentration and just couldn't focus any attention on what I was reading. So by now you are wondering why I gave Birthright a 4 star review ;) Well here goes, after I got through the first 3 or so chapters the story itself opened up there is a war about to break out between the vampires and all that they have lived by for so long is being challenged and over turned. Oh! And Angie, William and Micheal DO return you just have to be patient unlike I was. Liz is the new girl to this story and she has ALOT to learn if she is going to take on the roll the stars have aligned for her. I could keep going on why you SHOULD read this book but I don't want to spoil anything. All I can say is don't be too quick to judge a new book you pick up it might end up being a GREAT read after you make it in a few chapters. Happy Reading :-)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Alexia Purdy on May 29, 2012 : star star star star
This book was an interesting take on vampires. It follows the lore well and creates a sense of structure of the vampire world. Liz is our main character and is a strong person in dealing with the changes in her life and her new role in the war of the Vampire groups. Her mate, Michael, is also an intriguing character, seems to remain pretty grounded throughout and very deadly.

Overall I enjoyed the book. It did take me a long time to read this book, and I do read multiple books at once btw. I found the huge cast of characters a bit daunting at first, but they seemed to each have some sort or role, no matter how small. I think the length was a bit much for me; it was not a quick read. The book leads into some tangents that would confuse me at first but seemed to be resolved for the most part at the end. I really liked how well she mixed the different supernatural beings, such as witches and ghosts, together and blended them into a united front in some ways rather than pitch them against each other all the time.

Overall, a more traditional take on vampires with some other magical creature factions tossed in.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: AshleyNicole Shelton on May 09, 2012 : star star star star star
A must-read amazing story! So unique, you can't compare it to any other vampire novel!
What would you do if you were suddenly overcome by extreme strength, speed, and... a thirst for blood? Liz is in this situation after a vampire bit her. She is struggling between thoughts of vengeance, love, family, and survival. Michael, the vampire who bit her, is also struggling between is attraction to her and his duty to the council. Read this enchanting story about love, war, conspiracy, prophecy, the supernatural, and so much more.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Natalie Mercado on April 05, 2012 : star star star star star
So yeah, Birthright is the perfect read. It has action, it has romance, it has a bada** female hero. I absolutely loved it!!
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(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ever Star on Feb. 28, 2012 : star star star star star
Willow Cross is an amazing author!

I got this book, and fell in love with it. I can not wait to read more from this author. The story flowed and even though it was 263 pages, it was awesome. I wish it could have been longer since I did not want to stop reading it, but I am hoping this author will continue writing about Michael and Liz, and all the other characters. I want to see where this book can go. I highly recommended this book and this author to everyone.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Malone Wright on Feb. 18, 2012 : star star star star star
I am completely shocked that I hadn't read this book before! I am totally taken with the characters, the story, everything. I love how Willow Cross writes! Her writing is fluid and she takes us through a story well. Birthright begins with Liz going before the council, but then it takes us back to her memory of how she got there. Let me tell you, it’s not easy to pull this off and she did a great job with doing it a few times in the beginning to let us know how Liz got where she was and also where the story was going. Loved it and props for pulling that off without a hitch.

Ok! Love me some vampires and some witches!

Also, I’m going to say again that I love fight scenes and there are a few in this book. So, I was happy with them.
I have to say that my favorite part of this book is the vampire connection with the vampire and the maker. I love this. For some it is of a parent and child, for some it is a connection of lovers, and no one else can come close to the connection that a vampire and their maker have. The connected vampires have a psychic connection as well. This part of the book, is literally the love story for me. Even the vampires who are connected as parent and child…the connection is basically the essence of their being. I’m very impressed with the story Willow Cross has given us here.

The story in Birthright comes full circle and leaves us satisfied, but wanting more from the author. I highly recommend her books. I also finished Oceans of Red and that was great too.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lucy Sinker on Feb. 09, 2012 : star star star star star
I won this book on a blog giveaway. i didn't read it since i downloaded it onto my laptop.i really don't like to read on my laptop since it is a 17", cumbersome. so i recently got a kindle and i was able to download it i stareted reading it and was suprised at how intresting it was. vampires and witches coming together for a good cause. i really enjoyed it. thank you beautybrite for the chance to read this.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jenny Bynum on Jan. 20, 2012 : star star star star star
I loved this book!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jenny Bynum on Jan. 20, 2012 : star star star star star
5 out of 5*!! Who would have thunk it! I loved it!!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Debi Ritchie on Jan. 12, 2012 : (no rating)
I can't say enough about this book. It grabs you from the first time you pick it up and is almost impossible to lay back down. I can honestly say that it is one of the BEST books I have ever read. Thank you, Willow Cross! You definitely have a new fan in me...:)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: karen swart on Jan. 10, 2012 : (no rating)
I find birthright to be a very refreshing approach to the vampire world and even more delightful was the inclusion of other legends. Willow captures the attention of the reader instantly, with various POV's you follow not just one or two characters, but many. I loved Birthright and can’t wait to read the second book. Well done Willow.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: ashley reid on Jan. 08, 2012 : star star star star star
Intoxicating story, that leaves you begging for more!! From page one I was hooked!! Willow has a way of writing that brings the characters to life, and I got so caught up in the story that it felt as if I were part of the story itself!! Absolutely amazing, you guys will not be disappointed with this read!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Brittany Carrigan on Jan. 02, 2012 : star star star star star
This is definitely one of those books that will have you hooked from page one!! I had a really hard time putting Birthright down, which was a really bad thing since I kept reading it right before bed. I even had several dreams about it, that's how good it is!! Birthright is definitely different from other paranormal romance/vampire type books because it actually focuses on the action instead of the love story. Willow's representation of some of the scenes were so descriptive that I had a hard time removing the visualizations from my brain. I kept playing some of the scenes over and over so much that I wished (and seriously hope) that the book becomes a movie just so I could see exactly what she was picturing when she wrote the book! You will get what I mean once you get towards the end of the book ;) I recommend this book for ALL paranormal lovers.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jenny Bynum on Dec. 26, 2011 : (no rating)
I LOVE the Cover, the Story, and Willow Cross! Hope I can start the book soon!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amanda R. Browning on Dec. 16, 2011 : star star star star star
I truly enjoyed this book! Willow makes her characters come alive and I couldn't help but care about them. Birthright was a new and unique take on vampires and it was very easy to get pulled into this story! The setting is vividly described and the characters are explored enough that their reactions and decisions make sense. I had... a hard time putting this book down. It is full of action, drama, and romance with a splash of horror and suspense!

I would highly reccomend this book to any lovers of paranormal fiction! The only thing I didn't like was a section where a lot of information was introduced at once and things got a little confusing. However, I was able to catch up quickly and continue with the story.

I very much look forward to reading more about these characters and the world Willow Cross has created! I happily give The Dark Gifts: Birthright 5/5 stars~
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Rae Ryans on Dec. 15, 2011 : star star star star star
Exceptionally well written book that will keep you yearning for more. I can't wait to read more of this series, and look forward to other offerings from this author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Wanda Hartzenberg on Dec. 01, 2011 : star star star star star
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In the beginning Liz meets with Michael. He bites, she turns vamp. Quite Bram Stoker like for three or four pages.
They meet up and fall immediately irreparably in love. Quite Twilight like for the next 15 or so pages.
Then the good the bad and the ugly rears their ugly little heads and from here on out its different to any Paranormal / YA / or New Adult book I've ever read. Minerva, Gregoria, Jenna and about 60 other characters join the cast to make this book totally amazing.
I was struck with the amount of research that must have gone into writing this book.
For those of you who follow my reviews you will know that I refrain from making technical judgements.
This will be the exception.
Willow has a rare ability for pacing and introducing an array of characters in rapid succession. But never does she use this fast level of pacing and her cliff hanger chapter endings to get out of character development. By the time you are finished with the book you really hate the bad guys and absolutely love the good guys.
By this time you also know that I don't rehash the story of the book in a brief synopsis. Usually I don't since I feel that the authors blurb or my own will get the reader of this review a good idea of what the book is about in essence. In this case I can't do it at all even if I wanted to.
Her fast pace, introduction of evil and saint like characters left me feeling like a child playing hide and seek. You don't want to be found out but you can't resist peeking from your hiding place to try and see what is coming next.
For those romantics out in cyber land - do not fear. This book is filled with romance and not only the romance between Michael and Liz bit also some other less predictable characters.

As I read the book I was filled with the idea that this book is a ken to watching a master Persian carpet weaver undertake another master peace.

I loved the fact that almost all things known to go bump in the night were mentioned in this story and that the symbiotic and discordant life styles of these dark creatures were explained logically and believably.

I give this book a 6 out of 5 star review. I will not only recommend you buy it and read it yourself, I would proudly gift it to my friends. Oh no wait. I already gifted it to my friends. That's simply how good this book is. I can't wait to start on the rest of the books authored by her.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Brooke Schwaderer on Nov. 21, 2011 : star star star star star
Not a vampire fan but really loved the book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: LeBouche on Nov. 07, 2011 : star star star star star
Fantastic reading. I was swept up in the the whole story and style. I am now a Willow cross fan
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: christina williams on Nov. 03, 2011 : star star star star star
Awesome book awesome author
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: MJ Schutte on Oct. 22, 2011 : star star star star star
Review of The Dark Gifts Birthright by Willow Cross

Like I said in a previous review, I hate reading a book on my laptop.
The only way I will do it is if the book is really good.
I read this book in two days.
That alone should tell you how gripping the story is!
The very first paragraph made me sit up, take a breath and read it again.
Normally, I would not read a book about vampires, but this is the exception for me.
The author knows exactly where to bring in new things to keep the reader guessing and very interested.
Another great effort by Willow Cross.
Easily 5 of out 5 starts
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Starr Griggs on Oct. 18, 2011 : star star star star star
The Dark Gifts: Birthright
By Willow Cross
Self-published-May 23,2011
http://willowcrossbooks.weebly.com/index.html
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Blog: http://willowcross.blogspot.com/2011/10/protector.html
Rating: Thoroughly enjoyed this book!

Borrowed form Amazon: Throughout the ages, druids have passed down a prophecy from one generation to the next. A girl, born of a witch clan, will become vampyre and spark a war that will divide the vampire nation. This young woman will either save humanity from vampire reign, or be the end of it. Although she’s never heard the prophecy, and doesn’t believe in witchcraft, Liz Markum is that woman.
Working with her maker, Michael, and the remaining members of the warring Vampire Council, Liz must defeat the darkness inside her, and learn to become more than a killer vampire. She must become a vampire killer.


I have nothing but good things to say about this book. Yes, it took me a minute to get into the story but that had everything to do with outside noise and not this book. If I was going to complain about anything in this book, it would be that I knew enough about the bad guys to know that they were the bad guys. They were important to the story in the sense that they were the reason everything was happening (if that makes sense) but I didn’t care about them. I did care about Liz and Michael and their band of misfits.
I think this is the first book that I’ve read that I wasn’t really clear who the hero was going to be. I had read the blurb and knew what the story was about. But ignoring what I was supposed to know and just experiencing the book as I read, there were opportunities for other people to step up to the plate and fill that role. Is it bad to not know who the hero of the story is? Only if there aren’t any characters that you care about. And in Birthright, there were plenty of characters to grow attached to.
I have to say that I am not always a fan of romances that are so unexpected that they pound you in the face like a baseball out of left field. But I loved the dynamic between Michael and Liz. It was unexpected and there was definitely some interesting chemistry at work, but they did not rush into something, their feelings were believable and sweetly awesome! I am definitely looking forward to the digging into the next book.

Recommendation? Definitely check out Dark Gifts: Birthright, you will not be disappointed!

Starr K

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Amanda Wimer on Sep. 19, 2011 : star star star star star
Birthright grabs readers right from the start. There are no dull moments in this book making it a fast and fun read that you don't want to stop! So sorry when it did! You can't help but love the characters and cheer them on. This is definitely not your typical vampire story! Can't wait to read the next one!! Keep up the good work Ms. Cross!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: cassandra pearson on Sep. 14, 2011 : star star star star
Not the typical vampire story. Interesting from the very beginning. Liz is brought forth to the Vampire Council to learn her fate and the fate of her Maker. Liz has been accidentally turned by Michael, who is a Vampire. It all started with a kiss... He is confused because it takes 3 encounters to be turned, but he was only with Liz this one time. Liz is special. She has powers that she shouldn't have so early on. As soon as Liz is turned, she and Michael have this intense connection and they don't like to be apart. There is a war going on and Liz and Michael are right in the middle of it. Liz finds out an interesting secret about her family that she never knew. Her family is made up of a long line of Witches. Witches and Vampires don't like each other at all. Liz learns she part of a prophecy to save humanity and she learns to fight pretty quickly. The end leaves you knowing there will be more adventures to come. Vamp lovers will enjoy reading this.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Katie S on Sep. 04, 2011 : star star star star star
Birthright is the first book in the series named, “The Dark Gifts” by Willow Cross. Upon finishing, I am eagerly awaiting, (not so patiently!) the next instalment!

This E-Book is not your typical, vampire romance book, where there is brooding, lust and danger. It is considerably more! I found myself having to turn the ‘pages’ every few seconds as I was just so engrossed in the story. It captivated me, had its hold on me so tightly, that I was forced into continue reading until the final page.

The characters are so complex and so intricately thought out with striking, individual personalities that consequently lead you to falling in love with them. For example, you see Cass, one of the most powerful of the Witches face tremendous difficulties. You witness a side to her that you ultimately would not expect, as she is a character who you expect to keep composure. The love observed between Liz and Michael is one of a kind, extraordinary, brimming with passion. They have an understanding that many would crave.

Willow has created a mystical world that you are catapulted into from the very first page. Infused into the book, has everything and anything any lover of the paranormal could ever want from a book. There are witches, vampires, ghosts, permeated with mythology and history. The story flows beautifully from the first page to the final concluding page, at the end leaving you feeling like you have lost a part of you. You feel as though you were part of the story, an observer, and it leaves you aching with neediness for the next book. There are countless twists and turns in the storyline that leave you gasping for more, forcing you to read on to find out what happens next!

The way that Willow describes and her spectacular way with the words she uses, leaves you craving for more. I would without a doubt give this book a 5/5 stars and I would recommend this book to everyone. It is a must to be read. You must read it!

Thank you Willow, for this amazing book!!!

~Katie
(‘Beneath the Cover’ Facebook page)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: GMTA PUBLISHING on Aug. 18, 2011 : star star star star star
"THE DARK GIFTS: BIRTHRIGHT" BY WILLOW CROSS

I am on a continuous search for something different when it comes to vampires. Not necessarily that the entire concept has to be changed but at least that the story is different and not the same old vampire falls in love with human type deal. I can even deal with that as long as there is an underlying story that drives the synopsis further than just revolving around the romance.

I can honestly say that Willow Cross has done just that, she has written a story that moves away from the simple romance we are all so familiar with to an actual plot that is full of action and intrigue. When Liz is turned by accident and not in the usual way you'd imagine, the Council decides that she must stay hidden until they can trust her.

All their good intentions come crashing down when those that believe she is a nuisance decide to overthrow the Council once and for all. Her maker Michael and her are plunged into a world full of turmoil as they have no choice but to run for their lives.

Another aspect that was refreshing was Willow's use of the Greek Goddesses. I have always wanted to believe that some of the myths from old were still out there, just having put themselves in a place they could live comfortably. What better way to do this than to become a creature with the ability to hide for eternity.

I'm a huge fan of Greece and Roman culture so that was another wonderful surprise. I think a lot of people will enjoy this story and it's one that you should definitely pick up! Thank you Willow for the opportunity to read your novel and review it!

-Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club

Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=gmta&action=display&thread=414#ixzz1VQI6sntF
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Bethany Goodman on April 23, 2011 : star star star star star
How REFRESHING. A good supernatural story that drags you in and leaves you panting for more. As LM Preston mentioned - no brooding, no melodrama... just a solid supernatural story with a great voice and characters you can actually care about. Very well written. Highly recommended!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: LM Preston on April 05, 2011 : star star star star star
This is a truly seductive vampire book with a different spin. Not boring at all, great characters with depth, and what can I say, the beginning rocks and sucks you so deep in that you can't put it down. My teenager and I both read it and this is great read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: ruben mercado on March 21, 2011 : star star star star star
Love the way the story grabs you right from the beginning and never lets go. A truly amazing twist on vampire lore and the characters true to life. I for one cannot wait to read the next book. A truly gifted writer
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jessica Bradford on March 16, 2011 : star star star star star
This book was absolutly amazing!!! It has just the right amount of every emotion a book should have! Love, distrust, friendship, action... the list goes on and on! I HIGHLY recommend this book to all. The author Willow Cross gets very high praise from me she did an absolutly stunning job putting together this wonderful book!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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