Shades of Gray

Adult
Rated 4.70/5 based on 10 reviews
Not suitable for tweens. Hunted by a coven of vampires, Katelina has only one person she can trust: Jorick. But when her knight in shining armor turns out to be one of the monsters she has to examine her perceptions of good and evil to survive. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781452352213
About Joleene Naylor

Joleene Naylor is the author of the glitter-less Amaranthine vampire series, a world where vampires aren’t for children. As a compliment to the novel series, she has also written several short stories, including the Vampire Morsels collection, and has plans for an Amaranthine Encyclopedia.

In her spare time, Joleene is a freelance book cover designer and for-fun photographer. She maintains several blogs full of odd ramblings, and occasionally updates her website at JoleeneNaylor.com. She and her husband live in Villisca, Iowa near the famous – and reportedly haunted - “axe murder” house. Though she enjoys the paranormal, she refuses to invite the ghosts for a visit. Between the cats, dogs, and turtles, her house is full enough.

Ramblings from the Darkness at www.JoleeneNaylor.com
You never know what you’ll find in the shadows…..

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Reviews

Review by: Carol on Jan. 06, 2013 :
Good to see a book where the vampires are scary and part of a frightening society.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nicole Thornton on May 28, 2012 :
Really enjoyed this story. More grittiness to the characters and writing than have come across in a while. Looking forward to reading the rest of her series.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Craig Fallon on March 28, 2012 :
It's a pleasure to find a vampire book where the vampires are more monster than sparkles. Still a few things prevent me from giving it a 5 star review. I thought the characters were a bit one dimensional. I also found a few typographical errors. I wish Katelina was a bit more self-sufficient. I also found it a bit unbelievable that Jorick would appear just in the nick of time every time.

Still, I enjoyed the story well enough to eagerly begin Legacy of Ghosts, the second book in the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Unicorn Productions on June 23, 2011 :
OK, first of all, I'm not a fan of vampires and I'm stuck to Ann Rice's first 3 books (and I prefer the movie of Interview anyway, but I read also the Vampire Lestat and Queen of Darkness, then I had enough of the gore and quit). BUT Katelina's "voice" is so strong and funny (and in third person, yay!) that I really rushed through this. The right amount of gore, sex and humor, so to speak. And I look forward to start the second book of the series and all the short stories I skipped so far.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: David N Bending on June 06, 2011 :
Tremendous read! Your storytelling makes the reader believe they are involved all the way through. Brilliant!! Can't wait to read another book by you.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Martha Schlegel on April 05, 2011 :
This was a fun read. I loved the story and the characters. It was action packed and romance! Can't wait to read the next book to see where it takes Katalina and Jorick!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jessica Peach on Nov. 15, 2010 :
this is a brilliant example of fiction involving the paranormal. it is something i strongly believe in and more books like this should be published, well done. i couldn't put it down.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: amberblase on May 18, 2010 :
This was a great read. I had a hard time putting it down. I love how Joleene Naylor crafted her world and made it believable. There were rules and divisions of power in this vampire world. It's refreshing to see a vampire who actually cannot come out in the day (for example). And Jorick was hot. I don't know why but the idea of a man who's been watching a woman to protect her (and not in a creepy stalker sort of way) and falls in love with her from afar is very romantic to me. He was never forceful or demanding, but he definitely had a sexy quality about him. Katelina is one lucky girl. LOL

There is sex and violence (both well done), so yeah, it's not for the faint of heart. There are very evil vampires after Katelina, and Naylor did an awesome job of getting me to root for her. Definitely looking forward to the next one!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Bonnie Mutchler on May 13, 2010 :
Shades of Grey is a fabulous book after my own heart, with believable vampires and characters you care about. It has action and romance and anything else you would care for. I can't wait to read the next installment and spend time again with Jorick, Katelina, and all the gang.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Ruth Ann Nordin on March 08, 2010 :
This is one of those books that starts off with a bang and keeps going. I couldn't think of one dull moment. Even parts that could have dragged on kept my interest because they advanced the romantic sub-plot between Katelina and Jorick, which led to the question, "How far will someone go to protect someone they love?"

The book starts when Katelina recalls finding Patrick (who is sort of a boyfriend but not really) dead in his apartment. Then she gets a phone call from someone telling her that he knows who killed Patrick. She debates on whether or not to go to an isolated spot to find out--and she finally decides to go. From there, her life drastically changes because all of the sudden she's thrown into a world filled with good and evil vampires, and some want to see her dead.

I really enjoyed this book. I found the author's sense of humor wonderful, but even with humor, there are some serious moments. The key is to blend the two, and I thought the author succeeded very well with that. I would recommend this for readers who prefer more mature themes. For me, this was a definite plus. Sometimes I get bored of light reads and need something with more substance. It tackled just how evil some vampires could get, and that made me appreciate Jorick even more. Parts of it were spooky, like the house Jorick took Katelina to that had very odd people in it. That was my favorite part, especially when he warned her not to leave her bedroom until he came for her. Of course, I wanted to know why, and the author didn't disappoint me.

The story did end with me wanting to read more, so I look forward to reading the next one in the series.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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