Dark Matter Heart

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Seventeen year-old Cordell Griffin and his mother move from Los Angeles to the Pacific Northwest to start a new life. Cor has one goal: blend in and be invisible. Unfortunately for him, no matter how far he goes, he can't run away from his secrets. Secrets about who he is. Secrets about why he's sick. And secrets about why so many people he meets end up dead, drained of blood. More
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Published by Nathan Wrann
Published: May 11, 2011
Words: 37,800
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452436623
About Nathan Wrann

Nathan Wrann is a writer, publisher and independent filmmaker living in West Haven, Connecticut with his Chihuahua Napoleon, pain in the ass cat Konstantine and wife Kimberly. His films, HUNTING SEASON, and BURNING INSIDE are currently available on DVD and VOD.

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Review by: J J on Sep. 14, 2012 : star star star star
great story, suspensful And well done keep it up
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Becky Paulk on Aug. 11, 2012 : star star star star
I really loved how to the point Dark Matter Heart was. There wasn't any useless time fillers. I also loved how there was just enough romance to make it have a cute side. Cor is a great main character, i loved that he wasn't cocky in the slightest bit and was overall a really nice guy. I cannot wait to find out what will happen next in this series and how Cor and his friends will clear their names of murder!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Natasha a.k.a Paranormal Goddess on April 20, 2012 : star star star star
Nathan Wrann's first book "Dark Matter Heart" was a bit slow in the first few chapters for me, but Nathan sure did make up for it later in the book.

The main characters Cor Griffin and his mother have just moved from L.A. to the Pacific Northwest to help with Cor's allergies, that he received after having a accident when he was younger, but it's not just Cor and his mother that have made the move to Pacific Northwest, something or someone has followed them and with every new person that Cor meets, starting to turn up dead the very next day. Cor and his new friend Taylor from school needs to find out who's behind the murder's and why, before the police come after Cor.

Dark Matter Heart takes a bit to get going but once it starts the book is a addictive read. While reading Dark Matter Heart I found that the story and the characters in it kept me on my toes as the story took me though a few twists and turns as it built for a massive action packed ending worthy of a film.

I give Dark Matter Heart By Nathan Wrann 4 out of 5 stars.
I wanted to give Dark Matter Heart By Nathan Wrann 5 stars cause I can not wait to see where Nathan Wrann will take Cor in the next book, but the first few chapters were what made me want to give up on reading the book. Which I'm so glad that I didn't, cause I really liked the story and the characters a lot.

So I recommend you try reading Dark Matter Heart By Nathan Wrann. [Book Review From Paranormal Goddess Book Blog - http://paranormal-goddess.blogspot.com.au]
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Suzanne Finnegan on April 18, 2012 : star star star star
After Cor was almost killed in a car accident four years ago, when he was 13, he developed allergies. His is allergic to the sun. He is weak and sickly during the day, and can't sleep at night. After getting into some trouble in Los Angeles, his mom Jane decides to move to the misty Pacific Northwest, with two hundred and forty overcast days per year. He makes a new best friend Taylor. But it seems that trouble has followed him.

Nathan Wrann has done a fantastic job of weaving a paranormal romance/murder thriller with a web of suspense and mystery. This book would interest paranormal fans as well as those who love a good "whodunnit" book. Nathan has a writing style that I really liked and I just didn't want to put this book down. It was totally unpredictable and kept me wondering and guessing throughout.

Cor and Taylor are really likeable characters and I really enjoyed the interactions between them, total geek speak and playing detective and forensic scientist. Taylor turned out to be a much different character than I thought he was going to be when I started reading this.

The only downside I had was Caitlyn. I don't feel her character has enough depth for the reader to be able to connect with her properly. The type of girl who dated the dumb ass jock didn't gel with the type of person who would have been drawn to Cor. I would have liked some more insight into Caitlyn, like who she hung out with, was she popular etc.?

I really liked the ending when the action kicks off. We find out who the killer is (shocker) and there's also another twist. I am really looking forward to reading the next instalment in this series, From Out of Chaos.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lissa Smith on Sep. 21, 2011 : star star star star star
For reasons beyond my control, (technology… after all is only as smart as its user) my original review (in July) at was not posted. So here I sit again in an attempt to post (fingers crossed) armed with a new computer (that seems to hate me just as much); wish me luck.

To put it simply in three words “I loved it!”

Yes, I know it quiet the red-carpet affair for one (especially me) to claim to love a book but I did. Why you ask? Straightforward, it was the point of view. Nowadays the book stores, e-store and libraries are bogged down with sups stories from the female point of view. Let’s face fact, sometimes a lady just want to know how the guy sees things. And young men need some way to relate to the young ladies reading Twilight, Vampire Academy and other related sups books.

I know romance from a guy’s p-o-v, who would have thought? Hey, it worked for HB’s Vladimir Todd Series as well as FM’s Bloodthirsty, and it works for Nathan Wrann’s Dark Matter Heart as well.
Additionally, it’s a clever new twist to the whole sups pop culture that every young guy can relate to (I’m speaking of the love) and every girl who loves sups stories should read.

Overall, Dark Matter Heart was a great debut that will hook all readers and the male p-o-v will definitely stand out. It contains its own unique set of characters, and a plot. Some might argue that it lends ideas from other popular books. As an avid reader I can accept that but to me all books reflect each other in some fashion. DMH is a classic tale of coming of age with a supernatural bite that even the guys will secretly love.

READ!! READ!! READ!!! What else can I say?
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Cassay C on Aug. 22, 2011 : star star star star
Dark Matter Heart reminded me of one my favorite series The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod. I totally enjoyed Dark Matter Heart it was a light easy read that was suspenseful and kept my attention. I like Cor’s and Taylor’s character. This was another refreshing novel that had the best friend accepting that their best friend may be a supernatural creature. I like how Nathan made it seem like you were guessing between if Cor was a vampire or just had a weird allergy to the sun. I really liked Taylor and his geekyness for science and criminology…I really have a soft spot for geeks. The suspense of the murders around town reminded me of the many murder mystery TV shows and I liked that I personally didn’t see who the murderer was and the shocking twist at the end of the story. I’m hoping that Nathan will continue Cor’s story as I really enjoyed it
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tanya Contois on July 26, 2011 : star star star
While I thought the murders that were taking place in the background of the story was a smart move on the author's part I was confused as to whether Cor was a vampire or if he just suffered from severe allergies.I think I would have enjoyed the story a little more if the main character wasn't a vampire.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Karen Edwards on July 18, 2011 : star star star star
Cordell Griffin was in a car accident when he was younger and since then has problems with his "allergies". Cor and his mother move from Los Angeles to the Pacific Northwest for a fresh start, but something has followed then. Something bad. Everybody that Cordell comes in contact with ends up dead and he is the prime suspect. All clues lead back to him. Cordell needs to find out who is behind the murders and fast before someone he cares for is next. This is book was amazing. I usually don't get into reading much YA, but I have to say this one was very, very good. It ended up being a real page turner for me. I'm looking forward to seeing where Nathan Wrann takes this series and these characters.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Felicia Mayner on July 07, 2011 : star star star star
I really enjoyed this book! Love the different take on vampires. Slow in the beginning and was a little predictable but was still fun. You get to love the chars. Looking forward to the next book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cathy T. on June 24, 2011 : star star star star
This is a Reading Good Books review.

* In compliance with FTC guidelines, it should be noted that I received the book for free.

I came across this book while browsing several book blogs. I saw the author’s post saying that he was willing to give readers a free copy of Dark Matter Heart in exchange for a review. I figured, why not? (If you want your own copy, I will post details under the comments.)

Dark Matter Heart is the first book in the Cor Griffin Bloodsuckers Series. Our hero is Cordell “Cor” Griffin, a seemingly ordinary high school student. Together with his mother, Jane, he moves up to the Pacific Northwest from Los Angeles, California to start anew. New neighborhood, new school, new friends.

He meets Taylor on his first day of school. He also meets a pretty girl named Caitlyn. Unfortunately, being the new kid in school, he becomes the target of the bullies. Things do not become easier for Cor when strange things begin to happen. Certain people that Cor comes in contact with die. And they all have the same cause of death… all were drained of their blood. Suspicions arise when it seemed coincidental that the murders start on the day Cor moved into town.

I do not have a good track record when it comes to Young Adult stories. Especially the Paranormal subgenre. Often, I am left unaffected or give up before I even finish it. But I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It was a quick read; the story was fast-paced and direct. I like that it was very readable, the short chapters seem to add to the pace of the story. There are a couple of typos here and there but no big deal. I liked how the characters were written, Taylor mostly. I also liked Cor but it was easy for me to picture Taylor in my head.

The premise of the story is interesting. It is certainly different than most of the vampire fiction novels flooding the book shelves these days. I liked the ending a lot. It had a twist that I did not expect at all. I am interested on what will come next.

Given that is a new YA paranormal/vampire series, I understand that the author wants to establish his own canon of vampire history, e.g. Stephenie Meyer and her sparkling “vampires”. And I respect that. I might not agree with all of it but at least the author is trying to set his series apart from the others. Although, I still found myself shaking my head at some parts.

There were bits of the story that were left open-ended. I figured since this is the first book in a series that those details will continue on to the next book. I hope so. Good continuity is always a plus for me. Overall, it is a good establishing piece for a series.

Rating: 3.5/5.

Recommendation: Fans of YA vampire fiction would find that this is right up their alley. If you want to take a break from Twilight and The Vampire Diaries, give this a try.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Martha Schlegel on June 23, 2011 : star star star star
Dark Matter Heart was a pretty good book. I found it a little slow at the beginning but ¼ ways through it, it really picked up! I loved the connection between Cor and his new “best friend” Taylor. The friendship between them was great and so easy going. I always find it interesting to see how different authors use the vampire myths; killing them, sun, how to turn and Nathan Wrann didn’t disappoint with his interpretation. Dark Matter Heart was a good, easy read and I’m looking forward to the next installment of Cor’s life!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Benjamin Jones on June 22, 2011 : star star star star
Dark Matter Heart by writer and filmmaker Nathan Wrann is a delightful and quick read.

The book opens with our lead protaganist, a young teenager named Cor Griffin who has moved to the Pacific Northwest from Los Angeles in the hopes of controlling his "allergies" as well as to escape some other issues that he may or may not have been a part of (I will not spoil that for you). All Cor wants is to make it through high school and be as invisible as possible - no new friends, no sports; just getting through and moving on.

Of course that doesn't happen or else it would have been a very short and uninspiring book. Cor meets a new friend and, as is usually the case in life, he finds a girl that catches his eye and his heart.

All is not well as Cor also catches the eye of a man called The Creeper who, to again avoid spoiling things, makes Cor's life "difficult" to say the least.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The story, though dealing with vampires, isn't your usual vampire tale and don't think that just because it involves teenagers that it's going to be on some Twilight stuff because it isn't (which is a GOOD thing).

Highly recommended and I look forward to the next volume in this series.

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(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: J J on May 28, 2011 : star star star star star
good story well written
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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