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  • What Kills Me on Aug. 03, 2012
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    What Kills Me is a truly sensational read that is centered around a remarkable girl named Axelia, A.K.A. Zee. Her life changes one night when she falls into a well while running for her life, only to emerge as something she never dreamed could be real. I tore through this book so fast because I just couldn't get enough of Zee's story, and when I was finished there was no doubt in my mind that this book will continue to stick with me for quite some time! I have always been a huge fan of vampires, and Wynne Channing has managed to take this genre and make it her own; producing an addictive and mind-blowing plot that is unlike any other story involving vampires I've ever read. I find it very refreshing that this author added new rules and circumstances to my favorite group of paranormals. To say that Zee's journey is very transformative is kind of an understatement. As I said before, she's human one day, and then the next she wakes up to realize that she is a vampire and her old life no longer exists from this point on. But then she soon finds out that the Empress, the leader of the vampires, wants her dead because Zee is a part of an ancient prophecy stating that she is going to be the destroyer of the vampire race. From that point on the book is all about Zee running for her life while the Monarchy's soldiers and mercenaries try to capture her so she can meet her swift demise. Fortunately, Zee has the help of an incredibly handsome, yet seriously moody, vampire named Lucas. Together they kick some serious butt and leave a trail of bodies in their wake while they come up with a plan to save Zee. Lucas is deadly with a sword, and I must say that I quite enjoyed his intensity. Plus, I can't even tell you how much I adored the blossoming relationship between him and Zee! They had a very sarcastic and witty banter at times that had me laughing out loud, and they never failed to put a grin on my face when they were together. I also like how their romance didn't feel rushed at all; it took time for them to recognize and sort out their feelings for one another, especially because they were both dealing with a lot of personal tragedy. Something I enjoyed even more than the romance, though, was Zee's growing power and confidence. When she started to really defend herself against those who tried to take her down, she did it with a fierceness that was almost palpable, and I did several fist pumps in her honor out of excitement while reading this book. I'm pretty sure I even shouted something along the lines of, "IN YOUR FACE!" at the end of the book when some outrageously climactic events took place! The ending had me reeling due to the profound information that was revealed. I'm told that there is going to be a follow-up book to this one and I am so incredibly excited to hear it! I'm getting lost in my own thoughts just imagining what the future holds for Zee! Please do yourself a favor and get your hands on What Kills Me, because it is such a thrilling read and you will not be disappointed. I definitely look forward to reading anything else this author writes! *Special thanks to Wynne Channing for providing me with a copy of her novel in exchange for an honest review!* My reviews can also be found at: http://escapingwithfiction.blogspot.com/
  • What Kills Me on Aug. 03, 2012

    What Kills Me is a truly sensational read that is centered around a remarkable girl named Axelia, A.K.A. Zee. Her life changes one night when she falls into a well while running for her life, only to emerge as something she never dreamed could be real. I tore through this book so fast because I just couldn't get enough of Zee's story, and when I was finished there was no doubt in my mind that this book will continue to stick with me for quite some time! I have always been a huge fan of vampires, and Wynne Channing has managed to take this genre and make it her own; producing an addictive and mind-blowing plot that is unlike any other story involving vampires I've ever read. I find it very refreshing that this author added new rules and circumstances to my favorite group of paranormals. To say that Zee's journey is very transformative is kind of an understatement. As I said before, she's human one day, and then the next she wakes up to realize that she is a vampire and her old life no longer exists from this point on. But then she soon finds out that the Empress, the leader of the vampires, wants her dead because Zee is a part of an ancient prophecy stating that she is going to be the destroyer of the vampire race. From that point on the book is all about Zee running for her life while the Monarchy's soldiers and mercenaries try to capture her so she can meet her swift demise. Fortunately, Zee has the help of an incredibly handsome, yet seriously moody, vampire named Lucas. Together they kick some serious butt and leave a trail of bodies in their wake while they come up with a plan to save Zee. Lucas is deadly with a sword, and I must say that I quite enjoyed his intensity. Plus, I can't even tell you how much I adored the blossoming relationship between him and Zee! They had a very sarcastic and witty banter at times that had me laughing out loud, and they never failed to put a grin on my face when they were together. I also like how their romance didn't feel rushed at all; it took time for them to recognize and sort out their feelings for one another, especially because they were both dealing with a lot of personal tragedy. Something I enjoyed even more than the romance, though, was Zee's growing power and confidence. When she started to really defend herself against those who tried to take her down, she did it with a fierceness that was almost palpable, and I did several fist pumps in her honor out of excitement while reading this book. I'm pretty sure I even shouted something along the lines of, "IN YOUR FACE!" at the end of the book when some outrageously climactic events took place! The ending had me reeling due to the profound information that was revealed. I'm told that there is going to be a follow-up book to this one and I am so incredibly excited to hear it! I'm getting lost in my own thoughts just imagining what the future holds for Zee! Please do yourself a favor and get your hands on What Kills Me, because it is such a thrilling read and you will not be disappointed. I definitely look forward to reading anything else this author writes! *Special thanks to Wynne Channing for providing me with a copy of her novel in exchange for an honest review!* My reviews can also be found at: http://escapingwithfiction.blogspot.com/
  • I Am Forever on Jan. 31, 2014

    I was so excited to get my hands on a copy of I Am Forever, the sequel to What Kills Me! I became extremely attached to the main character and her story after reading the first book, so naturally I fan-girled at the chance to read the second book. Wynne Channing has concocted the perfect writing formula and applied it to this series. I Am Forever is fast-paced, intricate and incredibly imaginative! She's taken your classic vampire story, stomped on it, and morphed it into something fresh and enjoyable--with twists and turns in the plot you will never see coming! The heroine, Axelia A.K.A. Zee, went through a life-changing transformation in the first book which resulted in her running for her life with the help of Lucas, a fellow vampire--who is also a very handsome and noble guy. This book picks up right where the previous one left off, and it's all about what happens next for Zee now that the tables have turned and the monarchy/vampire race has accepted Zee into their society. But even though the metaphorical waters seem still and calm on the surface, you just know that something is lurking beneath the depths, gearing up to make some monster waves! That is the best way I can describe the feel of this novel, and I loved the suspense and intrigue of it all. Zee really shows us what she's made of during the course of this novel! She is NOT a chick you want to mess with. There are several fight scenes that are so descriptive and intense that you will think you are right there in the middle of it all; it gives me the shivers just thinking about it. Zee is definitely not afraid to get BLOODY. She kicks some serious butt and I love it! Speaking of love....The monarchy guides Zee down one path, while her heart is with Lucas; who is on a completely different path. Their relationship is really tested, strengthened and defined in this book. These two make such a great team and their chemistry is untouchable--I can't get enough of their banter and interactions! Zee is still full of snarky and humorous musings, and I enjoyed several laugh-out-loud moments prompted by her. There are some new characters that are introduced that compliment her personality so nicely; her new friend, San, being one example. He cracked me up! I could gush and profess my love for I Am Forever all day and night. But just take my word for it when I say YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK (after reading the first book, of course)! It is well worth it and it's a fantastic read. *Special thanks to Wynne Channing for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. =)