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Brooklyn James is an author/singer/songwriter inspired by life in the Live Music Capital of Austin, Texas. Her first novel, The Boots My Mother Gave Me, has an original music soundtrack and was chosen as a Quarter Finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. This book has ranked in Kindle's Top 100 Coming of Age and Women's Fiction.
When she is not writing books, she can be found playing live music around Austin as part of an acoustic duo. Like most everyone, she treasures her time spent with family and friends. Brooklyn has been in a Weezer video, met Harry Connick Jr. as an extra on the set of When Angels Sing, and she was Mira Sorvino's stand-in on Jerry Bruckheimer's Trooper pilot for TNT. She enjoys reading, dancing, working out, fishing with her hubby, and a good glass of kombucha.
Brooklyn holds an M.A. in Communication, and a B.S. in both Nursing and Animal Science. Her nursing career has seen specialties in the areas of Intensive Care and Postpartum. She serves as a Guest Speaker with a focus on awareness and prevention of Domestic Violence and Suicide.
Find her at www.brooklyn-james.com or www.facebook.com/BrooklynJamesAuthor. You can also find her music on Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, YouTube, and Pandora.
on May 12, 2012 :
Wow! I love reading thrillers and paranormal, but Vigilare is a real treat! The Vigilare is super human, seeking to protect those that can't protect themselves. But is she any better than those she stalks? It really makes one stop and think - is an eye for an eye really the solution?
The animosity between Detectives DeLuca and Gronkowski is entertaining, yet compelling but it is the way the citizens react to the horrific crimes being committed in their city that really makes you sit up and pay attention. The murders aren't pretty and the crime scenes horrific, but James writes with tact and class and the scenes are set without the possibility of nightmares. Not knowing who the Vigilare was had me up late turning the pages - I had to know! Such a creative and complex race, I yearn to know more about them. Looking and acting like humans, you wouldn't know if one was sitting next to you. The book really raises some discussion worthy questions, but the story itself is thoroughly entertaining, with an urban feel and an astonishing twist at the end, leaving this reader waiting for the next exciting installment!
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
on May 07, 2012 :
This book was fantastic. I loved all he crime scenes and the characters. Some were even spooky. There is this scene about a lady at the grocery store. That is all I am going to leak, but boy that made me think twice. I have never read any books by Brooklyn James. She has a new fan for sure. The ending had a wonderful twist and she just had you guessing the whole time. I can't wait till the next book!!
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
on May 07, 2012 :
This book was fantastic. I loved all he crime scenes and the characters. Some scenes were even spooky. There is this one about a lady at the grocery store. That is all I am going to leak, but boy that made me think twice. I have never read any books by Brooklyn James. She has a new fan for sure. The ending had a wonderful twist and she just had you guessing the whole time. I can't wait till the next book!!
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
on April 30, 2012 :
What a fun way to spend Labor Day!
All I can say is that this book is absolutely terrific! I don;t normally read thrillers but this is different. I was fortunate to have been given the chance to review this masterpiece. Why do I say so? Because this is book is definitely many things that compose a great novel and hopefully, a masterful series.
This is the first book in the trilogy about the Vigilare, superhumans gifted with some kind of unnatural strength among things and this race may have been altogether another breed of human beings or highly-evolved humans. Anyway, the story centers about strange crimes and murders, the usual mystery of a good suspense and thriller book. But what is different is that this book shows the perspective of the would-be criminals, and also of the detectives and people who want to solve these mysterious circumstances. The characters are very human and of course, superhuman if you count the Vigilare. Gifted or cursed with being notably different, they must live their lives with an unbelievable strength that could kill without their control and obvious intent.
I also love the portrayal of women here. Some may be affected or outraged of the amount of violence, rape and abuse that women experienced in this novel but they are very relevant to the plot. What more is that it shows that women can be empowered in many ways and they are also capable of taking action against the torture that men and society are inflicting upon them. They can be vigilants, hungry for revenge and justice, the way that real vigilants would kill and murder for the sake of their beliefs and their self-righteous acts.
I won't say more. You should read it. Here, you would find another unique creation of creatures similar to the Taltos of Anne Rice, The Others of the Night Watch series by Sergei Lukyanenko and Angelology by Daniel Trussoni. I can say more but definitely, this book conjures an entirely unique and fantastic race that would definitely rank as one of the best new species in contemporary literature. What is more, I love the way that the Vigilare could really be among us, normal-looking creatures with very human guises but possess unnatural capabilities. It makes me feel so warm inside.
I will definitely reread this book again in the future. It is so interesting and will definitely leave you wanting for more. I hope the writer is now busy making the next books or else, I will become a vigilant myself!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)