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Marissa Farrar is a multi-published fantasy and horror author. She was born in Devon, England, has travelled all over the world, and has lived in both Australia and Spain. She now resides in the countryside with her husband, three young children, a crazy Spanish dog, two rescue cats and six hens. Despite returning to England, she daydreams of one day being able to split her time between her home country and the balmy, white sandy beaches of Spain.
Even though she’s been writing stories since she was small and held dreams of being a writer, her initial life plan went a different way.
In her youth, inspired by James Herriot, she decided to become a vet, and would regularly bring home new pets to her weary parents. Upon discovering her exams were never going to get her into a veterinary degree, she ended up studying Zoology. Once she completed her degree and realised she’d spent the majority trying to find time to write, she decided to follow her dream of being an author. Seven years later, she was published and two years after that she was able to say goodbye to the day job.
However, she’s continued to collect animals!
Marissa is the author of four novels, including the dark vampire ‘Serenity’ series. Her fifth novel, Underlife, a dark fantasy set beneath the streets of London, will be published August 2012.
Her short stories have been accepted for a number of anthologies including, Their Dark Masters, Red Skies Press, Masters of Horror: Damned If You Don’t, Triskaideka Books; and 2013: The Aftermath, Pill Hill Press.
If you want to know more about Marissa, then please visit her website at www.marissa-farrar.blogspot.com. You can also find her at her facebook page, www.facebook.com/marissa.farrar.author or follow her on twitter @marissafarrar.
She loves to hear from readers and can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
on Jan. 27, 2013 :
I liked this book better than book 1. Like others, the whole abuse thing with the woman putting up with it just isn't my thing and I never could understand anyone thinking that they had to put up with that. This book picks up with Serenity having Sebastian's daughter, and Jackson coming back from the dead as something horrible and killing people, with only one thing on his mind...getting Serenity back. This brings Sebastian back into her life, pretty much picking up where they left off. I didn't agree with him leaving her and yes, although it is hard to believe they fell in love really fast, I would have thought he would have stayed with her.
The twist with Elizabeth is interesting...her being half vampire and seeing the future. I guess it was too much to ask that Jackson just die in this one, but now Serenity has been taken by him and his intent to change her so that she no longer remembers Elizabeth and Sebastian is the lead in for book 3. I'll definitely read it since I want her to finally know peace, but I know there is also a fourth book so I guess that isn't in the plans yet.
I also wondered how Serenity would be able to really stay with Sebastian if she stayed human, and being changed not an option. I understand her reasoning given Elizabeth, but figured that would change somehow down the road.
In a lot of ways, vampires in this book are similar to other vampires written by other authors...there isn't significant differences in their characteristics or the fact that some people learn about them. Some may not want to read this because of that...however, if you like vampire books, the first is a bit hard to get through, but the second one is better. There are definitely some areas where you wish you read less of, like abuse, killing, etc. It is darker than other books that focus more on the romance and don't read as dark.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Oct. 24, 2012 :
I loved Serenity and Sebastian! They may just be my favorite vampire/human couple ever! The return of another character believed gone forever just managed to heighten the suspense! This story is well written and kept me reading! I couldn't put it down!
Recommended for anyone interested in romance and intrigue!
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Sep. 24, 2012 :
Fantastic follow up to Alone. Absolutely gripping - the tension had me practically holding my breath at times as well as gasping at the horrific killings. Brilliant cliffhanger ending had me immediately turning to Book 3 in the series Captured.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on March 25, 2012 :
"Buried" takes takes place several years after the end of "Alone". Sebastian has gotten as far away from Serenity as he can, in the belief that he is protecting her by doing so. Serenity has learned how to be essentially alone and has become a stonger person. Both go about their days and nights pining for each other, always believing it's for the best, but wishing and dreaming otherwise.
Then Sebastian receives word of a killer on the loose - and he's got a pretty good idea of who it is and what it's after. Sebastian returns to find Serenity, along with something else he never could have imagined. Their love rekindles and grows, and together they must find the strength to fight their foe.
"Buried" kept me on the edge of my seat. It is at turns gritty, brutal and violent, but also is loving, romantic and heart-warming. If you love vampire tales that go beyond Twilight, this series is for you.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)