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ELIZABETH J KOLODZIEJ, A YOUNG FICTION WRITER ORIGINALLY FROM TORRANCE CALIFORNIA, IS A SMART AND ORIGINAL THINKER WHO HAS RESEARCHED THE ORIGINS OF VAMPIRES, WEREWOLVES, AND WITCHES FOR MANY YEARS. SHE WRITES HER BOOKS FROM THE KNOWLEDGE SHE HAS GAINED WHILE TRYING TO BE AS ORIGINAL AND INSPIRING AS POSSIBLE. HER BOOKS ENCOMPASS BOTH TRUE FOLKLORE FACTS ALONG WITH INNOVATIVE IDEAS MOTIVATED BY THE GREAT WRITERS AROUND HER. THIS BOOK IS HER FIRST BUT NOT HER LAST IN A NEW SERIES ENTITLED VAMPYRE KISSES.
on June 16, 2012 :
Faith is a down on her luck legal secretary. She agrees to go to the club with her ex boyfriend/best friend Mac. There she meets the alluring Trent. Little does she know that Trent is a vampire. They start hanging out together and odd things start happening. She is attacked in the park, and Trent knows he must come clean with her. The next thing she knows the master vampire and the werewolf royals are in her living room. It seems that the vampires' blood gem and the werewolves moon gem have been stolen. Almost everything happens at the same time when, not only does she find out that she is the last witch in existence, but that her mother is a slayer and wants to kill the vampires, werewolves, and even Faith! Faith must now heavily train to hone her skills in preparation for the battle to get the gems back from the past master vampire, the past werewolf king, and Faiths mother.
I really enjoyed this book. I didn't know what would happen next. The one thing that I thought was odd was that Faith and Mac didn't freak out when they found out about the werewolves and vampires. They just shrugged when Faith's living room was full of them. I mean, wouldn't you be at least a little freaked out? Another thing that irked me a bit was how whiny Faith was. It was pretty much throughout the whole book that she was crying, or need to lay down, or was just very insecure. Even during battle she cried. I guess I would cry too though if your own mother just stabbed you. But she's supposed to be this super witch that should be able to rise up against anything. Okay, so I'm being nitpicky. Lol I did really enjoy the relationships in the book. I loved the Faith/Mack relationship and even more the Faith/Morgan relationship. I can't wait to read and review the next two books in the series, Werewolf Descent and Witch Devotions, due to release in September.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
on Feb. 20, 2012 :
Although I haven't had a chance to review it yet, I just finished Elizabeth Kolodziej's first book Vampyre Kisses. I fell in love with the characters in that book, and I was looking forward to diving into this one! I know these reviews are a bit backwards, but I'll do my best to make sure that I explain a little bit about the overall story and what I liked. That way you won't feel lost, my lovely readers.
Number one thing I love about this series in general is the copious amount of paranormal lore that is packed in. From vampires, to witches, to werewolves, there are more paranormal entities than it seems possible to fit into one story line. However Elizabeth does it seamlessly. Older vampire lore is mixed in with new and interesting abilities. What comes out of it is Werewolf Descent, a fabulously entertaining book that will keep you reading on.
If I had to choose one thing that put this book at 4 stars rather than 5, since I did thoroughly enjoy the read, it would be the way the chapters are broken up. Each chapter is from a different character point of view, and there were times where I would be a bit confused as to who was speaking. Especially since Trent and Faith are so used to one another, so comfortable, that sometimes they say what the other is thinking. It was definitely an interesting way to tell the story, since it was from multiple eyes. However it was definitely a confusing read as well.
The tie in of Greek Mythos made things interesting as well. I'm not entirely sure how much it spoke out in the overall story of Werewolf Descent specifically, but it was a nice undertone. The plot is fast moving, the characters are well written, and if you've read the first book you won't have a single problem picking up where you left off. I've heard people say that you can read this as a standalone. Personally I wouldn't recommend it. I started to read this first, but then quickly realized that I was missing a lot of rich back story. Spend the extra time and read both, you won't regret that you did.
All these words basically equal out to one thing. This book was a great read. I'm a fan of vampires, a fan of werewolves and, thanks to Werewolf Descent, I think I've just added witches to my list as well. If you are a lover of paranormal fantasy, this is a series to look out for. I thank Elizabeth Kolodziej for allowing me the opportunity to review her books! I can't wait for the next in the series.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
on Aug. 11, 2011 :
We are know about the vampire craze and that other vampire book( Which we will not mention). Vampyre Kisses while being the same premise and even the same plot theme of a girl having two potential love interest, that is where the similarity stops. I just love the way that the author portrays Faith and throughout the book you fee l as though you are right there as Faith comes into her own woman even though she is a young adult and a witch. Faith is not the only character that Kolodziej
developed superbly Trent is a very complex, mysterious but very loyal he will not stop at anything to protect Faith. There are also many other characters that Kolodziej develops through out the plot so well that you feel like you could be right there hanging out with them or even fighting battle with them. I loved all the characters or I loved to hate them whatever the case might be.
I fell in love with both Faith and Trent along with many of the other characters and can't wait to read what Elizabeth Kolodziej has she continues writing more adventures using these characters. If you love vampires then you will love Vampyre Kisses.
I can not wait to read the second book Werewolf Decendant.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Aug. 02, 2011 :
Vampire's have been found in so many books in the past few years. I bet you've seen tons in bookstores and probably even read at least a few (or maybe 10, or 50). Now I'm bet you're thinking why another vampire book? Well I can honestly say you have never read a vampire book like this one. There wasn't just Vampires. You will also find witches, werewolves, shapeshifters and Greek Gods. Yes, Greek Gods! It was a new twist to the paranormal tale. Greek Mythology added to the story made everything so intriguing.
The characters were enjoyable. Each one had their own distinct personality. One of the main characters, Faith was a great strong female character, who was caring and just an over-all great person to read about. Trent, the vampire, I didn't like as much. It felt like he was like every other vampire I've read. He did have a Irish (swoon worthy) accent though. My over all favorite character in the book had to be the 'cat'. He was so cute, I just wanted to steal him.
Throughout the book the point of view switched almost every chapter. I'm not to much of a fan of switching point of views and in Vampyre Kisses sometimes it worked but sometimes it didn't. In the beginning there was one scene that we saw in Faith's POV and then in Trent's. It was unnecessary and a bit boring to read the same thing twice. After that it did get better, only repeating things a few times. Sometimes it was necessary to have the two point of views and actually enjoyable. There was also some great actions scenes that I think made up for the switching point of views. Elizabeth Kolodziej definitely has a talent for writing action scenes. They were intense and fast pace, and you could never stop reading during one of them.
Since Vampyre Kisses was self published there were quite a few mistakes throughout the book but that's something you'll get with most, if not all self published books. Vampyre Kisses is also an adult book. Make sure you are comfortable reading adult books if you're going to pick this one up. (This review was for a YA book blog, so I have to mention that)
Despite some mistakes and a few cheesy lines I did enjoy Vampyre Kisses. The plot was so unique that I just couldn't stop reading. If you're looking for a new paranormal book to pick up, this might be one for you.
(reviewed 59 days after purchase)
on Aug. 01, 2011 :
I very much enjoyed this book. Very well writen and a little different from most vampire books you will find. I mean you don't often read about a witch and a vampire together. I read this over the weekend and it is one I couldn't put down. This is now one of my favourites and I can not wait to start reading Werewolf Descent (The Last Witch, #2)
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)
on July 19, 2011 :
I enjoyed this book and if you like stories about vampires, werewolves and witches you probably will too.
Vampyre Kisses is an enthralling story about a young woman named Faith, who seems content with her life, but deep down craves more excitement. Then a mysterious man named Trent enters her world and everything changes. Surprising to Faith, Trent is a green-eyed vampire from Ireland. She is even more amazed to find out that she is a witch, and the last of her kind.
Faith learns that she is destined to restore her witch line and becomes more powerful as she gains confidence and knowledge, but danger lurks everywhere -- especially when unknown assailants steal the most important gems from the vampire master and werewolf royalty.
Now surrounded by a world filled with mystifying vampires and werewolves, can Faith gain enough power to help her friends and rescue the stolen gems?
Vampyre Kisses is a solid and interesting read and the blurb above explains the story very well. The plot moves along at a fine pace, gives us variety in the type of scenes and takes the reader smoothly from one scene to another. The main characters are likeable and their relationships and motivations are realistic and believable. I enjoyed watching Faith grow from someone who needed protection into someone who was capable of looking after herself. The affect this had on Trent and the adjustments he had to make in relation to her growing empowerment were very realistic and well handled.
I liked the touch of humour in the growing relationship between the werewolf and the vamp and in the paranormal characters reactions to Faith’s input into their discussions. I also enjoyed the details of the training. I found this the most interesting and well written part of the book. It was good to see a character having to work hard to gain her skills.
The story is not predictable, but neither is it surprising. The noteworthy aspects are the ‘mother from hell’ character, the nature of the witch’s training, and the fact that the vamps did actually sleep in coffins. I had a giggle at the reference to Trent refurbishing the padding for more comfort. He really is a lovely character. Morgan the vampire’s subjugate mother relationship with Faith also added an unusual and lovely touch.
There are some problems with the writing that lowered my rating, but surprisingly didn’t mar my enjoyment a great deal. Near the beginning, two scenes are repeated twice, each time from a different point of view. The repetition is completely unnecessary, it adds nothing to the story and detracts from it by slowing it down. After that, however, the book improved a great deal and I found myself keen to see what happened next.
The other problems are in misused words and basic copy editing mistakes. A couple of copyediting mistakes are forgivable, I know how easy it is for several readers to miss the same simple mistake eg leaving off the ing from thinking, but here I found a whole sentence repeated twice, which makes me wonder how many times the ms was checked before publication. More of a problem are the words that were constantly misused eg than was used instead of then, not just once or twice but as a regular thing. To each they’re own, is another example of this kind of misuse.
I give the book 3 stars and look forward to seeing more from this writer in future, because there is definite potential there.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
on July 07, 2011 :
It's been a while for me since my last book about witches and, so far, I think this is one of the bests. At the beginning of the story we have Faith, an average girl that was actually, quite bored of her life. A while ago she had lost her dad and, for some reason her mother seems to dislike her a lot (such a mother material here...). On top of that her job as a secretary is rather boring and the only light in her life is Mac, her best friend and old lover.
Soon al of this is about to change as she becomes friends with Trent (may I say, I like his name a lot. Don't ask me why, I just do xD), a caring and protective vampire that is supposed to stay away from her. But he can't, obviously because there is something different about Faith... she has the "vampyre kiss".
Hum? You want to know what is it? Then read the book xD
No, really, read it. Elizabeth created a really good story, strong characters and wonderful creatures, like Oran. I think he is the pet every person would love to have... I'm a huge fan of cats, you see, and Oran is a volucris, a creature that in it's small size looks like a kitty with tiny wings that he hides in his fur and, in his real form he looks more like a leopard with huge Pegasus wings. Who wouldn't want a pet/friend like that?!
Of course we also have the "love triangle" between Faith, Trent and Zou Tai, a werewolf prince and almost Faith's killer.
Think of Trent as a serious, handsome, caring and strong protector (although he can make good jokes) and then Zou Tai -his family originates from Thailand- who is more like a funny, hot and sweet friend. I can't choose a team, they are both great in their own way.
I like vampires, I like werewolves and I like witches a lot and this book mixes all of them in a pleasant way. Think of it, if you discover you are the last witch and your new best friends are all from the supernatural world, wouldn't you be happy? Plus, there is a war coming and Faith is the only one that can save them all. And by "all" I mean all the vampires and werewolves out there.
And I'm heading off to read the second part! Yay! :D
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
on Feb. 16, 2011 :
Are you a fan of witches, vampires, immortals, werewolves, shape shifters, and all the other creatures that roam our planet, whether seen or unseen? If so, then join Faith and Trent as they search for two gems that have been stolen and that could cause war between vampires and werewolves, if the gems are not found.
Author Elizabeth Kolodziej’s debut novel, VAMPYRE KISSES, introduces us to Faith, a young woman who leads a boring life. When she meets Trent, however, her life and indeed her whole world change. Told in alternating chapters from both Faith’s and Trent’s points of view, we follow Faith as she learns that she is a witch, discovers her powers, and falls in love with the vampire, Trent. She also is attracted to Zou Tai, werewolf, which adds a bit of friction between the two guys who have caught her fancy. The story contains plenty of action to keep the plot moving. There are occasions where descriptions of clothing and such are a little detailed, slowing down the pace, but not for very long. Together, Faith and Trent face each danger with bravery and sometimes humor, and I found myself cheering them on to succeed in defeating their enemy and for Faith to live happily ever after, with whichever guy she chooses.
At times there were so many different characters that I had trouble remembering who each of them was. Ms. Kolodziej’s story, however, held my attention as the plot unfolded. VAMPYRE KISSES should appeal to lovers of the vampire and witch’s genre. The author’s apparent knowledge of vampire and werewolf lore also lends an authentic touch to the story. A nice look at the world of vampires, witches, and other intriguing characters.
(reviewed 55 days after purchase)
on Feb. 10, 2011 :
Vampyre Kisses is the debut novel from Elizabeth Kolodziej. This book was epic on multiple levels. I read a lot of paranormal- there are no less than 4 series of vampire books on the shelf beside me as I type this- so I love to find an author who can create a world that isn't s cookie cutter replica of someone else's vampires/werewolves. Vampyre Kisses shows a great deal of research on Liz's part to make such a vibrant world that is so obviously entrenched in the myths and legends of real peoples. I really liked this book and am SO excited to know that it is part of a series and not a stand alone.
What would it be like to have a chance encounter change your life forever? Faith Scott is about to find out. When she goes out to a club with her ex turned best friend, Mac, Faith meets a man named Trent who is about to turn her world inside out. Trent is a vampire with a conscience. He doesn't want to force anyone into the life he leads and he doesn't like to kill anyone. Trent feels a bit like a monster, even if he does appreciate the vampire life. But he secretly hopes to one day find love and someone who will love him in return, even if he is a monster. When he meets Faith, he is so intrigued by her that he can not simply walk away from her, no matter how much his friends and maker might try to convince him that he should. Trent can sense that there is something different about her even if he doesn't know what it is. Meeting Trent is the catalyst that sends Faith on an epic journey, over the course of which, she learns many things about herself, her dearly departed father and her off-putting mother. Faith builds her own family of friends who love her and stand beside her, even in the face of the uncertain.
This book was a fun read that really hooked me after I got going. It was hard to step away from because the action was so fast and furious. The characters really drew me in and made me want to know what was going to happen and how would they make it through. I love Faith and Trent together. Their love and friendship was heart warming and sweet. I also love the other supporting characters like Morgan, Mac and ZT. Faith is lucky to have such a great group of friends! This book comes highly recommended so go check it out!!
(reviewed 46 days after purchase)
on Feb. 08, 2011 :
From the title, I can directly guess there will be vampire in this book.I thought it would give me a same legend with what I have got in some book with same genre. But I was wrong. Elizabeth gave me many different things about vampire, werewolf, slayer even witch with her familiar. It looks like opening book which is totally new. I like all her ideas. She wrote the details very well. Nothing stopped me from reading it to the last pages, although in first few chapters, there are some disrupting repetition. But after that the pace was flowing fast and well explained. Another interesting part from this book was the surprises which could be found almost in every chapters. It kept me guessing what happened next.
The story was told by two different point of view, Faith and Trent. There was also from Morgan and one from the sight unseen. I thought it was little bit inconsistent and just too many. But I knew everyone in the book better with this kind of format.
Faith, the main character in this book. She was a fragile, independent woman. Nothing was interesting in her life. she was far from what we mentioned as happy. Those were all things that I could describe about her before Trent, whom Faith fell for, came and everything seemed to changed. From his eyes, I got many new thing about Faith. He himself was one reason why I read this book until the end. It was not difficult to fall for him. I loved the relation between them.
Besides Faith and Trent, I met many characters. It was not hard to distinguish each of them. Although I do not write them here, all I can say is some of them are quite interesting. Let's say Akilah, Max, Oran the Familiar, or even Gordon. You can find them all by reading this book. I recommended this book for those of you who are a big fan of vampire or any supernatural creatures.
(reviewed 44 days after purchase)
on Jan. 11, 2011 :
Vampyre Kisses is told from the points of view of both human Faith and vampire Trent, which normally wouldn't bother me except that in the beginning there are an entire two chapters told from both their points of view. It felt repetitive to say the least. Luckily this didn't happen throughout the whole book, and the use of both points of view makes sense since Faith and Trent are separated in the middle of the book. However, I was thrown off by the inclusion of Morgan's, Morgan is one of the oldest vampires in this book and a very important character throughout the story, almost halfway through the story. At this point I was wondering if first person POV was actually necessary and if third person could have been a better choice.
I didn't get very invested in Trent and Faith as couple. They either go from just meeting to kissing to being separated, so it's a bit hard to become invested in them. However, this book is not just about the main couple there's a lot of action going around them. What I did like about them was their blood bond, for some reason I enjoyed the passages where they could feel what the other felt, they were extremely cute. I think the romance and action were perfectly balanced, and the pacing of the story is fantastic. I think every character had a place in the story, even the humans Mac and Helen, Faith's mother, which was refreshing since usually humans are the ones to be "protected" and I'm going to come out and say it, kind of useless in paranormal stories. This is not the case in Vampyre Kisses though.
I think the author is very good at creating her own mythology, and while she start out a little iffy (see first paragraph) the story builds up as characters start showing up. She has witches, werewolves with a back story from Thailand, shape shifters, slayers, vampires with their own mythology and the most adorable flying cat ever called Oran. The mixture works very well, though half way throughout the book I was having a hard time keeping up with all the new rules and revelations of this world, but I enjoyed it!
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
on Jan. 07, 2011 :
When I first started reading Vampyre Kisses I wasn’t sure where it was going to go. I’ve read many vampire novels and they’ve lead me down the same road of mortal girl falls for immortal vampire and they live happily ever after. La, la, la.
I would like to say that Vampyre Kisses has enlightened me by showing me that there are other ways of intertwining immortals and supernatural love and also finding ways of complicating things.
Our main character Faith is best friends with her ex-boyfriend, Max. Untraditional, but this relationship works really well throughout this book. Faith meets many challenges in her life from work, love and family. Faith also transitions and develops a new sense of self.
Faith encounters Trent, a tantalizing Irish vampire and forges a bond in more way than one. For those who crave the love triangle there is still hope when Faith meets Zou Tai, prince of werewolves. These three, along with Max are brought together on a quest to restore the stolen blood gems to rightful houses. I am not giving away too many spoilers in my review because I want everyone to read it. Elizabeth didn’t hold out, she put in the whole kit and caboodle, so go check out her book “Vampyre Kisses”
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on Jan. 05, 2011 :
First of all, I'm a huge fan of vampires. I have been ever since I was young and watched old reruns of Dark Shadows. So as you can imagine, I've read a good amount of vampire books. VAMPYRE KISSES was immediately my kind of book. Kolodziej managed to take put a fresh spin on the world of vampires. Trent was an instant favorite of mine. He didn't feel like a typical vampire or any that I've met through the Twilight series, the House of Night series, or the vampire books L.J. Smith introduced to the world.
And vampires aren't the only ones to fall in love with. I felt like I was inside Faith's head in a way that made me cheer her on as she faced not only physical battles but also emotional ones. And speaking of physical battles, the fight scenes in this book are packed with tension.
If I had to pick one thing I disliked, I'd have to say it was the prologue. I'm not a fan of prologues in general. But I found the old-fashioned language difficult to read. I understand why it was used and it's completely justified, but personally, I didn't care for it. I was very happy when chapter one came and I got to see Faith's voice, which is much more my style.
The ultimate test for me is whether or not I think about a book when I'm not reading it. And with VAMPYRE KISSES I did. I found myself wondering what would happen to Faith and Trent and how things would unfold in this world of vampyres, witches, werewolves, slayers, and gods.
If you are a fan of vampires, you should check out VAMPYRE KISSES. It's worth you time.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on Dec. 27, 2010 :
I read this book during a vampire/paranormal book marathon over the holidays. It was an enjoyable quick read. The main character was likeable and I enjoyed how she kind of got swept up into the whirlwind of the vampire and paranormal beings around her. It starts off with a foretelling of sorts, and then you delve into the first person dialogue of the main character named, Faith. The book is told from the point of view of both Trent, her love interest and Faith. There is a retelling of scenes that give insight into what each character felt about the event which was interesting. This isn't too gory that a teen couldn't or wouldn't enjoy it and my teen thought it was enjoyable.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)