Alone (Vampires and the Life of Erin Rose - 1)

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Twenty-two-year-old Erin Rose wakes up one morning with no memory of her past, and only one clue: a vampire bite scar on her neck.

Determined to unravel the mystery of her true identity, she contacts the Spectavi vampires, who drink synthetic blood. When they can’t help her, she turns to the Sanguans, who feed on humans. Her investigation leads her deep into a centuries-old vampire war. More
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Review by: Elizabeth Miller on July 31, 2012 :
Erin Rose wakes up in an apartment she doesn't recognize to a face she doesn't know and no idea of how she got there. Knowing she lives in a world where there are two factions of vampires, the Spectavi, who only drink synthetic blood or from a willing victim, and the Sanguan who only drink from humans, willing or not. Erin spends a year working at a job so she can try to figure out what happened to her and whyshe has no memory of the past. With the help of new Sanguan friends Erin infiltrates the Spectavi world to find out who is telling the truth. The idea of this book is very good, the writing style works very well but the Erin character was just annoying. The build up was great but Erin's character was all black and white with no shading. Good try and a was a pretty good way to spend an afternoon in the sun.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jessica Bronder on July 03, 2012 :
In this world, there are two kinds of vampires. The Spectavi, who drink synthetic blood, are very spiritual and advertise that they are out to protect humans from the Sanguans. The Sanguans are the bad vampires of the story that drink human blood and always kill those they feed from. The Spectavi hunt down the Sanguans and kill them for harming humans.

Erin wakes up one morning with no memory of who she is or what happened to her. She is in a white, sparse apartment with a credit card and a driver’s license with the name Erin Rose on it. When she looks in the mirror, she has no memory of who she is looking at and is very self-conscious of a scar on her neck from a vampire bite.

A year and a half later, Erin has been trying to find out what happened to her. She went to the police and the Spectavi but no one can help her. So, she has taken it upon herself to go to Sanguans night clubs and ask around if anyone know what might have happened. While one the way to a club, Erin witnesses an old Sanguan killed by the Spectavi. Thinking this strange, she hunts down another Sanguan that was at the scene of the murder but was let go free.

Erin has stumbled into a war between the Spectavi and the Sanguan. Erin becomes caught in the middle when the Sanguan that is helping her find her past identifies her as a favorite human of the leader of the Spectavi. Erin goes undercover to find the truth but gets more than she was expecting.

I really liked this story. I got sucked in trying to figure out what happened to Erin. I liked how the Sanguans were defined as evil yet a lot of them really were just trying to survive like regular human. The only thing that I didn’t like was how wishy-washy Erin was. One moment she is all about finding out what happened to her then the next she doesn’t want to live outside her happy little bubble.

Having said that, I am really excited to read the next book in this series and find out what happens next.

I received this book for free from the Library Thing Member Giveaway in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kelley Anderson on Nov. 22, 2011 : (no rating)
A girl wakes up in a strange apartment in a strange town with no memory, not even who she is. The driver’s license with her picture says her name is Erin Rose. Also, there is a vampire bite on her neck. Strange enough for you yet? It gets better.

The character of Erin Rose is unbelievably simple. She gets a job and searches for clues about her past. She has a friend and eventually a boyfriend. You only find out about what Erin is feeling as the book goes on. The mood stays at dark and mysterious, slow and quiet throughout the entire story. Steve Perlow is excellent at describing a scene and making it real in your mind without being obvious. And yet I wanted to know more about Erin. I wanted to know what she was feeling when she awoke with no memory, how lonely she was with no friends and family.

The book held my interest by not providing me with enough details. I wanted to know more. Eventually, in the last couple of chapters I did find out enough enough about Erin to make the book worth while. While I was satisfied with the ending and am looking forward to reading the next book, I do hope for more action, more plot twists, and more information about Erin Rose – where she came from and who she was.

I received this book for free in the Epub format as a part of the Library Thing giveaway.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: jordan chapman on Nov. 08, 2011 :
It was good and has potential but there are so many books on the market for vampires that this one seemed repetitive to others. Was a good read and I enjoyed it though!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: InkyBlots on Nov. 06, 2011 :
This is a hard book to review because I know it's going to look like I'm tearing it to pieces, but I only do that with books I read that I feel have a lot of good/a lot of potential. Alone is definitely one of those books. I love stories that involve amnesia and having to investigate to find out ones identity. I also like Perlow's choice to separate out the vampires and giving them a 'who is the real bad guy?' war between them.

That being said, Alone doesn't quite make it as a favourite for a few reasons.

After the first chapter, the reader jumps two years into the future. I didn't understand the jump or even the purpose of the jump. At no point did I feel it was necessary to the plot to have that jump.

I think the matter of Erin's amnesia could have been handled better. Admittedly, in this day and age, amnesia like hers is hard to handle - especially when you want to keep the reader in the dark - but it continued to bother me throughout the book.

For example, she has a license, a lease on an apartment and a bank account - all of which you need a good amount of identifying documentation to get. If all of that had been set up for her, documents forged, officials bought off… Anything like that could have worked for the story, but those things simply weren't addressed and it didn't work at all for me. Even more so after the two year jump when she had more than enough time to find these things out.

Erin herself was a cold character. She seemed to be more vampire than the vampires with little emotions and little response to pain - even her fingers being broken. Little touches could have gone a long way to making Erin seem more human.

Yet, even with those things, I kept reading. I got sucked into the mystery and wanted to keep going. In that, Perlow did very well.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ruth Parcells on Oct. 31, 2011 :
This book was entertaining; it kept me motivated to read it, but it was rather annoying. The author tried to put us in the thoughts and feelings of the main character, and tried too hard. The stream of conscience felt forced and childlike. The plot was interesting, but the characters were underdeveloped and there were too many loose ends still unanswered. I am not sure I would recommend this book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Hannah Hummel on Oct. 26, 2011 :
I loved this book because it had a very interesting plot.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tona Cruz Dominguez on Oct. 19, 2011 :
I liked the book. It made you feel for Erin on many different levels. It was very hard to draw a straight line between the good and the bad. Each character had good and bad aspects. I would like to know more about the twins. There seems to be an even bigger story with them. I did get confused half way through and re-read some parts. It seemed to me that towards the middle the story seemed to jump ahead. There was little flow into the next stage. I still thought the story line was great and will more than likely read more of Steve Perlow's works.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: roadway2000 on Oct. 17, 2011 :
I usually read science fiction books. I started reading this book, and started to really get into it. I like the twists of different faith which the heroine, Erin, went thru. The book is based upon there being two different types of Vampires -- Sanguans and Spectavi. Through out the begining of the book, the Spectavi come across as the "better" of the two types, as they only drink synthetic blood. As the book progresses you are not so sure and by the end you may change your mind. A very enjoyable romp thru the lives and goals of Vampires. If you want a very enjoyable book that keeps you interested, this one should not leave you disappointed.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: roadway2000 on Oct. 17, 2011 : (no rating)
I usually read science fiction books. I started reading this book, and started to really get into it. I like the twists of different faith which the heroine, Erin, went thru. The book is based upon there being two different types of Vampires -- Sanguans and Spectavi. Through out the begining of the book, the Spectavi come across as the "better" of the two types, as they only drink synthetic blood. As the book progresses you are not so sure and by the end you may change your mind. A very enjoyable romp thru the lives and goals of Vampires. If you want a very enjoyable book that keeps you interested, this one should not leave you disappointed.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Robin on Oct. 16, 2011 :
This book was very intriguing from the moment I started to read it. Erin Rose wakes up in a place she cannot remember how she got the bite marks left on her neck. In a world that vampires coexist with humans Erin is on a search to discover why her memory has been wiped clean. She teams up with a Sanguan vampire to discover her past. Steve Barlow has done a great job writing this book and is one book to put on your reading list
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kathryn Merkel on Oct. 13, 2011 :
One of the things I liked most about this book, was that by writing Erin Rose as a character with no memory of her life before she woke in that apartment, Steve Perlow was able to bring a strange new world to life by letting the reader discover it right along with her. Unlike some books, where it seems like the writer wastes a lot of time explaining the backstory, in Alone (Vampires and the Life of Erin Rose) the character needs to learn everything right along with the reader, so it's got a very natural feel.

Although some may think that Erin was too stupid for words, to walk into some of the situations she did, I'm not sure I would have done much differently, if like her, I did not have the memory of all my life experiences to guide me.

In Erin's world, not only are vampires real, but they are divided into 2 camps & are at war. The real blood drinkers, Sanguans, vs. the synthetic blood drinkers, Spectavi. The government has sided with the Spectavi & passed laws to try to protect the human population from the Sanguans. As Erin struggles to discover her past, she encounters members of both groups & has to learn for herself who to trust.

Alone is rich with possibilities & I for one am eager to see where Steve takes us in his next novel.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Emily Tuley on Oct. 09, 2011 :
From the beginning this book was a pleasant surprise. So many vampire novels of late focus upon the sexual drive and sensual nature of the vampires that at times I feel I'm reading nothing but one long drawn out romance novella or story that could be wrapped up in a matter of minutes instead of hours. The predictability of the story disappoints me and I would put the book down and move on to find something else. HOWEVER! I was pleased and very happy with Alone: Vampires and the life of Erin Rose. So much so that from the moment I started reading last night I did not put the book down till I had finished today. Minus the few hours of sleep I actually got.

Compelling and calling for one to keep turning the pages you get to see the life of Erin Rose or what she remembers what she goes through of love and loss as well as friends and her made up family before all of this. She is a marvelous young woman that you root for every time to over come what her life has put before her. All her struggles that culminate in the ultimate decision you would have never seen of her but find yourself shouting out HELL YA! and throwing your arm up in victory for her. I am so eager for the next installation of this series of books that I want to beg the author to allow me to read over his shoulder as he types just so I know what happens next. I am usually very patient but this one.. thank you is all I can say thank you for renewing my faith in a good vampire story.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lisa Hall on Oct. 04, 2011 :
Once I started this book, I had a hard time putting it down. It had good momentum and unexpected plot twists. I found the worldbuilding really interesting - I love vampire lore and vampire origin stories and this one was fairly unique in my opinion.

I did feel that there were too many religious overtones, especially with Erin. Since she only remembers 2 years of her life, how did she come to have such a strong conviction?

But overall, this was a great read that rises above the cliches of vampire fiction. I can't wait to read more about this world!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Scooby2 on Oct. 04, 2011 :
I was unsure of this story at first, I mean another vampire story. I'm so glad I decided to read, "Alone" because it will grab you at the beginning and keep going. The story is about "good" vs "evil" vampires; or the Spectavi and Sanguan. You will find yourself pulling for Erin and at the same time want to shake her for some of her decisions. There is plenty of mystery, death and a hint of romance in this story. I agree with others, I would like to know more about the twins and their history. I also can't wait for the second one to be released, to see how Erin is adapting. I would definitely recommend to others to read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: brownewt on Sep. 20, 2011 :
This was a great book. It was fun to read and I am looking forward to hearing more. I agree with a previous reviewer that it is not the same as so many of the traditional vampire type novels these days. Many unexpected things happen and you are left guessing about what is going on. I am rarely unable to guess what's going to happen in a book and definitely was pleasantly surprised to find that I hadn't figured it all out. Great writing. Needs some editing but otherwise a great read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Diamond Evans on Sep. 20, 2011 :
This book is about a girl named Erin that lost her memory and really doesn't know who she is so she tries to search for her past. This book brings you into a whole new world of vampires called "Sanguan" and "Spectavi" and they are constantly at war,saw Erin finds out that she is being uses by so many people. The First chapter really didn't catch my attention,and I didn't really know what was going on but then as I read everything came through,in the beginning I kinda throught this book was like "oh another story about a friend missing in a vampire club and she falls in love with the guy" THIS WAS NOTHING LIKE THAT its like an investigation story. I'm so Speechless I don't know what to say everyone should read this.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: carod on Sep. 11, 2011 :
Alone (Vampires and the Life of Erin Rose)
by Steve Perlow


Alone is a vampire novel with some romance and a lot of mystery. It takes place in an alternate world where vampires are well known. They are divided into two groups who are at war: the Spectavi vampires, who drink synthetic blood and the Sanguans, who feed on humans.
Twenty-two-year-old Erin Rose wakes up one morning with no memory of her past and a vampire bite scar on her neck. Her investigation into the mystery of her past takes her deep into the world of the vampires.
This book has many of the familiar elements of a vampire romance, but reads more like a suspense/mystery. The book centres around Erin's search for the truth of who she is and what happened to her. The book ends on a cliffhanger, leading to the next book in the series.
Although not badly written and with an interesting premise and world-building, this book was not as enjoyable as I had hoped. Neither vampire group were particularly admirable, and the human authorities seemed either corrupt or stupid. Erin herself was so naive and gullible that I found myself getting irritated with her. Even though much of her naivete could be explained by her lack of memory her gullibility was hard to believe. I'm a bit old-fashioned. To really enjoy a novel I have to like and care for at least one of the characters. A little violence and mild sexuality. Suitable for YA readers.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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