I'll tell you a little about myself (yawn). I'm Devyn and I write paranormal YA books about the characters who live in my head. I love reading paranormal books and love hearing about new authors. I prefer young adult books, but will read grown-up books on occasion. I was always considered the ‘eccentric girl’ the one with the big imagination and colorful stories. I'm from Oklahoma City, a place I'll always call home. Right now, I live in the lush green and humid climate of New Bern, North Carolina. I was Goth before Goth was a style, I wanted to be Star from The Lost Boys and knew Keifer would one day find me and we'd fall madly in love.
on Nov. 21, 2013 :
I honestly loved this book. The only thing I didn't like was Oakley. During the book he started to get annoying and while I was reading the book I just keep thinking "You make me want to PUNCH YOU in the FACE, OAKLEY
(review of free book)
on Nov. 16, 2011 :
Overall I give the book high marks. The story draws you in and really is a page turner. The down side was the typos and grammar errors. But not enough to ruin the whole experience. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends
(reviewed 67 days after purchase)
on Oct. 20, 2011 :
I'm normally not the werewolf kind of gal, but this book was a page turner (and it has vampires in it - my fave). The author created a fun paranormal world with a tough chick, hot guys and teenage issues. If that sounds good to you, then you should read it! :)
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)
on Oct. 20, 2011 :
This book is the story of Abel Casey, an ordinary boy until the stunning Pru Phelan came to town and introduced him to his destiny. Pru has had a vision that the Great Wolf has been born and he can be found in Piedsville, Oklahoma and his name is Abel Casey. Pru's main assignment? To kill Abel... at least that is make his own family believe he is dead. The Great Wolf is expected to become the leader of all the packs.Abel starts training and he begins to have the abilities of a werewolf, but he hasn't shifted and he doesn't want his family to believe he is dead. Will Abel be able to convince the pack that he can protect his own family? Just when everything seems to be going okay, Abel's sister Allie meets a new guy named Arien. Arien isn't just any guy, Arien is a vampire and he knows the Phelan pack has found the Great Wolf. Arien wants to know who it is and he is threatening to turn Allie into a vampire if they don't tell him. Allie is already moody, will she contract the Human Vampiric Virus (HVV)? Abel wants a relationship with Pru, but Pru only has eyes for her bodyguard, Oakley. The story will have you cheering for the good guy.... hating the bad guy... dreaming of the sexy werewolves and loving to hate the vampire bad guy Arien.
The multiple scenarios may be too much to bear for our newly unshifted werewolf Abel, can he save his sister? Will he find love? Will Pru be able to fulfill her assignment? Will Allie really end up becoming a vampire? Who will be brutally murdered?
This book I feel had its own story yet it has also set the scene and introduced us to the characters of what could be a very promising series. At first I though the book was going to go somewhere along the line of being like Twilight however that didn't last long, I would compare this more to the Rachel Vincent Shifter series. This is more aimed at the YA market however is still very readable and enjoyable by adults in my opinion. I enjoyed how the story is told from Pru or Abel's points of view.I loved the characters, Dolly and Prudence who are both strong, no nonsense females who can stand up to the males in the pack. I initially had my suspicions and doubts about the character Parker and his role in events but warmed to him as a character as the book progressed. The book has Weres, Witches, Shamans and Vampires so for me the plotlines seem endless and the possibilities exciting!
The cameraderie the pack has is well described and the whole love elements in the book of will Pru and Abel become an item? Will Pru and Oakley get together? etc keeps you guessing well into the book. the whole pack, imprintinng, rogue/stray wolves and mates for life themes have been done in books I have read before so where easy to follow and grasp. I did enjoy the dream walking, and shaman aspect which I hope will be explored further in forthcoming books, there has to be more books surely! The book ends in a way that "business has yet to be taken care of. There were many threads running through the book to keep track of and keep you interested such as the question of would able have to fake his death so that his family would have a safe future, in the end (and I think I can say this without revealing spoilers) the decision is taken out of his hands, and everyone else's that were planning it too. I will definitely be looking out for book 2 which I think maybe even better as in a way book 1 ended at the begining of
journey on his new life path.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Aug. 21, 2011 :
The Legacy of Kilkenny is a fantastic read. Devyn Dawson has created one amazing urban- fantasy world. The storyline is strong and fresh, with different werewolf packs, vampires, dream walkers, and seers—and that's just the tip of this awesome adventure. The characters are well-developed and full of personality. This is the first book I’ve read where the main boy and girl characters were not in love with each other, but it works. Dawson did beautifully with Pru already being in love with Oakley. I didn't dislike Pru for not returning Abel’s feelings, and you will see why (no spoilers).
Abel is a terrific guy. He’s funny, sincerer, and so loveable. When Abel sees Pru, he knows trouble just walked into his English class. He’s so right, Pru is on a mission to get Abel trained and ready for his destiny. Abel is to become The Great Wolf, and rule over all the werewolf packs. Not bad for a teenage boy who still has his mom take him to school lol. Pru is a beautiful werewolf princess. Her father is the alpha male, so Pru will become an alpha female. It’s her mission to tell Abel he's the The Great Wolf that all the werewolves have been waiting for him to join the packs.
Oakley is a gorgeous guy and werewolf. He’s part of Pru's fathers pack, and also Pru's bodyguard. He helps Pru train Abel for his destiny. Pru and Oakley’s romance is hot. Oakley is hot! :) He’s one lean, mean, sexy werewolf, and I can't wait to see more of him in the next book. But I also want to see more of Parker. He’s a rogue werewolf that’s joined up with Pru's pack and he's the cool mysterious type. I'm definitely wanting to know what this gorgeous werewolf is all about. The hard part is I’m going to have to wait for the next book, but in Parker’s case, it’s well worth the wait. He's yummy ;) Now for Arien. He' the sexy bad boy vampire. I know I'm not supposed to love him, but I do, and Pru’s having a hard time with this herself. Arien’s so sexy and bad till he’s mm mm-good. But he is the enemy. Dawson has built a magnificent urban-fantasy world and amazing characters in The Legacy Series. I highly recommend The Legacy of Kilkenny as a must read.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
on Aug. 08, 2011 :
I was really excited when I first started reading this book, now I am really excited to read the NEXT book. Fantastic story, characters and truly, (TRULY) better than Twilight.
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)
on Aug. 07, 2011 :
The story is about Abel Casey, an average teenager boy who lives with his parents and has a sister called Allie, Abel doesn't know how special he is and neither does he know about the challenges he will face to meet his destiny.
His whole life changes from the minute he lays his eyes on Pru Phelan, she is more than a beautiful girl, she is a werewolf and she is the one who will break the news to Abel and train him for his destiny as to become The Great Wolf.
Abel has a lot to deal with, he doesn't want to leave his family and he is not even sure if he wants to shift into a werewolf.
He is told he has to die, but does he?
His life and the lives of people he loves are in danger, his sister is changing, has she been infected?
This is a story about power and ambition, about loyalty, alliances and betrayals. Werewolves against each other's packs and dangerous vampires, a thrill I hope you'll get to feel.
It took me while to warm up to the story, I must confess. The book is written in two different POVs, Pru's and Abel's. At first I didn't like Abel much, I thought he was a bit soft and pushed over too easily but I guess that was what Devyn wanted us to feel because I felt that Abel had started to change throughout the pages, getting more confident and accepting who he is. I loved Prus POVs, she is a very strong minded girl but she has a personal soft side, she struggles with her feelings toward a handsome wolf called Oakley (who is my favourite character!) and I was longing for her to get his attention, I mean get his heart, body and soul! Get everything Oakley!
I loved the characters, I very much enjoyed reading the story and I am looking forward for the book 2. I want to get to know more about the characters and I have a few questions myself and I guess that's good.
The whole idea of this Indie week is to get to know new authors and their stories and I hope after this review you will read The Legacy of Kilkenny.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Aug. 01, 2011 :
I was hooked from the start with this captivating book. Abel thinks that he is just a normal teen growing up in Oklahoma, until he meets Pru. Pru gives Abel news that will totally end his life... or will it? The book is written in both Abel and Pru's point of view and is a real page turner. You don't want to miss out on this book and you'll be on the edge of your seat waiting for the next book in the series!
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
on June 15, 2011 :
The Legacy of Kilkenny is breathtaking! A read that keeps you reading until the very end!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on June 15, 2011 :
The Legend of Kilkenny is a great read. I fell into the story right away. The descriptiveness was awesome. It was exciting and I had to keep reading until the end. Can't wait for the next book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)