on April 1, 2013 :
Patricia Lynne has written a good book about a very popular subject. It is a good story and is very well written. The character development is perfectly done and the passage of time and progression of the characters is astounding. It just never grabbed my attention and held on. I liked it, but I didn't love it.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on Aug. 5, 2012 :
I loved this different take on the vampire mythology. I've read many vampire tales, and this one is now one of my favorites.
I was particularly intrigued by the way Tommy's "voice" changed as the book progressed. In the beginning, his character was very one dimensional and focused solely on survival. As the chapter flew by, Tommy grew, vampiricly and emotionally.
It reminds me how we are all just working at being human.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on June 23, 2012 :
This is the first Patricia Lynne book I've read and the first YA vampire tale I've read since Breaking Dawn. I can finally say I'm back on the train of vampire novels (as you can tell, because I've read two of them in a row). I'm still team Werewolf, but hey...I love me some vampires. Being Human not only sated my need for a good vampire story, but a nice YA book also.
The first thing I would like to point out is that Patricia Lynne wrote vampires on how I see them: survival-orientated. Blood is the first thing they care about and are more beast than human. I was excited to read how I perceive the vampire-kind. Thank you Ms. Lynne. Thank you!
Being Human was an interesting book and kept my attention for the most part. My attention did tend to drift off at certain points, because I found Tommy (the main dude) a little boring. I don't know, but I'm not a big Tommy fan. Well, I felt mostly neutral towards him. I didn't loath him and I didn't adore him...he was just there. Perhaps it was because he was just there. Throughout the story he would just get blood once a week and visit his twin. For the majority of the book I was...well...bored.
The first and third part of the book was very, very boring (in my opinion). The story was stagnant and nothing would happen for pages and pages at a time. However, I did find some of Tommy's musings rather interesting and his questions funny. For example...he didn't get the point on couples going out for dates. He didn't understand how that helped people's "survival" or make the relationship "better". I found it very interesting and very realistic for if vampires were real.
I also loved how Ms. Lynne had Tommy find some of his humanity back. He did find out some main points on being human (note...TITLE OF BOOK, haha). He may have been a "monster", but deep inside he did retain some of his past human traits. He had the ability to be self-conscious, have will-power, have some sort of compassion, and most of love. It made me made that the people of this book were more heartless than the vampires themselves. If you sympathized with the "monsters" then you were now the out-group and beaten. If you happened to become a vampire, then you were shunned and if caught they would do experiments on you and then kill you publicly. At times the humans were more monsterly than the monsters themselves. Horrible. However, if vampires were uncovered in our time, I bet their fates wouldn't be much different.
ANYWAYS, this was an interesting book and I liked it. The only thing that really makes me not LOVE this book was how slow the tempo was. Yes, yes, I know not every story should be fast-paced and whatnot, but I couldn't help but skim some areas. Other than the slow bits, I really liked the story and I'm so happy someone else envisions vampires the way I do! They are NOT human and NOT Edward Cullen. Yes, vampires still retain some human qualities, but the first thought for them is survival.
ANYWAYS, sorry...I keep regressing and getting off topic.
Overall, I did like this book and I wish I could love it like everyone else...but the slow parts made me not a happy reader. I loved the world that was presented. It felt like a possible world that would exist if vampires were uncovered. I would recommend this to YA lovers and vampire book lovers. I would caution twilighters to stay away, because this is nothing like the Twilight books. I do like the Twilight books, but this is left field. Out of five stars I grant this one 3 stars. In all reality it would be 3.4, but I don't give decimals, so I rounded.
Favorite Character(s): Danny (such a great guy) and Mackenize (Tommy's niece, she was funny and the happy-go-lucky character)
Not-so Favorite Character(s): VF (buttcheeks. They are NO better than the vamps)
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
on Feb. 22, 2012 :
This is one of my favorite books that I have had the chance to read. I was quickly engulfed by the books and the need to read more. When the ending came at the end of the book, I was left wanting to know more about what was going to happen next. I can not wait to find out what happens in book two.
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(reviewed 38 days after purchase)
on Feb. 5, 2012 :
Loved the original Vampire story. Well written.Author answers the question what happens when you become a vampire. A refreshing point of view on a tale we have read before. Would recomend this book to other who enjoy Vampire tales.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Jan. 8, 2012 :
An original Vampire Tale. Ever so human. I could not put this down. I was enthralled with each page and each event and each character. Get this now.
(reviewed 62 days after purchase)
on Nov. 6, 2011 :
In this truly original tell of vampires, society and the bonds of family, you will find everything you’re looking for in a great novel! Just as our narrator, Tommy, has a hard time understanding why humans do what they do, I’m having a hard time sorting out my emotions after reading Being Human. This is one of those stores that makes you step back and think. The main character that the story follows is so well written and truthful that I have a strong suspicion the author must have been turned into a vampire herself. Tommy went through so much confusion in his years spent learning how to be human again after forgetting everything he knew from his human life, and being left only instincts and one thought…Survive! As you watch him understand and grow you get a first row seat on the inner workings of what love really means and the power of family bonds. This story tugged on my heart strings when Tommy would do something sweet (even if he didn’t understand why) and made me laugh when he would try to understand the complexity of human emotions (which I don’t think even us humans understand). It’s so refreshing to read about a different kind of love and get a whole new take on the vampire’s genre. First person narrative is always one of my least favorite POV’s and runs the risk of being read like a little girl’s diary but Lynne did a wonderful job of keeping me interested and an even better job of making the story line flow. Even if you don’t like vampire stories I hope you will give this book a shot, and promise you won’t be let down!
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
on Nov. 2, 2011 :
Read this story now!!!!!! You don't need to decide if you like a vampire tale, you don't need to decide anything... Patricia Lynne has written a hard hitting tale on humanity. I have spent the last 24 hours reading it at EVERY possible/conceivable point I could.. I wanted to just sit and hide till I finished it and then I didn't know if I wanted to cry, smile or bitch-out at Patricia for a remarkable ending...
Characters - Each character was so finely crafted, with no wasted words or ideas for each one. The depth we get to know them and how quickly that is created is amazing. I think even to say that you feel for them just doesn't sum up how well they are written.
Plot.... Not a plot bunny or hole in sight... just the story no filler, no wasted effort, no jerking around. It would be a lie to say it was a simple plot, yet it doesn't go over board on complexity.
Style - The way this is written is so suitable to the story and the characters..
Damn but I want to say so much but I'm still working through my emotions after reading this... But THANK-YOU Patricia... I'd give you another star easily for being such a brilliant story if I could..
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on Oct. 29, 2011 :
Being Human is a Young Adult-targeted vampire story with a twist. Ms. Lynne examines the relationship between two brothers—twins—one of whom is turned as a teenager, the other of whom remains human and loyal to his brother. Tommy, the twin who is turned, and Danny share the uncanny bond that so many twins share. Even after Tommy commits what he, even with his remorseless, serial-killer instinct that infects all vampires, realizes is an unspeakable act, his brother stands by him. And, so it goes through their relationship as Danny grows up, goes to college, marries, and has a family. Tommy stays close and struggles to remember and recapture the feelings he had as a human.
Because of its focus toward a YA audience, the violence tends toward the intense, but not graphically so. The author leaves the details of the attacks to our imagination, and that is actually how I prefer it—my imagination is wild enough to picture exactly what is happening without a blow-by-blow (bite by ripping bite?) description.
The bond between the twins is what makes this story unique. As readers, we look at ourselves as human through Tommy’s eyes. He is a stranger in a foreign land after he is turned. As he hunts, he is, in turn, hunted by authorities and people who would like nothing better than to dispose of him permanently. As the story progresses, Tommy begins to experience human emotions, and the reader begins to wonder if there truly are redemptive expressions of love and caring that can bring back or free even the darkest of creatures.
Now, I’ll admit that I’ve talked to some of my more voracious YA readers at my library about the story, and I’ve given out the Smashwords code more than once to readers who want to check out the story for themselves based on my description of the characters and events.
The prose moves quickly, the dialog is realistic and believable, and the conveyance of emotion is spot on. My only bias lies in the non-use of dialogue tags. There has been quite a bit of debate about using or not using these qualifiers. My bias lies in that I’m functionally dyslexic (really, I am), and sometimes, I get lost amid rapid-fire dialogue; it’s a serious problem for me, and I find I have to read a passage that contains this type of tag-less dialogue several times before I completely comprehend it. But, again, that’s just me.
It’s definitely a pick up and read story, and if you like YA books, this is a go-to book for you. As I said, four of my most voracious YA patrons are getting ready to plunk down real money on Smashwords and download this to their iPads.
(I purchased BEING HUMAN in ePub format for my Nook (No Nookie Like My Nookie!) from Smashwords. Four stars for a fun YA read with wide appeal)
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Oct. 18, 2011 :
Being Human is a refreshing spin on vampires. Tommy isn’t your typical suave, debonair, sexy, badass vampire that all the girls drool over and all the other vampires want to be. He’s confused and conflicted, and would be completely adrift if it wasn’t for his human brother Danny keeping him tied to the human world. He’s kind of innocent and naïve, despite the fact that he’s a cold-blooded killer. Being very analytical and factual, he kills because he has to; it’s how he survives. He doesn’t see the point in doing much of anything that doesn’t tie directly to survival. All of these thing combined make Tommy a very unique and interesting character.
I really enjoyed the passage of time in the book. It gives the readers a longer period of time to see Tommy growing and developing. He struggles with being a vampire who has some human tendencies. He often knows that he should feel a certain way, but it’s just sort of beyond him to actually feel that way. He tries for Danny’s sake though, and for the sake of other characters that are introduced throughout the book (won’t say too much more about that because I know I wouldn’t have wanted to know before I started reading - it’s interesting to see it all unfold and meet the characters as you go). Through it all, Tommy learns a lot about one very human emotion: love.
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)