Tamara Epps

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  • Red on Sep. 09, 2011

    I have never been a big fan of the whole paranormal YA genre (especially after reading Twilight), however, after reading and loving Paranormalcy by Kiersten White I figured perhaps the genre was worth a second look. That's how I came to read Red by Kait Nolan and I'm glad I did. The story is told from two points of view - Elodie (a teenage girl trying to avoid the curse that has been handed down by her mother) and Sawyer (a teenage werewolf) - however, it is clearly Elodie's story. The plot is a strange mix of paranormal romance and paranormal thriller yet I found it worked and I wanted to keep reading. I needed to know who would win out which kept me turning the pages. My favourite aspect was definitely the emotion and motivation woven through each scene. The reader is pulled into the characters lives and more than once I found myself flooded with the strong desires which plagued Elodie and Sawyer. Engaging, with strong characters, my only criticism is that although we are shown Sawyer's point of view, the majority of it is written in Elodie's voice. I found that this disrupted my reading of it a little as it was far too lopsided. However, I believe the author was right to include Sawyer's view - I just wish there was more of it. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick escape from the real world. And if, like me, you haven't read much of the paranormal genre, I think this is a good place to start. I know I certainly will be looking into more books by Kait Nolan. [Disclaimer: I received a kindle copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]
  • Cel & Anna: A 22nd Century Love Story on March 27, 2012

    Cel and Anna is completely different from any other futuristic end-of-the-world books I've ever read. This in large part is due to the fact that the characters are the main point of the story, rather than the technology that surrounds them. Not to mention that it is set just before the downfall of the world, rather than after it. Lindsay Edmunds has a very unique storytelling style which I have to admit felt a little bland to begin with but soon I became engrossed in the story and the style simply emulated the world she has created. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves stories featuring technology, unusual love and adventure as Cel and Anna includes all of these, so entwined that it is barely noticable how the story slips from one to the other. I will definitely be reading anything else Lindsay Edmunds has to share.
  • Cel & Anna: A 22nd Century Love Story on March 27, 2012

    Cel and Anna is completely different from any other futuristic end-of-the-world books I've ever read. This in large part is due to the fact that the characters are the main point of the story, rather than the technology that surrounds them. Not to mention that it is set just before the downfall of the world, rather than after it. Lindsay Edmunds has a very unique storytelling style which I have to admit felt a little bland to begin with but soon I became engrossed in the story and the style simply emulated the world she has created. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves stories featuring technology, unusual love and adventure as Cel and Anna includes all of these, so entwined that it is barely noticable how the story slips from one to the other. I will definitely be reading anything else Lindsay Edmunds has to share.