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I have been so graciously asked by Darkiss to be a permanent reviewer for DarkissReads. I am really excited about this opportunity to read and review upcoming authors.
I love to read and usually have more than one book on the go at any one time. My taste in novels cannot be confined into a few genre types. I love all different genres, but currently am having a love affair with gritty paranormal/fantasy. My first love; Mike Carey with his Felix Castor series, second would be Simon R Green and his Nightside series. They both really grab my attention and leave me wanting more, while last but not least The Tales of Soloman Kane by Robert E Howard.
You will find many different books on my bookshelf ranging from Fiction, Non–Fiction and the occasional Historical Romance….yes I love Romance. My all-time favorite romance author is from back in the day “Kathleen Woodwiss”. I still have my original copy of her book The Wolf and the Dove, and to this day it captures my imagination and I find myself transported back in time to the invasions of William the Conquer.
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Rayven / DarkissReads ID : Witchofthemists
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- Hidden - a dark romance (Marchwood Vampire Series #1)
on Sep. 20, 2011
Hidden is the first book in the Marchwood Vampire Series by Shalini Boland. This story is a breath of fresh air in the young adult paranormal genre. Spanning centuries and continents, this lively story takes us on an intriguing journey of discovery and horror that you don't want to end. The story follows Madison Greene and her brother Ben, as their lives take a dramatic turn for the better. Moving out of foster care into their own home and immense wealth. But along with the wealth comes responsibility and intrigue. In this tale we see the past merge with the present in a chilling and exciting way, as Madison searches for answers and finds them from the most unexpected person ; Alexander Chevalier whom just happens to be a vampire.
The characters within the novel come to life and jump right off the page, I found myself easily immersed in the story from the late Victorian era of Alexandre's journey to Cappadocia, where he and his family unlock pure evil, then submerged into Madison's world of dealing with the present. The characters have depth and are very well rounded, along with the supporting characters that bring more insights and comical humor to the story. The love story is very well portrayed and done tastefully and well suited for a young adult audience. I found myself once again caught up in the feelings of first love.
This book is extremely well written and I was very impressed with the author's ability to tell two stories in completely different styles of writing; late Victorian for Alexandre's story, and present day for Madison's. She did a fantastic job and both stories flowed well throughout the entire book to merge into a great ending. One of the things I really enjoyed about this novel, was the author's ability to create terrifying and chilling scenes within the book. She led me through my own imagination as my mind brought up images of what was taking place. Much to my surprise I might add since I love gritty detail. The author also had a way with humor as the characters interacted in a truly comical way when Alexandre a Victorian Noble tries to find is way in the modern world.
All in all this book was a great read and I recommend it to anyone who loves a good vampire story. This is a unique tale that stands out among the rest due to the author's wonderful storytelling and her fresh new perspective on Vampires. I am looking forward to reading the next book in series "Thicker than Blood, Book 2" I give this book 4.5 Stars!
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