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Bella Notte Paperback – November 21, 2011
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About the Author
Jesse has studied anthropology and used her "education" as an excuse to hang out with vampires- her masters' thesis was going to be modern vampire culture. They really do exist. Vampires have been her obsession since she was about five years old when she swears she was bitten by one.
She enjoys reading and writing. But most importantly being a crazy mom to her son, new daughter, and ever growing pet family. Singing silly songs at the top of her lungs and embarrassing her son is one of her favorite activities. She considers herself to be an odd duck.
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Top Customer Reviews
Emma is the novel's protagonist, a high-school senior, fond of black clothes and monster movies. Somewhat of a loner, she is not part of the in-crowd. So when the new boy, Mike, shows an interest in her, she gravitates toward him, especially when she realizes that she has been dreaming of him since she was three. A budding romance develops but is interrupted by the re-appearance of her childhood friend, Dom.
While all this is happening, there are constant references to the "change," and "our kind." Neither Emma nor Mike can understand just what this means. Their families don't seem to approve of each other, and while initially Emma is antagonistic towards Dom, her feelings begin to shift as she approaches her change.
Another reviewer mentioned that if a reader likes the Twilight series, he or she would probably like Bella Notte. I think that is a valid reflection. This is a book of teen angst, love, growing up, and self-discovery.
Written in a sparse, direct style, the storyline moves fairly quickly, encompassing many different settings and actions, from a nightclub in Rome to high school classes to a fashion shoot in New York. It certainly checks off several different scenes which should interest the young and primarily female reader.
The book falls short in several areas, though. Dialogue is often stilted. Contractions are too sparsely used to reflect real speech.
Settings are not very well fleshed out. Even after reading the book, I can't picture the school, the home, the "castle" in Italy, and various other settings.Read more ›
I am not going to spend this whole review comparing the two books but if anyone is looking for a HUGE difference, lets starts with our heroine. Bella is weak, pathetic and indecisive. Emma is independent, feisty and adventurous. Unfortunately, Emma's family have chosen to keep her destiny a secret, so, apart from her dreams, she has no idea who she really is and when she falls in love with Mike she makes her life difficult. Jesse Kimmel-Freeman constantly hints at the changes to come for the both of them, and as the reader I felt like shouting 'how can you not know?' but I think Emma is denial.
The romance between Emma and Mike is innocent but intense, and despite the appearances of Acacia and Dominic the feelings between them still linger. However during Emma's stay in Italy and the time she spends with Dominic the reader sees her developing, becoming more confident and carefree. The emotion between them grows slowly and possibly begins with lust on Emma's part, but their relationship is much more honest.Read more ›
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I love vampire stories as much as I love werewolf, and this brings a amazing mixture of both, plus romance, mystery, and suspense in a wonderful new age goth setting. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dani Price
This is a y/a novel. I didn't find it particularly exciting, but then, I am a mature adult, and may have expected more from this story I did finish reading it, knowing there are... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
I love all these books! And I can't wait for the next one! They are pretty well written and give you a whole new outlook on the vampire werewolf worlds!Published on August 25, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Cool book and super amazing story it's really good I would recommend this to others to read because its fantasticPublished on July 26, 2013 by K. Hess
I received this book free from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. Very impressed with this book! Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by Sharon
I received this book to review, and I did really enjoy it, although the book itself does need a good edit and has some formatting issues. Read morePublished on August 13, 2012 by The Kindle Book Review
Anything supernatural will catch my attention, however a lot of the time I lose interest pretty quick as a lot of them become predictable, this series leaves you on the edge of... Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by ~lil maso~