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Bella Notte Paperback – November 21, 2011

4.5 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Bella Vampires Series

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About the Author

Jesse now lives in a small town in the middle of nowhere. She moved from the chaos of Los Angeles. Yes, she misses it. It is not uncommon for her to be asked why she moved from such a busy place to the one horse town- the answer is simply to allow her kids to grow up with their grandparents.

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 470 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467950106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467950107
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,182,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a great novel from first time author Jesse Kimmel-Freeman. Her characters are well drawn and you root for each of them. Michael, Emma and Dom, each make you care for them and their problems. Jesse keeps the suspense high. If you like the Twilight books you'll like this one. Keep them coming Jesse.
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By Tracy on December 4, 2011
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It takes a lot to get me into a book. I really couldn't put this book down. Jesse did a great job in writing this and I hope she continues to write great books like this one. Congradulations I think it's a great book for the price.
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I purchased Bella Notte as an adult novel, but after reading it, I think it is really targeted at the young adult or teenage market, and I will review it within that framework.

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.
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Bella notte had my attention from the first page. The words just flowed together and it made for an awesome read.. I am so looking forward to the next book in the series. I so reccomend this book to everybody that loves Vampires. Too me Bella Notte is just as good as Twilight. Jesse please email me to let me know when the next book comes out. Email is sooners.brown@gmail.com.
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Before I start this review properly I want to rant a little - Bella Notte is a story with a love triangle, it has vampires, it has werewolves . . . this does not mean that it is trying to be THAT book!! I don't understand why Twilight has become the touchstone for YA paranormal books for our generation as so many better books have been written, but there were vampire and werewolf stories before Twilight, and there will be plenty now it has been published; it does not mean that everyone is trying to copy Stephanie Meyer! Bella Notte is in fact one of those books that I feel is better than THAT book (and if Jesse Kimmel-Freeman tells me now that she was thinking of Twilight when she wrote Bella Notte I will cry!)
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.
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Initially downloaded this book on my phone but before I could reach the end I got a message that I needed to purchase the book. Normally I would have forgotten about it but I couldn't wait to find out what happened next so I searched bookstores only to see that it was not in stock anywhere. I then opted to come to Amazon. Even though there were only about three pages that I had not read online I don't regret the purchase. Going to put in my order for Bella Vite. Very good writing.
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I really liked this book. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline, which I found to be unpredicatable. It didn't follow the formula of "love conquers all" and depicted a new spin on vampire-werewolf relations. This is definitely of the YA category. The romance is cute and I found myself rooting for the characters. The authors storyline wanders a bit but not enough to detract from the main storyline.
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