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Camille: Camille Series #1 [Kindle Edition]

Tess Oliver
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Book Description

At a time when society conforms to the strictest rules and most proper etiquette, sixteen-year-old Camille Kennecott and her guardian, Dr. Bennett, live a most unconventional life. They hunt werewolves.

When unwitting victim, Nathaniel Strider, wanders into one of their full moon pursuits, Camille and Dr. Bennett believe they have found a specimen for their study. Finding a scientific key to unlocking the mystery of lycanthropy would end their late night excursions. Yet beneath the irresistible exterior, Nathaniel is transforming into a flesh-tearing monster, and as each experiment fails, Camille loses another inch of her soul to him. In a month’s time, she must face the prospect of destroying the boy who has stolen her heart.


Ashamed at my cowardice, I trudged back toward the main road, staring down at my feet as they landed on each stone. Each step grew heavier and heavier with dejection. Suddenly, my boots left the ground completely as someone grabbed both my arms, dragged me round to the alleyway, and slammed me up against the wall. My eyes snapped shut as my head landed with a sharp thud against the rough brick, vibrating my skull with pain.

“Why are you followin’ me?”

My eyes shot open, and I was looking directly into the brown eyes of Nathaniel Strider. He shook me, and my head hit the wall again with only the crushed brim of my hat for protection. I opened my mouth to speak but no words came out. I winced as his powerful grip tightened on my arms. His face was close to mine.

Voices came from the end of the dark passage. I turned my head to see if help was near. A small boy stood in a recess, holding a thin toddler in his arms. The lad’s bare feet looked blue against the icy, wet pavement. Hesitantly, I returned my attention to my captor.

“Who sent you?” One hand released me, and he shoved the hat from my head. His eyes narrowed. “Bloody hell,” he said and harshly pinched my breast. “A girl in trousers.”

I screamed and moved to hammer him with my fist, but before I could land one punch, he had both my wrists in one hand and pinned above my head.

Anger helped me find my tongue. “What do you mean who sent me? Who would be out looking for a lowly thief like yourself? Scotland Yard has finer thieves to chase.” I met his angry gaze with one of my own and realized, too late, the mistake I’d made. His hold nearly crushed my wrist bones. “You’re hurting me. Please, let go,” I pleaded. “Your strength, you have not learned to control…” My words trailed off. His eyes never left my face. I could no longer hold back the tears. They left hot streaks on my cheeks. “Please, let go, and I’ll explain.”

He released his hold, and as my arms collapsed, my knees followed. Strider caught me but with a gentler grip. I rubbed feeling back into my hands.

His long, black lashes fluttered down as he brazenly reviewed the rest of me. He straightened and placed a hand on either side of my head, effectively trapping me against the wall. “Explain.”

His nearness made my head spin. I swallowed. “I—I came to tell you, you are in grave trouble.”

Strider squinted hard at me then threw his head back with laughter. Obviously assuming I wouldn’t run, he dropped his hands and crossed his arms over his chest. “Lass, I must tell you,” a crooked smile punctuated his words, “I am always in grave trouble.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 1090 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1460905652
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tess Oliver (January 6, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V8BHPK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,294 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book for $.99 December 23, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Sorry to all you Twilight fans out there, but I am so sick of the whole paranormal romance topic. Ever since that book came out we've been beaten over the head with stories of vampire love triangles and packs of buff werewolves ripping each other apart over a supposed-to-be-perfect girl. That's why I was surprised that I picked up Camille by Tess Oliver. When I saw the price, I figured I'd give it a try.

I am happy to say that it was well worth the shot.

The pros:
The thing about Camille was that it didn't focus on a pack of werewolves fighting over a girl. Thank God it didn't. Instead, it was about a girl (named Camille) who falls in love with a boy (named Strider) who has been bitten by a werewolf. Strider now has a month until he turns into a werewolf himself, and kills everything in his path. Unless Camille and her friend/gaurdian Dr. Bennet find a good cure for Strider by then, they'll be forced to kill him (did I mention that they're werewolf hunters?). Overall, this was a really good twist on the topic, and the fact that the book took place in Old England was even better.

The writng of this book was gorgeous, with discriptive language that made you feel like you were there. I'm glad that Tess Oliver didn't rely on just her topic to make the story good. She has some real talent.

I loved that Strider wasn't some super-powerful god in this book. He was scared of his future, was beaten as a child, and live his entire life on the streets. He wasn't perfect either, and I liked that. I absolutely can't stand perfect mary-sue characters.

The cons:
Although Camille was a good character as well as a non-perfect one, she did seem a little too old for her age.
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83 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good October 15, 2010
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As much as I hate to admit it, I bought this book because the cover was well done. I rarely buy books with no reviews (I'm apparently the first) but I couldn't resist the combination of beautiful cover art, young adult paranormal romance, and the one dollar price. Since it was only a dollar my expectations weren't particularly high, but I was impressed and delighted by this novel. The heroine is likable as is the roguish and charming hero. I thought it was a little unlikely that a 16 year old girl would have such a sound head on her shoulders, but other than that it was very good. There are some good kissing scenes but it is also very clean, which I appreciate.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a tasty bit of paranormal romance. Well done!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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I liked the idea of the story but it was so needlessly long. The romance was unfulfilling and underdeveloped. For example here is an excerpt:

He leaned so close; I could feel a feather light brush of his lips across mine. Then he lifted his face away, and I fell forward slightly from holding my body rigid with anticipation. Acute disappointment assured me I wanted it desperately. I was in trouble.

We moved to the sitting room. As I pushed open the door, Dutch (a cat) flew out, snarling like a rabid animal, swiping at the air with his claws.

That's it. She just moves on from an almost kiss without describing it adequately. Why did he not kiss her? What was her reaction? How did she feel? What was she thinking?

This happens throughout the story where the reader just bounces from one almost interesting scene to something altogether different without a smooth transition or an adequate description of Camille's own reaction to the situation. This is first person narrative so more inner narration would be helpful and would make the story more interesting.

This story and author definitely have potential and I would probably try her work again in the future, but this one just wasn't developed enough to be worth recommending.

Would I/Did I buy it? Yes, $.99 downloads
Would I read it again? No
Would I recommend it to friends? No
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bland April 28, 2012
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I think that's the best word I can come up with to describe it. Bland. Camille is supposed to be hunting werewolves. I expected maybe a little bit of Buffy. Instead I got.... nothing. A lot of waiting to see if the so called experiments would work. (Which, BTW, the science behind is lacking more than a bit. As a science geek I was a bit bothered by that). We hear how perfect Stridor is over and over and over again. Um, yay? The "big" secret isn't really that big of a secret as I had to figured out pretty quickly.

All in all there was a lot more waiting around then werewolf hunting. Next to no action to speak of and I never felt anything towards any of the characters or their situations. even the period feeling was lacking.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Impressed January 21, 2011
By Camille
Format:Kindle Edition
Camille is a young lady who lives in England around the 1800s and hunts werewolves with an old family friend, Dr. Bennett. One night, while they're out hunting a beast, it bites a young grave robber, Nathaniel Strider. They follow him and hope to experiement on his blood to find a possible cure for the change.
I thought this book sounded pretty good...old-school paranormal romance, what could be better? However, I can't say I was thrilled with the writing. Told from Camille's perspective, she's far too similar to Bella Swan. She falls hopelessly in love Strider almost immediately. Most of her thoughts are about how charming and handsome he is and how she wants him to kiss her. I understand that's how many teenage girls think, but she's supposed to be more mature because of the strange events of her life, and it gets tiring to hear the same thoughts after a while. There also wasn't very much action, most of the time it was Camille following Strider around either mooning over him, or being worried about him. What little backstory there was was given away in a few paragraphs, without any compelling details. Overall, this book was a big let down for me, and though the plot held promise, the writing didn't deliver.

A side note: I purchased my e-book from Barnes & Noble, and the formatting was way off. There were no chapter breaks, and oftentimes there were paragraph indentations missing. The biggest peeve I had was that the book claimed to be 855 pages long while it was actually about 360 (based on the font size I was using on my Nook). The page numbers would skip from 2 to 4 to 9 to 13 to 14 and though it didn't affect the story at all, it was just something that bothered me.
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An easy reading entertaining book which will hold you captive until the end. I can't wait to read number two.
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I write romance for young adult, new adult and those of us past the 'new' stage. My stories take place anywhere from 19th century England to 21st century California. And you can count on a super alpha in each book.

Tess Oliver is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Custom Culture Series. She lives in sunny California with her husband, kids and a herd of spoiled pets

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