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Morgan Rice is the #1 bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of the epic fantasy series THE SORCERER'S RING, comprising 17 books; of the #1 bestselling series THE VAMPIRE JOURNALS, comprising 11 books (and counting); of the #1 bestselling series THE SURVIVAL TRILOGY, a post-apocalyptic thriller comprising two books (and counting); and of the new epic fantasy series KINGS AND SORCERERS, comprising 3 books (and counting). Morgan's books are available in audio and print editions, and translations are available in over 25 languages.
Book #3 in Morgan's new epic fantasy series, THE WEIGHT OF HONOR (KINGS AND SORCERERS--BOOK 3) is now published!
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Loved is the second book in the Vampire Journals series, which takes up where Turned left off. Caitlin, at eighteen years old, has discovered she is possibly half vampire and might actually be The One, the person destined to find the lost sword which could stop the upcoming vampire/human war. She and Caleb, a vampire who has lived thousands of years, undertake a quest to discover her ancestry in hopes of discovering the location of the sword. Caitlin's fifteen year old brother, Sam, is on a quest of his own to find their father, whom they never knew. Along the way, both Caitlin and Sam will encounter situations and people that will test their belief in their own inner strengths as well as their physical limits.
Loved reminded me a bit of a younger version of an Indiana Jones type tale as Caitlin and Caleb are led on a trail from one clue to another, each leading them a little closer to their goal of finding the sword. Each clue leads to a historical destination where we are given a different explanation of the historical facts that we learned as children. The author gives us a different twist on vampire lore, with two distinct covens of vampires. There is good versus evil, where the good are trying to live their lives amongst humans peacefully and cause no harm, the evil are truly evil beings with nothing but distain for both their vampire counterparts and the humans they must hide from. There are three different plot lines in the book, all of which are leading toward the same goal. Caitlin and Caleb's quest is the main plot, Sam's search for their father factors in and yet another plot plays out with a truly evil being in the search as well. Amidst everything else, the attraction between Caitlin and Caleb continues to grow adding just another twist to the story.Read more ›
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The story is good but... the lack of editorial is really annoying. It seems she can't even remember the ages of the characters or their 'history'. Simple mistakes such as 'Caitlin turned to Caitlin'. Come on.
I must admit that I am quite conflicted about this book. On the one hand the 'insta-love' bothered me quite a bit more in this book than it did in the last (mainly because there was 2 cases of it going on in it, again with Caitlin and Caleb, but also with Caitlin's younger brother, Sam, and Samantha) but I felt that the plot of this book was much better developed (and more interesting) than the first.
Plot-wise I loved learning more about Caitlin and Sam's background and I found the idea of the Rose and the Thorn to be entirely intriguing and something that I hope plays a large role in the other books of the series. Furthermore, I think that Morgan did an amazing job meshing together the Salem Witch Trials with modern-day vampires, it is a unique idea that I have not come across in any other YA paranormal before.
However, I had quite a few difficulties trying to connect to Sam's part of the story. In "Turned" Caitlin made him seem a really sweet kid, though somewhat lost, but in this I felt that he was anything but. Furthermore, I also had somewhat of a difficult time connecting to him because I felt that he would say or think things that real people wouldn't (typically because they are overly cliched), for instance: "Here she was, this totally cool and hot, awesome chick, who he loved hanging out with- and yet she had also been that crazy, psycho girl that totally killed the creep without even blinking an eye" (pg. 165).
All in all, I do think that this book is marginally better than the first book in the series and I am quite excited to see what Morgan has in store for us in the next book of the series, "Betrayed".
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Caitlin and Caleb find themselves on a puzzling journey searching for the whereabouts of the lost sword. Only 'The One' has the knowledge to find it and only Caleb believes Caitlin is 'The One' his coven has been waiting for. The rival Blacktide coven is hot on their trail and closing in quickly to steal the last sword.
It's a race against time as the Vampire War against humans has begun and the wielder of the sword can stop it, or enslave the human race.
Will Caitlin find the lost sword in time to save the human race or will Caitlin find out she's not 'The One' they think she is?
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THIS should have been book one! After reading the first book, Turned, I was a little nervous. I'm all for paranormal books, love them, and I wasn't in love with Turned. But Loved, well, I loved Loved.
Caitlin really develops into her character and I was totally drawn into the story after the first chapter. Of course there is the normal budding romance but the actual storyline mixed in with bits and pieces of history and the mystery of using 'clues' through out their journey for the missing sword was pure genius. I found myself mixed right into the mystery trying to solve the clues as if I were Caitlin and on the edge of my seat towards the end.
Don't worry folks I won't give away any more than I already have about this book because you NEED to read it! If you've enjoyed Twilight, Sookie Stackhouse or Queen Betsy this book is right up your alley.
Melissa Reviewer for 1000 + Books to Read
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