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Restraint: A Novel (Restraint Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sandra Madera , Susan Blevins
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Tragic circumstances bring two sisters, Laura and Linda, to a foreign land where they are stripped of their fortune and are at the mercy of their estranged uncle. However, strange happenings force Laura to believe their current situation was no accident. Something is after her. (YA Fiction Novel, intended for ages 16 and up).

After the abrupt death of her father, Laura Carter and her sister, Linda, are shipped off to England by an uncle they barely know. They are taken to a large house in Annesley to begin a life of service. When Laura becomes a governess to a young boy named Marcus, she begins to experience strange things in the night... horrible things.

Creatures in the night. Bite marks on her body.

Laura is about to discover a secret that has existed in her family for generations... Something wants to possess her. It wants her blood, but it didn't expect her to resist and lose all restraint.

Restraint Trilogy:
Book 1 - Restraint
Book 2 - Lament
Book 3 - Malcontent (Coming Soon!)

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"Indie, or self-published books, are doing good in the book world. Madera's book is no different! I enjoyed reading this book, and the best part, the story isn't over." - Nicole, Books Complete Me Blog

"I love the twist and turns this story takes. Not knowing where the story was going to end up made this a great book for me." - Josie Epping, Josie's Haven Blog

Editorial Reviews


"Indie, or self-published books, are doing good in the book world. Madera's book is no different! I enjoyed reading this book, and the best part, the story isn't over" - Nicole H., Books Complete Me Blog Review.

"I love the twist and turns this story takes. Not knowing where the story was going to end up made this a great book for me" - Josie Epping, Josie's Haven Blog.

About the Author

Sandra Madera is a native of New York and has authored various short stories such as the beloved "Weeping Willow" and "Shattered". She has also written novels, having penned both the Restraint Trilogy and Weeping Willow Series. She is currently hard at work on her next novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 503 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sandra Madera; 1 edition (May 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053TZ9F4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,494,623 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Start to the series! May 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given a ecopy of this book for an honest review-Le'BookSquirrel

This was a nice start to the series.I did have issues with the Vocabulary/writing style that made it hard for me to enjoy.However that could just be personal taste.If you enjoy Restraint,Never fear Sandra has her 2nd novel Lament out so you can enjoy reading the rest of the series. Her book covers are very nice as well...they really draw you in love the characters and colors on the book covers.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A cross between Jane Austen and Bram Stoker May 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
By: Sandra Madera
Genre: Paranormal Thriller (possibly YA, but I didn't classify it that way because I didn't get the feeling that's what the author intended when she wrote it)
Rating: PG
Coffee Beans: 2/5 - the story has the potential to be interesting
Spoilers: No. Well, maybe a little.
Favorite Line: "...she answered briskly, brushing off Laura's concern as if it were a fly that needed to be swatted." (ebook, pg 54)
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free in exchange for this honest review

Sometimes it's hard to review a book.

Sometimes, there's just so much you want to comment on, but it all gets scrambled in your head and you can't figure out how to put it all down so that it makes sense. That's what I ran into with this book so I'm going to try and limit what I bring up and try to keep it as on point as I can.

Here we go.

Restraint is the illegitimate child that resulted from a one-night stand between Jane Austen and Bram Stoker. Set in 1884 America and England, Restraint is a story about two sisters whose father dies, leaving them to be shipped off to live with an estranged uncle in England. The only problem is, there are vampires in the mix. And they're after Laura (Even though that's the crux of the story, you don't find that out until well after the halfway point).

The idea of the book is interesting. I like that the vampires are cruel, cold beasts. It's about time vampire stories get back to their roots. But the author's execution in telling the story is poor. Also, I felt the first 125 pages could've been summed up (or given as snippets of back story later on in the book) and the book should have started on 126 with the discovery of her father's journal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an exciting thriller!!! September 14, 2011
By SB24
Format:Kindle Edition
I love this book!! I like the time period it is set in and the pace is perfect, which makes it hard to put down. I can't wait for the sequel!!!
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More About the Author

Sandra Madera currently resides in New York and is a recent college grad, obtaining her bachelor's degree in science. However, her true passion has always been reading and writing. She has been writing short stories since she was a child, crafting her first short story in elementary school. It was about animals playing baseball,and she submitted it in a school-wide contest. She won third place out of all the grades which was a big achievement for a young girl in the first grade. In middle school, she wrote the first draft of a novel that is known today as Restraint. Since publishing her first e-book in 2011, she has released four novels, including all three books in the Restraint Trilogy, and seven short stories. Two of these stories, Weeping Willow Part One and Two, have been so well received that it has been made into a series. She is currently working on her next novel.

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