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The Severing Kiss (The Corvus Cycle Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 439 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 834 KB
  • Print Length: 439 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 20, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A8Q7B62
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,281,206 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a well written book with an interesting story. It wasn't what I expected, but what I got from it was much more. It had all the aspects of a good book. However, there are still lots of problems with it. These are mostly problems with editing and the formatting of the book into an ebook format. It needs more editing to be a smoother read and there were also two scenes with random chunks of missing text.

There was one thing about it that bothered me the most. There was a constant change in perspective, from first-person, second-person, to third-person point-of-views. It should have stayed as one type of narrative, but switches from character to character. There was also weird attempt to integrate an epistolary element into the book as well, which I think, did not make much sense for this type of book. I believe a better effect could have been produced if the author just stuck to one narrative perspective. The author could have stuck to the epistolary style or stuck to one of the narrative POVs.

Overall, it was a great read and I believe, with time, the books that follow will just get better.
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From the Ottoman Empire to present day Oregon, the author masterfully weaves multiple story lines in this intricately plotted and fast paced novel. The cast of characters includes a Nazi war criminal experimenting in Columbia, a vampire who survived "the purges", and a shadowy secret society sworn to bring him down. The Pacific Northwest setting of much of the novel helps to create a bleak atmosphere. However, it's the scenes in the South American jungle that really make this novel feel creepy and isolated. Be prepared to look over your shoulder while reading this one!

At once gruesome and beautifully haunting, Larsell's first novel has just the right amount of sex and violence. While not for squeamish readers, these gritty, steamy scenes compliment, rather than distract from the story.

Aside from a few minor editing glitches, this is a powerful work from a new author to watch.
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A well written first entry by D.S. Larsell that was obviously put together with a great deal of thought. The story is fairly easy to follow, yet the world the author creates is interesting and invariably makes you want to know more.

I especially like the use of the past to show the reader how the current characters came to be who/what they are. However, I feel the changes in perspectives and style throughout detracts from the flow of the book.

Overall, it was an enjoyable read and I hope to see more from this series.
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The Severing Kiss surpassed my expectations! I expected another bland entry into the sexy vampire fiction category, but instead found myself riveted throughout. While it does borrow and blend elements from both Anne Rice and Justin Cronin, the old vampire and the new, The Severing Kiss successfully develops its own character and taste. Much like Game of Thrones, there was scarcely a plot-line that I was not waiting with baited breath to see come to fruition. May we see further entries from D.S. Larsell.
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I read this book because it was suggested by a friend and ended up loving it. From what I can tell, this is this author first publication and I think they did fairly well balancing romance and violence with an intriguing story and good twist. I look forward to reading more. Well done.
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Engaging characters, excellent atmosphere. A little loose structurally, but that works with the hallucinogenic quality of the plot. There might be one or two extra elements, but they all fit together and there are just enough loose ends hanging at the end to be interesting
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