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Shades of Gray: A Jude Magdalyn Novel Paperback – August 9, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: RH Publishing (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1927116015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1927116012
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,390,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"This book is not the typical vampire/supernatural book....I not only
loved the story and the book but I also loved the characters. Don't miss
out on this book."
--Untamed Book Reviews

"L M Pruitt has created a dark story with flashes of colour and an apt
title, with a heroine whom you find yourself urging on in her battles
which are both physical and emotional. "
--Neil Kirby, All-Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. Follow her at http://lmpruitt.blogspot.com/ --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She is the author of the Winged series, the Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, and Taken: A Frankie Post Novel. Ms. Pruitt is currently at work on the fourth book in a new series set in the Winged world, LEGACY, releasing September 2014.

Customer Reviews

The biggest problem I had with this book was the poor editing.
Lorna
I also loved her interaction with the other characters, as she was just a sarcastic, witty heroine.
Ezinwanyi
There was action, romance, a bit of smut and heartbreak: the makings of an awesome story.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Naomi Clark on September 23, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I shall be perfectly honest: I was sent this book by someone who's opinion I trust as an example of a really bad urban fantasy. I was expecting it to be poorly written, poorly plotted, and generally just ... poor.

So I was kinda surprised to find I loved it. Not just enjoyed it, or found it passable or okay, but actively loved it - thought about it when I wasn't reading it, looked up the author's other works, and started following her on Twitter. That kind of "loved it." I'm not sure why there's such a massive gap between what my friend experienced in reading this and what I experienced, except that art is subjective, but there we go. Not that this is a flawless book. There is, in fact, one big (potential) problem with it.

Jude Magdalyn, the protagonist, is a massive Mary Sue. Tragic past? Check. Chequered love life? Check. Super powers, recently discovered and easily mastered? Check? Great Destiny? Check. It's all there. She gets away with bad behaviour, has all the wittiest lines, a great guy falls madly in love with her within hours of meeting her, and she inherits massive, massive wealth early on in the book.

I call her Mary Sue-ness a potential problem, as opposed to an actual problem, for a couple of reasons. The first is that, actually, I don't have a problem with Mary Sues in well-written books. Good writing trumps most things, and I think Pruitt is a very good writer. The second is that the phrase "Mary Sue" seems to have become a shorthand for "urban fantasy heroine," rather than being a genuinely useful term. Look, urban fantasy is about people taking on monsters, magic, mythological beings, and general mayhem. Unless you're seriously tooled up with resources - be they magical or physical or whatever - you're probably not going to last very long.
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41 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Diane Raetz on February 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
Shades of Gray is the first book from L M Pruitt-and it shows. The writing is both amateurish and self indulgent, the editing poor and continuity is simply lacking. This book reads like a first draft and is in desperate need of a rewrite.

If you get past these problems the reader is faced with a Mary Sue fantasy of an allegedly bright young con artist named Jude who discovers she was born to be the leader of a magical organization called "The Covenant." She is quite literally the Living Prophesy. And yes-people refer to her as Prophesy.

Her powers-once she's able to tap into them, for like the Charmed Ones they were bound so she had no idea they existed-are endless. She can manipulate the elements, astral project, heal, see the future, summon the dead and quite literally stop time. Sadly for the character the author has no idea what to do with the abundance of power, and so when in battle she doesn't think to collapse a house on the enemy or tap into a gas line to cause a good size explosion.

Like all good Mary Sues, Jude inherits millions of dollars so that she'll never have to work-or in this case steal, run a con, sell drugs or her body again. This Mary Sue, you see, was born in a Catholic orphanage after her mom left the Covenant in flat despair after her husband was tortured and killed by the evil vampire Hart. Jude was raised by nuns until she ran away to live on the streets. Jude seems to think that the nuns are the worse option-me I'd have thanked God for the Mother Superior, finished high school, applied for loans and financial aid and by hook or by crook gotten a college degree rather than prostitute myself. But perhaps that's why I've never found myself pursued by vampires and gifted endless money and even more magical talent.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By John Green VINE VOICE on February 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
Shades Of Gray is the debut UF novel by L.M. Pruitt that stands out more for its ridiculous scenarios and inane characterization than anything else. Virtually every trope and cliché is displayed in full unpolished glory and drags the whole thing down into head-shaking wonder.

Jude Magdalyn Jeffries has been on her own since she was fifteen; now twenty-five she's an accomplished street hustler in New Orleans with a touch of magical power- she can feel it on the edges of her perception, like intuition, but can't manage it. But it does come in handy for the occasional scam. A tarot reading for some wealthy clients goes wrong when she feels an instinctive loathing for a man at the party and she leaves, only to discover him following her. The man, Hart, is revealed to be a vampire but Jude is rescued by a mysterious group of people called the Covenant- an alliance of magical families and of late, vampires- whose existence was only whispered about. Jude is revealed to be the Prophecy- her coming foretold centuries ago- and is the last descendant of those who ruled the Covenant. They need her to finally win the war against Hart, who has his own ties to and designs upon the Covenant. Jude quickly assimilates the lessons and skills required of her, making both enemies and friends and even gets embroiled in a love triangle with Williams- a vampire who rescued her from Hart, and Theo- a worldly priest. Hart maintains the pressure, always waiting to strike, and lands a decisive blow that threatens both individuals and factions within the Covenant. Now vulnerable, Jude must find a way to stop Hart before he can achieve his ends.

This book goes wrong in so many places it's hard to know where to start.
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