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What Kills Me [Kindle Edition]

Wynne Channing
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Book Description

An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race.

So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive.

How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?

Editorial Reviews


#1 Bestseller, paranormal & urban, January 2014
#1 Bestseller, occult, October 2012, June 2013
#4 Bestseller, horror, October 2012 
#4 Bestseller, action & adventure, October 2012
#12 Bestseller, fantasy, June 2013

"Fluid and fast-paced...What Kills Me is to die for."
-- Thomas Winship, author of Vaempires

"A thrilling read."
-- Escaping With Fiction

"Unique, suspenseful...and laugh-out-loud funny."
 -- Sheri Feikert, book reviewer

"Fast-paced, action packed, and full of witty dialog, sweeping me up in a mad chase across the globe."
-- Vicki Essex, author of Her Son's Hero

"If you dig paranormal vampire tales but are tired of the regurgitated fare that copycats...What Kills Me will hit the spot."
-- Marata Eros, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

"I meant to go to bed at a reasonable hour...I stayed up until 2 a.m. and finished it in one night. Channing has some serious skill when it comes to breathless action scenes and vivid sensory details. In the final pages, I was breathless, excited and completely hooked." 
-- S.M. Boyce, author of the best-selling Grimoire series

"Any book that makes you say out loud, 'Wow, that was awesome' when you are done reading is five stars in my book."
-- Kayla Curry, author of Obsidian

"I have no doubt with Channing at the helm, it will be one of those series you'll want to continue to devour."
-- Mina Burrows, urban fantasy author

About the Author

Wynne Channing is an award-winning national newspaper reporter and bestselling young adult novelist.
Wynne loves telling stories and as a journalist, she has interviewed everyone from Daniel Radcliffe and Hugh Jackman to the President of the Maldives and Duchess Sarah Ferguson. The closest she has come to interviewing a vampire is sitting down with True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard (he didn't bite).
She briefly considered calling her debut novel "Well" so then everyone would say: "Well written by Wynne Channing."

Product Details

  • File Size: 951 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Jet & Jack Press (January 5, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089H01VO
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,493 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action with a Touch of Vampire August 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a wild ride - quite different than any other young adult vampire tale I've read recently. I enjoyed it so much.

Readers looking for something new and fresh should pick this one up. The vampire elements are light and it doesn't have the heavy teen angst that other titles in this genre usually offer, but it is a step above the rest. A big step above.

I received this ebook as a complimentary review copy from the author for a book tour.

Channing can write action. In fact, nearly the entire book is one action scene after another. I loved it. Her editing is top notch and not once was I taken out of the story by something clunky.

What a great story. I surely hope book two is released soon.

Prediction - Wynne Channing will eventually be offered a deal by one of the big pub houses for her work. It's happened to other self-published, young adult authors. A few of those writers weren't nearly as good as Channing.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To Die For June 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Wynne Channing's debut novel, "What Kills Me," is to die for. I'm not being cute here; this vampire novel kicks the you-know-what out of most other vampire novels out there.

The premise is original. The characters are well developed. The settings are beautifully described. The story is fluid and fast-paced. The action is almost non-stop, but never over the top. Most importantly, the series' potential is unlimited.

The main characters, Zee and Lucas, make you want to cheer. They're damaged, yet determined. They're also a great team, whether working in tandem to remove heads and limbs from enemies or supporting each other through a never-ending series of betrayals and heartbreak. Thankfully, Channing depicts how they deal with their burgeoning feelings for each other with style and finesse, instead of overwhelming the reader with endless prose about physical attraction and pseudo-narcissism.

The ending was one of the best I can recall. While bringing the story to a satisfying, albeit surprise, conclusion, the information revealed has the potential to turn the entire series on its ear.

I eagerly--but not very patiently--await the next installment.

I highly recommend "What Kills Me" for fans of YA, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy ... although I firmly believe it should be on the must-read list for anyone who loves great fiction.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What Kills Me October 1, 2012
By Marisa
Format:Kindle Edition
I'd like to thank the author for giving me a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Let me start off by saying this wasn't bad. I actually rather liked it, but at the end of the day it didn't draw me in or instill in me the need to continue reading. I could put it down and go a whole day without picking it up again. Some might take that as a sign that the story was boring, but it wasn't. It was actually quite fast paced and although it wasn't wildly intricate, it was entertaining and enjoyable. In fact, the plot was what I liked best about the book.

The characters were also decent, but I failed to connect or care about them. I didn't hate them, but I didn't love them either. Zee also came off rather naive to me at times. For instance, Paulo, a complete stranger, asks her to come out in the middle of the night with him. I understand that she wanted to have an adventure, but the only reason she hesitated was because of the curfew enforced by the people she was staying with. It never crossed her mind that it might not be a good idea to wander the streets at night with a person she's talked to for roughly five minutes at best. Or that it wouldn't be a good idea to go someplace secluded with them. Maybe these are the thoughts that just instantly come to my mind because I was raised by a paranoid, overprotective mother, but... I don't know. It would have been nice if she'd at least considered those aspects at some point rather than blindly trusting Paulo. Also, there's the bit where she's taken in by Noel and his family. She's erring on the side of caution by deciding not to tell them about her back story...then goes and picks flowers and cleans the house while the sun is out.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars original April 1, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I dont give 5 stars often. I'm giving it now for Originality. Characterizations are deft and memorable. Easily a candidate for film, and honestly, I like it better than Hunger Games.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Action Packed YA Vampire Thrill Ride! September 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Zee is studying in Rome, trying to broaden her horizons before starting university in the fall. She happens to meet a devastatingly handsome man named Paolo one night while walking home. It turns out that Paolo has a secret - he's a vampire - and intends on killing Zee. Instead, she is transformed into a vampire herself and becomes hunted by the Emperess and her soldiers. With the help of a new ally named Lucas, Zee must find a way to convince the empire that she is not out to destroy their world before a war breaks out.

Although the concept for this novel wasn't exactly unique, the author did a great job separating it from the rest of the genre out there. The story was intriguing and the descriptions and backstory she uses for the empire and its history were imaginative and interesting. The characters, especially our heroine Zee, were likeable and believeable - which immediately made me root for them and their cause. Zee is a flawed character, so she seems easier for the reader to identify with. The flow of the book was great and the writing very well done. The book is full of adventure, romance, and also themes that all readers can understand - finding yourself, courage, fate, and love. With all the action and a fast-paced narrative, this book was a page turner that demanded to be read in one sitting. I highly recommend it for fans of YA vampire and paranormal fiction!

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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2.0 out of 5 stars No, Thanks
I only gave this two stars because the storyline did pose a creative idea. But the writing was unbelievably bland, contrite, and trivial; I was very annoyed with said prose, and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Selena
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Couldn't put it down after I got past the first couple chapters.
Published 1 month ago by hlawona
4.0 out of 5 stars different
I enjoyed this story because it was different from other vamp books. I like the characters, Zee and Lucas, kept my interest. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Debi Domby
5.0 out of 5 stars My Lord!
This book is absolutely amazing. I would read this one again right now if I didn't want to get the next book right now. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Best so far...I love this book...very good book couldn't stop reading.and nice ending but I see there a second book I must read!
Published 2 months ago by Ms.JoJo
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not my usual read. Subject was a bit far fetched
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This was an awesome read. A completely different twist on the vampire...
This was an awesome read. A completely different twist on the vampire genre. Yeah still some blood and guts but not at all what you might think. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. P
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick read, interesting vamp take I've not seen before.
It was a quick and entertaining read. Different vamp angle. More teenage angsty than I'd like but I'm a married momma. I think this would be perfect for the early 20's crowd.
Published 4 months ago by Honey of Honey's Life
5.0 out of 5 stars A different vampire story
reviewThis is NOT your typical Vampire Story. Most books about vampires all have most of the same things but this was completely different and I loved it from page 1. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Heather Schroeder
5.0 out of 5 stars Great take on vampires
I really enjoyed this storyline. This was an interesting look at vampires and their creation. I found it to be creative and interesting and not clouded but forced love. Read more
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More About the Author

Wynne Channing is an award-winning national newspaper reporter and best-selling young adult novelist.

She started writing horror/fantasy tales as a girl. She still has the first novel that she wrote when she was 10. It's (unintentionally) hilarious.

Wynne loves telling stories and as a journalist, she has interviewed everyone from Daniel Radcliffe and Hugh Jackman to the President of the Maldives and Duchess Sarah Ferguson. The closest she has come to interviewing a vampire is sitting down with Alexander Skarsgard of True Blood.

She briefly considered calling her debut novel "Well" so then everyone would say: "Well written by Wynne Channing."

On Twitter: @wynnechanning


Also find Wynne on Goodreads and Pinterest.

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