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97: Rise of the Battle Bred (Volume 1) Paperback – December 11, 2013
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V. L. Holt presents her debut novel in a surprising plot twist. She wrote historical romances for years, but stumbled upon the most exciting paranormal story and just had to write it. Find her on Facebook and at http://riseofthebattlebred.weebly.com. Visit the author page at VLHolt.blogspot.com
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Other pluses: gritty enough to be interesting,yet still managing to keep it PG. The plot pulled me and kept me engaged enough that I could forgive the few little grammatical errors that slipped by in editing.
The groundwork has been laid for a strong second installment. Nicely done, Holt.
This does have some similarities to Twilight: high school romance, normal girl, good-looking boy with special powers, easy to read but interesting enough to keep readers involved, unusual situations invading normal life. But the differences are that 97 has a *much* more likable main character, more believable dialogue, adults as actual characters, and a cliff-hanger ending. The possibilities for the next book are fascinating. I thought this was better than Twilight, and with the way 97 ends, the series will probably be quite a bit better than the Twilight series taken as a whole. But similar to Twilight, I think young adult readers will be motivated to stop texting for a while because they're so busy reading this book.
The author’s choice to write “97” from both Jane and William’s points of view and that of the Warlochs adds only to the excitement and the endless postulations on how both worlds are going to fuse together in the end. V.L. Holt has created a world that is seamless and unpredictable and has the perfect buildup for a sequel.
I loved this book. In fact, so captivated was I by this GREAT story, I found myself sneak reading it everywhere I went! I was simply unable to put it down. And now, I’m a little sad that I have finished it and am reluctant to leave all of its characters behind. I am eager to read the next book, and I will be looking forward to reading more of V. L. Holt’s fabulous writing in the future.
Generally the book was clean. There were a few swear words and some adult themes. The Warlochs use women for a "physical release" and a "pleasant diversion." I tend to be super sensitive to the subject and most people wouldn't give it much thought because it was dealt with very smoothly. However, that was the reason I knock the book down to four stars.
Jane seemed a little casual about the dangers associated with the Lochspawn, but I suppose the guilt from what happened because of her casual attitude/actions could add an interesting curve to book two. I found it curious that Jane left a pink trail wherever she'd been, a trail that only William could see. It makes me wonder if perhaps plain Jane isn't so plain. Looking forward to continuing the story with book two.
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The Author showed many tendencies of Ms. Austen.Read more