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- Publisher: Pinard House Publishing, LLC (October 14, 2013)
- Publication Date: October 14, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FWB69H0
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I had already read "Wicked" in the Dark Realms anthology and have also read the first 2 or 3 books in the Night Roamers Series ( a good YA vampire series but I've just grown weary of awaiting the next release that following most series requires). The premises of the short story is pretty good and directly related to the Series. However, one doesn't have to have read the series to enjoy and understand this "short." The character development is limited, as one should expect, but there was enough for me to have liked and felt for the heroine, the action is fast paced, the outcome isn't necessarily predictable. However, at times, the heroine's persistent refusal to digest and believe what was happening seem a bit inconceivable. Overall, I liked it. I give it 3 Stars. I do wish that Kristen wouldn't put this short story in so many of the anthologies of which she is a part. The short is included in three anthologies that I've recently come across. I assume that she is attempting to generate interest in the Night Roamers Series but I would like to sample some of her other short stories.
Violent by CJ Pinard, though short, was indeed an intriguing read. The premises was imaginative and interesting, the character development was limited but sufficient enough for me to like Evan and feel invested in his outcome. I also liked Katina. The story is pretty fast paced and includes some pulse racing moments. The ending wasn't necessarily predictable and I liked it. I would actually like to read a bit more about Evan and Karina. The novella was short but the story didn't feel overly rushed. I give it 4 Stars.
"The Blood Pool" by LR Potter was my favorite story in the anthology. The novella is short but the character development was such that I really connected with both Alec and Molly. I would love to read more about them. The premise was solid and intriguing, there was action, suspense, romance and mystery. The story moved along at a satisfying clip and it made sense. There were a couple of love scenes but nothing very explicit or graphic. I give it 4 to 4.5 stars. I will especially be checking out more of LR Potter's work.
There were some typos but nothing that distracted me from either of the stories. This anthology was free when I read it but I would feel that I got my money's worth at .99 to 1.99. I recommend this anthology to those who enjoy paranormal tales and are looking for a short but satisfying read.
However, for the most part, I would have been better spending my time cleaning my house, or doing laundry... or basically anything other than wasting my time with this (with the exception of The Blood Pool, but we'll get to that in a minute).
The first two books left much to be desired. They moved so quickly (even for a short story), that I couldn't care less about the characters of their plights. The concepts were solid enough that each of these stories could have been turned into a full length novel and probably been well done at that, but these stories as they stand are dreadful. Aside from the characters being one-dimensional, the stories were so drawn out that by the time they really started getting interesting, or a twist was revealed, BOOM the book was OVER. I will say that each of these stories did have a unique twist that I found interesting, I just wish there would have been more for me to review.
The last novel in the collection, The Blood Pool, was not only my favorite, but was in my opinion the most well done of the three. There was character dimension, there was loss, there was love, there was drama & suspense. It had everything that I desperately wish the other two had contained. The two main characters each had suffered the loss of someone they loved, and despite their different circumstances, they were still able to come together and overcome the odds. I also enjoyed the twists contained in this story, it wasn't something I expected, and that made it all the more enjoyable to me. I would read more by this author if not from the other two.
this review contains minor spoilers
If your looking for something quick yet interesting, in-between reads, then these bloody tales are just right.
Story #1 made me insanely curious to check out the Night Roamers Series...
Story #2 was from one of my favorite Paranormal Authors...
and Story #3 introduced me to an author I very much want to see more from in the future.
~Wicked~(A Night Roamers Short) by Kristen Middleton
'The excitement of moving out of my parents' home and starting college in two weeks was beyond exhilarating. Plus, my best friend Betsy was going to join me after she returned from Florida with her parents in a couple of weeks...
...our dreams were finally becoming a reality and it made me so giddy, sleep was laughable.'
Emily has just left the clutches of her over-protective parents and is about to start college. Set to share an apartment with her best friend, she couldn't be more excited about this new chapter in her life-til a late night soda run goes horribly wrong.....
'Although he was certainly nice-looking there was something off about him. Something creepy.'
She wakes up in a barn with four other women and no idea where she is, how she got there, or why. When a chance at escape presents itself, she grabs it-but the only place to run is the endless woods surrounding her and what hunts her out there may be even worse than what she ran from.
“And we should trust you?”
“Whether you do or not is completely up to you. I don't think you have much choice though, do you?”
This was a pretty short story, which didn't leave me with a whole lot of time to really get lost in it. However, it was interesting enough and the characters caught my attention. I must admit, I have not read any of the books from the Night Roamers series BUT this short has piqued my interest enough that I want to check it out. Besides, I just have to learn more about Martin ;)
“The little one amuses me. That's the one who almost got the best of you?”
“She fights dirty,” replied Martin.
“I fight dirty? You're the one who kidnapped all of us. You can't get much dirtier than that.”
He grinned. “You have a point.”
~Violent~ by CJ Pinard
'You may think this is a tale about revenge, forgiveness, or even reconciliation, but it is not. It's a story about violence, plain and simple...'
'…My name is Evan Grant, and while it kills me to put it out there -no pun intended- this is the story of how I died.'
Evan Grant is a sophomore in college and let me just say, this guy was adorable -cute, sweet & shy, you can't help but love him. He has a crush on a cute little red-head in his physics class, Karina Walsh, and is trying to work up the nerve to ask her out. Problem is, he doesn't think she even knows he exists.
'I was a shy college sophomore who had barely got to second-base in high school. I was determined to leave college having hit a homerun.'
He finally bites the bullet and approaches her and much to his surprise scores her phone number. Nervous but excited he picks her up and takes her out to dinner. Even though the date is nice, if not a little awkward, and ends on a sweet note -his night abruptly takes a violent turn on the drive home and changes his life forever.
I awoke to a world of darkness and pain...
I felt like I was in a dream and had no idea what was happening to me...
There was blood everywhere, so, so much blood...
He turns to Karina and her family for help, but will they help him or destroy him for discovering the world he has stumbled upon?
Even though this was a short story, CJ Pinard has a way with the Paranormal that just sucks you right in. Interesting and unique, with characters that grip your attention. Evan & Karina were just too sweet for words, and her brother Dylan was such an ass you can't help but giggle, all while cringing at the bloody violence pouring down around you. I can only hope these people pop up again in future stories, I'm am very curious to see what's next for them.
'I don't know what the future holds for me, but I do know one thing; violence is a part of my life now. This world I live in isn't pretty and it isn't neat, it's violent a lot of the time.'
~The Blood Pool~ by LR Potter
'Three others appeared from the shadows. Like rabid animals, they pounced on the unconscious woman and began to rip her body apart, piece by piece, until her remains were scattered just as her buttons had been scattered just minutes before.'
Alec Kilton, the Nave's Chief Enforcer of Vampire law, has been sent to investigate a rash of violent murders. Six women have been brutally murdered and time is of the essence. What he discovers is four young & untrained vampires, playing a deadly game they have dubbed 'The Blood Pool'...
'The rules of the Blood Pool were that the winner received the fire-heated blood of passion, but the other three were allowed to drink, then destroy.'
He takes a job as a bouncer at 'The Hanging Lantern', the bar Molly O'Connell bartends at, to try to weed through the local vamps and find his murderers. He's only in town temporarily though and isn't looking to get too involved with anyone, but Molly has grabbed his attention.
'He felt downright possessive of her. How strange was that? He'd not been interested in a human for a long time; except as a way to release his pent-up frustrations, or as a food source.'
Molly has no idea what Alec actually is, but that doesn't change the fact that she feels intensely drawn to him. She hasn't felt this kind of pull to someone in a very long time and it makes her more than a little nervous.
'Alec made her nervous. She wasn't sure why exactly. Nervous wasn't exactly the word... more like he made her aware of him in some way, even though he'd barely spoken to her. His presence was just... commanding.'
Passion ignites and Alec's world gets turned upside down the more he gets to know her. But then the murderers set their sights on Molly and all hell breaks loose.
I really enjoyed this story the chemistry between Alec & Molly was awesome and it had everything I enjoy in a paranormal-action, suspense, blood, steam, and my Achilles heel-ANGST. I am definitely looking forward to more from this author.
'There was something about this man something innately dangerous – yet protective at the same time.'
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