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A Chance for Charity (The Immortal Ones Book 1) by [Baum, S.L.]
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Book 1 of 4 in The Immortal Ones (4 Book Series)
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(This) is a true Telluride locals' novel... It's as if the secretive and supernatural Elliot family in Ray Bradbury's novel From the Dust Returned lived in the San Juan Mountains instead of the Illinois prarie. --Telluride Magazine - John Nizalowski

From the Author

The Immortal Ones - YA Paranormal Series
A Chance for Charity
My Link in Time
Of Fire and Brimstone (novella)
Our Summer of Discontent
The Eve of Destruction

LUSH - YA Dystopian
LUSH
HUSH
CRUSH

Deathtaker - NA Paranormal
The Deathtaker
The Deathtaker's Daughter
The New Deathtaker (coming soon)

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  • File Size: 619 KB
  • Print Length: 261 pages
  • Publication Date: June 3, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003PPCTS8
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OK, where to begin... So many things to say about this book.

Well, I loved it! I checked the sample, thought, 'not particularly original but written well enough to keep my interest so I'll buy it'. Then I enjoyed it so much that I focused on it and put all my other readings on unintended hiatus lol. I am looking forward to book 2 when it comes out.

So why 4.5 rounded up to 5? Well, I deducted points for too many similarities to Twilight but rounded up to 5 because although there are similarities, they are fairly superficial and the overall plot was quite different too.

Okay, so I used the T-word. But I have to say this really weird thing- if you liked Twilight, you'll probably like this and if you didn't like Twilight, you'll probably like this! LOL

They are similar because it's new girl in small town, Charity/Emily is a klutz, she meets with a group of in-betweeners in high school (not quite the cool kids, not the geeks and paired up already), there's a supernatural doctor and his artistic wife, they're wealthy and live in a large house in the woods outside of town, they've even got the supernatural friends who come by to visit, one of whom there's a 'past' with. There are other similarities too; some of the bad guys are two guys who happen to have a red-headed sister, etc.

However, several of the things that I and I know many others didn't like about Twilight are thankfully not in this story. No sparkly or inhumanly perfect people (though apparently everyone's gorgeous - aren't supernaturals always?).
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I really enjoyed this story of love, truth and the supernatural. The writer reminds me of Stephenie Meyer in both her straight forward writing style and her desire to keep the story appropriate for the intended audience. As a mother of tweens and a teacher to teens, I am so happy to find stories that are fun, interesting and still respectable.

When you start the story, you will wonder if you are getting entangled in yet another vampire story. But I can assure you it is not! Almost immediately you find there to be mystery and twists that are so much fun. I cannot wait to read the next book and continue the journey with these characters.
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I might be getting a little tired of this genre as a lot of these stories are starting to sound the same. Charity, Caroline and James are immortal and have to move around a lot so as not to come under suspicion. They don't know why they are different and feel lucky to have found each other. Charity repeats her senior year of high school over and over, Caroline has a clothing store specializing in period pieces and James is a doctor (Twilight anyone?). There is a family of religious nuts, the Lords, who hunt their kind down wanting to kill them for being "abominations".

Out of the blue, Charity, who never forms human friendships, is hanging out with four other students and meets the love of her life, Link. He accepts everything about her immortality and wants to help protect her. Of course there is a showdown with the Lord brothers and predictably, Link experiences a change that will propel the reader into book 2, My Link in Time (The Immortal Ones - Book Two).

This story is appropriate for any age group that read the first Twilight, with the occasional kiss and no sex. It was enjoyable, if predictable and I would recommend it to any fan of the genre. I really kind of feel this has been over done by now.

Would I/Did I buy it? Free download
Would I read it again? No
Would I recommend it to friends? Yes
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I really liked this book. I liked the main characters and how the author brought different aspects of their lives together. I also liked the the way the tension in the relationship was developed. This is book one in the series, but the author still gives you a very satisfying ending and doesn't really leave you hanging like some of the other series books I've read. I don't know about you, but I really appreciated that! You may not be left with a big cliff-hanger, but you do get involved enough with the characters that I think you'll want to go on their next journey with them. I do.
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There are so many different directions that this book could have gone in but instead it goes nowhere! I am shocked to find myself unable to finish this book. I always finish a book once I've started. But this book is just too frustrating and too boring! I can't do it! I'm calling it quits at 75% completed. I always feel bad for criticizing a book because it represents a lot of time and effort put forth by the Author, but I just can't say anything nice about this book!

Some of the major issues I found with this book:

The story revolves around a family of "immortals," some of which have been alive for a long, long time. Yet they never bother to find out why they are Immortal! What caused this? They don't care. What they of immortal are they? Eh, they don't care about that either. Not one of them is curious enough to bother to search for answers about what they are or why!

The main character Emily/Charity has been alive for roughly 80 years. She stopped aging at the age of 20 years. She discovers her Immortality when she tries to kill herself and is unsuccessful. So what does she do? She conveniently figures out that her two closest friends are also immortals and she joins their family. She poses as their niece and goes back to High School. Again and again and again. Also, shes a virgin. For the past 80 years, shes been 20 years old and celibate. I mean, really?!

The Immortal family is on the run from another mortal family of Immortal Hunters. The mortals are called the Lords. But why are they hunting the Immortals? Because once upon a time one of the Lord's ancestors discovered an immortal and decided to start a vendetta against them. No reason, mind you.
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