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A Change of Heart (The Royal Blood Chronicles) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 24, 2016
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"A Change of Heart has an interesting literary structure, with variousscenes from a different character's perspective. Mark Benjamin handlesthe structure well, allowing insight to a character to be gained witheach scene...A Change of Heart is a literary approach to vampires,taking several viewpoints to create one story, like a puzzle comingtogether. Perfect for lovers of vampires looking for something new." Readers' Favorite editorial review by Liz Konkel
"It kind of reminded me of a Quentin Tarantino film meets the Underworld movies." Baroness Book Trove
"The political machinations of both vampires and Legion are intricate with lots of betrayals and power struggles." Stephanie Jane, Top 200 UK Goodreads Reviewer
"The writer's writing in describing some graphic violence scenes are quitedetailed that it sends shivers down my spine. But this also means thatthe writing is able to bring me into the world of the story." Regina Foo, Author of How To Start A Blog
"It is just really good. It keeps you wanting more and the way it iswritten is excellent, not only do you get to see the POV from everycharacter, but also how they merge to come together." Nicolene House of Books
About the Author
Mark Benjamin is the author of two books - one, in an adult urban fantasy series, The Royal Blood Chronicles; and the second, a short story. Devouring all books he could get his hands on from an early age, he managed to ruin his eyesight by reading (when he should have been asleep) under his bedcovers with a torch (video games had no say in his bad eyesight...okay, maybe a little). His love of books translated to a passion for writing, which he began aged ten (he still has his first juvenile novel to this day).Currently working for a national bank, his dream job is to be a full-time author, a path he fully took when he sent a sample of his work to a ten-week introductory fiction course funded by an American foundation and conducted worldwide in 2010. Out of the 15 available slots, one was his out of hundreds of thousands of applicants (okay, perhaps a slight exaggeration, but it was advertised in the national dailies).When not writing his third book or planning literary world domination, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife, entertaining his under one-year old daughter, playing on his Playstation (AnnA) and reading (obviously).
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This book is the beginning of a series called The Royal Blood Chronicles. Accordingly, it introduces the reader to a world where a 'huvamp' is created. By the way, Huvamp is my way of calling a hybrid version of vampire who is still human.
The best part about this book is narration of storyline through various point of views. Yet, it is this style that has complicated the storyline. An otherwise interesting plot sadly got a bit difficult for comprehension. The language is simple but the constant changes in point of views acted spoilers. Mark did take a risk by introducing and then natrating the entire story through views of his characters. I must admit, if the number of characters had been lesser the narration would have had greater impact. Individually, there are many scenes that have the ability to ensure creation of visual kmageries in the minds of the reader. Mark does have a unique style of narration.
The storyline helps aquaint us with the various characters of the story. Sadly, too many of them lead to a bit of confusion. The protagonist or the human turned vampire staying human needed a bit more of focus. Maybe then it would have helped retain the interest.
To sum up, the concept is interesting. However, it needed a bit more of de-cluttering of point of views. Maybe it was a gamble the writer took to present the story. Given the fact that it is a part of a series, and that too the beginning, the story is worth reading once. For the lovers of vampire stories this book may just be the beginning of an fascinating series. I am sure the next book would be much more interesting and less complicated.
P.S - Thank you Mark for this story. Lookinv forward to your next. Am sure it would surpass this story and be awesome!
Disclaimer: I received the e-ARC of this book from the author in exchange of my honest review.
Meet Gabriel Harper, an orphaned university student who never expect his life would change drastically because of a vampire's bite. Gabriel's life is in misery, he is constantly being bullied. He's having an alcoholic uncle as one of his guardians. He is in agony until he meets Lucas, one of the Royal vampire who is seriously injured by an ambush commanded by a captain of the Silver Legion (vampire slayers).
The story starts out well with the bite that changes Gabriel's life. I particularly enjoy reading his daily progress in transforming into a human-vampire hybrid, human by day and vampire by night. The idea of making Gabriel into a human-vampire hybrid instead of a vampire is what stands out in the story. That makes Gabriel possessing the strength of a vampire but also keeping his humanity. His humanity is what keeping him sane and not being a cold-blooded killer.
The story is told in short chapters, alternating among characters of the story. Although at first I'm happy to read in other characters' viewpoints, but when I progressing more into the book, the subplots and the chapters of the minor supporting characters confuses me. Even though the book is considered long to me, I would prefer to read more on Gabriel, i.e. to focus more on Gabriel's development.
In overall, I enjoyed reading first part of the book most. The writer's writing in describing some graphic violence scenes are quite detailed that it sends shiver down my spine. But this also means that the writing is able to bring me into the world of the story. I sincerely hope that the next installment will be more focus on the main characters of the story to avoid distraction from the main story line.
The book started out fairly well. There was a good level of excitement and intrigue. Then, there were times when I got a little confused. The chapters were each written in the viewpoint of one of the characters and were named after that character. During each chapter I found myself having trouble remembering exactly whose viewpoint I was reading from and, at times, who the character was speaking about.
The book moved pretty slow, perhaps because you would read about the same event a few different times when you would read it from different perspectives. It made it somewhat hard to get through which typically would make me just put the book down (honestly there were times when I did put it down and read another book to break it up a bit before I went back to it again) but I did promise a review so I knew I needed to finish it.
The storyline isn't bad, it's actually pretty decent, but it was just a bit hard to read at times. The ending was a tad anticlimactic as there were things left open-ended. I hate that I didn't love it. That always makes me feel frustrated. I think that I might give A Change Of Heart 2.5 to 3 stars.
*Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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