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- Book 1 of 4 in The Blue Eyes Trilogy
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"Okay! WOW! This novel is amazing!! I'm surprised at just howmuch I enjoyed reading this novel! The Legend of the Blue Eyes is thefirst novel in the trilogy and let me tell you, its worth a read! B.Kristin McMichael has a new and original take on Vampires and theVampire World."
-Ana @ So Many Books So Little Time
The world building is phenomenal! It kept me glued to the pages, wondering what would happen next. I couldn't help but love all of these characters.
-Ren @ A Little Bit of R&R
"The Legend of the Blue Eyes is overall a fantastic read with a new spin on the world of the Night Humans. The story feels natural, not forced, and I think that this series will really develop into something great."
-Bethany @ Reading Vixens
"Arianna finds herself embroiled in kidnappings, poisonings, and nefarious plotting to undermine current leadership. With little choicebut to embrace this new life, Ms. McMichael keeps you interested inArianna's rise to glory and pursuit of adjustment and happiness. Thestory is far from done."
-Carmen @ The Reading Cafe
I loved that there was more that one paranormal being in the story! Vampires, Lycans, Demons oh my! Ariana's character is truly someone you can connect with because she is that shining light of a girl in a world of hard night humans.
-Jessica @ My World of Books
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- File Size : 1030 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication Date : January 9, 2014
- Print Length : 252 pages
- Publisher : Lexia Press, LLC (January 9, 2014)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00BQPVFNY
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,277 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I got this book for free and I got exactly what I paid for. I downloaded this book due to some of the comments on a review that was posted. I'd say I read it slightly under duress, but who knows? Perhaps I might have enjoyed it. Regardless, here is my honest review of the book that I read completely, no matter how many times I wanted to give up I persevered. We are dropped into a world where Ariana Grace is supposedly a bubbly and optimistic girl who is getting notes slipped to her by a stranger in a popcorn bucket. Turns out, this girl is some kind of "super special prized" daughter that attracts love at first sight in young boys. No, I'm serious. Boys went along and sneaked peaks at her while she was little and instantly fell in love with her. This was the case with Devin, Turner, and Andrew. And it's probably going to be the case with boy #4 and boy #5. Yes, you're right, we have a love hexagon happening, or will happen. Right now it's a square. Also, everyone lost their parents, too. I'm sure that will be the case with Andrew too.
Now we get to follow this whining, complaining, giggling, and trite little girl who asks redundant questions and unsurprisingly gets redundant answers. Second, there are some weird oaths being made. "I'll protect you with every hair on my body" double-you-tee-eff does that mean? We get half-assed explanations of weird titles for vampires, werewolves, demons, and ... idk pterodactyls? Then we hear an even more lame term for night people and day people. What is that, some weird homage to Always Sunny in Philadelphia? I didn't even understand the rings; I might have been skimming when they first explained it, but I could have sworn that the demon people probably didn't kill all those blue ring people.
Also, she has super hearing, and she is already exalting her badassery of her awesome ear drums by the time she gets to the estate. She has such awesome hearing, she has to sleep on one of the dude's chest to let his heartbeat drown out other sounds. K, she can hear a whisker twitch on a cat in china, right? But she doesn't hear some goon sneak up behind her and smack her upside the head?! Don't even get me started on the decapitation and how irresponsible of the author that that makes you believe that everyone knows a pure blood can smell blood.
The author keeps the reader in the dark as deep as Ariana is. The POV is third person, but it is written with the understanding of the heroine's POV. The only time you get a different point of view is when the author wants to reassure you of the dude's loyalty or feelings towards her. Ugh, annoying.
Anyway, Ari is weak, she cannot make up her mind, she complains A LOT, and the love hexagon is not something that hasn't happened before. There is nothing original here except for the new titles for the supernatural. This story does not deserve anything more than 2 stars I gave it, and only because we are not allowed to give half stars.
Author: B. Kristin McMichael
Rating: 3 Out of 5 Stars
This is another book that I purchased with an Amazon credit. It is currently free on Amazon, so if you are like me and this has been on your reading list for awhile, now is the time to pick it up.
So, The Legend of the Blue Eyes has been on my to read list for a long time, but I just never got around to reading it until now. The summary drew me in and I knew I would like it. The book is about four night humans-a dearg-dul, baku, lycan, and tengu. To me, this sounds really interesting and the concept was. If we could have just focused on this, I really do think this book would have gotten a much higher rating.
Arianna is our lead character. She is an orphan and lives with her aunt and uncle. She has a pretty normal life until she turns sixteen. Then, her entire life is turned upside down as she must come to terms with what she actually is. She is one of a kind and everyone wants to have a piece of her. She is quickly thrown into a world that is very different than the one she grew up with and must learn to live as a night person. This sounds really great and it was. My whole problem was that it seemed she had to always be protected...Okay, why? She is supposed to be the strongest night person alive and, yet, has to be protected? This just didn’t make any sense to me. Plus, I also didn’t like how she led all of the guys’ on the book. They seemed to be okay with it, but still...It really just bothered me.
Devin and Turner are the main male characters. They have to be with her all time to keep her alive in this new world. I really did like them both, but, again, if Arianna is supposed to be so strong, why does she need them? Plus, they always seemed to be telling her what to do and she seems to be okay with it...Whatever...They did however do anything that Arianna wanted them to and were loyal to her. I guess this makes up for it a little bit.
The world building was wonderful, but I found the writing a bit chunky in some places. It seemed like it was extremely repetitive in places, but smooth in others. I don’t know, but it seemed like I was reading the same thing over and over again.
This wasn’t a bad read, but it wasn’t as good as I expected it to be.
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Arianna has four boys surrounding her; Devin, Turner, Andrew and Thomas. I personally found Turner the most interesting and fleshed out with actual characterisation. Devin, while I liked him at the beginning, simply devolved into "I'm protecting you because of your grandfather" and became a relatively boring character. Andrew and Thomas only came in near the end so while Arianna has already kissed Andrew, we know barely anything about him. Thomas is motivated by a family debt so maybe kissing won't be occurring for him in the near future?
I did really like the friendship between Lord Randolph and Gabriel. I did prefer Gabriel of the two, but I thought they were both interesting and I wish that more of the book had delved into their friendship, the war between the dearg-dul and the Baku and why that made Arianna so special.
The Legend of Blue Eyes was supposed to be the first. It had such promise. I’d read a number of decent reviews. Unfortunately, it turned out the book was not to be one of those surprising gems.
Personally, I had expected so much more. The concept is wonderful, and had it been done correctly it would have been a wonderful book. There was such promise, I had such high hopes, only to be let down exceptionally quickly.
From the start, I found it difficult to get into this book. I kept telling myself it would get better, but by the time I’d reached the halfway point I found myself unable to carry on. I hate it when I’m unable to finish books, I try so hard to finish them, but every so often it happens. Such is what happened here: I kept pushing myself, but in the end my interest had dissipated completely and my ability to force myself to continue caved in.
Part of it was the writing. Things seemed far too chunky. Things were repetitive. This repetitiveness is in terms of both interactions and information. Every other chapter things seemed to be highlighted again, pointlessly. I found myself sighing when things were repeated, and yet I wasn’t finding out what I wanted to know. In fact, part of the reason why I carried on for so long was because I was hoping to receive the information I was waiting for, but even that didn’t hold out for long – I was no longer interested because I’d given up with the characters.
That’s the second part of the issue: the characters. I just couldn’t bring myself to like anyone. Everyone seemed overly flat. The main character annoyed me. All the males seemed far too happy to do everything and anything for her, bending over backwards for the littlest of things. She was a special snowflake and everyone wanted to do something for her, meaning she did nothing of interest at all.
I just couldn’t deal with it and because of this I couldn't bring myself to finish it. I kept telling myself I'd read more in the hope it would get better, but it didn't...
The Legend of Blue Eyes is a great concept and a new take on the supernatural world of vampire, werewolves and demons.
It is the story of Arianna Grace, a teenage girl from a small town who resides with her adult and uncle who own the café which she helps in . On her 16th Birthday her life get complicated when she learns she is anything but a normal teenager but is actually a mix of two supernatural races - a dearg-dul ( a kind of vampire) and a baku (demon).
When she begins to change into a dearg-dul she needs protected and is taken by her protective team (which she didn’t know existed) to meet her uncle, Gabriel, a powerful Baku who explains some of the secrets surrounding her life. Gabriel tells her that she must go into hiding at her grandfather’s estate to be protected while she completes her change and learns the rest of her secret. Her grandfather is also very powerful and rules four of the supernatural night human clans and has been in a feud for years with her uncle. However, they are putting their dislike for each other aside to keep Ari safe.
When she arrives at her grandfather’s estate she learns that she is special. Never before has any person been of mixed supernatural race, the future leader of both the dearg-dul and the Baku clan and never before has a supernatural been born with blue eyes which remain after she changes.
There is a legend amongst the clans that a powerful leader with blue eyes will have the power to unite and save the clans or destroy them. For this reason she is both feared and loved (instantly) by all who know of her. As the story develops we learn this is the reason her grandfather sent her to live elsewhere away from harm until her 16th birthday and that he has had a protection unit watch over her from she was 5 when her father died.
This protection unit has been following her around for years without her knowing and its leader, her main protector is called Devin and he is in love with her. It is at this point where I think the book starts to fall apart and becomes a bit repetitive and predictable because in the middle of Ari learning and adapting to her new heritage various males come on the scene. All are beautiful and have been watching and loving her for her whole life. Following Devin is Turner (heir to a clan of werewolves) and Andrew a powerful Baku. Although some of this is understandable - Arianna requires a number of 'keepers' to feed her blood (and she needs to love and trust them before she can accept feeding of them) it reduces the books and the characters impact. As it becomes all about which males felt/ said what, their jealousy (or lack of it), lots of pouting and her wanting all of them and none of them. To me it begins to drag a bit and gets very repetitive.
Having said that the story concept is good and captures the interest (I have already bought books 2 and 3 in the series) but needs some of the male characters to have a bit more impact and personality, and the romance angle toned down.
I personally like fantasy stories which would never happen in real life as for me this is an escape. The book which started off so well failed miserably. Once we discover that she is a vampire then she is treated as a precious object that is babied beyond belief, well really she can't sleep unless she is sitting on a bloke's lap?, was she a baby or a young woman and then to find out that she is the leader of the clan. It seems to me that the author couldn't make up her mind about the storyline. Can't quite make up my mind whether this was aimed at children or adults. It was also really badly written. I have also found that with kindle free books that they are very rarely a complete story but are part of a series and the first book finishes before you really find out the ending.
One gripe, the proof reading could stand some improvement, nothing major, and certainly not enough to detract from the story in any way.