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"It has a fantastic story, twists and turns throughout, and some mysteries you won't see coming. I'm looking forward to reading more of her books as she writes them. The Chronicles of Koa #2 will certainly be a day one purchase for me!"
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"The ending had me on edge. I have to say I have not read a vampire novel like this one before."
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"The author has created an engrossing world with vampires, angels and other mythical creatures. And not just any mythical creatures, her creations were... awesome!"
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"This book has everything that will make you want to keep reading it: supernatural, action, suspense, a budding romance, and when you think you know what's going on, you find out you don't."
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"Koa is so fascinating and descriptive that one of the notes I kept making was "What was going through her head when she wrote this?!" Maria Griffin, author.
"Koa has this bad@ssed Lyrinian sword that is from the Netherworld and seems to have a mind of it's own and goes into a frenzy when she uses it against evil."- MelissaMartin's Reading List Blog
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- Publication date : January 17, 2014
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- Publisher : Dragon Roots Emporium; 3rd edition (January 17, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Print length : 253 pages
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I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it. This review MAY contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.
I really enjoyed this story as a whole, but I had some issues with it as well.
Starting off with what this book does well, it has a very unique take on vampires and Nephilim. I can honestly say that I haven't read anything resembling this world that Lee has created before in other books. The concept of the story is very good and I think with some polishing it could be incredible.
I felt like this book was way too short and lacked detail. It felt like the bare bones of what a book should be. It has the main concept, the characters, and the plot, but it lacks the details needed to fully understand the scope of the story being told. This also brings me to the characters. While I liked these characters, I didn't love them. I didn't feel a connection to them that would make me fall in love with them. At times I didn't feel like I knew them at all. This is where details would have been most advantageous in the story. As far as the world-building goes, more details is never a bad thing in a fantasy book. There were points in the book, especially when the main characters enter the Netherworld, that were confusing to follow. The author was telling instead of showing. An instance of this is when Lee tells the readers that the main character can fly. There is no explanation as to why, nor is there a description of her attempting it. She just flies. It didn't go into any details regarding this power that the main character has. Every time she flew I just pictured Superman, but I know where Superman's power comes from so his power of flying doesn't confuse me. Every time she flew it was very unconvincing and ridiculous to me. Details are the backbone of a story. Without them, the story falls flat and doesn't engage the reader.
I found the narrative a bit choppy and unconvincing at times. I also think that this book could use a serious sit down with an editor. There were misspellings and mispunctuation galore, and sometimes there was even the wrong form of a word used. While these things may not bother some people, they sadly impacted the enjoyment of the story for me.
The ending was a bit abrupt. I wouldn't really call it a cliffhanger though because there wasn't anything really hanging in the balance. I think that I would have preferred a cliffhanger, to be honest. The story just stops. I kept scrolling through my e-reader thinking that I didn't have the complete file downloaded to my kindle app.
This book (and this series) has great potential. It definitely has some missed opportunities in regard to the world building and character growth, but the story is original and catching. I think that with some refining this story could be so much more. I will definitely be continuing the series. I know that this book is the first by this author, and I think that over time her writing can only get better. I am excited to see what else K.N. Lee has to offer. I would recommend this series to those that enjoy action-packed urban fantasy stories.
I received an ARC of: Netherworld (The Chronicles of Koa #1) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
"For that second, she was his. For that second, she saw everything that he had meant to tell her."
From the beginning of Netherworld, I was hooked. It had a fast paced beginning and easily kept my interest. I pretty much knocked the book out in four hours and only really paused it to make dinner. As soon as I finished it I purchased the sequel on my kindle.
There are a lot of fascinating elements and I feel like this was a really fun paranormal novel. It had multiple breeds of vampires, demons, angels, and some new creatures as well. I liked how it had the human world and the netherworld. The descriptions were pretty well done and I could envision quite a bit of it. I ADORED her mother and the twist with that. I loved the idea that at the beginning of the story Koa (our lead) was already in love. It was not the typical meet, hate each other, fall in love, confession time that you usually find in pretty much all YA and romance novels. It was more about why they weren't already together and that struggle instead. Not what you usually find.
Now on the romance note, it also brings me to my biggest problem with this series. The dreaded love triangle. If anyone has read some of my more colorful reviews they will know I hate love triangles with a burning passion. Throughout the whole book I thought I had avoided it and then WHAM-BAM last three chapters or so and love triangle. Now I will give Lee credit that it is not typically how a love triangle is introduced...but it is still there. Now on the flip side of this triangle...I'm ALMOST glad to have a triangle because I can't stand the one she was in love with. Halston. My other problem with this series.
Halston the amazing. Halston the gorgeous. Halston the perfect. Who is clearly not perfect. <Spoiler>Now I get that he is an angel</spoiler> and I barely call that a spoiler because it was blatantly obvious from the beginning; however, if he was described as perfect ONE MORE TIME I was ready to throw my kindle. Which I would rather not do because it was expensive. Her descriptions of him were nauseating. His perfect hair, his perfect smile, his perfect outfit, how sexy he was when he breathed. (Last one I may have made up). I just want to meet the real Jax in the next book. He was way more interesting.
Now I liked Koa, she felt pretty real. Now she started out pretty badass, then kind of turned into a simpering lovesick fool anytime which she was around Halston which was vaguely annoying. I mean she founds out what he's done to her (which I hope there is more to in the future books but still relatively important) and just insta-forgives him. At least have a bit of a struggle with your love for him and what he's done to you vs. for you. Jeez. Hopefully with the introduction of Jax she may change a bit as the books progress. Ah how high my hopes are. Please don't dash them K.N. Lee. She also had a bit of the typical YA heroine "I know what's best for me, don't tell me what to do, I'm going to go out and make terrible decisions!" phase but I guess she has to grow. I did like how there were characters stronger than her and we avoided the invincible perfect heroine. She makes mistakes and I like that.
The plot was interesting, I instantly want to delve into the next one. I am curious on how many books while be in the chronicles of Koa. Either way there is a lot that needs to happen and while the ending felt a bit abrupt I felt satisfied with all that was put into the first book. I enjoyed the writing style, my only gripe being that she used their names very often. Halston did this, Halston did that. I would have liked a bit more variety. It was a very quick read, I was drawn in and I wanted to keep reading to see what would happen. I expect good things from the next one.
I enjoyed this book very much. The characters are diverse and interesting, the battle scenes are exciting, and the story has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. Koa is a headstrong young woman whose reckless behavior sometimes get her into trouble. She's a fighter, but not invincible. Halston is a fallen angel trying to redeem himself so he can return to the Kingdom of Heaven. He's also a man with a dark side and a lot of secrets, not all of them his own. Together, they must stop Greggan, a king vampire, from unleashing hell on earth.
Secrets are a big part of the story and though some were revealed by the ending, enough was left out to leave me eager for the next book in the series. Can Koa and Halston defeat Greggan? Will Koa's mother ever be returned to her true form? How will Koa choose between two men who each hold pieces of her heart? I guess I'll just have to read on to find out.
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I read a lot of paranormal novels and do think that this a cut above the average. I like the twist in the tale and the characters. Koa is not that different from most of the other protagonists in this type of book but many of the other characters seem unique.
Some annoying proof reading errors, sometimes Evina is described as a Tempest when she is actually a Temptress and there were a few others as well; I dislike these because they cause me to pause my reading to interpret them correctly, but they are sufficiently few that I could live with them.
I've already bought #2.
Pretty much from the start I was hooked! Koa (half "human" half vampire) starts off in Paris, battling the things that go bump in the night.
I love the character of Raven; very nicely written.
And as for Halston...what's a girl to say? (*flutters eyelashes*) Very hot boss and friend to Koa. Not sure I would have kept my hands off him all that time! ;-P
Koa's niggled by a large gap in her memory, and the need to discover the truth becomes stronger and stronger until she HAS to find out at all costs. But is the price too high? (leaving it there to avoid spoilers).
This isn't a 'vampire' book in the usual sense. It's a good vs evil sort of mission which happens to have vamps in it. It's not one that has fangs drawn every five minutes in a stereotypical (dull) sort of way.
Really good read. If you're into your supernatural novels, this is definitely for you. If you're not, you soon will be reading this!
I'll definitely be reading the next book!