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Origins (Demonkin) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 2, 2014
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Semi-finalist in the 2015 Kindle Book Review Awards Sci Fi/ Fantasy Category!
Written with a refreshing humor, Origins will have you laughing and then have you surprised and horrified in the next breath ~Brighter Scribe at The Scribe's Desk
Any and all fans of Urban Fantasy and Supernatural are sure to love this read, and be more than ready to get their hands on Book 2, Deceptions. ~Gothic Moms GothicMoms.blogspot.com
About the Author
Sean Hayden Born the son of a fire chief, Sean naturally developed a love of playing with fire. His family and friends quickly found other outlets for his destructive creativity. Writing is his latest endeavor. Always a fan of the macabre, mythical, and magical, Sean found a love of urban fantasy and horror. After writing several novels in this genre, he found, fell in love with, and immersed himself in steampunk. He has always wanted to rewrite history and steampunk gave him that opportunity. Sean currently lives in Florida as a fiber-optic engineer as well as an author. He was blessed with the two most amazing children he could ever hope for, has met the absolute love of his life, who coincidentally is his partner in everything. His hobbies include grand designs on world domination as well as a starring role in his own television sitcom.
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I could not finish this book. Teenage übervampire leaves her sheltered upbringing, discovers she is the most mary sue of mary sues(incredibly powerful, one-of-a-kind, aces FBI training despite never having studied or used her powers perviously etc etc), drools over every male she meets and is overall too cringy for comfort. In short, avoid this.
2 stars for being legible and with a somewhat interesting concept behind it. Could probably be a decent read for someone, somewhere.
After being sheltered all of her life, her aunt passes away which forces her out into the real world where her uniqueness doesn't stay a secret for long. She becomes a target for an underworld vampire boss and is forced to grow up really fast, discovering her deeper powers in the process. It's up to Ashlyn to use her gifts for good or evil.
Origins drew me in immediately. I like that her character has visible differences from normal humans, particularly her cat-like talons that are non-retractable. It was pretty cool imagining how she adapts to having them (on her fingers AND toes). The character herself is really relatable. Even though she's a vampire/demon, she has very human emotions which makes her sympathetic in many instances. It's fun to watch her grow up. She's 17-18 years old and her hormones get crazier and crazier as the book progresses. She's also going down a path of unchartered territory as a new vampire breed. This prompted a number of Mary Sue-ish moments, but she will be humbled so I'm not worried about this.
The vampires get the most focus in this book, followed by the werewolves. She teams up with them and fights against them in a number of scenes. There is not a lot of back story there, but I hope to see it in the sequel. I also really want to see more development for the elves which we only get a taste of in this book.
I do commend Sean Hayden for doing a fairly good job of writing from the perspective of a female. A growing number of series will have a husband and wife team as co-authors, working to strengthen the presence of their respective genders, offering a more natural point of view.
I'm a stickler for covers and this one leaves much to be desired, but there is a quality story in there. Origins is a short read, but very engaging, bringing a fresh perspective to the Urban Fantasy genre and I definitely look forward to its sequel.
Ash has spent the last 17 years hiding in her Aunts house. No one but a few of her Aunt's choice friends know of her existance. Vampires are legal, but the fact that she was born could present some problems. Only things have changed. Her Aunt was killed in a car accident. Ashly has no choice but to venture out into the world with the small savings her Aunt set aside for her and try to make it on her own. What could go wrong?
The author took me through so many emotions while reading this. I laughed, I fumed... he really pissed me off at one point... but ultimately Sean Hayden gave me something that has been rare in some of the work coming out. A good read. When I was finished I immediately went out and bought the second book in this series and read that. If you love supernatural tales that are told with humor, have a lot of action and suspense and keep you guessing at every turn, I highly recommend that you read Origins.