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- Print Length: 84 pages
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- Publisher: Sarah Baethge - Noesis; 1 edition (January 27, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 27, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I3JYSOE
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- Lending: Enabled
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Radiant Shadows: Beginnings [Parts 1-3] Kindle Edition
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Part one is told by Stephen who appears to be the main character. He meets with his vampire-hunter friend Caroline as she sets out to hunt a dangerous vampire, Randy.
They end up meeting up with a witch who decides it would be a good idea to make Stephen into an anti-vampire. Doing so cripples Caroline in her hunt of Randy as it puts her in a state between becoming a vampire and dying. Stephen and Caroline’s minds are linked in this adventure and he is not in his physical body, but in Caroline’s mind.
On her way to hunt Randy, Caroline runs into her boyfriend Marshall and he insists on sticking with her.
This eventually ends in him being transformed into a vampire and Caroline ending up dead at the hands of Marshall.
Part two is written in letter form by Marshall. He is writing to Phyllis. She is a friend of Stephen’s. Marshall is writing to her to explain what happened as she ends up in the house with them, but she cannot see him because she is a human and he will lust for her blood.
Part three is written in the point of view of Phyllis. She decided to take killing Randy into her own hands.
She runs into a bit of trouble with the vampires, but they let it go after hearing about the pain Randy had caused.
It ends with Phyllis coming up with a way to help Stephen take care of Marshall, and that is where it ends.
While the writing was okay, there were some grammar and spelling mistakes. There were times in the book where Stephen turned into Steven, then it corrected itself again.
The beginning of the book puts you right into the action with no real introduction. It makes you try to catch up in your head while you are reading. It is pretty confusing at first. It begins to shape up as the story goes along, but the beginning really throws it off a bit.
I don’t feel that I learned very much about the characters. Maybe that is because this seems to be a series, but in that case, I feel a book one should lay down some background on the characters so that they are more familiar and understood moving forward.
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I would like to say that there were parts of this novella that I enjoyed, there is a basis of a story in there, but it needs a bit of work before being considered ready for publishing. Overall I was slightly confused where the story was actually going, and it basically ends without giving many answers.
The book need some serious format editing, missing words and strange sentence structures. Even the font changes in colour, words in very pale colours so they almost disappear on the screen?
The Characters were under developed, and sometimes the sentence structure was so overflowing you loose track of whats actually happening.
The book is told in 3 parts, each part going over the plot via their POV, this means there is a certain repetitiveness, but you do gain more information via each Characters POV.
The first part is told in the POV of Stephen Brown who is a diplomat for the HVA (Human Vampire Alliance) - this was the part that I most enjoyed.
The Second part is told in the POV of Caroline Ace - Vampire Huntress, Part 2 - well lets just say that I am not sure if the Vampire hunter was having an off day, but she wasn't really thinking it through and pays the price for her lack of planning.
And finally the Third part is told in Phyllis's POV who is the Human ward of the 'Count' - Yes there is a Vampire Count, who comes with a cliched 'Dracula' accent! and Phyllis has some hidden agenda in wanting Stephen's help - but I did get a bit lost and never really worked out what she wants with him.
The premise of the plotline is that a rogue vampire named Randy, (I think there was some form of humor in giving this Evil Vamp a silly name) who is running amuck and killing humans in a quite 'Notable' Vampire way - bite marks and drained of blood! The story starts off in some sort of meeting to arrange his capture and kill order as the Vamp's are getting antsy at his lack of discreteness.
Stephen (who is also called Steve in the third section - this switching of the spelling of the name Stephen was a bit random too)
I don't really want to say much more about the plot as it would give too much away, and this is a very short read, I read it in under 2 hours. 104 pages according to the First Edition section on the extras part. - This would have been handy if it had been at the beginning of the book and not at the end.
What makes this book different from all others? Well I liked the idea of the Vampires needing the 'Life Essence' rather than just blood, it reminded me of an old Sci-fi movie I watched as a teenager where an Alien came to earth, walking naked and she sucked out the lifeforce <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lifeforce_(film)">LifeForce</a>
There are some good ideas as I said before, but these need to be plucked out and expanded, the story is just a short collection of witness accounts to a 'vampire Hunt' and not much more is really developed.
I would have given the book 3 stars as I am interested to see if this books actually leading somewhere - It really ends quite quickly and is obviously leading into another chapter of the story.
I knocked off half a point due to the formatting and underdevelopment, you may wish to read it and see what your conclusions are - I would be interested to know what others thought too.
While writing this review I was re-checking the e-book to clarify something and I noticed a section of 'Book Extras'
and basically this extras section gives you the outline of the book - characters Themes Notes for parents?
Maybe this book is aimed at teenagers, oh no... it just says reading level is for Adults So I will be saying - not suitable for children now.