- File Size: 461 KB
- Print Length: 162 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: eXtasy Books (August 8, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 8, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0137WBKAQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,077,246 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Remember Him (The Amsel Clan Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Filled with some angst, humor and some gore, I loved watching Carter come into his ability to over power Alder. His feelings for Freyr always in the front of his mind as he adjusts to being blood bonded to both Freyr and Alder. I am looking forward to seeing where the series goes, and I can't wait for the next book.
First of all, let me begin by saying that Kazy Reed’s is an impressing new voice in the larger genre of “M/M” fiction/erotica and also within the smaller sub-genre of Paranormal fiction. Let there be no doubt: this is no unpolished indie writer at work here. I caught only one small mistake which her publisher and editors might wish to revise, and that came in the first chapter with the line: “This seem to amuse him.”
But I quibble.
In clear, crisp diction, with saucy active verbs, with only the occasional passive one left in, Ms. Reed weaves her simple yet intricate fairy-tale of Vampires from Yore who travel to the Fore! They JET-SET on the CONCORDE, in fact, whizzing back and forth from past to present like an addled person’s thoughts! There’s nothing wrong with that, even if at times the ping-ponging is a bit jarring; and in fact, I will go so far as to take strenuous issue with the reviewer who left the author only 2 stars, in the process implying that the plotline lacked verisimilitude or credibility.
Why? Because this is, after all, a fairy-tale. We are SUPPOSED to suspend disbelief for this sort of on-the-fly story-telling, are we not? If we didn’t, we couldn’t read it at all without rolling our eyes!
And that’s not to belittle it, for like all folklore and children’s stories, it tells us universal truths, even if it does not intend to. Of course, in the case of this particular tale of three vampires, the objective truth-telling comes in the parts told in the third-person omniscient voice—because, after all, the first-person point of view is inherently subjective and therefore less pliable and elastic, less capable of soaring from the mundane and mordant to the Universal and Philosophical.
Take this paragraph, for example, the words of our Almighty Antagonist and resident Villain, Alder, lifted from the Prologue. How Germane (pun on German!) this is, how relevant to our present-day turmoil, especially in these United States, with father now set against son, mother against daughter, brother against sister, citizen against non-citizen, male against female, white against black, non-college-educated against the Ivory-tower Elite, the Evangelicals against the Enlightened, gays against straights, and Friend against foe AND former-Friend:
“ ‘Brother, a hunter must feed on its prey. Humans are rats, vermin unable to find enough corners in which to hide. We are the hawks, circling above their heads. Today we struck. Our talons sank into their flesh and their blood flowed … Such euphoria!’ ”
MASTERFUL dialogue, that! In fact, I feel like I’M bleeding when I read it, and MY flesh feels torn and tattered—so much so, it stings and HURTS! But I do not, I cannot, and I will not feel euphoria.
After all, no vampire am I—and the choice to treat others humanely is my HUMAN prerogative! I don’t feed off the flesh of people and turn on those I love the way Alder turns on Carter. But if Alder were NOT so very, VERY vile, we wouldn’t have a story because we wouldn’t have a Bad vamp, and then we wouldn’t have Evil for the good Vamps to conquer! Thus, the necessity for the suspension of disbelief.
And lastly, that terrifyingly FINE paragraph speaks not only to our current climate, but to the centuries and centuries of history piled page upon crinkled page in the authorial dustbins of … well—HISTORY!
Most of all, it speaks not just to all of us, across all centuries and civilizations, both dead and living; but it speaks to ME, personally, having just learned the hard way throughout a horrific phase of adversity how horrible and inhumane supposedly HUMAN beings CAN be, let alone bloodthirsty vampires—how fickle, how turncoat, how small-minded and prejudiced; how they too readily stuff themselves and others into irregular little boxes, and the minute you no longer fit tightly and perfectly inside any one of their boxes, the lemming-like inhabitants of that particular box will ditch you faster than a … well: NON-LEMMING!
So, yes, Ms. Reed has managed to latch onto the REAL truth HERE, in this, my favorite paragraph of the entire book: just how CRUEL both gods and mortals can be.
But ENOUGH of all that highfalutin stuff!
Let me cut to the BONE: If you like time-traveling gay erotica told with the pristine simplicity of a modern-day Grisham and the incisive precision of a highly competent crafter of words, you’ll LOVE “Remember Him!” It should be just your cup of … BLOOD!*
[On a more personal note: I’d like to thank the author for her partial dedication to the Riders, the group I founded wherein Ms. Reed made many friends who went on to read this, her debut novel. A majority of the reviews for this book on this site were left by these good and loving people, my original Riders. I shall never forget her many kindnesses to me personally during those cavalier early days when she supported me and my work, through good times and bad. I hope she enjoys more success in her writing career going forward, for her work shows great promise, and deserves a wider audience than it apparently now has. Godspeed, Ms. Reed …]
*My one and only complaint rests with the publisher and not the author. The sales price of $5.99 is a bit steep for a book that is only 162 pages or thereabouts in length.
From there, it heads downhill, and in a hurry. I’m not sure why this author wants to have everyone suddenly declaring their love for one another once Freyr gets his mate home, but it turned into a regular coming out party (Greta excepted - sort of).
The premise of this had tons of potential, but it simply did not manifest. I didn’t feel chemistry between the main characters despite the sheer gratuitous amount of intimate encounters. The pacing was so choppy I felt like I had whiplash. I had to keep stopping to refer back and find out how long it had been since the last time warp, so I never connected with anyone, really, except Greta, whom I adored, or with any scene. Carter’s remarkable abilities were remarkable, but they came across as almost an afterthought. In the end, I’m rating this at 2.5 stars, rounding down because I cannot in good conscience rate it up.
Trigger warning: there is repeat sexual and physical abuse in this book.
***ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review. Read and reviewed by Cat from Alpha Book Club.***