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Scarlet Desire Trilogy: Covet (Volume 1) Paperback – August 14, 2015
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About the Author
Tina Traverse is a passionate writer, avid reader, a self-proclaimed Autism Warrior Mom, and Proud Newfie Gal. Tina hails from a quaint little hamlet on a quaint little island known as Canada’s youngest province, Newfoundland. The desire for writing came at an early age when she wrote her own spin on the Bible’s Good Samaritan story for her third grade class. When she fell off the traditional publishing path, Tina stumbled onto an exciting new path called self-publishing. It’s been a thrilling journey, including publishing not only her own work, but being a part of numerous anthologies. In her spare time, Tina enjoys leisurely strolls in the great outdoors, playing Thomas the Tank Engine with her youngest son and being beat at Wii bowling by her teenage son. Tina lives with her husband of too many years to count in a scenic town by the bay. Front row seats are available to Tina’s work and ramblings in a variety of ways.
Top customer reviews
Sebastian & Declynn Sinclair are unaware of what they truly are and who they are meant to be. They both suffer a terrible loss that sends their world spinning. Eventually their paths collide with Scarlett's and what happens next is nothing any of them are ready for.
Can they all work together even though they all have past tragedies and pain?
This book was a breath of fresh paranormal air. I didn't see any predictability in this book and it truly surprised me. I am a lover of paranormal books and this book did not disappoint. The story was a little slow at times but worth the wait. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series. Good Job Tina Traverse!
Will this supernatural trio overcome archaic rivalries and personal demons to work together to conquer a relentless, sinister predator?
First off, the book was written in present tense. I find stories that use present tense harder to get into. It takes longer for me to adjust to the story when the style is one so uncommonly used. (I probably come across one present tense story out of ever thirty to fifty books that I read.)
To compound the issue, the book is also written in shifting first person perspectives. Now, the chapters are labeled so there is no confusion as to who the first person pronouns refer to–although there are long passages of straight dialogue without exposition so conversations get difficult to follow at times but I digress. The story line itself is difficult to follow at times because the perspective shifts so often it creates an issue with the flow. You see, the story is told from four separate point of views, two are related- a brother and sister- while the others have no connection to the siblings or each other, of course their paths cross later on but for a large chunk of the book, you get bits and pieces of the story from the various characters. A chapter with one character would end and the story would pick up with another character, then the scene would change back and things had progressed with the first character leading to unexpected situations without any real explanation. So for a while I reacted with WTF or bajzubajzubajub–after the fourth time I made this noise, my husband told me I was required to include it in my review (and as a bonus I’ll admit that I tried explaining the story to him but the way I talk with my hands and use nonsense words, I’m sure I did little more than baffle and amuse him)–you guys are lucky that I have to put some thought into written words on here or no one would ever understand me. Anyway, the technique was jarring BUT it also kept me reading. I had to know what would happen next and I hoped to find some explanations. Well, the latter never happened but I did find myself compelled to continue reading. BTW, I did find that once the characters’ paths crossed, this issue did go away making the remainder of the story flow much better.
I should also mention that there is some slang that is peculiar to the area the story takes place and some sayings come off as grammatical errors but the author includes a list at the end of the book so that helped clear up my confusion. I can’t pass judgement there, I’m not only southern but a Louisianian to boot, so I’m used to providing my own lexicon to be understood.
Now, with the amount of issues I found with the book, you may be surprised to learn that I did like the story. It was a fairly quick read- it took me under 4 hours to read the book- and the story itself was interesting. The characters were likable (at least Scarlett, Bass, and Lynn are) and the author did a great job of making me understand their minds and motivations.
The supernatural world the author creates is a bit different than others I’ve read. There is no attempt to explain the existence of the creatures-no mythology or species backstory- they just are. Now with Lynn and Bass (the twins), there is a slight explanation on how they ended up paranormal but it is little more than a side-note. The majority of the story focuses on the various people and while their status as a witch or vampire or whatever does somewhat affect their actions, it is more about who they are and not what. I definitely appreciate the author’s approach on that front. (I also greatly appreciated the inclusion of the soul vampire and the comment that vampires don’t sparkle.)
The book is more complex than I expected from one of it’s length. This could be because the apparent time lapses between chapters or it could be because of the amount of things going on. There are the individual lives, the Selective- which is a vigilante group that recruits paranormals to act as assassins, then there are the relationships. There is a lot of complicated going around in reference to relationships- familial, interpersonal, and romantic. The romantic entanglements sprinkled throughout the book are extremely complicated and understanding some aspects is like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall. There are a few steamy scenes, a couple of which seem to come from nowhere, but just roll with it because it makes sense once the story progresses (at least I think they do).
Truth is after reading the story, I’m still not sure what the hell is going on. I do know that the book is the first of the series and the book included chapter one from the next book but I didn’t want to get sucked into that rabbit hole since I don’t have the whole second book on hand. I would like to know what happens next so I will be on the lookout for the next books. As for this one, I’m going to have to go with a 3.5 star rating (which I bumped up because I can't do halves here) simply because despite the issues I had, I was enthralled by the story and I believe there is great potential for the world Traverse created, she just needs to show the reader more of the story since we don’t possess the mind-reading capabilities her vampires do.
Covet provides readers with the ultimate challenge.There are multi points of views, a very different language almost, and a whole cast of protagonists.This book seemed to be all over the place at first and it was hard to keep track of one story line as each chapter revolved around a different character and their story. Timelines seemed blurred, but overall the flow of the book worked.
Having said that, you are gripped from the start and have no choice but to read each story. They all fall into place in the end to reveal the pieces of the puzzle you have been waiting for. This is the true brilliance behind this author.
Scarlet Winters lives in Newfoundland with her mother and two sisters. After the tragic death of her beloved father, nothing is the same. Then a horrible accident turns her life upside down once more. Homeless and alone, she is taken in by Victor Smith the local Reverend. He introduces her to Christian Leblanc, who offers to pay for her to go to University. All is not as it seems as she soon discovers that Victor Smith is Victor Leblanc and along with his brother, Christian Leblanc these Vampires want to kill her. They inform her that she is a powerful Witch who holds the key to immortality and that they want her heart as it will grant them the real immortality they seek. She escapes from their clutches only to be forced later on to join a powerful organization called The Selective.
Sebastian and Declynn are twins who suffer a tragedy on their own. They are saved by Victor and Christian Leblanc who turn them into unique Vampires.Through a series of events Sebastian is also forced to join The Selective. Soon the Witch and the powerful Vampire team up and join forces to fight the Leblanc brothers.
This book is so different to other books in this Adult Paranormal Fantasy genre, as it not only revolves around Witches and Vampires, but people from a small town who speak their own dialect. It is educational and very entertaining. Though I found some mistakes I still give this book a fabulous 4.5 stars!