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While she's not your typicalheroine, Dylan Hart, and all the snarky cynicism she embodies, is only humanand has the flaws to prove it. Her odyssey is only beginning, she has so muchmore to become than a Grade-A b*tch. Wehope you're along for the ride.
- ASIN : B00789GPFK
- Publisher : Mac Gille Mhur Publishing; 3rd edition (April 29, 2013)
- Publication date : April 29, 2013
- Language: : English
- File size : 2615 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 401 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,483,187 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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By R.M. Gilmore
5 out of 5 stars
The story The Scene (Dylan Hart Series Book 1) by R.M. Gilmore is a horror book that kept me turning pages. I was always wondering what would happen next. It pulled me in from the very beginning and once started I found myself not able to put it down. I loved the character of Dylan Hart. She is strong, independent, sassy, has plenty of wits, and determination. She is a journalist that is looking into a story. A story that includes vampires. What will she find? Read this book to find out. Dylan is sassy and can easily turn on the sarcasm when needed. She is a likable character and I found myself quickly rooting for her to find out the truth of the story she is working on. The story has action, suspense, danger, and some chilling scenes. I have loved stories about vampires and the occult for a long time and this story is a good example of why. There are twists and turns in the book that I didn’t see coming. There are quite a few additional characters that are introduced. Some I enjoyed reading about, such as Dylan’s bestie, and then others who are mysterious, and I had to wonder what their real agenda is. Don’t miss out on a story that will have you glued to the pages until the ending. I would highly recommend reading it.
Dylan Hart is not your typical female protagonist. She’s not drop-dead gorgeous, she’s not a size two, and she does not act like a lady. In fact, Dylan Hart is probably my spirit animal, for lack of a better word. She’s snarky, witty, and quite frankly, she doesn’t give a damn what anyone else thinks. Unless you’re a tall, dark, and handsome man with beautiful green eyes. But then… who wouldn’t drool over an underwear model? God knows I would.
When bodies start turning up, the young, wannabe author sets out to research her material and aide her friend and ex-boyfriend, Mike, in bringing the case to a close. Thus readers are drawn along in an unexpectedly dark mystery with some pretty damn sharp twists.
First and foremost, I must applaud Gilmore’s ability to create a uniquely amusing character, realistic, and relatable character. Dylan Hart’s spunkiness rivals my own and there are several times where Dylan takes words straight out of my mouth for a situation. Another sign of Gilmore’s mastery over her craft, and a glaringly bright link to how closely she holds Dylan to her own heart, surfaces in the ways Dylan reacts to certain situations. For instance, without divulging a spoiler, there is a place in The Scene where Dylan must combat her own fears to identify a corpse for Mike. In the pages leading up to this, I can honestly say I wanted to message R. M. Gilmore and throttle her for pumping my anxiety so high. (Seriously, I almost had to scrounge for my hydroxyzine, woman.) The aforementioned scene isn’t the only one where Gilmore’s done this.
Unfortunately, there are times when the story does drag a little. Overall, The Scene is fun romp through Los Angeles’s nightscape, told from the point of view of an average woman. It is this refreshing point-of-view that makes this book enjoyable. Seriously, Dylan Hart alone earns this book four stars.
Like most of the reviews I read, it took me a little to get through the first chapter. I could relate to her on being chubby, tight on cash, and tons of student loans. I also know what it is like to have the hot best friend. Once I got past the first chapter I couldn’t put the book down. I wanted to just keep reading. I wanted to know who was killing girls, letting all the blood out of them, and just dropping them in random places. I thought I knew who it was a few times, but I was blown away when it went in a different direction.
I don’t want to give too much away with spoilers, but I can’t wait to read the rest of this series.
This is different than any vampire book ive read before. And I will say I was surprised I was found laughing at parts in this but the quick wit and one liners got me. I was guessing what would happen through the whole book.
I really cannot wait for the next book, I was surprised by this book I went in blind not knowing what to expect, that cover caught my eye!
Top reviews from other countries
After the first few chapters I was hooked! I loved the dynamics of the characters and the fact that Dylan isn't your typical perfect heroine, but a person with flaws and a lot of doubt in herself. I felt she was a character that you could really relate to! I found myself trying to guess the outcome the whole way through and not once did it cross my mind to be what it was! I actually felt a bit stupid for not realising sooner as when I found out it seemed an obvious choice!
This scene is incredibly well written and keeps you hooked from the very beginning. I struggled to put the book down and read in only a few sittings, although if it wasn't for life getting in the way I could have easily completed it in one sitting! I cannot wait to see what lies for Dylan and the gang in the next instalment!
I really struggled to stay focused in the first few chapters but once i settled into a good reading pace I was hooked.
In the beginning I remember thinking "this chick spends too much time dissing herself" and then I realised "this chick's real". Dylan Hart is not your usual heroine, she is not super confident, oozing sex appeal and she doesn't have super human powers. She is sassy with a filthy mouth, prone to sarcasm and has the funniest lines. I actually laughed out loud several times whilst reading.
This book was nothing like I expected and its most definitely not your typical 'vampire' book. It kept me second guessing ALL the characters until the very end. And now I'm left waiting for the next instalment.
One criticism - the (for me) excessive use of foul language. I appreciate that this was written by an American author principally for the US market and therefore the degree of profanity may well be acceptable, but for sales of future books (and I hope there are many more) it may be wise to tone it down a bit for UK (and even maybe Aussie and Kiwi) editions.