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Shades of Gray (Amaranthine Book 1) by [Naylor, Joleene]
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Dark, stunning and mysterious, Shades of Gray breaks through the barriers of modern writing and revitalizes the vampire genre for a new generation. Unlike modern, feeble vampire stories directed at teenagers and Hollywood, Shades of Gray takes us back to a time when vampires were still deadly creatures of the night and love knew no bounds. With the same dedication to the true vampire genre that authors such as Stephen King (Salem's Lot) and Anne Rice (Queen of the Damned) write with, Joleene Naylor, in her first book, Shades of Gray, has captured the very essence of their darkness, the depths of their emotions, and reminded us of the horrifying reality of what it means to be a vampire.

In this first installment of the Amaranthine Series, we are introduced to the two, main characters, Jorick and Katelina ; eternally bound souls who are also victims, caught helplessly between the worlds of light and darkness. Jorick, a vampire trapped in a world he despises, must break the code of his own kind in order to protect a mortal; while Katelina will be forced to choose between the emptiness of her life in the world above, or be further drawn into a tangled web of conflict and deception amongst the warring vampires.

In a time of lust, hatred, betrayal and greed, these two souls will have to face the awesome powers of the vampire clans and their minions, in an all-out battle. But, if they are to find their way through the darkness, they'll also have to overcome their own, inner demons, where they may even be lucky enough to find an unexpected spark of passion waiting to be ignited. When vampires and humans mix together, what happens next is not pleasant; when light and dark combine as one, there is sure to be pain and suffering.

Yet, out of the darkness, the light will shine. From suffering, new strengths shall be discovered. From war, unexpected heroes shall arise. And, in this first book from the Amaranthine Series, you will embark on an epic journey through the forbidden world that exists only in your nightmares.

The author, Joleene Naylor, has crossed boundaries that very few authors ever dare approach. She has taken the publishing world by storm with tremendous courage, writing her story in the only way it could be: unbound by the barriers of modern society and political correctness. Naylor has a refreshing and talented approach to writing with her unique and uninhibited style that is thoroughly exhilarating. Straying from the modern storylines that tend to poison the vampire genre, Naylor has brought to life the frightening world of vampires through her accurately detailed and vividly graphic depictions of their dark natures. She has remained true and loyal to the most dedicated of vampire fans around the world. This is not your Hollywood-induced, watered-down tale of vampires. Rather, Shades of Gray is a blood-curdling, epic saga that is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat and infiltrate the darkest corners of your soul. The only thing you'll be wanting at the end of this book - is the next one! --Townhall.com, D. Kennedy, November 26, 2009

About the Author

Joleene Naylor is the author of the glitter-less Amaranthine series, a world where vampires aren’t for children. As a compliment to the novel series, she has also written several short stories, including the Vampire Morsels collection, and has plans for an Amaranthine Encyclopedia. In her spare time, Joleene is a freelance book cover designer and for-fun photographer. She maintains several blogs full of odd ramblings, and occasionally updates her website at JoleeneNaylor.com. She and her husband live in Villisca, Iowa near the famous – and reportedly haunted - “axe murder” house. Though she enjoys the paranormal, she refuses to invite the ghosts for a visit. Between the cats, dogs, and turtles, her house is full enough.

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  • File Size: 2314 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1449511813
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: October 4, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RHP5D6
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By Shannon L. Yarbrough VINE VOICE on May 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
I was in the middle of reading Charlaine Harris's True Blood series and eager to read anything else vampire that didn't have a poster, keychain, tee shirt, action figure, Xbox game, pendant, change purse, or lunch box to accompany it so I picked up Shades of Gray. Joleene's blurb begins: Dark, stunning and mysterious, Shades of Gray breaks through the barriers of modern writing and revitalizes the vampire genre for a new generation. This was enough for me, so I agreed to read it.

The book is indeed dark, stunning, and mysterious. I'll give Naylor that. Her blurb even throws a punch to "those vampires" I've already mentioned: Unlike modern, feeble vampire stories directed at teenagers and Hollywood, Shades of Gray takes us back to a time when vampires were still deadly creatures of the night and love knew no bounds. Feeble vampires? I love that.

And so we meet Katelina and Jorick. Our light and our dark. Our Juliet and Romeo. Our human and our vampire that are romantically drawn to one another, but caught up in the drama that separates our two worlds and makes things complex. Jorick hates what he is and the code he is bound to, and is willing to break it for Katelina's sake. Meanwhile, Katelina is being hunted by the vampire clan, after the mysterious death of her lover, and Jorick much choose to either save her or succumb to what he really is. A vampire.

Yep. We've read this before, or waited for the movie. And I fully admit I thought I had this book all wrapped up with a pretty bow by the time I was half way through it. But while Naylor's plot may not be completely original, her characters are. I did enjoy at least reading about adult vampires. Beware!
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Format: Paperback
I wasn't sure I was going to like this book. Usually, when there's vampires involved, I turn away because it's been done. But, I gave this book a chance and I'm so glad I did. It's so full of action you won't be able to put it down. It's an easy read, flows great, and fast paced. If you're an avid reader you'll have it done in one night, 2 tops! Even if you aren't much of a reader, it's so good you'll have it done within a few nights.

There's a character for everyone to identify with in this book. Just to name a few there's Jorick, the sexy know-it-all hero who is always a bit late. Or Katelina, the dim-witted damsel in distress that always seems to find trouble. My favorite is Kateesha, the evil mistress of darkness who will do anything to get what she desires.

On another note, I highly recommend the reader be at least 13 years old. I would consider this more of an adult book. However, I know by the age 13 that's all I was reading. It depends on what you think is acceptable for your child. There is lots of violence and a bit of sex. The sex isn't very graphic but there is one scene that is quite serious that may need some explaining to readers of a young age.

Anyway, this is a great book! I highly recommend it! The only con is that you finish it wanting to read the next book but, there isn't one.... at least not yet.
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By S Warren on March 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
Katelina is mourning over a recent lover, who she found murdered in his apartment. She's kind of floating through life until she gets a strange call asking if she wants to know how her lover died. Though she tells herself she won't follow the strange caller's directions she finds herself doing just that. From there she ends up in a run and chase with vampires.

The first chapter did grab me. The second kept my interest, then everything started going down hill. Without giving away spoilers, I kept thinking what? Why? What? Why? One certain question I really wanted to know wasn't answered until about 70% in. The fact that Katelina didn't ask it sooner says a lot. She started out as a realistic character then slowly she became one dimensional and immature. The romance was okay. For that this gets two starts. The action part was boring and didn't really flow. I had high hopes for this one, but it just kept getting stranger. Others liked it, so perhaps it wasn't my cup of tea.
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I have a terrible habit of downloading free books that don't seem very appealing by the blurb, thinking that I may get bored enough to eventually read them. On a few occasions, I've discovered some amazing authors and series. This particular book sat untouched in my library for entirely too long. Two days ago, I finally decided to give it a go, not expecting much. Boy, was I wrong! I didn't want to put it down and am currently wrapping up book 3 lol!

I am completely sucked into the world of Jorick, Katelina & Co. It's got every element that I enjoy. This isn't your boring, sappy vampire/human love story. Although love is involved, so is heartache, war, complications and so much more. I love ballsy authors, and Joleene Naylor is not afraid to "go there", where some won't.

If you're looking for a smooth love ride and easily offended, then I wouldn't recommend this. If you like your vampires to behave like vampires, sleep in coffins, stay out of the sun, etc., and if you want to read something amazing, original and full of substance then click "buy now" and get started! You won't regret it.

With all that being said, I've got book 3 to finish up and the rest of the series awaiting. :D
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