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Beginnings (Blood Angel Series) Paperback – August 9, 2013
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- Publisher : Nina Soden (August 9, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 354 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0985885319
- ISBN-13 : 978-0985885311
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
Best Sellers Rank:
#6,509,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #99,411 in Paranormal & Urban Fantasy (Books)
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Carole McKee, Author
Story: ★★★★ 1/2
Characters: ★★★★ 1/2
Overall: ★★★★★ (4.5)
This book was given to me as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The story is a Young Adult/Supernatural novel set in the town of Atlanta. It continues the storyline of Aleerah (Alee), a teenager who is starting to learn more about her true nature of being a dhamphir (half human/half vampire). The second novel takes a look at her new life she has had to create for herself and how it overlaps into her old one.
The critical points
Writing: Nina writes wonderfully, connecting characters to emotions and effortlessly carrying the story along with her. There were still areas in this novel that were editorial oversights and a couple of areas where word usage made me pause and reread more than it should have. So in all, 4/5 as far as that whole process goes.
Story: The story-telling process shows vast improvement from the first novel. relying less on the development of the main character, the readers are able to dive right into her life and pick up on her new talents of being both a witch and vampire. Learning about the Underground and its connection with her family is still elusive but with a third book, I hope to gain more background on the Wenham Coven.
Characters: The characters remaining from the first novel carry on with their same qualities, so I didn't find myself questioning anyone's reactions. The only thing that left me wondering throughout the book was Jathan's character. I couldn't really confirm, even by the end of the book, whose side he was on or if he was real.
Appearance: Love the simple, gothic and eye-catching use of colors. It says to the reader to be aware and that's just what they will find inside.
This is the 2nd book of the Blood Angel trilogy. After reading the 1st book, Awaken, I became engrossed with the creative world and lively characters that were introduced. I would highly suggest to fellow readers to read the books in order to understand this world/characters that N. Soden has created for readers to follow story from beginning to the final conclusion.
The author did not disappoint my expectations. I found the pace flowed smooth and steady, and rapidly increased when action occurred. I could not stop turning the pages. I just had to find out what happened next.
I was grateful that the story begins where the 1st book ends, so I was able to move with story at a rapid pace for myself.
The main characters were so believable, and I could see each growing within their roles of this story. I really dislike when characters become stagnated. There are new characters introduced. This is a good thing because I found myself with questions that had to be answered, thus making my curiosity roar. I loved the dramatic events/tragedies that made the characters (humanly) realistic.
There are twists and turns, that you least expect, that capture's the reader's attention to keep you guessing. I dislike predictability. The author's "easy to read" talent is very influential throughout this story.
Though, I read an ARC, which contains a few grammar mistakes <3, this book has been edited. This should not deter readers from enjoying this story.
As the story comes to a close, many things will come into play. Thus making me excited to read the final book in this trilogy.
I was very impressed with author's ability to answer my questions at decisive moments. Then, wouldn't you know it, I continue to having more questions, especially with the new characters and what their roles are for the next book. I loved how the author brought the families, involved together and faced whatever was thrown at them.
The story is simply amazing. After reading the 1st book, I knew the story had great potential. Now after reading this story, it has greatly exceeded my expectations.
I would recommend this book to all family/friends/readers. I'm anxiously awaiting for the next book to see what the final outcome for this trilogy brings. Happy Reading!!!!!