Review: The Search by Kelley Grealis

Posted September 9, 2013 by Ginny in Fantasy, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: The Search by Kelley Grealis
The Search by Kelley Grealis
Series: The Descendant Vampire Series
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal
Published by KG Publishing on 8/27/13
Format: ARC
Pages: 282
Source: Author

Also in this series: The Descendant
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Book Description:

Book Description:
Allison Carmichael is thirsty for blood and hungry for answers.

Lured away from her illicit extracurricular activities by news about her kidnapped husband, Allison rejoins her adopted family that’s promised to help her find him. Allison's search is detoured, however, by sinister vampire politics, the seeming good will of her fanged family, and the return of her nemesis. Circumstances unfold that shatter the foundation of her world.

In order to successfully play the game she has been thrust into, Allison must battle loss and betrayal and accept unexpected love.

THE SEARCH is on for answers, but when answers are found, will they be what Allison was looking for?

Ginny’s Review:

Small Spoiler of Where We Left Off:
** Allison has taken off, run away from her fate, after killing a big, bad guy and finding out that her husband is still out there somewhere.  There’s other stuff in there, but I really don’t want to spoil anything for anyone who has yet to read the first book.

I was a little disappointed by this book — and I do mean only a little.  After reading and reviewing the previous book, The Descendant, (my review for that book found here ), and after yelling at my eReader for the abrupt ending of book one, I suppose my expectations were a bit high for this.

Do not get me wrong, this is still a very good book; however I was not as drawn into it as I was with the first.  There are moments that tend to drag out a bit too much… and overall, I think a lot of the book could have been edited down to a smaller/shorter book.

But let me discuss the things I liked! I like giving positive reviews and I do like Kelley Grealis’ style of writing — I even made a note that I love the font used for the chapters (i.e. “Chapter 1”, “Chapter 2”, etc.) — I want that font. It looks awesome.

There was a point that made me giggle because as one character is trying to escape being captured, he pulls the old “HEY LOOK OVER THERE!!” trick and runs away — and being a vampire, he can run quite quickly. I scoffed at first, thinking the others should never have fallen for it, but it was quite believable and then I just giggled. It’s an old trick in the book, simple, yet clever and effective.

I also enjoyed the new knowledge — or relearning the lore that vampires are also compelled to count grains of sand or salt.  This comes into play within the book and I remembered that members of the Fae must do this, but I hadn’t remembered that vampires (in some lore) are also compelled to do so, which is why they can’t cross a line of salt. The lore is that they cannot move until they have counted every single last grain. I LOVED that this was used. So kudos to Ms Grealis!

Let it be known that, while there are no sex scenes in this book, there are still a few heated glances that make me look forward to book three, which will be coming, though a set date has not been announced. I will continue to read this series and any other books Kelley Grealis decides to grace us with because I do enjoy her style and the storyline — as I mentioned in my previous review, I enjoy her take on vampires and how it’s different from others. I love the religious aspect and I love how she brings lesser-known myths and lore into her writing. It’s creative and new in a world of books that seem to be cookie-cutter formats.  She cuts her own path and for that I will forever respect her.

In summation, this is a great book — it didn’t quite live up to the previous one, but it still leaves me thirsting for more.  Check out this series if you enjoy new takes and lesser known lore. Honestly, I’m loving it!