Series: The Descendant Vampire Series

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
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
Overall Rating:

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!

Review: The Descendant by Kelly Grealis

Posted May 24, 2013 by Sherri in Reviews / 2 Comments

Review: The Descendant by Kelly Grealis
The Descendant by Kelley Grealis
Series: The Descendant Vampire Series #1
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Published by KG Publishing on May 24, 2012
Format: Ebook
Pages: 288
Source: Author

Also in this series: The Search
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
Overall Rating:

Book Description:

Book Description:

Allison Carmichael wakes from a car wreck with no memory of the past three years. She doesn’t recall her husband’s death or how she alienated her friends, and she definitely doesn’t remember anything about her new boyfriend Vincent Drake -- a charismatic man with a penchant for rare and unique possessions. In fact, the only things familiar to Allison are her seemingly common ailments -- insomnia, lack of appetite, erratic body temperature -- which have gone undiagnosed and are worsening.

But Vincent knows exactly who, and what, Allison is -- a mortal descendant of the first vampire. He is a vampire who has watched over Allison and her ancestors since the biblical times of Cain and Abel ensuring their secret is kept. Once he realizes Allison’s symptoms are accelerating and transforming her, he’ll stop at nothing to have her.

Allison discovers that she is a descendant and the first of her kind to exhibit signs of vampirism. She must decide between risking her mortal death if she cannot control her symptoms or fully transforming into a vampire and daming her soul for eternity. A decision made even more difficult when Allison discovers that Vincent has manipulated her life, and everyone in it, so that he can have the one thing no one else in the world has -- the first descendant-turned-vampire.


Ginny’s Review:

First off, let me start this review by screaming, “GAAAAHHH!!!!!!” . That was basically my reaction to the ending of the book. I won’t tell you what happens, but only that it leaves off on a cliffhanger and you’re so involved in the book, that when it ends you simply want to scream, “WHAT WAS THAT?! COME ON!!!”. So, in my head, this makes it a fantastic book!

This book is celebrating its one year anniversary from its original release date last year. (I feel bad for the readers who read it last year and had no idea when the next book is coming out — which is supposed to be later this year, thankfully).

The Descendant opens with Allison at another doctor’s office trying to find out why she’s so hot at night, but cold during the day; why she is never hungry but always thirsty and why she doesn’t really sleep… she hasn’t mentioned the dreams that she’s had about this beautiful garden she visits when she actually DOES sleep, but that bothers her too…

Now, I, being the good Christian-raised girl that I am, knew what garden she was dreaming of, and where this was going.  There are many literary theories about who or where the first vampire came from, including the biblical ideas of it being Lilith (in the Bible’s Apocrypha, Lilith is Adam’s first wife), or it being Cain, and after he killed his brother, the mark that God put upon him was vampirism, etc. etc. etc.  I will give Kelley Grealis this — she gave that second theory a twist, which is how Allison came to be.

I love reading these types of things because it shows you just how awesome the imagination can be, and where you take things; taking such outlandish ideas and making them seem not only possible, but real! Grealis has done that with The Descendant.  She builds complex characters: Case in point, Vincent: you know just from the description, he is a manipulating douche, yet as you read on, you believe, along with Allison, that he’s a nice guy, just trying to help, and maybe you were mistaken about him. You are inextricably drawn in and you just keep reading. Which is exactly why I scared the bejeesus out of my father while he was driving and the book ended, causing me to scream at my Kindle. This is what happens.

Thankfully, I was assured by a friend that the second book in this series should come out in fall of 2013. If it doesn’t, I will be forced to scream some more, and possibly hunt down Kelly Grealis and demand the next book. It. Must. Happen!

Five outta Five!