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Hybrid: The Evolution Trilogy by [Wester, Vanessa]
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Steven Thorn has no trouble settling in at university. He is confident, hardworking and intelligent. When Caitlin Chance catches him off guard he is bemused by the instant attraction, and the more he gets to know, the more he likes.

Yet, Steven has a secret past that is destined to reveal itself, and he is soon to become a stranger to everyone. The wheels are set in motion for his radical upheaval. But first love is a powerful thing, and the connection forged between Caitlin and Steven is not easily broken.
 
The impossible is only the beginning...
 
Vanessa Wester's debut novel takes you from the University of Southampton to the depths of the Amazon jungle. An imaginary citadel is waiting to be discovered full of interesting characters,traditions and cultures. There are so many twists and details you will not be able to put this book down.
 
*****
 
"Although the author is inspired by novels in the same genre there is nothing wrong in that - most of us take inspiration from one source or another. Vanessa Wester has clearly taken inspiration from her own life and from her imagination. She has clearly spent time creating the imaginary citadel and understands its geography and customs which are made clear to the reader. The story-line flows smoothly... I always think there must be something to recommend a book which you would not normally select."
Christine Thompson, GibraltarChronicle
Full review at theevolutiontrilogy.blogspot.com
 
"When you first start getting into the story you automatically think Vampires, but as you discover more, Vampires is not the correct term for Steven's new family... It's well worth the read and as I got to the end I was frantically swiping my kindle screen looking for more as I wanted to know what happened next. I will definitely be reading the next book and would highly recommend it."
Orchard Book Club
 
"Not usually the kind of book I like to read,although I was a big fan of Anne Rice in my youth. The unexpected twist in the tale made for compulsive reading, literally forcing you to discover what happens next.This story had it all, brilliantly written, loads of interesting characters, mystery,and romance with an unsettling undercurrent of tension. I cannot wait to read the rest of the trilogy!"
A Dawes
 
'This is a very exciting read. Would appeal to the Twilight fan-base, but has definitely put its own twist on the genre. A very well constructed piece, all the more impressive for being a debut novel.'
Adam
 
"This is definitely not another vampire tale. You are left, at the end, with lots of questions,there are so many ways the characters could go! I look forward to the next book and the continuing tale of Steven and Caitlin, his mother Emily and the rest of the "family" in the Amazon."
Susan
 
*~HYBRID has some scenes of an adult nature. It may be considered unsuitable for younger readers~*
 
*****
 
Find out what happens next in COMPLICATIONS; and RETURNYou can also find out more about Steven's mother in the prequel, EMILY.
 
"I fell in love with Caitlin and Steven, the main characters in Hybrid, joined in on their adventures in Complications, and was rewarded with a finale that tied up all of the details and loose ends in Return book 3... A very satisfying ending! I highly recommend this trilogy."
Susan
 
"A great set of books. A must read for all.Imaginative story somehow believable. I would like to visit the community myself."
Lovely Lane
 
Visit theevolutiontrilogy.blogspot.com to find out more.

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  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081EV8Z8
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 53 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first book, you'll be hooked 20 May 2013
By Gary Henson - Published on Amazon.com
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Vanessa Wester has a great first book in 'Hybrid'. If this is her first, we all have a lot to look forward to in the coming years as she brings out more of this series and hopefully other stories.

The opening is set at a University in England. Wester immeadiately drew me into the worlds of the two main characters, Steven and Caitlin, as well as some very well established secondary characters. I was invested in her creations right away.

Then Vanessa throws me a unique twist I was totally unprepared for, even though I had an inkling of what was eventually going to happen. It's not a simple 'young vampires in love' story by any means. There is a lot more to the core story and how it drives her characters forward. I was actually disappointed when it ended; I wanted more. And from the epiloge, I believe the next book will be even better!

As a further note, I read both 'Hunger Games' and 'Twilight' at the insistence of my family (all female). 'Hybrid' was much more engaging and believable than either of those books. I found 'Twilight' very shallow and simple. 'Humger Games' is better but still just 'Gladiators' for kids. 'Hybrid' is a step above both these books and I would not be surprised to see it on film some time soon.

'Hybrid' is an engaging, fun, twisting, page turner that bodes well for Ms. Wester's writing career. I'm ready to grab books two!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and imaginagtive 24 March 2014
By Bargee - Published on Amazon.com
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Like some of the other reviewers here, I read this knowing that I wouldn't normally buy this genre of book, and I was a bit sceptical as to whether I would like it. But, I was surprised to find I enjoyed it very much. It is aimed at younger readers, but is quite mature enough for older folk like me. The storyline is very unusual, but well thought through and I liked the humanity shown throughout despite the basic premise that this strange race of beings needs human blood to survive. It's a compelling story with characters the reader can empathise with and care about. It's also gripping and imaginative, and cleverly, the ending leaves you wanting to know what happens next. Well done Vanessa Wester! I have a feeling I'm going to be reading the next in the series one of these days!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't use the "V" word 6 October 2014
By Romance Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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3.5 stars, and that mostly because this is a YA/NA book (which isn't normally my target reading).

A group of kids are starting their first year at university, trying to fit in, adjusting to being away from home, reinventing themselves into who they will become. For some, it is easier than for others. Caitlin shares a hall with three other girls, one of which is horribly homesick and struggling to fit in. Lonely, homesick girls make the easiest targets, but before she has a chance to go home, she dies of an apparent suicide.

Steven is handsome and confident, and he and Caitlin share an instant bond. When Caitlin returns home to sort out her hall-mate's death, another woman targets Steven, leaving him confused and with an odd bruise on his neck.

Caitlin returns to university to pick up where she left off with Steven and the two rapidly become a couple, until one night when she is kidnapped to lure Steven out - and then he is kidnapped and all memory of him and his existence is expunged.

What is Steven? And what are all the people claiming to be a superior race who are secreted away inside a volcano deep in the Amazonian jungle?

The story was interesting. The author creates a hidden society, a modern-day Utopia, and yet humanity almost always chooses freedom over confined quarters, no matter how perfect the living conditions. I think the author has done an excellent job showing the differing personalities and societal cliques. She's done a nice job of ending the first book in the trilogy, teasing you into the next book without leaving you wanting for answers to the theme in the first book. Worth the read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Next Evolution of Humans 12 May 2014
By My Book Fairy - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a story that could be considered a paranormal romance, but it’s so much more than that. The story starts out with a young woman, Caitlin, headed to college and introduces you to her and her four “roommates”, getting right into the feel of starting out in a new place in college and the different types of people you will meet. I immediately liked Caitlin and could understand her situation and the feelings she had of being in a new place, both excitement and intimidation. A new place, new people and an unsure environment and the last thing she’s worried about is a boyfriend or falling in love, even though it seems that people are looking all around and yet she bumps into Steven, a “tall, dark, handsome and athletic” guy you expect to be another womanizer and yet he’s not. Steven is a complex character and he’s sincerely intrigued by Caitlin. You spend the first half or so of the story learning about Caitlin and Steven and watching their relationship develop. Then there is an unexpected turn of events, which sets the baseline for the remainder of the story. You see Steven taken away from everyone he knows and everyone he loves, no one knows who he is, or that he exists. You come to learn about the next evolution in humankind and their trials and tribulations, their wants and needs and the story leaves you wanting for more. All of the main and supporting characters are well built with complex personalities which brings the story to life. You can feel the pain they feel and understand their feelings from excitement, fear, love and lust to sorrow and uncertainty about the future. I couldn't put this book down and read from the start to about 63% in before I stopped and by the time I was about 80% done I knew I’d be buying the remaining two in the trilogy.

I gave this book a rating of 5 out of 5 stars because aside from a single sentence which didn't seem grammatically correct, the story was nearly flawless. The characters and story had me enchanted from day one and the plot unfolded at just the right pace. This isn't your typical paranormal or vampire story, but it will keep you on your toes and isn't full of “fluff”, but has a lot of deeper issues going on in the sidelines along with the main plot. When I found out this was the authors debut novel I couldn't believe it. I can’t wait to see what else Vanessa writes in the remainder of this trilogy and beyond. I've already borrowed the trilogy on the Kindle so I can decide if I want to buy them all in the Kindle edition or in a physical book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars leaves me wanting more 30 July 2014
By april millman - Published on Amazon.com
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Vanessa Wester has done well with her first book. The plot was excellent refreshingly engaging with a hint of love story with a lot of paranormal. I really enjoy Steven and how he was discovered to have been a part of this new evolved form of the human race. I loved how emotional Vanessa made the characters. The concept of a vampire utopia was a great addition to the book. Even though the characters had to make a kill on thier change was an excellent idea. The abilities that each individual acquires on thier change is great. I really liked this book a must read! Cant wait for the second in the series!