- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2798 KB
- Print Length: 306 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1948392089
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Tempest Press, LLC; 1 edition (26 December 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HJ9N3JU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 2,345 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #549 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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"Relentless was so well-written, so well-developed and so fun, exciting and suspenseful that I simply could not put it down. I have to give author Karen Lynch mad props for this book. She has written a book that is absolutely un-put-downable." ~ Reader's Favorite
"Practically overflowing with supernatural beasts, this diverting story is more action tale than teen romance." ~ Kirkus Reviews
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I loved how strong and fearless Sara is, and how kind and selfless is with all creatures.
Loved her friendships with Remy, Roland and Pete. Enjoyed her interactions with Nik and looking forward to seeing things progress there.
This book had a but of everything-elementals, werewolves, vampires, warriors, trolls and more. Never a dull moment!
I don't want to give anything away by saying anything more, so go and read this book and see for yourself.
Can wait to read the next book!
A good economy of word usage which gets to the point quickly without needless waffle. An expansive inclusion of supernatural beings from Archangels to Demons and many species inbetween. Some I've not encountered despite the 100's of fantasy novels I've read. With this it's great to see the assimilation of these species into modern times; whereas for some you'd only expect to encounter them in their more classic settings like those of epic fantasy (for example). With a good mix of action humour and suspense along with a captivating plot and back-stories you're inclined to keep reading well past when you might otherwise have called it enough for one go; I know I was, I couldn't help but read this first novel, of the series that is, in one sitting. Given it's current free status on Amazon you'd be silly not to click on the buy now box and add it to your eLibrary, whether you plan on reading it now or not!
The novel's colloquial 'brat-pack' of personalities bounce off one another to bring much needed humour to ease the stressful tension of the direst moments, even if, for the characters of the story, Sara, Roland and Peter in particular, don't experience that humorous release, as does the reader. In fact, the dynamics between the rich field of personalities throughout are a such marvelous blend, it goes so far as to often make the significance of the story fade to the background whilst the foreground plays out. Not to suggest in any way whatsoever that the story is insignificant or less-than-ideal, its just easy to get caught up in the enormously rewarding interplay of characters and their mannerisms; a cocktail rich in humour, satire and innuendo.
If you aren't one for whom paranormal and urban fantasy normally appeals I wouldn't be remiss in suggesting that you still give this novel (and associated series) a go.
It dives into the middle of the story of seventeen year old Sara Grey, orphaned in horrible circumstances ten years ago and still traumatised. A loner who survives at school with the inexplicable protection of one of the school tough guys and a couple of long time male friends, she has always been different. In company with her two loyal friends, who have secrets as dark as her own, she gradually discovers who - or what? - she is and from where she gained her unusual powers.
There are many plot threads really well held together in this impressive first novel. The writing is highly readable and very suitable for the genre, the story is pacy and exciting, the characters are three dimensional and interesting, the conflict believable, the tone never falters, the exposition is terrific. A real page turner. I preordered the next one and can't wait to get into it.
Some chapters dragged on a little with too much plot dump/over-explanation, where it felt a little heavy handed, but the universe itself was intriguing. A few characters bored me a fair bit, but I found myself continuing on for characters like Remy and other quirky supernatural folk that weren’t your typical types of creatures to appear in similar stories. The combination of various types of super natural beings made it engaging when dialogue and other aspects fell short.
Overall, a fun read that really got me hooked towards the end of the story.
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Why is it so good? Well, it isn't that original. There are a lot of familiar elements, reminiscent of Twilight and The Vampire Diaries, and the author didn't do anything massively different with the vampire/werewolf myths. However, what the author did is she wrote these familiar elements so well that it didn't matter how many times I had read something similar. The opening chapter excels in making the main character sympathetic and likeable and from there the story and characters compel you. Some have said the main character, Sara, is a Mary Sue. This is true in the sense that many of the male characters around her seem to fancy her, but she is far from perfect, and there was even an explanation for their attraction at the end of the book.
There was a point quite early in the book when the vampires first show up where it feels a tad generic and predictable, but with the introduction of new monsters it soon gets past that. What follows is a story full of human emotion, relatable conflict, friendship and family drama, all balanced nicely with rapid fire action and peril and some thrilling fantasy elements. The writing style is so good and the characters so well written that it is a truly absorbing read.
I suppose whether or not you like the main character is relative, and sure this wont be for everybody. But if you like flawed, vulnerable heroines who learn slowly to stand up for what they believe and embrace their strengths, and urban fantasy balanced with human drama, then you wont be disappointed.
Add to that the huge lack of contractions - I thought the author was giving the characters an ‘older’ way of speaking, but nope, they all talk in the same stilted way.
Overall, though, I enjoyed the plot and how all the characters wove together. The book particularly redeems itself in the last quarter, with Sara’s contriteness and explanations as to why she is as she is. This may even be enough to spur me on to book 2, although I don’t know if I can cope with a second saga of Sara being way more super special than, well, everyone else.
This book popped up on my Facebook feed a couple of times and when I finally decided to read the blurb I decided to give it a try, it was free so what did I really have to lose?? Well it got me totally hooked and by the end of the first chapter I had bought the rest of the books in the series as I knew I wouldn’t be able to stop after the first one. I finally finished this book at 3am and had to force myself to go to bed and sleep for a few hours before staying the next one.
I love the relationship Sara has with her 2 best friends who turn out to be werewolves, but it’s Nikolas and his Mori demon and what they are to Sara that kept me awake for another hour trying to figure it all out.
I would highly recommend this book!!
The story focuses on Sara - a girl who, looking for information about the murder of her father, happens to come to the attention of a vampire who would really like to get a taste for her blood
A warrior, Nikolas, rescues her and reveals that they are similar in more ways than one. As secrets are revealed, Harper begins to realise she is not the human she thought she was. Her friends are not who she believes them to be! But nothing could prepare them for when she starts sharing her own secrets.
This book has it all...werewolves, pizza, vampires, mystery, a few bad guys, demons, adventure, black market deals, miracles, underage drinking, complicated friendships, love, a couple of stray animals, awkward teenage moments, hope, motorcycles, a funeral, healing, catty high school girls, trust, car accidents, heartbreak, hell hounds, a fist fight or two, a car accident, witches, honesty, driving lessons, a kidnapping and other well know fantasy beings + a few of the authors own creation. So fun to read and I look forward to reading the next ones in the series.
Sara is a teenage girl who has tragically lost her father who was brutally murdered. Sara has a gift though she can heal the sick, but not humans animals and supernatural creatures.
Sara wants to find out what happened to her dad and sets out to find some answers but unfortunately ever piece of information puts her in greater danger.
Definitely a page turner, really good characters and dialogue and the storyline flowed really well. I don't read much of this genre because it's so badly done but this is not the case here. First book by this author and it was so good I will buy the second as Sara's chapter continues.I
The plot was very different to what I’ve read before but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will be reading the next book in the series.
I liked that it wasn't your typical paranormal story that you would come across. It was different. I liked the fact that it included various paranormal creatures - some of the more popular ones such as vampires and werewolves but also the not so commonly found like trolls. This made it more intriguing and interesting to read.
I wouldn't say this book ends on a cliffhanger as such. At the end of this book, the story isn't complete so if you are looking for a standalone I wouldn't suggest this book. As for me, I very much enjoyed this book. I am interested in finding out what happens next with these characters so am looking forward to continuing this series.
The author builds a great scene and backstory for the main character before we get into all the drama. A simple human girl that can heal, touched by disaster and locked in a world of supernatural. The relationships between all the characters is so intricate that you have to believe they were all destined to meet. I am in awe at the world building this author managed and the characters created. A storyline so gripping I just couldn't put it down.
While the story doesn't end on a cliffhanger I have so many questions so I'm off to dive into book 2
Admittedly at first I was iffy on the story, it took me until the third chapter to get hooked and I haven't put it down since.
So much unfolds in this story, I remember it all so vividly yet it's difficult to comprehend or to put into words.
It's certainly not your typical fantasy story, it has twists and turns that leave you guessing and each character stands out strongly in their own right. I do not want to reveal anything about the storyline or plot, but I'll say this, if you are looking for something different without all the typical dewy eyed romance, a story with depth, action, intensity and a bit of humor then give this a read.
I'm eager to see what comes next for Sara and everyone else, I cannot wait to read the next book.
I won't lie, at times Sara's stubbornness annoyed me and had me grinding my teeth. Being a strong independent woman is one thing but being blindly stubborn and putting others at risk because of it made me quite cross at times.
However the story fits together nicely and I love the other characters which is why it for 5 stars instead of four.
Superb story telling, you feel for Sara, the girl who's mum deserted her and her dad was murdered and who lives with her uncle, who while keeping her own secrets, discovers a whole new world.
This might be one of the few tales where Vampires don't sparkle and don't have redeeming good points, but you don't care about them...the main focus is the Mohiri and maybe a few other supernaturals.
All in all, I downloaded the next. And will the sequels.