The Descendant (Book 1 in The Descendant Vampire Series) Synopsis
Mortal death or eternal damnation? If those were your choices, which would you choose?
Allison Carmichael is frustrated with the doctors who can’t diagnose her seemingly common ailments. Her frustrations are further compounded by her inability to discover her life’s calling, a purpose she desperately desires yet which has eluded her for thirty years.
A car wreck throws Allison into a life she doesn’t recognize filled with vampires, centuries-old secrets, betrayal, and vengeful enemies she never knew existed.
When Allison discovers the source of her ailments and the truth about her biblical lineage, she wishes she hadn’t searched so hard for the answers she thought she wanted.
Faced with an impossible decision – sacrifice her mortal life or damn her soul for eternity – which will Allison choose?
And can she decide before the choice is made for her?
THE DESCENDANT: A Vampire Tale of Biblical Proportions
I knew I wasn’t dying. At least that was what the other doctors had said. But what I didn’t know, and neither did any of those other doctors, was the cause of my symptoms. In fact, those supposed specialists had all declared me to be perfectly healthy and viewed my symptoms with skepticism. But I knew they were mistaken; there was something wrong with me.’
The Review for “The Descendant”
I was absolutely blown away by this story. There was a tad bit too much detail at times, but I appreciated all the effort that went into the story and characters. It started out a little slow, but once the story got going it was insanely addicting. I was desperate to find out what happened next and loved the little hints that the author dropped to indicate where the story was going. There were still surprises, however they all fit the story and made sense when I reflected on earlier chapters.
The main characters felt real; there were plenty of times where they aggravated me, I felt sorry for them, and/or felt just as confused as they were. I appreciated the three-dimensional characterization and found myself falling in love with them as the story progressed.
Allison is incredibly emotional throughout the story, though who could blame her after all she goes through. Her hormones must have been off the charts for a lot of the story because her body was going through a hell of a change. I would have liked a little more physiology applied to her body’s change and the vampire physiology in general, but it probably would have been annoying for many readers and I’m just weirdly fascinated with physiology.
Vincent was a little too perfect at first, however throughout the story his character flaws become insanely blatant. It was fascinating to see his character to evolve and to learn about his background. I only wished that this story went into more detail about his motives and revealed more about his character. He still felt like a mystery at the end of the story and I was a little frustrated that the story ended with so many questions unanswered.
Overall, this was an incredibly original story. I have never come across a story where the vampires originated from Cain and the Garden of Eden. There were a lot of biblical references and a handful of stories that gave a great deal of background story for a lot of the characters. The author didn’t reveal too much information too quickly and although there were long dialogues explaining the background information, characters omitted certain facts which made it feel more realistic and less like a pure back story.
~Jessica Weissenburger, Independent Reviewer for Book Reads and Reviews
- Plot – 10: Extremely well developed, original and tied together well.
- Characterization – 10: Realistic characters, well developed, and relate-able.
- Style – 8: Great writing, exceptional and above average for the genre. Only downside was the excess detail.
- Threshold Quality – 10: Very inspiring, it has a darker vibe and felt real. I’d love to read more from this author.
- Addictiveness – 10: Insanely addicting. I completely blocked everything out and didn’t realize someone was talking to me on several occasions while reading. Read it in a single sitting in under 5 hours.
Total – 48
Rating –5 Stars
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The Search (Book 2 in The Descendant Vampire Series) Synopsis
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?
“I’ve already told you once and I’m going to tell you again – no. Now please get off the property before I call the police.”
Gabriela tried closing the door again but my foot didn’t budge. I stared directly into her eyes. “You will let me into this house,” I commanded, but Gabriela’s eyes didn’t react to my persuasion. I was confused as to what was going on; this had worked on every human I had tried it on. “You will let me in this house.”
I tilted my head in disbelief and Gabriela mockingly tilted her head back at me. I removed my foot from the doorway but had no intention of letting her shut me out. I was going to let her think for the slightest of moments that she had won this argument. I turned to walk away when I heard, “Ali-gator.”
I turned around and as Gabriela was shutting the door asked, “What did you just say?”
Gabriela rattled off something in Spanish before saying, “I didn’t say anything.”
“Yes you did. You whispered ‘Ali-gator.’”
“Um, no I didn’t.” “My husband used to call me that.”
“Okay lady, you’re losing your mind.” She twirled her finger next to her temple as she whistled cuckoo.
If I could have breathed fire I would have in that moment. I charged Gabriela but before I could reach her I felt like I had hit a brick wall. I placed my hands out in front of me but they couldn’t cross the threshold. Gabriela’s smirk irritated me.
“I told you I wouldn’t let you enter,” she taunted and slammed the door.
The Review For “The Search”
Note that I highly recommend reading book one – The Descendant – first. There is a ton of background information there, but the author does a good job at making it so that you can read this one without reading the first. Despite this, I still felt like this story makes more sense after reading book one. She summarizes events, which is helpful to remind you what happened, but you lose the emotion behind the events if you only read the summaries.
Anyway, this was an exceptional follow up to an amazing story. My favorite aspect of this story was how well the tone and writing style matched up between the two stories. Often the sequel has a lower quality than the first, but I’d say that the quality was equal in both stories. The author expanded on the story and developed the plot even further.
The characters even continued to develop – there was a little more information about Vincent, but I’m still waiting for more background on him. I’m hoping the third story will delve deeper into his background and expand on his and Allison’s relationship. Though I’m curious after the end of this story where the next story(s) will go from here.
There was a lot of action and explanations of questions I had at the end of the first story. Everything happened very fast, although not without a dramatic flair. It didn’t feel like a teenage drama, which is probably the best aspect of this story. I appreciated that the author wrote the characters like they were adults – albeit they have their share of problems, they never acted like hormonal teenagers who held grudges.
I was incredibly fascinated with the portrayal of the vampires, which was a mixture of original ideas and pre-established concepts. There wasn’t a ton of detail about the vampire’s kills, but there was plenty of mention that they kill so you never really forgot that they were vampires. Sometimes I feel like that’s a big downside of other stories in this genre that normally portray the vampires like a teenage clique and have little to no mention of their vampire nature.
I really look forward to reading the third book in the series. What I loved most about this series was the consistency and the writing style. The author paid great attention to detail and was obviously familiar with her own work – sadly, I’ve read multiple stories where the author mixed up characters or there were contradictions within the story.
~Jessica Weissenburger, Independent Reviewer for Book Reads and Reviews
- Plot – 10: Well developed, flows well as a follow-up and remained true to the original.
- Characterization – 10: Expands on the previous story’s character development, characters remained true to their previously established characters and were relate-able.
- Style – 8: Yet again the writing was above par with just enough detail, however some the end of the story felt a little accelerated.
- Threshold Quality – 10: Inspired me to read more of the genre, look forward to reading more from this author.
- Addictiveness – 10: Not as addicting as the first, but I read the whole story in under two days.
Total – 48
Rating –5 Stars
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About Kelley Grealis
What do most people do when they go through a midlife crisis – buy a sports car or get a makeover? Not Kelley Grealis. Her career midlife crisis reignited her passion for creative writing.
A worker-bee by day, writer by night, Kelley is the author of The Descendant Vampire Series. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two cats, riding her Harley, enjoying what few days of sunshine there are in Cleveland, and dreaming up the next story she wants to tell. Kelley is a graduate of both Baldwin Wallace College and Cleveland State University.
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