Review Tour: “The Search” (Book 2 The Descendant Vampire Series) by Kelley Grealis


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

 

Excerpt

 
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

Grade Scale:

(Based upon the Book Reads and Reviews Rubric)

  • 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

 

Purchase Links for “The Descendant” by Kelley Grealis

AMAZON US | AMAZON UK

 

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?

 

Excerpt

 
“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.”

“No…I…won’t.”

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

Grade Scale:

(Based upon the Book Reads and Reviews Rubric)

  • 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

 

Purchase Links for “The Search” by Kelley Grealis

 AMAZON US | AMAZON UK

 

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.

Connect With Kelley Grealis

 WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE

 

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“Second Star To The Right” by A.F. Henley: Blog Tour & Giveaway!


Welcome to the new visitors of the tour, and hello again to my returning friends. As I’ve been explaining throughout, Second Star to the Right is a romance story about a man seeking to define himself, an escort caught between the desire to find connection yet keep himself grounded, and how the brilliance of love can be the brightest light in dark skies if we’re willing to let it burn.  photo twinklestar1_zps4292b126.gif

So… in an effort to attempt something a little different for this blog tour, I decided it might be cool to connect with you, the reader, and explain how I define myself. I sent out a call, asking “Inquiring Minds” to throw some questions at me, and offered to do my best to answer them. Let’s light up the sky together, and hopefully have a little fun in the process…

(Be sure to read through to the end for details on the release, as well as a chance to WIN your very own ebook copy.)

Q & A

 

David asks: With your vision of the novel, which Hollywood stars would best compliment your overall story and your vision?

Henley replies:  I always get nervous answering questions like this. I have this notion that it’s best to let my reader’s mind wander when it comes to character descriptions. That way the reader is always happy with the concept they come up with instead of trying to force their imagination into my perception. However, I did have a strong mental image of Tom Hiddleston when I was writing Mason’s character. Of course, reality will tell us that Tom is far too tall for Mason, but that’s the cool thing about imagination – in my head I can make him any size I want him. (Yes, this is me wiggling my eyebrows over that last comment while innuendos about size run rampant through my head.)

As for Jack… well, I do have a pic on a reference tumblr account that I used for ermm, you know, “inspiration,” but copyright laws being what they are, I will refrain from including it in the post. If anyone wants to visit the account and see where my head is when I’m musing characters, the blog name is referenceafh, and the pics are tagged with the character names and the novel titles. 

Danny asks: Is there a certain ritual regarding your work? Are you doing or avoiding things when it comes to writing because of superstition?

Henley replies: The only real ritual I follow for writing is uncorking the wine.

I used to have a specific location and a fixed setting within that location that had to be just so when I wrote. Things change. One learns to adapt. Now the only absolute is that I need silence, but that has to do with my own focus issues as opposed to superstition.

Anon asks: How come you never write threesomes?

Henley replies: Ah, the threesome – so lovely in porn and on paper, but so damn awkward in real life. And that, right there, is why I don’t write them. I try to keep my sex scenes as realistic as possible, and in a setting that I myself would feel comfortable with, otherwise I find I lose believability. Then there’s the whole romantic connection that I like to focus on in my stories, and though it could just be my own personal take on the process, I don’t usually read/see/experience true romantic connection in most group sex scenes.

Lavender Wynter asks: Where do you go to get away from the day-to-day?

Henley replies: Right here. *taps forehead* It’s the only vacation destination that will never let me down weather-wise or setting-wise, there are always people that I can relate to sharing the space with me, and it doesn’t cost a dime to get there.

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Second Star to the Right

By AF Henley

Be it unrequited fascination with his straight best friend or impossible fantasies of rekindled interest with his heartbreaking ex, Mason has no clue why the perfect connection seems to keep slipping through his fingers. When another lonely holiday seems like too much weight to shoulder, Mason gives up on romance and seeks out the next best thing—rented company. Jack is everything a person could want in an escort: willing, hot, and built like an angel.

Mason can’t resist. After all, who wouldn’t be interested in a guy who loves kid’s movies, is a self-professed Peter Pan, and has no problem throwing caution to the wind at a moment’s notice. But then interest quickly blooms into a whole new emotion—an emotion that Mason knows far too well, especially when Jack has no interest in returning it, preferring to keep his heart safely tucked away in Neverland.

•Word count: 43,000
•Pairing: M/M
•Content: Contains some explicit content.

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About the Author:

Henley was born with a full-blown passion for run-on sentences, a zealous indulgence in all words descriptive, and the endearing tendency to overuse punctuation. Since the early years Henley has been an enthusiastic writer, from the first few I-love-my-dog stories to the current leap into erotica.

A self-professed Google genius, Henley lives for the hours spent digging through the Internet for ‘research purposes’ which, more often than not, lead seven thousand miles away from first intentions but bring Henley to new discoveries and ideas that, once seeded, tend to flourish.

Henley has been proudly working with LT3 since 2012, and has been writing like mad ever since—an indentured servant to the belief that romance and true love can mend the most broken soul. Even when presented in prose.

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Author Links:

WebsiteGoodreads Less Than Three Press | Amazon | Twitter

 

The Giveaway

As a thanks for reading, I’m offering up an ebook copy of Second Star to the Right, in the format of the winner’s choice. Simply fill out the rafflecopter for entries.

And! As an extra bonus! All participators in the blog tour giveaway will AUTOMATICALLY BE ENTERED in a future-dated contest for a signed print copy of the novel, and a genuine Swarovski pendant, hand-picked for Second Star to the Right significance. Stay tuned to any of the above-referenced AF Henley sites for details.

 Rules:

  • Please ensure Book Reads and Reviews has a way to notify you of the win.
  • Contest is open from now until February 25th, 2014.
  • Winner will be picked using a random number generator.
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Huge thank you to Book Reads and Reviews for having me today, as well as to the readers, friends, associates, and followers who stopped by to take part. Here’s hoping you have an awesome and adventurous day. And off we go…

Second Star to the Right, and … (you take it from here)

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AF Henley <3

 
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