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Bitten by K.L. Nappier – review


By K.L. Nappier

Published by Double Dragon Publishing

ISBN: 1-55404-475-8

Genre: Supernatural thriller

Pulsating, riveting…a full moon is about to reveal the danger lurking in the shadows.

kl-nappierK.L. Nappier has done it once again. Bitten, her sequel to Full Wolf Moon, continues the emotional connection between those ‘bitten’ and ‘The Beast’. We follow Max and David, hunters, hot on the Beast’s trail. Max’s intuition on the proximity of the werewolf is offered via a pentagram on his hand, one he acquired once the beast was removed from his own body.

Unlike other werewolf books, this Beast has the ability to jump hosts…until he jumps into one that masters the Beast itself to some capacity. This conniving strength makes it a larger and more dangerous entity for Max and David because it can now reason out and target unlike any other creature they’ve encountered.

Ms Nappier pulls you into the storyline, and actually her style reminded me a lot like Stephen King, where you get the essence of each key player in the beginning. This bonds you with the characters, causing you to continue reading to find out who will or will not survive. Max’s personal turmoil and love interest – Doris – is another fascinating subplot Ms Nappier has masterfully woven into the novel. Max discovers a secret someone close to him has been holding back, one that eventually places every single hunter in danger.

With a minimal of blood ‘n core, more relying on a fully fleshed out story, believable and touching characters, and a surprise twist, it’s no wonder Bitten was a Dream Realm Award winner in the horror division in 2007.

Great book to sit by the fireplace, snuggled in a comfy blanket, and one eye around for any creature lurking nearby.

Lea Schizas

December 1, 2008 Posted by | Supernatural/Horror | , , , , , | Leave a comment

In the Blood by Rick Reed

intheblood99ISBN-10: 1-55404-386-7
ISBN-13: document.write(document.isbncnvt.isbn_out.value) 978-1-55404-386-6
Genre: Dark Fantasy – Supernatural/Horror
eBook Length: 230 Pages
Published: September 2006
Imprint: Double Dragon Publishing

Chicago…three artistic dead souls…and one outsider

Terence, Edward, and Maria, three need-to-be friends brought together by fate, all distinct in character: Terence, macho biker with the looks any woman fantasizes a lover to possess; Edward, a lost soul still searching for his place in this trio of destruction; Maria, the woman who controls and sets the rules for the other two.

Their binding tie? The obsessive need to hunt…for human blood.

Unlike other vampire books I have read, Rick Reed’s “In The Blood” offers you a side of these creatures that almost ‘humanizes’ them. Their hunger is not only for blood to sustain their lifespan but also the need to be left alone, to dwell on past memories of artistic appreciation each possessed but now lost and kept alive through the paintings donned in their home. Reed’s talented writing voice gives us glimpses into each of these characters lives; their likes and dislikes, the animosity kept at bay between the two males, the angst to remember what it was like to possess artistic human wants.

Elise Groneman, an artist who shuns her disappointments in broken relationships by brushing her feelings onto a canvas, unknowingly has been chosen as the one human who possibly may have the power to instill the artistic passion the vampires once felt.

What the trio do not realize, however, is that Elise also holds the key to their possible destruction of peaceful unity they shared for so long. When the vampires each begin to experience deep emotional upheaval with Elise’s presence, one of them realizes the danger they have placed themselves in.

Thus, the hunt…the turmoil…the need to escape begins.

In the Blood is a pulsing, vividly pictorial novel of emotions offered in the unique exploration into the lives of vampires. Rick Reed takes away the running theme of past vampire books of mindless creatures whose sole purpose is to suck the living daylights out of humans, and gives us three distinctive characters with demanding and powerful personas.

Digging deep into the realm of vampires, a reader will not only be entertained by the ‘chase’ or the ‘hunt’ but the mind game Reed plays on you by offering you a sympathetic backstory into Edward’s ‘human’ existence, Terence’s fatal mistake, Maria’s stronghold on everyone being questioned, and Elise’s troubled decision.

A great read throughout.

Lea Schizas – Muse Book Reviewer 3/4 Roses

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November 6, 2008 Posted by | Supernatural/Horror | , , | Leave a comment