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Book Review: Kindred by Michelle Cornwell-Jordan (Goes Beyond A Simple Vampire Story)

Having read Michelle’s first book in the Night School series earlier this year, I was looking forward to catching up with vampire slayer, Dasheen Bellamy (nickname, Angel), and the Night School at Ame Academy in Kindred.

A Kindred official cover- Gold Eyes copy

Last time around, I wanted to find out more about Elin, Ismet and Bella Donna (half human/half vampire, Jinn and natural born vampire, respectively). I was happy to discover more about these ladies in Kindred. The end of the last novella saw Angel meet Rafael, literally the boy from her dreams, and we were left wondering what exactly their connection was. Yay for us girls, Rafael is back and ready to work with Angel.

Almost immediately, we learn that a big, bad fight is coming. Angel is still reeling from learning about the supernatural world and her central role as a Vampire Hunter. She has a unique ability for a Hunter; her blood kills vampires. She’s also dealing with a younger brother who’s mid transition, and she makes it her mission to save him from becoming a monster.

Of Angel’s three supernatural friends, Elin was my favourite. Her fashion sense – toga style dresses teamed with combat boots, marks her out as one cool chick. I enjoyed reading about her Bulgarian background. I was also quite jealous of her ability to eat as much as she likes and never gain weight! Her line, “The whole Edward and Bella scenario doesn’t work right now” had me smiling. Then we have Bella Donna who is superficial, cold and difficult to relate to, and Ismet, the wisest of the three, always analysing and planning. Each of these powerful woman works alongside Angel to save Jordan and protect the humans from supernatural attacks.

When I started to learn about Rafael’s and Angel’s past, I had the same initial ick reaction as when I read about Jacob and Renesmee in the Twilight books. But I got over it.🙂 Going back into Dasheen’s/Angel’s earlier life intrigued me, but I can’t say much about it without giving away her story. I did have to pay keen attention to follow the different supernatural and preternatural races, but learning about the various lineages was interesting.

The phantom little girl with worms for a face has to get a mention. She freaked me out in the first book, and she still scares me. Kindred is a short and sweet read. Bring on book three I say. One element I would have liked to see more of was action in the form of a battle. A lot of Kindred delved into the past rather than moving forward, so I hope to see more action in the next instalment.

The first novella was simply a vampire story. Kindred goes beyond that. There are layers of mythology beneath the surface and a greater fantasy aspect here with godlike beings and all types of otherworldly creatures.

Quote that made me laugh:
I moved to him and said, “Jordan, Jordan.” Those surrounding him hissed, but after one look at Rafael who must have had on his evil Thunder face, they scampered away.

A quick and fun read that left me anticipating part three. I also enjoyed the blog style of this book. ****

Check it out on Amazon or add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

Has this piqued your interest? What was the last vampire book you read?

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The Awakening and Other Stories by Emma Meade

I’m launching my short story collection, The Awakening & Other Stories, next Monday December 10th. I wanted to share the cover, blurb and an excerpt here. Anyone who read my Friday Fiction posts last month will recognise the excerpt.

Blurb

Put on the kettle, close the curtains and curl up by the fire. Dive into 8 short tales, each with a slice of the paranormal.

Ghost Story – Who is the shadow in the window of the abandoned house, and what or who is he waiting for?
The Awakening – It’s time for Sabrina to wake up and face the light.
End of the Line – Cassie wants to die. When midnight rolls around, she stands on the tracks waiting for the train to come.
Milsa Loris – The once magnificent kingdom of Milsa Loris comes alive one night each winter. The King’s witch is brewing up a little magic, sure to make the soup all the tastier.
The Old Vampire – Hailey spent her life dreaming of a dark prince falling in love with her. He never showed up, until now.
The Knocking – Alison’s grandfather has one eye on the next life. After all, he’s heard a lot of rapping at his door lately.
The Boy on the Beach – Kate’s grandmother warns her about the boy with the green eyes. Will she pay heed?
Snowglobes– It’s busy at Calvin’s Cabins this Christmas. Eddie and Maggie are a young couple in trouble. Not to fear, Calvin is always ready to lend a hand.

Excerpt from “End of the Line”

End of the Line

In the distance, the familiar, white light appeared, cutting through the dark of midnight. She’d watched it come before, but always from the sidelines, imagining what it would be like to face such a beast.

            Cassie drew in a shaky breath and steeled herself. Legs splayed, arms by her sides, fists tightly clenched, she waited on the tracks as the train approached. Her legs shook, and strands of hair licked her cheeks in the gentle night’s breeze.

            She swallowed the fear threatening to overcome her. Hang in there, she told herself. Another sixty seconds, and it will all be over. No more drowning, murky thoughts, heavy dreams or stilted breathing. She lifted her head and stared straight ahead, willing her body to freeze.

            Closer now, but not coming fast enough. She was scared. As much as she desired to have it all over with, the fear gained ground. Could the driver see her yet? No, still too far away. Why had time slowed down? An ache began in her ankles, spreading up her legs and winding its way around her thighs and into her clenched hands.

            The feel of her fingernails scraping the soft flesh of her palms roused her, just as she became aware of the vibrations on the tracks.

            Cassie stumbled into the grass growing beside the tracks and ran, tears running down her cheeks. She stopped as she reached the first line of trees and leaned over, resting her hands on her thighs, trying to get her breath back.

            Damn it! She wanted to die. Why couldn’t she have stuck it out?

            The train thundered by, unaware of the woman hunched over in the darkness, sobbing. She raised her head to watch the carriages pass, slithering alongside Wilkins Woods like a dark snake. In thirty seconds, the night was once again silent.

            She’d try tomorrow night. Maybe pick up a bottle of Jack Daniel’s after work. Might help with the nerves.

            Slowly, her breathing returned to normal, and she wiped the tears away. Cassie followed the edge of the woods the mile back to her squalid flat. She let herself in and headed straight to bed. One more day. She could make it that far.

Curious to find out what happens to Cassie? Download the book.🙂

Available at $1.99 from:         Smashwords        &         Amazon

or add it on Goodreads

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