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The Dark Gifts Birthright

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

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    Different and Exciting!

    Not the typical vampire story. Interesting from the very beginning. Liz is brought forth to the Vampire Council to learn her fate and the fate of her Maker. Liz has been accidentally turned by Michael, who is a Vampire. It all started with a kiss... He is confused because it takes 3 encounters to be turned, but he was only with Liz this one time. Liz is special. She has powers that she shouldn't have so early on. As soon as Liz is turned, she and Michael have this intense connection and they don't like to be apart. There is a war going on and Liz and Michael are right in the middle of it. Liz finds out an interesting secret about her family that she never knew. Her family is made up of a long line of Witches. Witches and Vampires don't like each other at all. Liz learns she part of a prophecy to save humanity and she learns to fight pretty quickly. The end leaves you knowing there will be more adventures to come. Vamp lovers will love it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

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    Love it!! Willow Cross's Birthright!

    *Originally posted on TheParaNormalRomanceParty(.)blogspot(.)com*

    1st Line in the Book---> "This was crazy."

    Well let just say to Mrs. Cross, Thank you for writing this great story!!! I understand how many times people will just make assumptions that its another 'Twilight' theme read when they read its about Vampires. HECK NO ITS NOT!!! From the moment you begin to read, it throws you into the story! You have no idea whats going on and all you can do hold on for the ride!!

    Elizabeth Markum is thrust into this world when she is accidentally turned into something she never thought existed! A vampire! All she wanted to do was get to know the mysterious but handsome man she caught staring at her. Now she must be brought before the council and judged to see if she is trustworthy and able to adapt into her new life.

    Her maker Michael is shocked when he realizes that he has become Liz's Maker. That was the last thing he wanted although he was attracted to her from the moment he saw her. Being the Council's best and only executioner, he has gained many enemies. So having a weakness is something he cannot afford. Especially when a rebellion sprouts against the Council. A war is coming.

    I loved the use of different myths and themes embedded into the story. There are witches, vampires, druids, ghosts, demons and greek mythology, just to name a few! There are soo many twists and turns in this book. It keeps you guessing and on your toes. One moment you may think you have it all figured out, then out of nowhere .another element is added to the plot! There is action and mystery along with a little romance.

    There were many characters that were introduced and played important parts. I only wished we could have seen more character depth in Liz and Micheal. I understand that the author wanted to explain what was going on, but at times I had to remind myself that the story's main characters were Liz and Michael and it all revolved around them. The different POV did a very well job moving the plot forward and getting to know the other characters, but it left we wondering at times.... are we getting a new main character for the rest of the story??? The story begins with Liz and Michael. I got soo interested in their characters, when suddenly the story pulls away from them and focuses on others. The good thing is towards the end, we get more of the H/H again!! Everything else in the book was great!!

    This is the first book in the series! I loved the storyline and the plot. Liz is a great character she is smart, honest and wise but can kick some major A**!! Michael is loyal, protective and fierce but can be loving when it comes to Liz. I will definitely be waiting anxiously for the next book!! There is a long road ahead for Liz, Michael and the rest of the gang as they try to win the war between good vs evil!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    The Next Anne Rice?

    This is a great book for readers of all ages. I love the way the various paranormal entities are interwoven. This story grabs you from the beginning and is non stop goodness.
    Very reminiscent of early Anne Rice. Can't wait for the next one in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2014

    This book was way different than any other vampire book I have r

    This book was way different than any other vampire book I have read. It is action packed with witch craft, training for battles, actual battles, and even some romance. I was expecting a typical vampire novel and was excited to find so much more.

    Vampire law states you are not allowed to make new vampires without the approval of the Council. One night while at a fair, Michael accidentally turns Liz which sets off a series of events that will suck you into the story and not let you go. All at once, Liz is not the typical human anymore. She is a vampire, drinking blood, fighting battles and eventually becoming much more than she ever imagined. She also finds out there are generations of witches in her family.

    There were several different characters in this book and the author focused on all of them instead of just Michael and Liz. I really enjoyed that aspect of it. You not only had vampires, but you also had witches and ghosts. I also like the fact that even though Michael and Liz fell in love, the whole story isn't just about that. There was a lot of background and action and a really good plot. I enjoyed this book and will definitely watch for the next one in the series.

    *I was given this book by the author for an honest review.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

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    This book was an interesting take on vampires. It follows the lo

    This book was an interesting take on vampires. It follows the lore well and creates a sense of structure of the vampire world. Liz is our main character and is a strong person in dealing with the changes in her life and her new role in the war of the Vampire groups. Her mate, Michael, is also an intriguing character, seems to remain pretty grounded throughout and very deadly.

    Overall I enjoyed the book. It did take me a long time to read this book, and I do read multiple books at once btw. I found the huge cast of characters a bit daunting at first, but they seemed to each have some sort or role, no matter how small. I think the length was a bit much for me; it was not a quick read. The book leads into some tangents that would confuse me at first but seemed to be resolved for the most part at the end. I really liked how well she mixed the different supernatural beings, such as witches and ghosts, together and blended them into a united front in some ways rather than pitch them against each other all the time.

    Overall, a more traditional take on vampires with some other magical creature factions tossed in.

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  • Posted March 30, 2012

    ***(Slightly Spoliery)***I was introduced to Willows writing whe

    ***(Slightly Spoliery)***I was introduced to Willows writing when I read Oceans of Red volume 1. My only complaint then was the story was too short because I had really gotten into it. With Birthright it was great and not so short. Willow simply has a way with words that bring you into the world she so perfectly weaves. While a lot of stories take some build up to get you into the action this one starts right off with Liz's transformation. You are hauled right away into a world that neither you or Liz understands and you learn with her the rules of being a vampire and the bond that binds her to Michael. Before she can even get a handle on her new world and the fact that she can no longer be part of the family she had before she was turned she is thrust into even more danger by a greedy, heartless, old vampire who has had it out for her for who knows how long...
    I have to say that when she meets the witches it is one of the best parts ever and little what a twist. All along I thought it was William. Even now at the end of the book I am left to wonder where is Cass and Dan? Will they be back? Is Jenna and Angie really okay?
    All in all it's a great read and Im going to get the second in the series now only having paused long enough to write out this review.

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  • Posted March 30, 2012

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    can't wait to read the book! so many good reviews and not a sing

    can't wait to read the book! so many good reviews and not a single one less than 4 stars! already in my shopping cart just have to wait for it to ship. ;/

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    Posted March 6, 2012

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