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  • Posted November 8, 2013

    I first discovered this book while cruising through hundreds of

    I first discovered this book while cruising through hundreds of books on my Kindle when I was immediately drawn in by this cover, of a desolate tree with fire and water battling for control of the barren wasteland. And I immediately knew that I had to know this story.

    From the minute I picked up Exiled, I was captivated and I instantly fell in love with Chase the stubborn and sarcastic demon hunter who was exiled from the only world he had ever known and robbed of the only thing that he had ever dreamed of being. He is thrown into this world where suddenly he is the hunted and he realizes that things are not always black and white. His beliefs are tested and he begins to question everything he was ever taught. 

    Everything about this book had me enchanted. From M.R. Merrick's incredible characters-both good and bad, to his descriptions of elemental magic allowing me the chance to imagine what it would feel like to control the elements; to his action sequences and fight scenes that really made you feel like you were a part of the story; and to the unique worlds they all travel. I loved everything about this book and I finished it in a matter of hours. 

    It has been almost eight months since my original review of Exiled on Amazon. And I knew that before I wrote the review for my blog that I would have to read the book again, in order to give it true justice. I have now read Exiled 4 times!! It is that good! It is one of the few books I recommend to people when they ask me what they should read. Now you just need to take me up on the recommendation and go out and read it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Exciting and Noteworthy Debut!

    A noteworthy debut from an exciting new author! Exiled captured my imagination with vivid imagery, high action and a well-written uniquely captivating storyline. M.R. Merrick made me care about the characters with whom I became invested. The characters are well developed and compelling. (I fell in love with Willy, and I'm sure you will too!) He manages to integrate vampires (and more!) into the story without being obnoxious, which is a seemingly rare feat these days. Most books I come across which mix in vampires leave me rolling my eyes, but alas...not one single eye roll here. Kudos. M.R. Merrick's voice is delightful. His descriptions are beautiful and the way he paints the details really brings the story to life. As I reached the last page I had a tear or two in my eyes, and a ball of disappointment forming in my stomach because I didn't want it to be over. I await the next book in the series with bated breath.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2014

    The Druids Review

    The basic idea for the story isn't bad but that's about all it has going for it. The plot and characters are overly simplified and the action is over the top and uninteresting the whole thing appears to be a work of self gratification for the author. There are no twists or turns and you will be stuck either guessing what happens next or wondering if you care enough to keep reading. With some work on the description and added depth to both the characters and the back story this could be an OK novel but hey at least it was free. (Saying all this I MIGHT be able to see preteens enjoying it but be warned there is blood and violence)

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    This book was very well written. Little bit of everything in the

    This book was very well written. Little bit of everything in there and well blended. Melee,Magic,Demons,Monsters,Passion. Like I said..very well blended book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Worth reading!

    Good story. Could have stood more depth to the worlds, but good enough to hold my interest to the satisfying ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    All good!

    With absolutely no true literary credentials other than my fairly useless English degree, I think M.R.Merrick has aced all all the necessary requirements of creating a most excellent and unique novel. I cannot not wait to immerse myself into Rayna's and Chase's next ad venture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013


    Annoying at times but, good story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Good but not for me

    Stats: 600+ nook pages. Urban fanstasy. A young man exiled for being different must find a new path and purpose. Some typos. I stopped halfway through because the book was a little too YA seeming and predictible. I think if you liked Harry Potter or Percy Jackson, you'd like this slightly more mature version.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013


    619 nook pages.
    Just WOW! What a great book. I tend to not read fantasy books taking place on earth in modern times. I accidently got this one. Vampires, demons, were-animals, warlocks, and many things they just dont have a name for. All revolving around an exiled hunter. This is a five star book, that genre jumps. All lovers or fantasy fiction will adore this. I have never said this about a book before, but this would be a great movie, and could be the next "Twilight" type of movies, without all the lovestruck teenage girls.

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  • Posted January 19, 2013

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    Exiled by M.R. Merrick was amazing!  The world, the characters,

    Exiled by M.R. Merrick was amazing!  The world, the characters, the storyline…OMG everything about it grabbed my attention, held it, and had me crying out for more!  Why, oh why did I wait so long to start this series?

    Chase Williams had been training his whole life for the one moment he and his father have been looking forward to…his 15th birthday where he can officially become Hunter.  To become a part of the Circle and hunt the Underworlders and keep his world safe.

    Unfortunately, when he enters the circle to claim his elemental power…nothing happens!  Obviously, Chase is not a happy camper, but none is more unhappy with this outcome than his father, Riley.  And how does dear ol’ dad take the news?  He banishes his son from the Circle, and all that it encompasses.  But wait!  That’s not all folks.  He also banishes his wife! *le gasp* Why?  Because to his twisted mind, the only “obvious” reason being that she had cheated on Riley and that Chase is no son of his.

    And so, both Chase and his mother must now learn to live among humans and leave the life that they’ve know.  But don’t think that life gets easier for Chase.  Au contraire!  The Underworlders are hunting him down because he is the son of Riley Williams, and by killing him that would in turn would affect one of the most famous Hunters in history.  Pffft, yeah right.

    As if life couldn’t get any more complicated, during an altercation with a group of demons, Chase gets some help from Rayna, a half-breed (half demon/half hunter) and a Hunter that all have thought was long gone.  But what other secrets will Chase uncover, and will he learn to trust Rayna who is everything he was trained to kill.

    Ok, first of all…Demon Hunter!  Love stories involving demon hunters.  And author, M.R. Merrick’s Exiled is easily among the top of the list for epic Demon Hunters.  The world created is one that will not easily be forgotten, but where one can easily immerse themselves into completely.

    From the very opening pages to the very end, I lived and breathed everything Exiled.  I couldn’t tear myself away from the story that was unfolding before my eyes.  The characters found in this story are ones that readers alike will fall in love with and addictively follow.   The strong and powerful vampire, Vincent, for example is one that captivated me.  He is known to be the most powerful vamp in town…one that all Underworlders know not to cross, and yet his endearing moments involving Rayna had me falling for this bad boy.  I am, so, in need of more of him!

    M.R. Merrick’s writing style is easy to follow, and the various plot twists and turns were done to perfection.  The action scenes described were superbly done, and had me completely feeling as though I were right there on the streets and in the scenes with our fearless heroes.

    Exiled is an addictive ride that had me on edge throughout the entire read.  Fans of The Mortal Instruments and Buffy the Vampire Slayer will completely devour this story, and will instantly run out to grab the second installment to this series, Shift.  Read, love it, and fan girl with me!

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  • Posted January 17, 2013

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    The Protector Series begins by throwing readers right in

    <i>The Protector Series</i>
    begins by throwing readers right into the action, as do the rest of the books in the series.  If you're looking for a lot of action, mayhem, and battle mixed together with elemental magical and the fate of the world falling on one teenager's shoulders, look no further because you've found your series!

    Chase grew up his entire life knowing he was a Hunter, destined to purge the world of demon scum.  On his fifteenth birthday, when he's expecting to come into his elemental power and join the Circle as a full-fledged member, he's stunned to find out that he's barren.  Shunned from the Circle and disowned by his own father, Chase and his mother flee into exile.  They've been in hiding for two years and Chase fights the demons he comes across, but a chance encounter with Rayna, a girl of mixed-blood changes everything.  Suddenly up is down, and Chase begins to realize that not all demons are evil creatures that need demolishing.  Not only that, the Circle is set on opening a portal that will bring Hell to Earth, and only by banding together with those Chase was brought up to distrust can stop them.

    One great thing about the series is that even the &quot;Save the World&quot; storyline doesn't take place to the &quot;overpowering romance&quot; of two (or sometimes three, if you're reading a book with a triangle) starcrossed lovers.  I don't know about you, but I'm so sick of seeing that in so much of the YA currently out there.  There should be a strong balance between the two, especially in fantasy, and M.R. Merrick doesn't disappoint, creating just the right blend throughout the series.

    Chase grows so much as a character, and is put through trials and horrors no human being should have to encounter.  He is truly destined to become a hero despite the sacrifices along the way.  In a way, Chase reminds me of Buffy, because he pulls together a core group of people, works with his enemies, and attempts to save the world from destruction and mayhem, sacrificing so much of himself along the way in order to save the greater good.

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  • Posted January 9, 2013

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    After spending his whole life trying to please his father, train

    After spending his whole life trying to please his father, training to be a demon hunter, what he was born to do, Chase Williams finds himself an outcast along with his mother, abandoned by his father, the Circle, and all that he knew, forced into a life on the outside, just trying to survive.  Each day holds its own challenge.  After all, when you are the famous Riley Williams' son, every demon in the world is after you.  It is during one of these &quot;attacks&quot; that Chase meets Rayna and Marcus, an encounter that changes everything.  Marcus is also a Hunter, and a very powerful one, who doesn't hold the same beliefs as the Circle, and helps to open Chase's eyes to a whole new way of thinking.  Rayna is half demon and half hunter, beautiful, tough, and challenges everything that Chase has ever known.  These unlikely allies soon find that their coming together was much more than happenstance, and that it will take them working together to stop the evil that has already begun to be unleashed.

    The story is told from Chase's point of view, and let me just say that I love Chase.  He turns out to be quite the hero, but not a perfect one by any means.  He screws up, gets knocked down, but gets back up and kicks more evil butt again.  I especially love Rayna.  I think her character is just awesome.  She is a total badass and one awesome heroine.  Willy is another one of my favorite characters.  He also plays a big role in helping Chase to realize that things aren't always black and white.  As for the story.  M.R. Merrick's has created a fantasy filled world with all kinds of supernatural creatures that is imaginative, adventurous, and entertaining.   I was extremely impressed with the quality of Merrick's writing.  It is very professional, and it was hard to believe that this was his debut novel.  The book had the feel of a little bit of Mortal Instruments and Lord of the Rings mixed together with a little bit of underlying romance, which was icing on the cake.  I thoroughly enjoyed Exiled, and if you are an urban fantasy fan (and even if you're not), you should definitely check Exiled out.  

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  • Posted December 13, 2012

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    Fantastic World That Captures You Right From The Beginning To Ke

    Fantastic World That Captures You Right From The Beginning To Keep You To The End!

    HOLY EXILED! I have never ever read a book so intense where it had me all over the place. Lord I must have looked like a lunatic yelling at my kindle. M.R. Merrick has crafted and created a world that is so intriguing that I could not get enough.

    In Exiled we meet Chase Williams who is a demon hunter. On his 15 birthday he is to step up to the alter and gain his powers. Only when he turns 15 and steps up to the alter he does not receive his powers. At first he is not sure if he has done something wrong but he soon finds out that he the demons have a plan to bring forth their strongest demons to rule the world. Soon Chase has to figure out how to stop them but he is not sure how to do that so he turns to this one person who he thinks can help him out. He turns to a witch named Rayna and he believes with Rayna's help he will be able to stop the demons.

    As Chase and Rayna try and figure out what to about the demons Chase finds out that someone close to him someone he is supposed to trust is betraying him.So not only does he have to worry about pure blood demons but he has to watch his back for a person in his circle. Will he be able to defeat the demons in time to make sure the portal stays closed or will he have to fight the demons with no power? Will Rayna be able to help him stop the demons from coming in? Want to know all the answers to these questions well your going to have to read the book. This is the beginning of an EPIC series.

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

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    Exiled at the young age of 15, along with his mother, Chase Will

    Exiled at the young age of 15, along with his mother, Chase Williams still fights evil and demons. Being a Hunter runs through Chase's blood even though the Circle no longer wants him. So when he comes across a new kind of demon he has never before experienced and a Hunter he thought to have died long ago, Chase begins to question he upbringing. Is the Circle really who they say they are? And can Chase change his way of thinking when it comes to demons and actually help them?

    Not one for being a huge fan of male POV’s, I found I really liked Chase. I guess it doesn’t hurt that the author is male and knows how to write one. And yes, he even writes a great female character in Rayna…loved that feisty chick. She is a very complex character and I think that is why I loved her so. You never know what you will get out of her from one moment to the next.

    Lots, and I mean LOTS, of fighting and action happens in this book. Merrick gives us an action packed read that keeps the reader’s interest piqued and entertained. There is so much happening at every turn and never a dull moment to be found. What I did miss in the story though was there was no romance. Yeah there were hints and of course there was the obvious tension between Chase and Rayna, but come on Merrick!! I need me some romance, some lip-biting-make-me-swoon romance in my reads. So keep that in mind Merrick. Capiche?

    I really think those who loved The Mortal Instrument series will like this one. Even though these are not angels fighting demons, the circumstances are the similar. Trust me, it is a must read. I mean, for someone’s debut book, Merrick did a fantastic job. Guys and gals alike will enjoy this book…and I definitely recommend it. I will soon be moving on to book 2, Shift. So I look forward to seeing what happens next with Chase and his motley crew.

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  • Posted December 4, 2012

    In EXILED, the fantastic debut novel by M.R. Merrick, the world

    In EXILED, the fantastic debut novel by M.R. Merrick, the world is introduced to Chase Williams, a demon hunter cast-out whose
    powers failed to emerge on schedule. Nonetheless, Chase is a badass when it comes to protecting himself and his mother from
    the forces of evil that seem to descend upon them with greater regularity. After realizing that he does indeed possess powers -
    and discovering a conspiracy that would unleash ultimate evil upon the world - his destiny is thrust upon him, and well before he's
    able to control his magic. He has no choice; the fate of his loved ones rests in his hands. Mr. Merrick crafts a compelling world
    where demons, witches,shapeshifters and vampires co-mingle in a tenuous accord. Even the most supernatural of his characters
    are flawed and &quot;human&quot;, struggling with their capabilities and their motivations. Filled with memorable players and packed with magic,
    EXILED is a fantastic first act in what promises to be a vivid fantasy series.

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  • Posted December 2, 2012

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    Darn you, Mr. Merrick! You have caused me to go on an emotiona

    Darn you, Mr. Merrick! You have caused me to go on an emotional roller coaster!

    Chase and Rayna are now among some of my favorite characters. They both have so much depth to their emotions. Chase is stubborn and set in his ways, until he encounter with Rayna. He seems to take the new information about the Circle pretty well. There are times when he struggles with what he's known, and the new developments. My one peeve about Chase is that he continuously doubts himself. Rayna is awesome! She's strong, witty, and self-assured. She's a female character I would be happy to have my daughter look up to.

    The supporting characters weren't lacking either. Some played minor roles, but you could still spot their significance to the plot. Willy is one of my faves. For a half demon, he's harmless. He's got a fear of many things, especially Vincent, the head of the local vampire coven. I hope to find out why Willy initially drew Vincent's attention.

    The storyline wasn't paced too fast or slow. All events lead to the battle toward the end. With each situation Chase and Rayna are put in, Chase learns from his mistakes and more about himself. This is one of the reasons I love his character.

    Exiled is a story of loss, betrayal and grief; but also joy and how to find happiness in every day. Definitely grab the tissues though.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    Exiled is a compelling YA Fantasy read that is filled with fast-

    Exiled is a compelling YA Fantasy read that is filled with fast-paced action and characters with clear motives. The novel has been carefully crafted and is very appropriate for its intended YA audience.

    The characters really drive Exiled forward. The main protagonist, Chase, and the character Rayna, alongside a range of additional minor characters provide an array of colorful characters with many different personalities. Rayna in particular provided a lovely level of wit and sarcasm, and Chase's reactions to the situations that he found himself in, in addition to his reaction to Rayna were believable and often amusing.

    It was easy to cheer for the characters and want them to succeed. This is a testimony to M.R Merrick's style and craft. The book is clearly a very powerful start to a superb series an impressive 4.5 rockin' fairies!

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  • Posted November 26, 2012

    This is a fantastic fantasy covering demons, warlocks, witches a

    This is a fantastic fantasy covering demons, warlocks, witches and their hunters. It was a fantastic first book in the series, a great introduction into the lives of Chase and Rayna.

    Chase is a seventeen year old boy that has only known the life of a hunter. Hunters have special abilities and allow them to heal faster, be quicker and stronger than an ordinary human. Chase is the son of parents that both have hunters blood. Three years ago, Chase was to go through the hunter’s ritual to bring on his elemental powers. The only problem is that Chase didn’t get his and his father was so disgusted that he exiled Chase with his mother.

    Three years go by and Chase does his bit by killing demons, which is all he knows. But now something has changed and demons are following him everywhere and attacking him. Living with his Mother they are working constantly to make ends meet and to look out for each other. Then one night on his way home from work, Chase is attacked. While trying to get the upper hand somebody comes by and kills the demon before Chase can finish the job. Rayna is part witch, part hunter and has become a hunter like Chase. Marcus has taken her under his wing and together they go hunting. They have asked Chase to join their cause.

    Chase doesn’t know what to think, Marcus was meant to be dead and why is he working with a half-breed? Demons start to get kidnapped and Marcus, Chase and Rayna are not sure what is going on. They begin investigating the disappearances and find themselves in more trouble.

    Who are kidnapping the demons? Why are they kidnapping demons? How much trouble can Chase and Rayna find? Will Chase ever receive his elemental power?

    This book is full to the brim of awesomeness. Chase’s character has so much potential to evolve into the man that every reader wants him to become. He realises life isn’t just about killing demons and that maybe some of them aren’t that bad after all. And maybe, just maybe there may be some loving for him and Rayna (I hope so, I will have to read Shift to find out). This book has inter-dimensional travel, magic beyond your imaginations and demons of all descriptions. The world that Mr Merrick has written is unique with red and green grass, purple water; just amazing.

    One of my favourite parts is the fight that Chase has to take against the troll and the old children’s story about crossing the bridge and having to pay a toll, hilarious. I certainly can’t wait to read Shift and I recommend you all read Exiled to begin the journey.

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  • Posted August 21, 2012

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    4.5 Stars ! Recommended to Percy Jackson Fans!

    If you are looking for a book that:

    *is about a boy becoming a man
    *complete with challenges to fulfill deals
    *danger from all sides
    *protecting the innocent
    *finding out where one belongs
    “You and me, always.”

    Than you need to read this book because it is definitely for you.

    What I loved about this book :

    *I loved the challenges that Chase faces in order to find what he is looking for.

    *I loved Chase’s mother and thought she was important role model.

    *I loved that M.R. Merrick used elemental powers. I honestly haven’t read very many books with this kind of setting. I think the only other one that comes to mind is Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series.

    *I thought that the flashbacks were a great way to slowly introduce history that we, the reader, needed to know. I loved that we weren’t hit over the head with fact upon fact. There was always just enough for us to get the idea but never letting on to too much.

    *Rayna’s character was hard not to fall in love with. She has that sassy-sweet-do-what-I-say-or-die vibe. I loved it! It is always refreshing to have a heroine who can keep up with the hero and not rely on him to get everything done.

    *Riley Williams played the perfect douchebag-of-the-year or life father! Honestly, from the moment he entered the story I just wanted to hate him and did well still do.

    *Last, but not least, that ending was pure gold. I can’t believe that M.R. Merrick went there with the first book but Damn, it was tragically awesome.

    The reason it did not get 5 Stars:

    Obviously it is only .5 away from a 5 star rating so I don’t have much to say in this area. I really only found one thing that didn’t sit well with the rest.

    *There were a few spots scattered here and there where the flow seemed to become disrupted. It seemed like Mr. Merrick knew what needed to be said but just seemed to miss it just a little. I can’t explain it very well, other than the flow of the words and emotions seemed to break off for half a page or so and then it jumped right back on track.

    Favorite Quotes:

    “…people fear what they don’t understand.”

    “But he’s so cute when he gets all determined and commanding, isn’t he? … It’s not cute, it’s very manly!”

    “Take care in your actions, hunter. There will be many who wish you harm. You stand in the way of many wills and they will all try to overcome you. You must remember: you cannot fight fire with fire,”

    Recommendation : If you enjoy books like the Percy Jackson series, about a boy coming of age with challenges and danger all around than give this book a try. It really does stand out among the Young Adult Paranormal Genre.

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

    EXILED was not what I was expecting. I'm not quite sure exactly

    EXILED was not what I was expecting. I'm not quite sure exactly what I expected, but I can say that it surpassed my expectations and hopes for how good it would be. It was amazing and has fast become one of my new favourite books by one of my new favourite authors.
    For a start, it came from a male POV, how unusual is that in this market?! Well I have only read 2, perhaps 3, so it's unusual for me, at least.

    Demon hunter Chase Williams is the son of Riley and Tessa Williams. The family are part of the Circle. Or at least they were. Until now.
    (you can find out exactly what the Circle is for yourself)

    On Chase's 15th birthday, he stepped up to the altar, ready to invoke his elemental power. Only trouble is, it never came. Riley's dad is a proud man and he has an affinity for fire. So it is a disgrace to him that his son, his flesh and blood has no elemental power. Not only has Chase brought shame on himself, but his dad and the Circle as a whole. Or at least that's what Riley believes.
    Chase's mom however, isn't ashamed of her son. She loves him and is proud of him, no matter what.

    It's because of this that Chase and his mom are exiled from the Circle. Forever to spend their lives on the outside. Everything they once had, torn from them in an instant.
    But that doesn't really bother Chase. Him and his mom have each other and at the end of the day, that is what matters.

    Life on the outside of the Circle isn't without it's problems. There's always a demon or two that needs dispatching. Chase is always coming home with cuts and bruises. It's a good thing then that his mom's affinity is for water, a calming, healing element.
    It's during an altercation with a demon that Chase meets Rayna and Marcus. Oh boy is that an explosive meeting. Alas, I will not spoil it for you. You need to read it and see for yourself.

    Life just isn't the same after meeting them though. Rayna is a chick with attitude. Or should that be a demon with an attitude? Anyway, her bark is almost as bad as her bite. But it has to be said I loved Rayna. She is such a sassy, smart, kickass chick. Demon or no.

    At this point, I am loathe to stop talking about the story itself, but I know I must as I fear I will spoil your reading pleasure.
    All I can tell you is that this book really is superb. It has demons, vampires, a kick-ass hero and heroine. EXILED truly has it all.

    I am one of those people who is on the fence about the vampire genre. There was a time when it was all I read, but then my reading tastes broadened. I know some people will look at a vampire book and think &quot;Oh god no, not another vampire book&quot; and others will think the opposite. Me? I sit on the fence because I know that though some people think that vampires are on their way out, I know that there are still some good books to be had. This is one of those books. It's not just vampires in EXILED, it's true, but the ones that are in it? They are a whole new take on vampires. I won't tell you how, or why. All I can say is, I love Matthew Merrick's take on them. It's refreshing and shakes up what you believe.

    I want to share with you one of my Goodreads status updates, I think it pretty much sums up how I feel:

    &quot;More than just mere words on a page, Matthew Merrick is an artist of the greatest kind. Every word paints a picture, the beauty of which I cannot describe- you must behold it yourself to believe it. A talented author draws you into the world they create, there is not yet a word invented for the mastery with which this book pulls you in, sucks you under and doesn't release it's grip&quot;

    The cast of characters in this story were so much fun. Whether it was Rayna being sassy, Chase complaining, Willy stuttering, I loved it all. Wait til you meet Willy. He's a demon with a stutter and I just adore him. This story would not be the same were it not for the inclusion of the stu-stuttering Willy!

    EXILED was fast-paced, action packed and from the get-go I was hooked. I was literally on the edge of my seat, biting my nails, waiting to see what happened next.

    I am delighted that Matthew Merrick gave me this book to review. It's safe to say that I will be reading SHIFT (The Protector#2) when I get a chance. I can't wait to find out what happened next.

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