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  • Posted February 25, 2011

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    Bateman's Evil lurks to find forgiveness from God in a town were people lack human emotion and disregard that animals have soul.

    What drew me into choosing this book to review was the reveal of Lauryn dealing with her fathers Alzheimer's. The writing style of Bateman seemed a little confusing at first as she switches from character to character without revealing who they were. Although I knew this novel had evil and secrets I was disappointed to find out the type of evil. Not that I have my preference of evil in a book, however there are certain books some of us just don't touch. It felt like reading the first pages of a really good steamy love story, then part way through when they finally get to kiss, out from one mouth comes a slimy snake thing. I am a true Science fiction nut don't get me wrong and no this book has nothing to do with aliens, just a comparison. But that was the disappointment I felt and vampire thing, it really should have been included in the books excerpt.

    Blinking I placed my disappointment to the side and I let the idea settle in. I can finally admit I read a vampire book. The reason it wasn't to much to my disliking was due to it centering itself more on the relationship of Lauryn and her sick father. The other characters in the book seemed a little comical in a sense and I found myself moving them around in my mind that way. At times I could relate to Lauryn because she seemed so wrapped up in her own world and driven to her purpose. At times pushing everyone aside and thinking only about herself and her own problems. Something many of us do in real life and is one of the lessons in this novel. God is brought up in many of the conversations throughout this book including the evils pretense to turn toward God for forgiveness.

    Would you like a sneak peek at Tandem? Download and read the first two chapters at WaterBrook Multnomah.

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  • Posted February 18, 2011

    Tandem by Tracey Bateman, A Review

    Hold up a copy of Tracey Bateman's book Tandem next to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight, and you will notice some similarities. Both authors' names appear to be in the same font (though it looks like Meyer chose to go bold), and both titles are scripted entirely in lower case. Coincidence?

    Covers aside, Bateman and Meyer have chosen different plots, though both books begin with quotes and a prologue/preface that hints at the novel's ending. Whereas Meyer chose to write about the teenaged affair between girl and vampire, Bateman writes about a slightly older girl taking care of her Alzheimer's stricken father in a small town shaken by murder.

    Lauryn McBride grew up helping her father with his auction business, and now she has the responsibility of auctioning a local Victorian home and the pricey antiques of a man who died mysteriously in a fire. After sending some old family letters found among the items to be auctioned to who she thinks is a decedent of the letters' writer, Lauryn is inadvertently pulled into a mystery where the main participants are vampires. Along the way she is reunited with her childhood crush, the preacher's son who is back from serving as a missionary in Haiti.

    After Stoker, King, Rice, and Meyer, the vampire theme has been tapped to the point that it is going to take a lot to make an original vampire novel. Being Christian fiction, Tandem does have the distinction of being redemptive, but that only brings up a problem for the author.

    Christian fantasy seems like a difficult genre. If you want to write a fantasy book with God in it, it would be a plus to explain how the fantastic elements of the story and an Almighty God can coexist, even just on paper. Bateman offers no explanation for why vampires and God are in the same small American town.

    All in all, the story in Tandem was okay, though not something I think I would read again.

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

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    Misleading and Confusing

    Bateman's writing is fantastic. The words flow. There's no doubt in my mind that Bateman has talent especially when you begin your book with a one paragraph prologue that goes like this, "I've always despised smoke. Avoided the acrid smell, the burning eyes, stolen breath. The way it catches hold of fabric and bangs on with long, pungent cloves. And yet in my dream-my recurring, "Is someone trying to tell me something?" dream-I float blissfully through a wall of gray, wafting, vaporous smoke, blind to what lies beneath the dark expanse of haze. In this dream that so often robs me of sleep, I'm aware that I'm falling, falling far, and yet I'm not afraid. But then I awaken, sweat soaked, heart pounding, afraid to die alone." Yet, halfway through this novel I stopped. She lost me in the many different points of view from third person to first person in the same chapter. My interest waned and died on page 48. The problem was not just the fact that it had three points of view and one of them a first person point of view, but nowhere in the back of the book did it say one of the characters was a vampire. The teaser read like a normal suspense thriller type of James Patterson book. And I don't really care for vampire novels. Even if I was into vampire books, it was too confusing to follow the story line. When you fist open the book there are four authors who praise this book like Kaci Hill, Tamara Leigh, Robin Caroll, and Lyn Cote. Perhaps this book would interest someone else, and though I love all sorts of different books, the organization of the pages distracted from what could have been a page-turner. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

    Too Good To Be True? I Think So...


    When I received my copy of *Tandem* by Tracey Bateman, I was ecstatic. I couldn't wait to snuggle down in a blanket and dive right into the story. But I seemed to be forcing myself to turn the pages. The story just seemed to drag and drag, never-ending. Then, the end just happened. Nothing fantastic, more of a cliche than anything; the day is saved and everyone live!! Yay!!! BLECH. I know everyone loves a happy ending, but seriously?
    To make a seemingly decent book go straight down the drain came the expected dose of *Twilight*. How convenient that ***SPOILER*** Amede is both a vampire and her family had a first edition copy of *Wuthering Heights*? Isn't it in *Twilight* where vampires are first found to read and admire *Wuthering Heights*??? This was the breaking point for me.
    I honestly thought that, this being a Christian vampire novel, it would veer entirely a different direction than *Twilight* had, but I was proven wrong. So, after spending night after night trudging my way through this book, my final review is to give *Tandem* by Tracey Bateman, 2.5 stars.

    *I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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