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Her roommate is killed. Her mentor doesn't want to mentor her. A border monster tries to kill her. Nothing is the way she imagined it would be. Students whisper behind her back, saying she's cursed. They want her to go home, but Bay-Lee isn't going anywhere, not when she's this close to getting everything she's ever wanted.
At Orientation, she learns she's been given the rank of Bait. Why? Because that is all new students are good for, to be used as bait to draw out monsters so the 'real' hunters can kill them. She realizes no one is going to take her seriously until she moves up to Hunter. With that in mind and a few friends at her side, Bay-Lee is going to tackle a dangerous mystery.
Why are hunters dying on their birthdays? If she solves it, she will move up in rank. If she doesn't... her birthday is just around the corner.
Posted February 27, 2014
Posted October 27, 2013
This book was amazing! I cant wait to get the next book. Everyone should read this book. Its filled with love, passion, suspense, and everything you could want in a book. I reccomend this book to everyone! HAPPY READING!!!!
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Posted June 22, 2013
Hear Van Helsing's name in any context and I immediately assume vampires, but in Bait K C Blake has used elements from the traditional paranormal genre and added her own interpretation, creating a story which is imaginative and original.
Bait is not a straightforward YA paranormal story; the characters have secrets and are flawed; the plot is sophisticated and difficult to predict and the world of Van Helsing's castle is mysterious but enchanting.
I enjoyed the way in which the story has several threads running through, although at times I felt the main plot became overshadowed by secondary events and it is possible for a reader to lose focus.
K C Blake has concentrated very hard in Bait on developing relationships between characters, which I think enables the reader to build a stronger emotional connection to the story. I am looking forward to seeing how she continues this in the sequel.
I found Bait a really good paranormal story because of K C Blake's unique take on the genre; the interesting characters who have depth and the mystery of the plot. One I definitely recommend!
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Posted February 26, 2014
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Posted June 15, 2013
I was captivated right from the 1st page of this stellar novel. Blake’s writing pulled me in even before I’d figured out what was going on. The author kept pulling me further and further into the story until I couldn’t put the novel down. It was a phenomenal rush!
With this novel Blake took the notion of a hereditary Van Helsing legacy and ran with it fast and far. It was a very unique take on an old story that kept me captivated throughout. Blake’s amazing storytelling definitely helped with this. She has the ability to highlight emotions and minute details in a way that plants them in your mind to be recalled at a later detail. She also has the ability to take you from laughing out loud to bringing tears to your eyes in the span of a page. Her attention to detail also brings her readers right into the novel. You can clearly picture everything, from the mundane to the uniquely crafted border monsters. It all adds to the very well put together story that Blake presents for our enjoyment.
The characters in this novel are also very captivating. She develops each in their own right. They all stand true as warriors and hunters of the supernatural. They are all also unique in their personalities. By creating such well-developed characters that both mesh with and stand out from the norm for the genre Blake allows her readers the ability to immerse themselves in the story without fighting with discrepancies in their expectations of the genre (which Blake surpasses with flourish).
As a whole, this novel was an intriguingly captivating introduction to Blake’s series that you won’t want to end. And above all, prophecies do have a way of coming true. And I bet they will in the sequel to this awesome novel.
Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review
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Posted October 16, 2014
I knew I would not want to put down Bait as soon as I started reading it. It is so good! It has lots that I love, vampires, hunters, werewolves, supernatural creatures and of course forbidden romance.
Bay-Lee is not your average teenager, she is Van Helsing's daughter. She has been hiding out and moving around for most of her life with her Uncle. She has always dreamed of attending her father's school for hunters. When she finally gets the chance her life will change forever. Bay-Lee wants to train so that one day she can avenge her mother's death. Once she arrives at her new school she is taken into a mock battle almost immediately. Most of the other students don't like her and thinks that she gets special treatment because of her last name. One of the students that really dislikes her is Nick. He is a hunter and one of Van Helsing's best. Nick volunteers to mentor Bay-Lee. It's then that he realizes that he is intrigued by her. But there is a prophecy that will not allow Nick and Bay-lee be together. So they must keep their relationship a secret and figure out a way for the prophecy not to come true. If that's not enough there is someone creating wraiths to kill students on their birthdays. There are other surprises that will keep you guessing throughout.
This book will take you for one wild ride with lots of twists and turns. I was in love with the story and the characters from beginning to end. One of my favorite side characters is Keisha. I love her kick butt attitude and how she is such a great friend to Bay-Lee. I am left with unanswered questions but also wanting to read book two like right now. LOL I was shocked and surprised by the last part of the book. I am hoping that there is much more to this in the next book. I want a different ending. You will understand when you read it. This is a must read! This e-book was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.
Posted January 24, 2014
Highly Enjoyable! I loved this book from the word go. I like the author's portrayal of Van Helsing and of course Bay-Lee Bishop. Bay-Lee's character is strong, independent and daring. I especially like the the romantic relationship that develops between Connor and Bay-Lee. It isn't all sappy, nor does it detract form the overall plot.
Something is always happening, so I found myself quickly turning pages, eager to see what would happen next. The book's character's traits and emotions are textured and believable. I hope book #2 is due out sometime soon.
I definitely recommend this book.
Posted December 24, 2013
This book has everything you would ever want in a book love, passion, drama and suspence plus I love paranormal stuff and this book had everything! Hope you enjoy!!!
Posted December 16, 2013
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Posted August 29, 2013
I was given this book in return for an honest review. This book is AWESOME!
No doubt this book is not only a great read, but it is written so beautifully that i can't wait for the 2nd book! :)
This book surprised me with twists and turns until the very end, which is very hard to do for me. And i love how K.C Blake has decided to go with the idea of a character who is the daughter of VanHelsing, very original :)
This book had left me wanting more as i had finished the book all in one day, again i can't wait for book 2 which comes out in October 2013.
Thank you K.C. Blake for sharing such an amazing book with the world.
Posted August 27, 2013
The premise of the book really interested me. The author is influenced by The CW's Supernatural and that's prolly my favorite show to date. But I couldn't help but find this book kind of similar to my favorite tv show.First of all, let me start by saying that I do not dislike this book. I enjoyed it enough to invest in it even after receiving it for free, so this review is solely based on my opinion. I don't claim to be an expert on reviewing books professionally and It'd bum me out if anyone took this as a bad review.
Bait follows 16 year old Bay-Lee Van Helsing, daughter to the famous Van Helsing, a hunter and what appeared to be a dean of some sort at a school for hunters. It also follows Nick Gallos, a legendary hunter with a penchant for rock music and a tortured past. Together they are part of a prophecy that could have a large impact on the world.I think in the first third of the book, the plot really caught my attention. It has a lot of action and characters you either love or hate. But at times I felt as though there was either info dumping or a lack of details, leaving me unsatisfied. Sometimes I knew too much, other times I felt as though I wasn't being told enough. Not sure if that makes sense.
Some of the writing seemed a bit common in the realm of YA novels, for examples insta-love, a girl that's fallen in love with the first guy she's ever been with and he's like way more experienced than her and the guy starting out to be a jerk. This doesn't bother most readers and I know i'm prolly one of the few that this bothered. Other reviewers didn't mind, so I hope this doesn't shy away other readers from this book.
Bait isn't boring, uninteresting or poorly written at all but I think perhaps this book wasn't my typical style of reading. I didn't connect with Bay-lee because I felt as though she was too jealous for my taste. She was described as beautiful so I couldn't understand why at times she appeared desperate to me. She threw herself at Nick all the time and wasn't put off by him being really rude to her at times. I thought that she deserved better than him. When she became honest about her feelings for him it was as though(in my opinion) her goals no longer mattered and all she wanted to do was be with him. This of course isn't anything bad. When you love someone at times you will feel this way but I would have loved if she would have put it aside sometimes to be logical.I was a little uncomfortable with the fact that Nick was 20(almost 21) and Bay-lee was only 16. He was a ways more experienced than her. Maybe I wouldn't have minded her age so much had she had had real concrete experience with guys, like having a real boyfriend before him and being intimate with another guy or two.( it's natural and it happens and it wouldn't make her a slut) Perhaps I would have related more to her with this detail.
What I really loved about the book was the setting. It wasn't in England or the USA but New Zealand, so that was a breathe of fresh air. The action sequences were really good and full of details and excitement and there were a lot of subplots that kept the book moving along. It wasn't more or so focused on just the main threat but many, and that's what kept me reading!
Sometimes i felt as though their personalities changed a lot being around each other and the game of cat and mouse wasn't my thing, but I think the book has the potential to keep me as a future reader; With Bait and K.C.'s large arsenal of published books.
Posted August 11, 2013
I was completely blown away by this book. I've been trying to cut back on reviewing books lately so I can work my way through the never-ending-always-growing TBR pile, so I wasn't sure if I should try this book, it was only when I looked it up on Goodreads and saw it had such a high rating that I thought I should give it a go. I'm still patting myself on the back for that great decision.
This book start off exciting and interesting, even the not as eventful parts are still really engaging. I don't think there was a time throughout the whole book that I wasn't on the edge of my seat begging my brain to faster make sense of the words before me. This book was that good.
The writing was absolutely breathtaking, this author sure knows how to weave her words. The only times I was pulled out of the story were when I had to give a little pause just so I could admire the amazingness of how the story flowed. I like writing myself and it is such a delight when I read a book that is just written to perfection.
The characters were fantastic, each one was unique and interesting. I could never quite tell who had an ulterior motive, so I just remained suspicious of everybody. Bay-Lee and Nick were so good together. There was so much fire between them and I loved reading every scene between them!
This book is well worth reading and I am very much anticipating the next book in the series. The entire time while reading this I both simultaneously wanted it to end and go on for ever. I needed to know what happened but at the same time, I was reluctant to leave that world. Very engaging and a pleasure to read. Definitely something any paranormal fans should read!
Posted June 6, 2013
I debated very thoroughly with myself about how I was going to rate this book. There were some parts that I was just a little iffy about, and I wasn't so sure how my first impressions would relate to the rest of the book. Sometimes things felt a little out of place or just not developed enough, but then on practically the very next page I would read something that completely set me off laughing. This book and I have a very complicated relationship.
For one thing, I really liked the whole issue of Bay-Lee having to "find herself." Yeah, I know that sounds really cheesy, and normally I would think that it was too, but here it actually worked. You see, in Bay-Lee's situation, she has to move around a lot. Her main goal is to never attract any sort of attention and be nothing but average in order to prevent anyone from digging deeper into her story. In every new area that she moves to, an entire identity is set up for her. Her clothes, her house, her personality, and even the people she talks to are all predetermined without her having any say.
So when all of that finally goes away, she really doesn't know what to do. She's spent her whole life being told by others how her various aliases would act, so she really doesn't know who Bay-Lee is. The author has a great quote to symbolize that:
"This was new to her, starting school without a script. Connor would tell her to be herself, but she didn't know what that meant. Who was the real Bay-Lee Bishop? Somehow she'd lost herself in other identities over the years."
To me, that was really cool and probably one of my favorite parts of the books. It tended to get more interesting as it went along because in the beginning, Bay-Lee was just as confused as I was. That got better as the story went along, but at times, her flip flopping personality just didn't do it for me.
I'd say that one of the worst examples was when she was in the library for the first time with a certain somebody and decided to.... experiment.... Her sudden change in attitude really surprised me because it was nothing like her. She even admitted it herself!
That whole scene itself just kind of felt weird to me. A little later, another somebody walked in and caught the tail end of said experiment, and was thankfully just as disturbed as I was. They Bay-Lee tried to brush it off, and suddenly everything is all butterflies and rainbows. I don't get it! People aren't that flippant, especially people as smart as they are.
In all, though there were a few places that I had to read back over and still couldn't make sense of, I liked the book in general. And now to leave you, I will share my favorite quote of all, which actually came pretty early in the book.
"'Bertram used a spell to conceal it from the outside world.'
'You mean it's like Hogwarts?'
Van frowned in confusion. 'What does a hog's wart have to do with anything?'"
Posted May 28, 2013
Sometimes, you just really want to read a clever, fun, action-packed, paranormal romance. If you are like me, you just really want a clever, fun, action-packed, paranormal romance that will cause you to stay up way past your self-assigned bedtime and have you thinking about it nonstop when you eventually drag yourself away from the brightly lit screen that has become a backdrop to your life and go into bed. (Is that a run-on sentence? I ramble...) Bait delivers.
From the beginning, the idea intrigued me. I am a huge fan of all things that go bump in the night, and Bait is full of all of them. You like vampires? Werewolves? Reapers? Ghosts? Monsters? Illusionist? Yeah, Bait has all of that. And the novel doesn't glamorize all of the monsters into being sexy, misunderstood secretly-sensitive heartthrobs, which is also refreshing. Having a protagonist that is the daughter of Van Helsing? If that isn't cool, then I no longer wish to be cool. I am also highly amused at the fact that the newbies are labeled as 'Bait' before they can move onto 'Hunter' and 'Warrior' or - even - (gasp!) 'Legend'. (It's the little things...) So, as far as the synopsis goes, Bait is absolutely brilliant.
I really liked the characters as well. I thought that the majority of them were developed excellently, and they are easy to connect to. Bay-Lee is a great voice to read, and I found myself rooting her on the entire time. (Which, you know, is what you are supposed to do with a protagonist, not that it always is the case.) Even the characters that ended up being not-so-good were written pretty-freaking-good (well, I know, but that doesn't fit the parallel, now does it?) Not that I can resist a well-crafted villain. (I can't.)
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Bait. The Mock Battles were insanely cool, and probably my favorite scenes.
Fans of the paranormal, this is a band wagon that you would want to jump on. Bait has excellent pacing, excellent characters, and will keep you interested the entire time. I am excited to be able to read more.
Posted May 17, 2013
I really like the idea behind this book, with a child of the Van Helsing line and all. I was relieved to see that the story's monsters involved more than just vampires (of which I'm not the biggest fan). In fact, throughout the story vampires are something more mentioned in passing. The major monsters at play are the different forms of ghosts and what the book refers to as "border monsters".
Although the love story the book revolves around is your typical romance (boy meets girl, they hate each other, then they suddenly realize they actually love each other) and Nick's attitude is extremely typical for the male love interest (broken, broody, mood swings worse than a menopausal sociopath), I mean seriously people, find me a romance that isn't written like this these days! Still, a lot it actually makes sense for how this particular story plays out, which is way more than I can give other romances. Bay-Lee and Nick can't like each other from the get go and Nick treats Bay-Lee poorly due to a prophecy which trashed Nick's life. But hormones and the teenage belief that you will only love one person ever (thank you Romeo and Juliet) win out and set the lovers on a crash course for destruction.
I'm actually rather impressed with some of the risks K.C. Blake took in who she killed and who she left alive in this story. A lot of authors will skirt around killing anyone of actual importance, or save it for a late installment in the series. Blake was unabashed about who got the ax which added a lot to the story and helped build the suspense.
As for the characters, (aside from my comment about Nick) they were well defined and as a reader you like who you're supposed to like and are annoyed by those you're supposed to find annoying. I don't really think there was anyone to hate in this particular installment. There were bad guys, don't get me wrong, but their plans are intricate and, at times, almost beneficial to the good guys. Not to mention the specific bad guy in this book is a mystery until the end, so you don't have much time to hate him.
I'm interested to see where this series goes and am eagerly awaiting the next installment due in October.
Posted November 26, 2014
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Posted July 7, 2014
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