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Being Human
     

Being Human

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by Patricia Lynne
 

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For Tommy, there is only one thing he needs to do: survive.

Only surviving isn't that easy. The hunt for blood can be tricky when humans know to fear the night. Desire sits on the edge of his mind, urging him to become the monster humans think he is. Vampire Forces, a special branch of police, is determined to turn every vampire to ash. Tommy

Overview

For Tommy, there is only one thing he needs to do: survive.

Only surviving isn't that easy. The hunt for blood can be tricky when humans know to fear the night. Desire sits on the edge of his mind, urging him to become the monster humans think he is. Vampire Forces, a special branch of police, is determined to turn every vampire to ash. Tommy included.

The only human Tommy can trust is his twin brother. A bond connects them, and with Danny's help, Tommy starts to understand the human world he struggles to survive in. He'll learn what friendships means and feel the sting of betrayal, find that sometimes the worst monsters are very human, and come to understand that family means more than blood.

Tommy just wants to survive and he knows what he needs to do. But with the number of humans that mean more to him than a meal growing, he'll learn there's more to life than simple survival. He'll discover being human doesn't mean being a human.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011487033
Publisher:
Patricia Lynne
Publication date:
08/25/2011
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
306 KB
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Patricia Lynne never set out to become a writer, and in fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was all about art. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it and she hasn't regretted a moment. Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow. She writes New Adult under the name Patricia Josephine.

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Being Human 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being Human is in a league of its own. To put it mildly, I have never read a vampire story like this one. While most books focus on the immortal aspect and forever love, this one is about one family and how Tommy's dramatic "change" affects them all. The overlying themes center around family love and striving to be our best selves for the sake of our loved ones. The main character is rather simple, but his simplicity lends to a clear view of the way things are or should be. This is a relationship story. I went in expecting to maybe enjoy the story, and came away with a lasting experience. A sweet experience. I loved it and the characters have been with me since I closed the book. This goes on my FAVORITE VAMPIRE STORY list for sure. (Or would if I'd started one.) Content warning: Very little language, some blood and gore, one intimate situation, college campus culture, reference to a child predator. Recommended for 14 and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dumb book
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
Patricia Lynne has written a good book about a very popular subject.  It is a good story and is very well written.  The character development is perfectly done and the passage of time and progression of the characters is astounding.  It just never grabbed my attention and held on.  I liked it, but I didn't love it.
Aimee_in_Los_Angeles More than 1 year ago
As someone who does not normally like male narrators, I am going to come right out and admit that this book rocked. I would give it a solid 3.5 - 4.0 stars. Meet twins Danny and Tommy. One night, Tommy is turned into a vampire. In his terror and confusion, he rushes home. There the lure of the blood of his parents overwhelms him and he kills them. Danny comes into the room, and the two begin a sometimes uneasy relationship relearning how to be brothers, and first-time learning how to love each other as they are now. We watch these two boys become men and one of them rediscover his humanity. Tommy narrates and it's an interesting perspective. His instinct is just survival, so he is often confused. Danny helps him through his questions with humorous, sad, and sometimes surprising results. I liked both the brothers, as well as most of the supporting characters. On character in particular, Amy, could have her own book she was so interesting. I should also note that there is a teaser for Ms. Lynne's next book. I'll be picking that book up as well.
ELSACARRION More than 1 year ago
Title: Being Human Author: Patricia Lynne Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Vampires, Paranormal Length: 284 Tommy and Dan are twins that are connected in a level only twins would understand. Patricia Lynne does a heck of a job in describing such a connection. I would have loved a twin to feel such connection. Tommy will forever be a teenager and will have to watch others change, grow old and die. Dan will always be there for him and Tommy will be there for Dan when they need each other. Dan will have to teach Tommy how to remember to be human and never gives up on him. Even after Tommy does the unthinkable. Tommy reminds me of an innocent child always asking why. He will have to learn how to survive and act like a human if he wants to survive. Once he is a vampire he only does thing for surviving and is confused with the complicated humans and their lives. When he’s hungry; he eats, when its time to rest; he finds a cool dark underground place and settles in and awaits the night. They say that vampires have no feelings but Tommy will prove that is wrong. It’s so hard not to give the story away. I found it slow in the beginning however I see the necessity of it. I like books with romance and love, this story had some but it was toward the end. Being Human had another type of love, a unique love a twin shares with the other. Without it he would be no different than any of the other vampires in the story. The story starts to pick up at the half way mark and I couldn’t put it down after that. I enjoyed the book once Rissa, Mackenzie and Jamie came into the picture. I would have loved to see Fallen get what she wanted but I think Tommy knew that it was not a life. The ending is sad but good and I will have to go back and re-read it just to make sure I read correctly and if I did then I loved the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is no one word that I can say that will do justice to what I think of Being Human! Amazingly awesome, fascinating, entertaining, easily-readable, and not to mention funny! I was right when I had thought this sounded like an interesting read. Little did I know that I would be reading a new favorite! I am so glad I read this book! ^_^ So basically, Being Human is told in 1st person POV which I absolutely loved. But we get right into the mind of Tommy, a recently turned vampire that—like all the vampires in this book—is rapidly losing his humanity. All the memories of being human fading and literally being overtaken by new natural instincts as he returns home after three days missing, only to succumb to his overbearing thirst and new hunger going after what other than the two thumping hearts beating that he knows will quench his thirst, and realizing they’re his parents as he turns to see his self-staring back at him wide eyed. Only it’s not himself but his TWIN brother Danny—oh no!—who has just witnessed his brother and his other half killing their parents! Throughout the book it gets divided into five parts, taking us through Tommy’s life as he has to learn the confusing ways of the human race. He has to watch his brother go through changes as he grows up, while he stays the same forever a teenage vampire. We move with him as he comes to terms with the fact that there are monsters worse than vampires that remain human. As he learns of friendship, family, betrayal, hurt, and love. Ultimately moving through life learning that—like the synopsis declares—being human necessarily entail BEING HUMAN! Ultimately I loved this book! I loved the characters and the development of our main character. I love the steady flow and the maneuvering through the years as Tommy grows as a person—>_> er… vampire. I liked that it had a serious tone as he goes through his complicated life but at the same time has the right amount of humor. But it doesn’t over whelm the story at all and give you a “silly read”—if that makes sense. It kept me interested the whole entire book up until the very end, when even then though I thought my heart couldn’t bear it, I pulled my head from where I had buried it in a pillow and read loving it! I recommend this to anyone who enjoys vampires, paranormal, romance, humor, and basically anyone who wants a good and easy read. It’s definitely worth it; you might end up with a new favorite not to mention have high hopes for a sequel!
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
I was not quite sure what to expect when I started reading this book. Sure, I struggled along in the beginning…questioning what the author was doing, why the characters did what they did, acted the way they did, spoke the way they did…but that line of questioning sure didn’t last long! I found myself completely immersed in this world! A world where we see the world through the eyes of a newly made vampire, and let me tell you…it was pretty darn interesting! Patricia Lynne gives us a very believable insight on the thought process of a new vampire by the name of Tommy, and how he struggles with the loss of his humanity. The one person who is helping him in holding on to what little humanity he has left (if any) is his twin brother Danny. What I really enjoyed about this book was how we see how much Tommy still care for his twin and what he would do, and just how far he would go save the only family he has left. Lynne’s writing is fantastic, and provides the right amount of description and feeling that will capture the reader’s attention, and hold it. There is so much emotion poured into the pages of Being Human that there are parts where readers may relate. I did go through many emotions in this book, but the two that really came out strong was anger and sadness. Reading about how the human’s felt about vampires and comparing that to the feelings of Tommy was simply heart breaking at times. The book is divided up into 4 parts where we see the start of Tommy and his brother where we are introduced to the brothers and learn just how important they are to each other. The second part shows us the struggles that Danny has in college with have a vampire for a brother, and Tommy’s struggles with understanding Danny’s need for a normal life. The third part shows us more of what humanity Tommy has left in him, and his attempts in trying to understand what he’s feeling. This part was the most intense for me, and you will see exactly why when you grab your own copy! And the forth part, well, let’s just say that tears were shed… Fans of the vampire genre will come to appreciate what Patricia Lynne has written and will get a firsthand glimpse of what the world looks like through the eyes of a vampire.
MBM8377 More than 1 year ago
Being Human isn't your typical vampire story. It's a story about family, bonds and learning what it takes to be human. I love that it spans several years, but not an insane amount of time. This vampire isn't hundreds of years old. The story is touching, entertaining and an overall good read. It gives you that paranormal fix you need but without shoving the same ole story in front of your face. A great debut novel. Looking forward to what she puts out next!
eyez-of-cerulean More than 1 year ago
Being Human centers around a vampire named Tommy and his human twin Danny. Being Human not only follows the struggles of Tommy dealing with his new life and outlook but also the humans around him. This book centers around Tommy and his struggles but most miss Danny's and other humans changes as well. In this touching book humans accidentally find the existence of vampires as a tour buss witnesses a vampire welcoming the heat of the sun. The Vampire Forces are formed to eradicate the emotionless filthy monstrous creatures. But what humans failed to ask is why? Why would a vampire void of emotion great the sun in death? Her food is plentiful. Her pray doesn't know she exists. So why? You find the answer in Tommy a vampire. A wonderful touching read. A must have.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
In this truly original tell of vampires, society and the bonds of family, you will find everything you¿re looking for in a great novel! Just as our narrator, Tommy, has a hard time understanding why humans do what they do, I¿m having a hard time sorting out my emotions after reading Being Human. This is one of those stores that makes you step back and think. The main character that the story follows is so well written and truthful that I have a strong suspicion the author must have been turned into a vampire herself. Tommy went through so much confusion in his years spent learning how to be human again after forgetting everything he knew from his human life, and being left only instincts and one thought¿Survive! As you watch him understand and grow you get a first row seat on the inner workings of what love really means and the power of family bonds. This story tugged on my heart strings when Tommy would do something sweet (even if he didn¿t understand why) and made me laugh when he would try to understand the complexity of human emotions (which I don¿t think even us humans understand). It¿s so refreshing to read about a different kind of love and get a whole new take on the vampire¿s genre. First person narrative is always one of my least favorite POV¿s and runs the risk of being read like a little girl¿s diary but Lynne did a wonderful job of keeping me interested and an even better job of making the story line flow. Even if you don¿t like vampire stories I hope you will give this book a shot, and promise you won¿t be let down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this truly original tell of vampires, society and the bonds of family, you will find everything you¿re looking for in a great novel! Just as our narrator, Tommy, has a hard time understanding why humans do what they do, I¿m having a hard time sorting out my emotions after reading Being Human. This is one of those stores that makes you step back and think. The main character that the story follows is so well written and truthful that I have a strong suspicion the author must have been turned into a vampire herself. Tommy went through so much confusion in his years spent learning how to be human again after forgetting everything he knew from his human life, and being left only instincts and one thought¿Survive! As you watch him understand and grow you get a first row seat on the inner workings of what love really means and the power of family bonds. This story tugged on my heart strings when Tommy would do something sweet (even if he didn¿t understand why) and made me laugh when he would try to understand the complexity of human emotions (which I don¿t think even us humans understand). It¿s so refreshing to read about a different kind of love and get a whole new take on the vampire¿s genre. First person narrative is always one of my least favorite POV¿s and runs the risk of being read like a little girl¿s diary but Lynne did a wonderful job of keeping me interested and an even better job of making the story line flow. Even if you don¿t like vampire stories I hope you will give this book a shot, and promise you won¿t be let down!