Camille (Camille Series, Book I) [NOOK Book]

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*Now Available: Heart of the Huntress (Camille Series, Book II)

At a time when society conforms to the strictest rules and most proper etiquette, sixteen-year-old Camille Kennecott and her guardian, Dr. Bennett, live a most unconventional life. They hunt werewolves.

When unwitting victim, Nathaniel Strider, wanders into one of their full moon pursuits, Camille and Dr. Bennett believe they have found a specimen for their study. Finding a ...
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Camille (Camille Series, Book I)

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Overview

*Now Available: Heart of the Huntress (Camille Series, Book II)

At a time when society conforms to the strictest rules and most proper etiquette, sixteen-year-old Camille Kennecott and her guardian, Dr. Bennett, live a most unconventional life. They hunt werewolves.

When unwitting victim, Nathaniel Strider, wanders into one of their full moon pursuits, Camille and Dr. Bennett believe they have found a specimen for their study. Finding a scientific key to unlocking the mystery of lycanthropy would end their late night excursions. Yet beneath the irresistible exterior, Nathaniel is transforming into a flesh-tearing monster, and as each experiment fails, Camille’s loses another inch of her soul to him. She knows that in a month’s time she must face the prospect of destroying the boy who has stolen her heart.

Camille is a young adult, paranormal romance set in Victorian England.

EXCERPT:


Ashamed at my cowardice, I trudged back toward the main road, staring down at my feet as they landed on each stone. Each step grew heavier and heavier with dejection. Suddenly, my boots left the ground completely as someone grabbed both my arms, dragged me round to the alleyway, and slammed me up against the wall. My eyes snapped shut as my head landed with a sharp thud against the rough brick, vibrating my skull with pain.

“Why are you followin’ me?”

My eyes shot open, and I was looking directly into the brown eyes of Nathaniel Strider. He shook me, and my head hit the wall again with only the crushed brim of my hat for protection. I opened my mouth to speak but no words came out. I winced as his powerful grip tightened on my arms. His face was close to mine.

Voices came from the end of the dark passage. I turned my head to see if help was near. A small boy stood in a recess, holding a thin toddler in his arms. The lad’s bare feet looked blue against the icy, wet pavement. Hesitantly, I returned my attention to my captor.

“Who sent you?” One hand released me, and he shoved the hat from my head. His eyes narrowed. “Bloody hell,” he said and harshly pinched my breast. “A girl in trousers.”

I screamed and moved to hammer him with my fist, but before I could land one punch, he had both my wrists in one hand and pinned above my head.

Anger helped me find my tongue. “What do you mean who sent me? Who would be out looking for a lowly thief like yourself? Scotland Yard has finer thieves to chase.” I met his angry gaze with one of my own and realized, too late, the mistake I’d made. His hold nearly crushed my wrist bones. “You’re hurting me. Please, let go,” I pleaded. “Your strength, you have not learned to control…” My words trailed off. His eyes never left my face. I could no longer hold back the tears. They left hot streaks on my cheeks. “Please, let go, and I’ll explain.”

He released his hold, and as my arms collapsed, my knees followed. Strider caught me but with a gentler grip. I rubbed feeling back into my hands.

His long, black lashes fluttered down as he brazenly reviewed the rest of me. He straightened and placed a hand on either side of my head, effectively trapping me against the wall. “Explain.”

His nearness made my head spin. I swallowed. “I—I came to tell you, you are in grave trouble.”

Strider squinted hard at me then threw his head back with laughter. Obviously assuming I wouldn’t run, he dropped his hands and crossed his arms over his chest. “Lass, I must tell you,” a crooked smile punctuated his words, “I am always in grave trouble.”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011919510
  • Publisher: Tess Oliver
  • Publication date: 10/24/2010
  • Series: Camille Series , #0
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 113,611
  • File size: 4 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2010

    Amazing.

    I first bought this, not gonna lie, because it was 99 cents. Seemed like a good buy, maybe, and if not, I wouldn't be out too much money. I've never been one for supernatural werewolf stuff. But when I read this... OHMYGOD! Amazing book. Beautiful imagery. Wonderful storyline. Loveable characters. Worth reading. Most definitely.

    26 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    FANTASTIC!

    When I first picked this book up I thought "oh great another werewolf book" but to my immense relief, the werewolves in this book are the man-eating beast/monster/things from Dracula's time period and all that, so I was really excited. The book was incredibly good and well written, however quite a few sentences could have been combined to make it flow better, but it still works well, and heck, I was so caught up in the book I barely noticed. I loved all the mystery and suspense that built up, and just the occasional fun moment that you just find funny. When it got to the end, however, it seemed to move too fast, which I didn't really like, but all well. And before I forget: When I downloaded this it said it had 855 pages on my nook, but really it skips every 3 pages, but without losing content. So if this happens on your nook, don't panic, you still have the whole book, so no need to cuss anybody out. This is by far one of my favorite books, and is one of the BESTEST deals I've ever made.

    16 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    It is very rare when i find a book where the characters have so much real chemistry. I felt an emotional attachment to them throught the whole story and the story took so many unexpected turns, i could not stop reading.Camille is not portrayed as an unintelligent love struck girl as is the case with most young adult books and Strider was a man after my own heart.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    Enjoyable and well written read

    For the price, I wasn't expecting such a great read, but I always seem to be surprised with these .99 books! Firstly, not to knock the other reviewer, but I had to address the ignorant comment about the author being "young". From her Amazon profile, she's married with kids, so I'm going to guess that your unfortunate lack of knowledge about the author lead you to write such a assuming comment. Age has nothing to do with how well a person writes. Trust me, as an avid reader, I have read countless books, with authors ranging in ages, and neither age is more prone to writing inadequately. Moving on to the actual book...I had eyed this book for quite some time before finally I decided to give it a try. It's only .99 cents, so I figured why not? I'm very glad I did! It's not at all what I was expecting, and I found myself unable to put my Nook down once I started reading! The characters were well developed, and I loved watching Camille and Nathaniel "Strider" grow and change throughout the book. The ending sort of left hope that perhaps there might be a Camille #2, but even if not so, the ending was nice enough to leave it at that. Overall, I recommend this. A nice light, yet captivating read!

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2010

    I recommend this book!

    This book was kind of like "Twilight" series but in another time. It was romantic and clean. Refreshing read.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2010

    It's not very good

    I hate to slam this author, because I'm guessing she is young and she is very talented. But I can see why the convenntional publishers did not accept this book. The book is basically a series of wild mood swings. Camille sees Nathaniel and she is ecstatic! Then four sentences later she is miserable! Then near the end of the book (spoiler alert!) he goes back to his old ways and is making out with random girls in an alley. Camille is furious (appropriately this time) but then four pages later she has forgotten all about it! This is just not the way real human emotions work, and it gets annoying after a while. The other thing that left me a little flat was that I did not feel like the character of Nathaniel was three dimensional. We are constantly told how handsome he is.. We get it, he's hot! But in the really great love stories, there is something about the hero and heroine that make them right for each other when everyone else in the world seems wrong. That is what was missing here. Although I've been pretty harsh, I do hope this author continues to write. With practice and a good editor, I see a lot of potential!

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

    Not as interesting as I'd hoped...

    Camille is a young lady who lives in England around the 1800s and hunts werewolves with an old family friend, Dr. Bennett. One night, while they're out hunting a beast, it bites a young grave robber, Nathaniel Strider. They follow him and hope to experiement on his blood to find a possible cure for the change.
    I thought this book sounded pretty good...old-school paranormal romance, what could be better? However, I can't say I was thrilled with the writing. Told from Camille's perspective, she's far too similar to Bella Swan. She falls hopelessly in love Strider almost immediately. Most of her thoughts are about how charming and handsome he is and how she wants him to kiss her. I understand that's how many teenage girls think, but she's supposed to be more mature because of the strange events of her life, and it gets tiring to hear the same thoughts after a while. There also wasn't very much action, most of the time it was Camille following Strider around either mooning over him, or being worried about him. What little backstory there was was given away in a few paragraphs, without any compelling details. Overall, this book was a big let down for me, and though the plot held promise, the writing didn't deliver.

    A side note: I purchased my e-book from Barnes & Noble, and the formatting was way off. There were no chapter breaks, and oftentimes there were paragraph indentations missing. The biggest peeve I had was that the book claimed to be 855 pages long while it was actually about 360 (based on the font size I was using on my Nook). The page numbers would skip from 2 to 4 to 9 to 13 to 14 and though it didn't affect the story at all, it was just something that bothered me.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2012

    DON'T READ THIS JUST BUY THE BOOK NOW

    Holy crap! I'm hooked. I bought this book about 5 hours ago and I could NOT put it down!! It's truly amazing. I read 2 complete books by Oliver today! She is a magical story teller and anybody wondering whether or not to purchase this book, DO IT. You will not regret it. Don't let the prospect of it being "another book about werewolves" keep you away. She returned to the original consept; not the cute and cuddly twilight ones. For real. Read it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    I now love this author!

    I first bought this because I love Victorian London and cheap books, this was 99 cents and I was hesitant because it was about werewolves and I was afraid it'd just be a werewolf version of Twilight, but thank God it wasn't! Couldn't put this book down! I read it all in like 2 days and that was only because of work. I highly recommend this book and the sequel didn't disappoint either.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    So good

    I read through the reviews before reading this book and doubting very much that it could live up to all the hype, but i was wrong. It was a easy and fun read and i would definately recommend it to someone who enjoys a good romance novel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Great book!

    When I saw this book was only 99 cents I decided to buy it, even though I do not generally enjoy werewolf books. I'm very glad I did! I thought the plot, while predictable at times, took a very interesting turn when it used science to solve the problem. I do have a few complaints about this book though. I felt Camille fell in love with Strider much too soon. I don't think she had even talked to him before she was jealous of all his admirers. Another was that the ending of the book happened much too fast. I don't want to spoil it, but Camille's solution was very anticlimactic. I expected at least a chapter on the exerience, when instead you got a couple paragraphs. I felt like Tess Oliver did not convey Camille's fear enough. Lastly, Dr. Bennett and Camille did not have a very close relationship. After all, he was her guardian for, what, 6 years? I would have thougt they'd have a bit more of a bond. But enough of my complaints. Overall, this story was a great buy and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a nice long read too, which is always an added bonus. If you're looking for a light but time consuming book, this is the one for you!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Wolf-mania

    Very Good! I like that it tells the point of view of the wolf during his transformation

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    amazing!

    This book deserves to be much more than .99¿! It's not that sucky, clich¿ werewolf/vampire/magic teen book everyone seems to love. It's an authentic, scary, and actually believable werewolf novel. I could read this book over and ovet again, it's that good. Definitely one of my favorites, and must-read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Bdndj

    Im 13, is this book appropriate for me??

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Supremely enthralling

    Wow! I had never really considered werewolves....the how & why of them & I thought for sure it would borenme to sleep! How about I couldnt put it down! Tragic love stories get to me & as I drank this book like a dehydrated person crawling from a desert you knew there was no hope yet, I kept reading! Tess Oliver is a superb weaver of intrigue & adventure! A definite read for anyone who loves paranormal stories!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    LOVE!! Gotta get it.

    I was so captivated in Camille's life as a werewolf huntress! Loved the detail and imagery in the book. I fell in love with the characters and how they come to grow together and learn from each other and find love in the least likely of places.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Well worth the money

    Another major score by Tess Oliver. About 850 pages. Well planed and very suspensful. Good character building for many more. Wasnt the typical werewolf novel Oliver has yet go disapppoint. Yet again lots of gramatical errors otherwise well writen. Love story between a werewolf and werewolf hunter in eighteenth centry London several unexpected twists. Nothing inapppropriate for younger ages but easy to enjoy still for older teens and early twenties. Highly reccommened great author looking forward to more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Love it

    This is one of my favorite books. Wish I had a boyfriemd like Nathaniel Strider ;)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Loved this book.(:

    This book was soo good.!! I didnt think it would be at first, bt when i got into it i lost tract of the time, and what paige i was on. I was sad to see ot end.. (: i totally recomend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Really Good!!

    Its such a beautiful love story mixed with an amazing paranormal story. A must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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